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Exploring Theological Education? Start here.

Welcome to the Vanderbilt Divinity School!  We hope that you find these pages to be a helpful resource as you consider whether Vanderbilt is a place where you should take the next steps in your education and theological formation.  As an ecumenical, university-based divinity school committed to the faith that brought the church into being, we believe that Vanderbilt is a place to ask big questions, grow intellectually and spiritually, and prepare for diverse ministry and professional vocations.

Vanderbilt Divinity School offers two degree programs, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.). Joint degree programs for both M.Div. and M.T.S. students are available in concert with Vanderbilt Law School (J.D.), School of Medicine (M.D.), School of Nursing (MSN), Owen Graduate School of Management (MBA), and Peabody College of Education (M.A.).  The Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religion, including the Program in Theology and Practice, are administered through the Graduate Department of Religion, which is part of the Graduate School at Vanderbilt.

In addition to taking classes across the University's departments and schools, Vanderbilt Divinity students are eligible to take courses at the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South.  If you are considering ordination in the Anglican or Episcopal traditions, or just want to broaden the options for your theological education, this is a wonderful resource to consider.

Named as one of the "Seminaries that Change the World," we think you'll find that Vanderbilt is a place that fosters transformative leadership, integrates faith and embodied engagement with the world, and invites deep theological reflection. As you explore about our commitments, our faculty, our centers and programs, and our community life and worship, we hope you will make plans to spend a day with us and see if Vanderbilt is right for you.  Be sure to also check out the Divinity School's Facebook page at  We look forward to being in touch!

~ Rev. Katherine H. Smith, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Vocation, and Stewardship

Life at VDS

Community life at Vanderbilt Divinity School is rich and varied. Students gather each week to hear special presentations at Monday Forums, worship together at the weekly Wednesday Chapel service, and gather for announcements and fellowship at Friday Coffee Hour. Our blog, VDS Voices, is a great way to learn more about our life together here. 

The Student Government Association and denominational groups coordinate regular social events and activities including afternoon hikes, tailgates at football games, potluck dinners, and seasonal field trips. A wide and rich variety of active student organizations offer a host of events each week ranging from community lunches to yoga classes, social justice workshops, and the annual Gala celebration dance in the spring.  To read more about the events happening at VDS, check out our Student Organizations and calendar!

Student Body

Borderlands Group

Vanderbilt Divinity School’s student body consists of about 240 students from 38 states as well as several foreign countries.  The student body represents more than fifteen unique religious traditions.  Approximately 18 percent of the student body is United Methodist while around 8-10 percent of students claim Baptist, Presbyterian, and non-denominational backgrounds, respectively.  Our student body ranges greatly in age from early 20s to late 60s, with a median age of 25.  Currently, the gender breakdown in the school is 54% male and 46% female. 

Vanderbilt University has a total enrollment of almost 7,000 undergraduates and almost 6,000 graduate and professional students.  For more information on Vanderbilt University, we invite you to visit

If you would like to receive announcements and information regarding Vanderbilt Divinity School and/or request more information about our programs of study, please contact us at  We look forward to hearing from you!

Prophetic Pathways

So what does one do with a theological education? The options are as diverse as the students and theological traditions represented among us. Learn more about possible vocational/career choices and how graduate theological study can better equip you at our Prophetic Pathways pages HERE.

Contact Us

If you have specific inquiries regarding M.T.S. and M.Div. admission and financial aid, they may be addressed to:

Rev. Katherine H. Smith
Assistant Dean for Admissions, Vocation, and Stewardship
Vanderbilt Divinity School
411 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: (615) 343-3963 -- Fax: (615) 322-0691


For inquiries regarding the M.A. and Ph.D. admission and financial aid, follow this link.