Virginia Wesleyan University and the Duke University Divinity School are committed to the education of future ordained and lay leaders of the United Methodist Church and its ecumenical partners and share the concern that students be able to progress toward careers in ministry with manageable costs and debts. This early admission program streamlines admission, with scholarship opportunities, to the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Christian Practice at Duke.
To be eligible, a fourth-year Virginia Wesleyan University student or undergraduate alumna/us must have maintained continuous enrollment at VWU for four years; have a minimum of a 2.75 on a 4.0 grade point scale for all undergraduate coursework; demonstrate a commitment to ordained or lay ministry; and complete the online Duke application (fee waived) and all required documents by November 1 for admission to Duke in the following year. Duke will provide an early admission decision by December 25. Administrative representatives from Duke will visit the VWU campus to meet with students interested in theological study and will annually host prospective students for a visit at Duke.