Doctor of Philosophy Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Fall 2016 Cohort: February 1, 2016

International Applicants

International student applicants should allow at least 4-6 weeks for an admission decision to be made once all required documents have been submitted to the appropriate offices and the applicant has followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.

International Ph.D. applicants should begin the application process no later than November 1 in order to meet the admission deadline of February 1.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for acceptance into the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in the School of Divinity, The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) requires applicants to have completed an M.Div. degree or masters-level equivalent (e.g., M.A., MRE, MACE) with a minimum of 72 credit hours from an ATS-accredited, graduate institution, or a first graduate theological degree providing equivalent theological background.

In addition, applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy program should have:

  • a cumulative master's GPA of at least 3.5
  • two positive faculty recommendations
  • satisfactory GRE scores from within the past five years
  • a desire and ability to write a dissertation from a Renewal perspective in the area of biblical studies, Christian theology or global Christian history
  • a high aptitude for scholarly research & writing as well as reading comprehension
  • a high intellectual achievement and scholarship as evidenced by college transcripts and the applicant's writing sample
  • spiritual maturity and integrity of character
  • personal goals consistent with the mission of Regent University
  • a positive recommendation from a clergy member

Students will be required to competently use the language(s) in which relevant primary texts are written, as well as those in which there is important secondary material during both their course of studies and their dissertation research. This includes at least one ancient and one or more modern languages.

Doctor of Philosophy Application Process (Ph.D.)

  1. Submit Your Application
    Complete the School of Divinity Application for Admission.
  2. Submit a Clergy Recommendation
    Request the Clergy Recommendation Form. It can be completed online or through the mail by your current pastor or ministry leader.
  3. Submit Your Academic Writing Sample
    This academic paper (from 3,000, but not more than 5,000 words) should demonstrate scholarly competence in the anticipated concentration of study (Biblical Studies, Church History or Theology). It will be evaluated by the following standards as evidence of the applicant's ability to work on the doctoral level: (1) understanding of the subject treated and the materials used, (2) knowledge of relevant bibliography, (3) cogency and clarity of argument and (4) constructive originality of thought. It may be a published work, master's thesis or a substantial graduate-level research paper.
  4. Submit an Autobiographical Essay
    Please submit an essay (500–750 words) indicating the factors that have brought you to your present focus of intellectual interests and spiritual formation, with some discussion of your vocational objectives. The essay should also address your goals and expectations for doctoral study.
  5. Submit a Dissertation Essay
    Please submit an essay (200–300 words) describing a dissertation topic or area of research interest.
  6. Submit Two Faculty Recommendations
    Fill out the Faculty Recommendation Request Form for two faculty. It can be completed by two of your present or former professors online or through the mail.
  7. Submit GRE Scores
    Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit scores including the writing portion.
  8. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts
    Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to using the subject line: DIV Master's Application Pieces.
  9. Pay Your $50 Application Fee
    Your application will be fully processed once we have received your non-refundable application fee. Mail a check payable to "Regent University" to Enrollment Support Services (see address below), or submit your payment online over a secure server.
  10. Mail all documents that are completed offline to the following address:

    Regent University
    Enrollment Support Services
    1000 Regent University Drive
    Virginia Beach, VA 23464 USA
    Phone: 757.352.4127 | Fax: 757.352.4381

We will acknowledge receipt of your application and schedule an admissions interview when your file is nearing completion. Admissions interviews may be conducted in person or by phone.

After all application materials are received, the completed application will be reviewed by the Divinity admissions committee. When decisions are made, you will receive written notification. Financial aid and housing requests are reviewed after decisions have been announced in writing.

If you have questions about the School of Divinity's admission process, our programs or to verify that we have received your application materials, please contact us.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.


David Stine, D.Min. '07

David Stine, D.Min. '07

Lead Pastor, DC Metro Church

"I felt such a connection with everyone at Regent. My education was fantastic; I needed it. But the relationships developed there were key. They still impact me today." Read more >