Doctor of Philosophy Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Fall 2016 Cohort: February 1, 2016

Spring 2017 Cohort: December 15, 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.

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 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.
  4. Submit the Personal Goal Statement
    Follow the link to the Personal Goal Statement and follow the document carefully, and email the document to using the subject line: DIV Doctoral Application Pieces, or mail it to Enrollment Support Services.
  5. Writing Sample
    Once your online application is complete you can submit the required writing sample through the ETS Criterion Service. This will be an online, 40-minute timed essay prompt with a pre-determined topic. Applicants will receive immediate feedback on the essay from the ETS Criterion Service and the scores will be retrieved by the School of Divinity Admissions Office. Click here for detailed instructions.
  6. Submit GRE Scores
    Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit scores including the writing portion.
  7. 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 Doctoral Application Pieces.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 >