Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
The Regent University catalog is an electronic document that is only available online. The university no longer publishes it in hard copy.
You may request information by completing this online request form or by calling 800.373.5504.
Regent Preview, held each fall and spring for prospective students, is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the campus, students, faculty and staff, as well as to find out more about the School of Divinity.
If you would like to visit the campus and meet with a Divinity Enrollment Services Representative at another time, please contact our office toll-free at 800.723.6162 (Option 1) or 757.352.4016 to schedule your visit. Or feel free to complete this online visit request form.
You may apply for admission to the school at any time. To allow enough time to process your application, we recommend that you allow at least one month before your deadline to complete all of the admissions requirements.
You should allow for more time if you:
- plan to receive financial aid
- are not a citizen of the United States
- plan to relocate to Virginia Beach
- are applying for the Ph.D. program (may take 9 months)
- are applying to more than one school or university
- are applying for a joint degree at Regent
Please note specific deadlines in the admissions requirements for each program.
Things that may slow or delay processing your application:
- requesting transcripts from other institutions
- receiving your application materials through the mail (Many forms can be completed online.)
- requesting faculty and clergy recommendations (Follow up with these individuals to ensure they have submitted the forms.)
- incomplete or misinformation on your application (If you have not heard from us through email or a phone call, please contact us to verify we have correct contact information for you.)
Throughout your application process we will stay in contact with you through emails or phone calls. Once you begin the application process, you will receive a Genisys login and password. You can use this login and password to check on your admissions status whenever you'd like. Or you can email us at: email@example.com.
When all your application materials have been submitted, we will contact you to schedule an admissions interview. It is important that you contact us if you feel your application is complete but you have not scheduled an interview.
Please review the application process for your program to determine if there are any application steps you have not completed.
Because of the limitations set by the accrediting agency, we can only offer the Master of Theological Studies completely online. The Master of Divinity and Master of Arts require one-third of the program to be completed with a combination of online course and modular courses. Students are able to complete many of our degrees through a high quality, fully accredited distance education program that incorporates significant student and faculty interaction.
Online courses require no residency and are administered through Blackboard™, the distance learning platform utilized by the university. Modular courses are also completed as distance courses but do require students to spend approximately one week in Virginia Beach, Va., during the semester. By combining the online and modular courses, students are able to earn the entire degree with no requirement to relocate to Virginia Beach to attend classes.
A modular course has both on-campus and online components. For Virginia Beach modular courses, the on-campus component is completed during an intensive one-week residency or during weekend sessions.
Modular courses also require work both before and after the on-campus session(s), which comprises the online component. This may include pre-readings, written assignments, online interaction, etc.
The School of Divinity holds "modular week" (usually once each semester in October and March and throughout the summer). During modular week, all non-modular classes cease in order to accommodate students who are attending all day modular classes.
Full-time students should plan to take between 9 and 12 credits in their first semester. Part-time students should plan to take between 3 and 9 credits. It is important to become familiar with graduate level work before taking on a heavy course load. Students are encouraged to coordinate with their academic advisor.
To contact the School of Divinity, use the information on the contact us page.
To contact the admissions office, call 757.352.4016.
Regent University does not provide student contact information to the public.
For information about student loans or endowed university-wide scholarships, contact the Central Financial Aid Office (757.352.4125) or visit their website.
The School of Divinity also offers a variety of scholarships and discounts. For information, please visit the Financial Aid & Award page. After reading this information, feel free to contact Enrollment Services if you have questions.
In addition, find more information in the Financial Aid FAQs »
View the admission requirements for your program on the Admissions page.
On the Admissions page, click on your program for a checklist of procedures and instructions on how to apply.
After completing the online application and submitting all application materials you will be contacted to schedule an admissions interview for the Doctor of Ministry or the Doctor of Philosophy degrees only. An interview is not required for the Master's degree programs. This is the final step before your application is sent to our admissions committee for an admissions decision for doctoral programs.
For doctoral programs, the admissions interview can be conducted over the phone or in person with a member of our enrollment staff. The interview will be 20 to 30 minutes in length and will allow us to get to know you personally. Your ability to clearly and precisely answer the interview questions will be taken into consideration as the admissions committee scores your interview.
Visit the Degrees page for information on all of the School of Divinity's degree and non-degree programs.
Tuition per credit hour for our master's and doctoral programs can be found on the Tuition & Financial Aid page. Tuition per semester or year can be calculated by multiplying the number of credits in which you will enroll by the per credit tuition cost. Additional student fees will be charged in addition to the per-credit-hour cost on a semester or yearly basis.
In general, on-campus students do not need to purchase a computer. The university provides ample on campus computer facilities (labs) for student use. Distance students will need to have reliable access to a sufficient computer to complete their course work. This is fully explained on the Computer Standards page.
Master's Level (M.A., M.Div.)
The length of time to complete a degree varies according to how many credit hours a student takes each semester. Factors such as full-time employment, family responsibilities and involvement in ministry usually influence this as well. Typically, students complete the Master of Arts in Practical Theology (M.A.) or the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degrees in two and a half to four years. Students typically complete the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in three to five years.
Students have five years to complete the M.A. and M.T.S. degrees and seven years to complete the M.Div. degree. Students who need to take longer must submit an academic petition to the academic dean for approval.
Doctoral Level (D.Min., Ph.D.)
Doctor of Ministry students typically complete their program within three to five years. Doctor of Philosophy students typically complete their program within five to seven years.
Regent University School of Divinity is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award master and doctoral degrees. Regent University School of Divinity is also fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Commission on Accrediting in the United States and Canada.
A maximum of 25 percent of the total credits of a student's Regent University degree may come from transfer credits earned at recognized regionally accredited graduate schools and ATS accredited seminaries. Requests for credit transfer will be considered by the School of Divinity on a case-by-case basis.
To request the transfer of credits, students must submit the Transfer of Credit Hours Request Form, available on the Academic Forms page to the Divinity Dean's Office.
Advanced standing is credit granted to a student for appropriate courses successfully completed at another accredited institution. As it pertains to the School of Divinity, we will award advanced standing credit for upper level theology, Christian ministries and Biblical studies taken in an undergraduate (bachelor's level) program. This advanced standing, awarded on a case-by-case basis, may allow a student to receive credit for up to 25 percent of his/her approved degree plan. New applicants to the School of Divinity may request to be considered for advanced standing as part of the admissions application and/or admissions interview.
If you have further questions about the School of Divinity's admission process or programs, please contact the Divinity Enrollment Services Office:
800.723.6162 (Option 1)
Antoinette Alvarado, D.Min. '08,
Pastor and Founder/CEO, My Sister's Keeper Foundation for Women
"The School of Divinity provided an incredible sense of clarity concerning my call to develop women and leaders for Kingdom success in the ministry and marketplace."
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