Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Government, Master of Public Administration, and Certificate of Graduate Studies must possess an earned undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign university.

Application Deadlines

The dates below indicate when all application materials must be completed to be considered for a particular term. Once all required application materials have been submitted, applicants will receive a decision within 10 business days.

Fall: August 1 | Spring: December 1 | Summer: April 1

Note: The application deadline for international applicants applying to attend on-campus is March 15th.

Application Process

M.A. & MPA Programs

Certificate Programs

Note: Army active duty, reserve and national guard members may find detailed information on the application process through GoArmyEd on our GoArmyEd Admissions Guide.

Joint Degree Opportunity with Regent's School of Law

The Robertson School of Government offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue a Joint Degree with the School of Law to obtain a Juris Doctor. Applicants must apply and be accepted to both the School of Law and Robertson School of Government.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

The Robertson School of Government limits the number of graduate credits accepted by transfer to a maximum of 25 percent of the appropriate program. Review the Transfer Policy.

International Applicants

In addition to the typical admissions requirements, international applicants will need to submit supplementary admissions requirements. These requirements will change depending on several factors such as your citizenship or visa status. For more information, please visit our International Students Admissions page.

Notice: Regent University is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

Notice: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Notice: In compliance with the Cleary Act (20 U.S.C. § 1092(f)) our Annual Campus Security Report is available here.



Application Process Instructions
—M.A. & MPA Programs

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

Master's degree and certificate program applicants must submit the Online Application.

If you run into any technical problems please call our IT department at 757.352.4076. If you have any questions regarding the admissions process please contact rsgadmissions@regent.edu

PLEASE NOTE: The Robertson School of Government will not be able to view your application until the $50 application fee is received by the University.

Step 2: Submit the $50 Application Fee

Option 1: Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a Robertson School of Government on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee. RSVP Today!

Step 3: Personal Essay

Submit a brief description (300 words or less) of your professional and career goals and how the Robertson School of Government can help you achieve those goals. This essay can be submitted to the Admissions Counselor via email at: rsgadmissions@regent.edu

Step 4: 400-word Writing Sample

MA and MPA applicants must submit a writing sample which will be evaluated using the ETS Criterion Service. Please submit your writing sample using the directions below.

  1. Visit http://criterion.ets.org.
  2. Click "Create Account."
  3. Fill in your account information (Access Code: AFYS - EF9T).
  4. Click "Submit."
  5. Click "OK."
  6. Fill in your new User Name and Password under "Returning User."
  7. Click "Sign In."
  8. Click "School of Government" under "Classes."
  9. Choose the "Assignments" tab.
  10. Choose one of the three writing sample topics provided by clicking on "Start Response." You will be provided with the question pertaining to the topic once you begin the timer for the essay.
  11. Click "OK" to acknowledge you are ready to begin your writing sample.
  12. Read the instructions for submitting your essay. Please keep in mind that you have 40 minutes to complete your writing sample and the timer begins as soon as you click "Start Response." You will receive a warning when there are 10 minutes remaining on the timer.

Step 5: Resume

Please send your updated resume to the Admission Counselor via email at: rsgadmissions@regent.edu

Step 6: Three Recommendations

Submit recommendations from a former professor or instructor, a clergy member, and a general reference. Use our online recommendation request forms to send recommendation requests to your references.

Step 7: Official Copies of All Transcripts

Send official, sealed copies (not student copies) of transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Transcripts need to be sent to the Enrollment Support Services Office at the below address:

Regent University
Enrollment Support Services
Library, Suite 110
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9800, USA

Step 8: Submission of a GRE or LSAT Score

The School of Government will accept either a GRE or an LSAT score. The score needs to be sent to the Central Enrollment Office at the address listed above.

It is possible to have the GRE waived under certain circumstances if an applicant possesses an acceptable GPA and writing sample. Waiver requests should be sent in writing to the Admissions Counselor at rsgadmissions@regent.edu. NOTE: GRE and LSAT scores are a large factor in deciding merit based scholarships in the School of Government, therefore waiving the GRE will dramatically decrease the applicant's chances of securing the higher end merit awards.


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

 


Application Process Instructions
—Certificate of Graduate Studies

The Certificate of Graduate Studies offers an excellent opportunity for those not requiring a master's degree. This option is often used by those needing continuing education credits or for those who wish to complement their existing degree with additional training for career advancement. As an added bonus, upon completion of the certificate students have the option of applying to the master's program, and if accepted, all courses taken toward the certificate would transfer in.

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

Certificate program applicants must submit the Online Application. Please be sure to indicate Non Degree or Certificate Program.

If you run into any technical problems please call our IT department at 757.352.4076. If you have any questions regarding the admissions process please contact rsgadmissions@regent.edu

PLEASE NOTE: The Robertson School of Government will not be able to view your application until the $25 application fee is received by the University.

Step 2: Submit the $25 Application Fee

Option 1: Pay the $25 application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a Robertson School of Government on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $25 application fee. RSVP Today!

Step 3: Transcripts

Send transcripts (official preferred but unofficial may be submitted) from all colleges and universities you have attended. . GPA of 2.5 or higher is desired. Transcripts need to be sent to the Enrollment Support Services Office at the below address:

Regent University
Enrollment Support Services
Library, Suite 110
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9800, USA

Step 4: Personal Essay

Submit a brief description (300 words or less) of your professional and career goals and how the Robertson School of Government can help you achieve those goals. This essay can be submitted to the Admissions Counselor via email at: rsgadmissions@regent.edu


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