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Requirements for Graduate School Admission

General Graduate Admissions Requirements
Post-Master's Degree and Doctoral Program Requirements for Admission
Nondiscriminatory Admissions Policy


General Graduate Admissions Requirements

Generally, admission to a master's or professional degree program at Regent requires a bachelor's degree from a state and regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Applicants with degrees from nonaccredited institutions are considered on an individual basis by the admissions committee of individual schools.

Individual schools may have additional requirements, but the following criteria must be met for acceptance on degree-seeking status. High intellectual achievement and scholarship is evidenced by college grades, graduate entrance exams and academic recommendations. These include:

  1. Academic achievement evidenced by:
    1. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average that demonstrates preparedness for graduate level work.
    2. Submission of test scores, normally taken within the last five years, as required by each school. If the applicant has earned a previous graduate degree, this requirement may be waived by the school.
  2. Maturity in spiritual and/or character qualities.
  3. Personal goals consistent with the mission and goals of Regent.

The following items are considered in the graduate admissions process of degree-seeking status at Regent:

  1. Application admissions form
  2. Nonrefundable application fee
  3. Signed Community Life Form (which includes Philosophy of Education, Nondiscriminatory Policy and Standard of Personal Conduct)
  4. Personal goals statement
  5. Personal recommendations as required by each school
  6. Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended at the undergraduate or graduate level. Transcripts cannot be returned to the applicant nor forwarded. Photocopies of transcripts are not acceptable.
  7. Photograph (optional)
  8. Tests: Not all Regent schools require entrance exams. If test scores are required by your school of interest, you must register for and take the particular test required by that school. An official copy of the score results should be sent to the Regent University Registrar's Office when you include the Regent University code number on the test registration form.
  9. Required interviews: Each school determines the number of interviews required and designates who may conduct the interviews. In-person interviews are preferred, but telephone interviews may be arranged.
  10. Writing samples: Some Regent schools may require a writing sample. These samples, at the discretion of the schools, may be an essay or article written for college credit, a newspaper article or letter to the editor, or an article published in a church newspaper, magazine, journal, or business or political publication. If necessary, applicants may submit instead a typed, 500-word admissions essay on some topic of public importance.

Submitting an application assumes that students have carefully reviewed Regent's graduate programs and understand the requirements and options, including the Philosophy of Education and the Standard of Personal Conduct presented in the General Information section of the university catalog.

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Post-Master's Degree and Doctoral Program Requirements for Admission

Normally, applicants must have a master's degree in the same academic discipline as the one to which admission is sought or in a closely related field; the exception is the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) which admits students who have at least a bachelor's degree. Students with professional experience in the academic discipline are preferred, but such experience is not necessarily required. In addition to the steps set forth in the application process for all applicants, those seeking admission to a post-master's or doctoral program may be required to submit a writing sample reflecting research skills. Each school may establish additional criteria or requirements for acceptance to a doctoral program.

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Nondiscriminatory Admissions Policy

Regent University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, and national or ethnic origin in the according or making available of all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally open to students at the university. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, and national or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other university administered programs.

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