D.Min. — Christian Leadership & Renewal

School of Divinity

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree, offered completely online or online with some required residency, is an ideal professional and terminal degree for those who serve the church in congregational or pulpit ministries, institutional or military chaplaincies, counseling ministries, missions agencies, parachurch organizations, or other ministry settings where advanced leadership skills are essential. You will engage in a tailor-made program that leverages high-impact education and maximum practical application in a multidenominational, ethnically diverse setting. You also will explore how to accurately discern vision, mobilize others to fulfill that vision, and act as a catalyst for renewal. Regent’s D.Min. program is among the first in the nation to receive approval by the ATS to offer the degree completely online, with no residency.  With an emphasis on senior-level leadership tools and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, Regent’s online D.Min. Program — in either format — will help you take your ministry to the next level. The Christian Leadership & Renewal concentration focuses on the nuts and bolts of effective leadership and addresses some of the critical topics, advanced skills and complex issues commonly faced by ministry leaders.

  • Understand how to build the leaders around you as you examine how God builds a person into a leader, recognize the proving ground of leadership and develop skills and habits that unlock potential.
  • Gain biblical insights, examples and illustrations that help you dissect leadership elements, styles, philosophical models, emergence theory, mentoring, and change dynamics.
  • Explore frameworks and tools for gaining leadership confidence so that your church and your team grow into mature, wise leaders.

Career Opportunities: Advancement for those who serve the Church in congregational ministries, institutional chaplaincies, counseling ministries, parachurch organizations, missions agencies and any other ministry setting requiring advanced leadership skills.

In June 2016, the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a three-year experimental online Doctor of Ministry program, permitting online instruction to fulfill residency requirements.

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Delivery Format: Online w/Residency

Total Credit Hours Required: 36

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines

 

Session

Application Deadline

Session Start Date

Session A

Monday, August 8th

Monday, August 22nd

Session M

Monday, September 5th

Monday, September 19th

Session B

Monday, October 10th

Monday, October 24th

Session C

Monday, December 19th

Monday, January 9th

Session T

Monday, January 23rd

Monday, February 6th

Session D

Monday, February 27th

Monday, March 13th

Session E

Monday, April 24th

Monday, May 8th

Session F

Monday, June 5th

Monday, June 19th

 

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 Ministry (D.Min.) program at the School of Divinity, an applicant must have completed either of the following:

  1. Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree (or equivalent theological master's degree of at least 72 credit hours) from an ATS accredited, graduate institution.
  2. M.Div. equivalency of 72 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, with at least 48 credit hours being graduate-level theological studies courses.

Applicants from non-ATS accredited schools will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note: Those interested in the program who have a Master of Arts with less than 72 credit hours, but no M.Div. may wish to consider the Advanced Courses in Theological Studies (A.C.T.S.) as a prerequisite for application.

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

  • a cumulative master's degree GPA of at least 3.0
  • current activity in a church or parachurch ministry context
  • a minimum of 3 years of senior-level ministry experience
  • high intellectual achievement and scholarship as evidenced by college transcripts and the applicant's writing sample
  • spiritual maturity, integrity of character and willingness to grow as a leader
  • personal goals consistent with the mission of Regent University
  • a positive recommendation from a clergy member

Doctor of Ministry Application Process (D.Min.)

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 a Résumé
This résumé should be geared toward a D.Min. degree. Include significant ministry experiences (minimum three years of senior-level ministry experience), current ministry position, ordination status and interest in a D.Min. professional concentration. Mail your résumé to Enrollment Support Services (see address below) or email it to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: DIV Doctoral Application Pieces.

4. Submit the Personal Goal Statement
Follow the link to the personal goal statement and follow the document carefully. Email the document to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: DIV Doctoral Application Pieces, or mail it to Enrollment Support Services.

5. 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 apply@regent.edu using the subject line: DIV Doctoral Application Pieces.

6. 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.

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

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 and cannot be returned.

Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) $550

  Student Fees Per Semester

Administrative Fee $85
Technology Fee $250
Parking Fee (On-Campus Students) $100
Council of Graduate Students Fee $15

This program is offered through an online cohort model with semester residencies. Students may begin their program in August, October, January, March, May, or June and complete courses with their cohort. Students attend an on-campus seminar of 1 to 1.5 weeks for each core course, while completing substantial pre- and post-session assignments at home.

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