M.A. in Government — Religion & Politics

Robertson School of Government

The Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in Religion & Politics is offered online or on campus through the Robertson School of Government to students interested in the intersection of religious factors with history, American politics, culture, peace and security, and world affairs. You'll gain a solid foundation in social science theories of religion, culture and government, and study comparative politics, religion and security, legal issues (e.g. Church and State) and more. Then, build your expertise in areas such as Constitutional law, Christian ethics, biblical law, Islamic political thought or Shari'a law.

  • Explore the Bill of Rights, the rights of liberty, equal protection and due process arising from the 14th Amendment, and the subsequent rise and effects of judicial policy-making.
  • Understand the laws of the Bible and their appropriate applications to policy issues such as lawful oaths, church and state jurisdiction, gender roles, marriage, capital punishment and other topics.
  • Survey Islamic Law using the Qur'an itself and the history of its various interpretations, as well as the Shari'a as applied in Muslim nations today and its relevancy to non-Muslim nations.

Career Opportunities:

  • Non-Governmental Organization Staff
  • Writer/Researcher
  • Think Tank Analyst

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Delivery Format: Online | On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines: 2017-2018 Semester


Application Deadline

Session Start Date

Session A

Monday, July 31st

Monday, August 21st

Session M

Monday, August 28th

Monday, September 18th

Session B

Monday, October 2nd

Monday, October 23rd

Session C

Monday, December 19th

Tuesday, January 16th

Session T

Monday, January 29th

Monday, February 12th

Session D

Monday, February 26th

Monday, March 19th

Session E

Monday, April 23rd

Monday, May 14th

Session F

Monday, June 4th

Monday, June 25th

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



Applicants for the Master of Arts in Government must possess an earned undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign university.


Application Process:

Step 1: Online Application

Applicants must submit the Regent University 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 govadmissions@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: $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.

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 apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Masters Application Pieces.

Step 4: 400-word Writing Sample

M.A. 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 "Start Response" and 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: Résumé

Please send your updated résumé with three references and contact information to the admission counselor via email at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Masters Application Pieces.

Step 6: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts

Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution. 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: GOV Master's Application Pieces.

Step 7: GRE or LSAT Score (Optional)

Graduate school entrance exams (GRE, LSAT, or MAT) are not required. However, applicants who have taken a graduate school entrance exam are encouraged to have their official scores sent directly to Regent University by the testing agency. Submission of scores may strengthen an application file and may increase access to scholarship opportunities.

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

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Master of Arts $650 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

Technology Fee $300
Parking Fee (On-Campus Students) $100 (Fall & Spring semester)
Council of Graduate Students Fee $15 (Fall & Spring semester)

*Rates are subject to change at any time. 

Whether you are a prospective student or a current student, your questions matter. Please take a few moments to skim our Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.

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