The Master of Arts in Practical Theology, offered online and on campus, will arm you with additional biblical knowledge as you pursue your ministry calling. The heart of this program is the understanding from the perspectives of the Bible that theology is intensely practical. You will apply balanced reasoning informed by Scripture and develop solutions to ministry challenges as you experience personal spiritual transformation and strengthen your leadership ability.
Through the concentration in Marketplace Ministry, you will blend courses from Divinity, Business & Leadership and the Robertson School of Government so that you may:
Delivery Format: Online | On Campus
Total Credit Hours Required: 48
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Inductive approach to Bible study method that teaches skills for observing, interpreting and applying Scripture with attention to genre. Fundamental hermeneutical principles are set forth while doing exegesis, with a view to application in one's own sphere of influence.
Distinctives of various types of Biblical literature, with an emphasis upon resultant considerations for interpretation and contemporary application. Topics: historical narrative, psalm, wisdom, parable, epistle, prophecy and apocalypse.
The unfolding of Biblical revelation in its historical context, resulting in a broad overview of the message of the Bible and the skills associated with interpreting representative texts. Cross-listed with RTCH 710.
Development of the scholarly writing skills of entering graduate students, including consistent standards in grammar and punctuation, academic style, avoiding plagiarism and learning to critique academic works.
An in-depth and applied study of the principles and practices of starting a nonprofit organization or program through the development of a feasibility study and business plan.
A focus on understanding the history, dogma, values, and traditions of the major world religions and examining primary and secondary source material from these traditions. Students will be challenged to understand the traditions from the inside with an eye to developing skills that can be transferred to both dialogue and interaction. Cross-listed with RTCH 741.
Current communication theories and methodologies related to developing intercultural competency and proficiency in a range of contemporary settings. Cross-listed with RTCH 745.
Examines organizational communication, including dyadic, small group, formal and informal communication, as well as the relationship of communication to organizational satisfaction and effectiveness. In addition, students study how communication defers in leader-member exchange and mass-communication of charismatic leader/large group interaction.
Compares and contrasts strategic thinking with strategic planning and presents the value of both. Students study the leader's role in organizational change, creating and preventing change, as well as determining the organization's readiness for change. In addition, students explore the reasons for resistance to change and strategies for coping with resistance.
Technology as the study of tools and methods and explores how leaders help followers interact with tools and methods to accomplish the organization's objectives. This includes job design, human-computer interaction, understanding how new technology should cause current tools and methods to change, and how to help followers through the adoption and diffusion of the innovation process.
Presents Biblical principles of church leadership and life with an emphasis on team ministry. Examines key ministry practices as foundations for church renewal and revitalization. Recommended as a prerequisite to other ministry courses. Cross-listed with DLDR 707 and RTCH 707.
Biblical principles for building reproducing disciples based upon the Great Commission, including discipleship strategies for a range of settings. Prerequisite: SFRM 501. Cross-listed with SFRM 509, DLDR 709, and RTCH 709.
Online tools ranging from website development, blogging, social networks, audio/video streaming and email newsletters. Students learn to integrate digital online media content for ministry settings such as pastoral ministry, worship, evangelism, missions, marketplace ministry and others. Cross-listed with DLDR 760 and RTCH 760.
Biblical, historical and theological aspects of Christian formation, including the holistic and other models, as these are practically applied to personal life and ministry contexts.
Biblical principles for building reproducing disciples based upon the Great Commission, including discipleship strategies for a range of settings. Prerequisite: SFRM 501. Cross-listed with PMIN 509, DLDR 709 and RTCH 709.
Biblical and theological foundations that determine the formation of Christian moral decision-making and shape a personal lifestyle. Examines selected contemporary moral issues in the light of Biblical teachings. Includes an overview of the prophetic call to the community, the marketplace and nation to mobilize the church in addressing crucial social issues. Cross-listed with DLDR 722 and RTCH 722.
In this exploding age of information, it is the objective of the library faculty to prepare graduates to be on the cutting edge of information technology. Information literacy is the ability to effectively access information for problem solving and decision making; thus, the knowledge and abilities you glean from this course will open doors to lifelong learning. It is imperative for graduate study research. Since the information learned in this course is a vital foundation for all other coursework, its completion is required within the first semester of study. The course takes approximately 10 hours to complete.
Application Deadlines: 2016-2017 Semester
|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 may begin in the fall or spring semesters only with an application deadline of February 15 (fall) or July 15 (spring).
To be considered for acceptance into the master's programs at the School of Divinity, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires applicants to have a completed four-year bachelor's degree (in any field) from a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution or an institution accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Applicants with a bachelor's degree from a non-regionally accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Note: Army active duty, reserve and National Guard members may find detailed information on the application process through GoArmyEd on our GoArmyEd Admissions Guide.
In addition, applicants should have:
1. Submit Your Application
Complete the School of Divinity Application for Admission. Note: We also require your official transcript from your degree-granting institution, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. Regent has partnered with Parchment Exchange to offer a secure, electronic way for your previous college transcripts to be delivered on your behalf when you submit your application for admission.
2. 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.
3. Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the FAFSA.
4. Complete Your Admissions Survey
Please complete a brief admissions survey based on your professional goals and interests, and provide thoughtful and thorough responses. This will give us a better opportunity to get to know you and see how your objectives align with our programs. Once completed, the survey will be sent directly to an enrollment counselor who will be in touch with you to help complete the rest of your application. Access the Admissions Survey.
5. Mail all documents that are completed offline to the following address:
Enrollment Support Services
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Phone: 757.352.4127 | Fax: 757.352.4381
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|
|Master's level (M.A., M.Div., M.T.S., & Th.M.)||$495|
Student Fees Per Semester
|Parking Fee (On-Campus Students)||$100|
|Council of Graduate Students Fee||$15|
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