Th.M. — Pastoral Theology

School of Divinity

The Master of Theology, available online or on campus, is an advanced degree that provides a fuller mastery of one area or discipline of theological study than is normally provided at the Master of Divinity level. You will receive specialized training and intensive theological research and methodology required for advancement in church or marketplace ministry, teaching at the university level or entry into a doctoral program. Advanced standing is available for those who complete the Th.M. and choose to pursue Regent's Ph.D. in Theological Studies.

Through the Pastoral Theology concentration, you will:

  • Enhance your global competence as you prepare for service in a diverse range of cultural contexts.
  • Choose additional coursework on topics from the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and theology and culture to the Christian pilgrimage of faith and how to integrate spiritual direction and disciplines into holistic healing, according to your area of interest.
  • Increase your understanding of intercession, reconciliation, urban ministry, ministry coaching and hermeneutics.

Career Opportunities:

  • Prepare for graduate study at the doctoral level
  • Prepare for teaching
  • Gain scholarly enhancement in ministerial practice
  • Engage in disciplined reflection on a specialized function in ministry

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Delivery Format: On Campus | Online w/Residency

Total Credit Hours Required: 24

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

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).

 

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for acceptance into the Master of Theology (Th.M.) program in 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 Master of Divinity (M.DIV.), Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from a ATS or regionally accredited post-secondary institution.

Applicants with a Master's Degree from a non-regionally accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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In addition, applicants to the Master of Theology (Th.M.) should have:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.5
  • High intellectual achievement and scholarship as evidenced by college transcripts and the applicant's writing sample
  • A desire and ability to write a thesis in your chosen area of concentration
  • Spiritual maturity and integrity of character
  • Personal goals consistent with the mission of Regent University

Master of Theology (Th.M.) Application Process

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. Academic Writing Sample
Submit a 4-6 page (1000-1500 words) academic writing sample such as an essay or excerpt from an academic paper or article. Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: DIV Application Pieces.

4. Thesis Proposal
Submit a well-written statement, including footnotes, of no less than 350 words and no greater than 500 words, discussing your area of research interest and projected path for thesis preparation. Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: DIV Application Pieces.

5. Personal Goal Statement
Submit a personal goal statement demonstrating an interest in ministry relative to the program to which you are applying (Practical Ministry, Biblical Studies). Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: DIV Application Pieces.

6. Mail all documents that are completed offline to the following address:
Regent University
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

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

View a sample budget.

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