D.Min. – Ministry Leadership Coaching

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree, offered completely online or online with some required residency as a modular program, 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 Ministry Leadership Coaching concentration will prepare you to select, train, equip and deploy other leaders for ministry. Leadership coaching is a highly relational method for forming ministry leaders that can be used as a rapid deployment strategy in your context of ministry.

  • Learn foundational coaching for healthy relationships, life focus, and for a variety of specific leadership training needs.
  • Examine current research on emotional and relational competence, and their impact on leadership effectiveness as you participate in peer coaching assignments.
  • Interact with coaching leaders who are effectively integrating elements of human psychology and business into coaching for increased effectiveness.
  • Prepared to submit papers for presentation at international coaching conferences.

Career Opportunities: Advancement for those who serve the Church as consultants, coaches, marketplace leaders, parachurch executives or in many other ministry settings 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: Modular | Online

Total Credit Hours Required: 36

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines: 2017-2018 Semester

Session

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

 

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 significant ministry experience; experience must be gained following the completion of 72 credit hours of graduate coursework
  • 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
  • understand and accept the Statement of Faith

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. 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.

4. Resume
Submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae that highlights your senior-level ministry and leadership experience. Please email it to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: DIV Doctoral Application Pieces.

5. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcripts from U.S.-based schools, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs, in order to review you for 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.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institutions, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs. We will notify you if your previous institutions will not release transcripts directly to us.

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 2017-2018 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) $595

 Student Fees Per Semester

Administrative Fee $85
Technology Fee $300
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.

Please note: Students may also complete this program entirely online with no residency. 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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