About

Students in Regent University’s School of Psychology & Counseling come from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and denominational traditions, but what they all share is a heart for people and a deep desire to make the world a better place. Our programs challenge students to think critically and purposefully about their faith and how it will relate to their professional identity. Our students also acquire clinical skills in a safe place with ample supervision and guidance. This provides confidence to integrate science and faith — elements that we believe complement rather than oppose one another.

Today, in mainstream and faith-based settings across the country, you’ll find Regent-educated counselors, clinical practitioners, educators, key decision makers and respected voices in research and scholarship. Likewise, when you graduate from Regent, you’ll hold the knowledge and skills you need for professional and personal success.

Philosophy

Christian Integration

The psychology and counseling programs at Regent embrace a distinctive that shapes everything we teach and do: The integration of the Christian faith within your profession. Through our programs, you will deepen your understanding of both the science of human nature and the spiritual truths that give it meaning. Our curriculum balances timeless Judeo-Christian principles with the highest standards of contemporary theory and practice.

We believe God exists and He is the source of all truth. We believe He is a just, compassionate Creator and Redeemer who calls us into a relationship with Himself and others. We recognize that each person, whether client or counselor, is in a distinctive place in his or her spiritual life. Therefore, while we teach courses from a Christian integrative perspective, students are encouraged to consider, in each course, how their own spirituality can be applied to the counseling setting and to their own personal growth.

Because of our core values, we are committed to developing in each individual student the highest level of competence in knowledge and skills. Our values also establish the framework within which we educate and train students in their ethical responsibility to respect each client’s spirituality level, always mindful not to impart one’s own values and beliefs on others. Because of the multifaceted training available within the context of the model, graduates of our programs are able to function as effective and ethical counseling professionals in both secular and Christian settings.

Admissions FAQs

Yes, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has accredited the following programs in the School of Psychology & Counseling: M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. in School Counseling, M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision. The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Contact the APA at Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, or call 202.336.5979.

In addition, the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting body for our area. This accredits all of the university programs.

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Online

(All estimates based on full-time enrollment.)

M.A. in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health; School; Marriage, Couple & Family) 2-3 years
M.A. in Human Services 12-18 months
M.A. in Pastoral Counseling 12-18 months
M.S. in General Psychology 18 months – 2 years
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) 5 Years
Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies 3-½ years
(depending on length of dissertation completion)
Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision 3-½ to 4 years
(depending on length of dissertation completion)

Yes, amounts range from modest allowances for books to full-tuition scholarships. Teaching assistantships are also available on a limited, competitive basis for the Psy.D. program beginning in the second year of the program. Over 85 percent of our student body receives financial aid. To learn more about financial aid opportunities, visit our Admissions & Aid page.

Yes, some of the online programs have an annual residency requirement wherein students come to campus to meet with faculty, take comprehensive exams, work on group projects with members of their cohort, fellowship together to build cohort camaraderie and work on modular courses. See the details for residency requirements on each specific program page.

Financial Aid FAQs

There are a number of scholarship opportunities available to our students. Review our list of school-specific scholarships on the SPC Admissions & Aid page. In addition, Regent offers several endowed scholarships. You can read more about these awards on the Central Financial Aid website.

School-Specific Scholarships:

  • (Spring) January 1
  • (Summer) May 1
  • (Fall) July 31

University Endowed Scholarships:

  • March 1

FAFSA Deadlines:

  • FAFSA on the web, Renewal FAFSA on the web and applications must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, June 30.

Corrections on the web forms must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, September 15.

Yes, the form is the same and is submitted exactly as it was to your undergraduate institution. If you still have your PIN, you may use it to update your information rather than completing a brand new application.

The school code for Regent is: 030913

Loan eligibility is evaluated by our Central Financial Aid office upon receipt of your Student Aid Report, which is automatically sent to the university soon after your FAFSA is submitted. Contact your financial aid counselor to receive more specific information.

If you have loans and/or scholarships, you may lose some of your funds if this drops you below the full-time enrollment requirement. If it drops you below four credit hours, you will lose all of your financial benefits (exceptions are CMHC and CES). If this is the case, you will be responsible for immediate repayment of the difference.

If you have questions about school-specific scholarships, please contact Katie Kerley, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 800.681.5906 or kathpec@regent.edu.

If you have questions about loans, FAFSA or university endowed scholarships, please contact Central Financial Aid at 800.373.5504, ext. 4125.