Doctor of Ministry Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Fall 2014 Cohort: International Applicants - February 15, 2014 | Domestic Applicants - July 15, 2014

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, The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) requires applicants to have completed a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree (or an equivalent theological master's degree of at least 72 credit hours) from an ATS accredited, graduate institution.

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. Doctor of Ministry students may only enter the program during the fall semester.

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 senior-level ministry experience
  • 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

Doctor of Ministry Application Process (D.Min.)

  1. Submit Your Application
    Complete the School of Divinity Application for Admission.
  2. Apply for Financial Aid
    Complete the School of Divinity financial aid application for consideration of financial awards. (Note: For full consideration of all available awards, you must complete the FAFSA).
  3. 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.
  4. Submit a Résumé
    This résumé should be geared toward a D.Min. degree. Include significant ministry experiences (minimum 3 years of senior-level ministry experience), current ministry position, ordination status and interest in a D.Min. professional concentration. Mail your résumé to Enrollment Support Services (see address below) or email it to
  5. Complete Your Entrance Profile
    Download the D.Min. Student Entrance Profile (PDF File, 109K). Follow the instructions in the document carefully, and email the completed profile to or mail it to Enrollment Support Services.
  6. Provide Your Official College Transcripts
    We require your official transcript from your degree-granting institution, which indicates successful completion of both a bachelor's and master's degree program. Regent University has partnered with Parchment Exchange to offer a secure, electronic way to request previous college transcripts to be delivered on your behalf! To begin the transcript request process, click: Request My Transcript. Additional transcripts may be requested on a case-by-case basis.
  7. 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.
  8. Complete Your Admissions Interview
    You will be contacted to schedule an interview with Enrollment Services once all other application steps are complete. Admissions interviews may be conducted in person or by phone.
  9. 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 University and cannot be returned.


Bruce Smith, D.Min. '06

Bruce Smith, D.Min. '06

CEO, Wycliffe Associates

"I learned new things, heard new perspectives from writers and professors, and applied these things directly to my ministry challenges. Regent was, and is, a community of faith that strengthens each of us as we serve God."
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