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Regent Announces New M.A. in Online Ministry Program for Fall 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (June 14, 2021) – Regent University’s School of Divinity will launch a new Master of Arts in Online Ministry program in Fall 2021. This 36-credit-hour master’s degree, delivered entirely online, offers a high-impact structure that allows students to become rapidly equipped in the technical and practical aspects of online ministry.

“As a leader in online learning, Regent is offering a new online degree program to fulfill a specialized niche for ministry leaders at a strategic time for churches and Christian organizations globally,” said Corné J. Bekker, D. Litt. et Phil., dean for the School of Divinity. “The advent of online ministry has created unprecedented opportunities for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus. Effective online ministry should not only be done with the highest degree of technical excellence, but also be Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, and faithful to the Word of God.”

Through this leading-edge program, students can gain the knowledge, skills, and ministerial training necessary to facilitate and advise in production and streaming, online discipleship, software and hardware for quality online experiences, and online fellowship and connection.

Regent’s School of Divinity developed this innovative program to support the unique criteria online ministers need to thrive in a virtual world. Bekker and his faculty note:

Online ministers must be:

  • Trained in cutting-edge technology and innovation.
  • Knowledgeable about the landscape, potential, and pitfalls of online platforms.
  • Equipped in theology, vocation, and practice of ministry.
  • Skilled in the reading, exegesis, and proclamation of God’s Word.
  • Formed spiritually and professionally to glorify God and serve His Church.

Bekker emphasized, “Like the invention of the printing press gave birth to the Reformation, the digital age and faithful online ministry hold the promise of a worldwide revival and a renewal back to God.”

Accreditation & Specialized Curriculum

The M.A. in Online Ministry at Regent University is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the leading accrediting body for more than 270 graduate schools in the United States and Canada.

Regent’s M.S. in Online Ministry requires the completion of 36 credit hours of coursework, comprised of five foundational courses, six specialized courses and a ministry internship capstone. Full-time students can complete the M.A. in Online Ministry in three to four semesters.

Take Your Next Step

Be among the first to reap all the benefits of this rewarding new program and position yourself to stand out in your field. Apply now online at or speak with an enrollment counselor by calling 800.723.6162.


About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with over 11,000 students online and on campus in Virginia Beach, VA. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study, including business, communication and the arts, cybersecurity and technology, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing and healthcare, and psychology. Regent University tops the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia and is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Along with a commitment to academic excellence, what sets Regent apart is its mission to prepare Christian leaders to change the world.

About the School of Divinity

The School of Divinity is one of the fastest growing seminaries in the nation. This interdenominational school of theology is anchored in a renewal perspective, with a focus on sanctification and the inner, personal change of self through the power of the Holy Spirit. Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the School of Divinity is listed among ATS’ Top 5 Largest M.Div. programs. Our degree programs prepare Christian leaders to serve in churches and on the mission field, and in education, the marketplace, military settings, and beyond. Whether online or on campus, you can receive the academically excellent, biblically focused education and practical tools needed to fulfill your ministry calling and impact lives for Christ.