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Regent University Ranked #1 Theological & Ministerial Online Doctoral Degree in the U.S.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (April 22, 2021) – Regent University has been ranked the #1 most popular school for theological and ministerial studies in the U.S. for students who want to pursue an online doctoral degree. The report from analyzed 30 different schools in the U.S. to determine the most popular online doctoral degree programs.

“The world needs Christian leadership now more than ever before,” said Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Regent University. “Through our theological and ministerial degree programs, we are preparing ministry leaders to faithfully serve Christ and to fulfill the Great Commission. Earning this top ranking reflects our sincere dedication to providing high-quality, Christ-centered education.” 

The ranking assessed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System from the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education. The report also measured other college data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.

According to, 13,555 people earned a degree or certificate in theological and ministerial studies in 2018-2019, making it the #23 most popular major in the U.S. The ranking examined how many students graduated from schools with online doctoral programs in theological and ministerial studies.

“Our aim at the Regent University School of Divinity is to offer the highest caliber of theological and ministerial training deeply rooted in the Word of God. It is our desire the train ministers and scholars that are taken by the greatness of God and the power of the Gospel to change our world,” said Dr. Corné Bekker, dean of the School of Divinity. “For the church. By the church. Ministry-ready. For the glory of God.”

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About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University, ranked among top national universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.