Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

School of Divinity

#13 largest divinity program in the nation/world among ATS-accredited seminaries

Among the nation's first ATS-approved online D.Min. programs

250 senior pastors & 125 presidents of organizations

2,200+ alumni serving in 47 states, DC and 42 nations

Advance Your Ministry Leadership Through Regent’s Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program

Are you keen on advancing your theological training and earning a doctorate without having to relocate? Join one of the first Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) programs in the nation to receive approval by the ATS to be offered completely online with no residency requirement. The D.Min. program is a professional and terminal degree that emphasizes senior-level leadership tools and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. It is also available online with some required residency.

Advance in Leadership Roles

Gain biblical insights and critical thinking skills to help you dissect leadership styles, philosophical models, theories, and change dynamics.

Expand Your Expertise through the D.Min. Program

Develop advanced skills in decision making and strategy building, as well as practical theological and discipleship tools.

Mentor a Second Generation of Leaders

Learn how to unlock a person's leadership potential by acquiring practical skills and examining how God develops leaders.

Access Faculty Expertise

Regent is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report, 2020. Be mentored by a renowned faculty of scholars and practitioners that also teach on campus in Virginia Beach.

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, and has since granted ongoing approval.

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The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) at Regent University is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).

Online w/ Residency D.Min. Program

8-week Course Sessions

Scholarships Available

Online w/Residency

SESSION START:

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 36

Take Your Career to the Next Level

On completing the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree, you will be able to:

  • Work flexibly and fruitfully as a skilled ministry leader.
  • Apply your knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research to gain an insight into various aspects of ministry.
  • Catalyze change through advanced ministry administration, including casting vision, strategic planning and managing multi-phased projects.

Career Opportunities

  • Pastoral leaders
  • Military chaplains
  • Parachurch executives
  • Marketplace leaders
  • Ministry Consultants

8.2% Employment increase for clergy, 2016-26. - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Click any section below for additional information or access your course schedule.

2019-2020 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 9

Monday, August 26

Session M

Friday, September 13

Monday, September 23

Session B

Friday, October 18

Monday, October 28

Session C

Friday, January 3

Monday, January 13

Session T

Friday, January 31

Monday, February 10

Session D

Friday, March 6

Monday, March 16

Session E

Friday, May 1

Monday, May 11

Session F

Friday, June 12

Monday, June 22

 

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 a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution or an institution accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  2. M.Div. equivalency of 72 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, with at least 48 credit hours being graduate-level seminary credits.

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 Questionnaire
Please complete a brief admissions questionnaire 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 questionnaire 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 Questionnaire.

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 Transcript Request team by email to transcripts@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. Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Simply scan and upload a copy of your driver's license, high school ID, passport, permanent resident card or official government ID card, using our secure and convenient online tool. If you would prefer to take a picture of your government-issued ID and email that to our office, please attach your ID and email to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

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. Mail official transcripts 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.

2018-19 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

$650 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

$650 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students) $700
University Services Fee (Online Students) $550

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

Residency Requirements

This program is offered through a contextual online cohort model with select on-campus courses. Students may begin their program in August, October, January, March, May, or June and complete courses with their cohort. Three select courses are taken as an eight week online course with one of the eight weeks spent on the Virginia Beach campus in intensive classroom experience and face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers.

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.

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)