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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

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.

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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, 2022. Be mentored by a renowned faculty of scholars and practitioners that also teach on campus in Virginia Beach.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

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) who fully approves the online D.Min. program.

On completing the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree, you can:

  • 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

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Chaplain Ministry & Leadership program prepares you to minister as a chaplain leader. Be equipped to lead other chaplains in ministry, partner with organizational leadership, and build and evaluate effective chaplain ministry programs.

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The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Christian Leadership & Renewal program emphasizes senior-level leadership tools and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. It focuses on the nuts and bolts of effective Christian leadership and addresses some of the advanced skills and complex issues faced by ministry leaders.

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Research-based; exploring the intersection of God and science. Focuses on scientific evidence for the existence of God in creation as an apologetic for the Christian faith.
Foundational course for the D.Min. degree. Emphasizes Regent’s leadership development philosophy relating to personal growth and ministry practice. Designed to bring personal renewal through deep reflection and peer-interactional learning. Introduces skills and techniques of biblical/theological reflection and research needed for the ministry project.
Examines and assesses ethical issues affecting leaders’ lives and work. Provides tailored personal/professional assessment, refocusing and growth. Emphasizes core values, spiritual formation, and relational development, providing lifetime leadership competence and confidence. Mandatory course offered once annually.

2023-24 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before 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.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 11Monday, August 21
Session BFriday, October 13Monday, October 23
Session CThursday, January 4Monday, January 8
Session DFriday, March 1Monday, March 11
Session EFriday, April 26Monday, May 6
Session FFriday, June 7Monday, June 17

Prerequisites

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:

  • 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).
  • M.Div. equivalency of 72 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, with at least 48 credit hours being graduate-level seminary credits.
  • Applicants who possess a master’s degree of at least 36 credit hours in an area of ministerial studies (e.g. Regent’s M.A. in Spiritual Formation or M.A. in Church Leadership) are invited to apply and will be reviewed for admissions consideration on a case-by-case basis. Upon review, you will receive an additional essay prompt asking you to describe the following:
  1. Your ministry calling and current activities
  2. Your personal devotional life and desire for growth
  3. How you believe studies in the D.Min. program will increase your ministry effectiveness

In addition, applicants to the Doctor of Ministry program should have:

  • 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
  • Understand and accept the Statement of Faith

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your Resume

Submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae that highlights your significant ministry experience, detailing your current place of ministry where you desire to complete your ministry project. Please upload your document to regent.edu/items.

Step 4: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5306$3,180
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5306$3,180
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5306$3,180
Master of Theology (ThM)$6703$2,010
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6703$2,010
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6703$2,010

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5309$4,770
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5309$4,770
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5309$4,770
Master of Theology (ThM)$6706$4,020
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6706$4,020
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6706$4,020

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

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PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5156$3,090
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5156$3,090
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5156$3,090
Master of Theology (ThM)$6703$2,010
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6703$2,010
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6703$2,010

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5159$4,635
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5159$4,635
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5159$4,635
Master of Theology (ThM)$6706$4,020
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6706$4,020
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6706$4,020

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800 (Fall & Spring)
$650 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

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*Rates are subject to change at any time.

“Regent University puts care into creating ministers with longevity.”

Timothy Berry, M.Div., 2015 Biblical Theology

“All the professors at Regent are truly gracious and willing to talk to you and help you — even if it's not class-related. They treat their job like it's their calling. Through them, I learned to care for people like a pastor would.”

Derek Hirtz, M.Div., 2015

“I want to take what Regent taught me back to Uganda in a language they can easily understand and relate to.”

Boniface Odong, M.Div., 2017

“Regent has maintained a high standard of scholarship and the practical aspects of leadership, and they have outstanding professors. I was blessed when I was there.”

Daniel Backens, M.A. in Practical Theology, 1999 Senior Pastor, New Life Church

“In 2015, the Lord began stirring our hearts that it was time to leave everything familiar behind and move here to pursue our degrees at Regent.”

Cheryl You, M.Div., 2019