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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, 2020. Be mentored by a renowned faculty of scholars and practitioners that also teach on campus in Virginia Beach.

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Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Accredited

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 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

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.

2020-2021 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 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, June 21

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:

  • 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 admissions 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 apply@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. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it 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 nonrefundable application fee. Mail a check payable to “Regent University” to Enrollment Support Services (see address below).

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 comp
leted 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.

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

2020-21 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) $750
University Services Fee (Online Students) $650

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

“Thank you Regent University for making the most out of this special day for the Class of 2020.”

Richard Sarmiento, M.Div., 2020 Recruiting Specialist, Accenture Federal Services

“Regent was the final yes to answering my call to ministry. My Regent M.Div. degree was exactly what I needed to equip people in ministry.”

Nina Anderson, M.Div., 2014 Pastor, The Well; Kingdom Strategist, Nina Anderson Ministries; Motivational Speaker; Family & Service Pastor, New Life Church

“It’s tough being a student when you’re older but [Regent] had so much flexibility and understanding that enabled me to pursue my degree.”

Ed Lee, M.A., 2017 Practical Theology

“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

“I received a direct commission to the U.S. Army Reserves in the rank of Second Lieutenant on April 10, 2019. The decision to pursue a military career came as a result of my prayerfully discerning a clear call from God to join ministry, specifically through military chaplaincy during this time.”

2LT Whitney Mathis,