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DSL – Servant Leadership

Lead on Principle, Live to Serve

You’ve built a career on values—and living them out for others. This terminal professional degree in servant leadership emphasizes communication, structure, team building, and cultural understanding from a Christian perspective. You’ll become grounded in theory and practical components essential to organizational success.

Online w/ Residency
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January 11, 2021
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COVID-19 Update: Concerned about travel? Spring and Summer residencies will be held online for your well-being and convenience.

LIVE AUTHENTICALLY

Examine why a service-first approach is important to effective leadership and how to apply servant leadership skills authentically to your organization and personal life.

BECOME A THOUGHT LEADER

Write and publish leadership-related topics in popular press publications and applied journals.

IMPROVE THE WORLD AROUND YOU

Learn how to elevate individuals, teams, and systems to their God-given potential. Our award-winning faculty will bring out your inner leader, from performing expert analyses to mentoring teams through change.

Regent has been ranked among top national universities by the U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020). Our programs have also been ranked among the Top 5 Best Graduate Online Business (Non-MBA) Programs in Virginia for six years in a row. Experience the Regent difference through the Doctor of Strategic Leadership – Servant Leadership program.

After completing the DSL in Servant Leadership degree online, with a minimal on-campus residency in Virginia Beach, you will be able to:

  • Explain the biblical foundations, perspectives, and examples of servant leadership—and apply them in a contemporary world.
  • Move from knowledge of how servant leadership works to active engagement in its core principles.
  • Understand the intricacies of organizational assessment, organizational change and how to lead strategic initiatives.

Career Opportunities

  • Executive Leadership for Ministry, Business, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, Healthcare, Government Agencies & the Military
  • University Faculty
  • Consulting
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98% of students believed the education they received was worth the expense

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Intensive scene study applied to the texts of major twentieth century playwrights whose works present unique challenges for the contemporary actor. Prerequisite: THE 728.

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

Doctoral Degree Requirements for Admission

When applying to the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership or the Doctor of Strategic Leadership programs, the admissions committee, comprised of several faculty members, will use a rubric to independently evaluate and score each of the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement in bachelor’s and master’s programs
  • Writing quality
  • Alignment of personal goals to Ph.D. or DSL outcomes
  • Number of years in leadership positions
  • Leadership development and impact
  • Number of leadership positions held

Prerequisites:

Doctoral applicants must:

  • Hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by a credential evaluating agency.
  • Submit all application materials such that they are received by the deadline for the semester to which they are applying. Once the application requirements have been fulfilled, an admissions interview may be requested. Interviews are by invitation only.

Admissions Process:

1. Complete Your Online Application

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

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

2. Pay Your $50 Application Fee

Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

3. 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: SBL 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.

4. Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

Please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objectives with our programs.

The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, our admission office will be able to upload this to your application file.

5. 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.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Doctor of Strategic Leadership

$995 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

Enrollment Deposit $250
University Services Fee (Online Students) $550
Residency

$375 per residency

Note: All students are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements and incidental expenses.

ENGL 500-01 Graduate Academic Writing Course $70
RU Library Course Fee $50 (one-time fee)

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Doctor of Strategic Leadership

$995 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

Enrollment Deposit $250
University Services Fee (Online Students) $600
Residency

$375 per residency

Note: All students are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements and incidental expenses.

ENGL 500-01 Graduate Academic Writing Course $70
RU Library Course Fee $50 (one-time fee)

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

TITLE IV LOANS:If students are receiving Title IV Federal Student Loans, they are permitted to enroll in the same course number a maximum of only two semesters. Therefore, doctoral students are encouraged to carefully plan the dissertation/final project stage of their program.

The School of Business & Leadership is committed to the historical foundations of the doctoral degree in which a community of scholars is created among faculty mentors and student scholars. Regent University mirrors this historical tradition by using student cohorts, intensive on-campus residencies and a variety of interactive discussion modes that extend beyond topical course discourse.

The Ph.D. and DSL programs in the School of Business & Leadership include two required residencies, each covering four days and held on the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The first residency covers program orientation and guidelines, the library use course (UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources) as well as in-class instruction for the first two courses of the core curriculum. The second residency focuses on class instruction for the courses to be taken in the semester as well as doctoral program requirements such as comprehensive exams, doctoral dissertation, DSL Integrative Paper and Final Project.

View upcoming residency dates, registration and lodging details.

“Regent challenged me to think beyond the mechanics of business. I was able to address work-life balance and focus on core personal leadership attributes. The strong academics and values-based leadership focus helped move me from sales to management almost immediately.”

Jonathan Freeland, MBA, 2000 VP, Product Marketing at Cox Communications

“"It will be the principles of servant leadership that I largely learned at Regent that I'll carry with me. These principles defined me as a corporate leader, and I believe they will define my political leadership."”

Scott Rigell, MBA, 1990 Former Representative of Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District; U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran; former owner of Freedom Automotive

“I am proud to further Regent University’s conviction of excellence in scholarship, passion for ministry, and devotion to the Word of God.”

Ben Gutierrez, Ph.D., 2004 Organizational Leadership

“A dean from another university knew the journey of my life was in the intersection between ministry and the marketplace. He said to me, ‘You need Regent University’s Doctor of Strategic Leadership program.’ And how right he was.”

Chris Holdorf, DSL, 2019 Executive Director, Global Water Center; Adjunct Professor, Charleston Southern University; Former CEO, National Christian Foundation

“To the Big Four firm who insisted I'd need to drop out of my Regent doctoral program: I decided not to drop out. I completed my program (4.0 GPA), started my own firm and added multimillion-dollar organizations to my portfolio.”

Marissa Layton, DSL, 2020 Business Coach