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Pursue a Master of Arts in Apologetics degree at Regent University.

M.A. in Apologetics & Cosmogony

Earn a Master’s in Apologetics & Cosmogony

Looking to combine your passion for biblical truth and science? Regent’s Master of Arts in Apologetics & Cosmogony will prepare you to methodically explain the origins of the world while supporting the case for the Christian faith. You will study the foundations of scientific inquiry along with key theories, methods and models in both biology and chemistry — all from a Christian worldview. You’ll also learn to minister and train others to share their faith through a biblically sound, reasoned and structured presentation of the gospel that emphasizes the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

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GROW YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Respond to faith-science inquiries and integrate theological and scientific thinking.

BUILD ON A STRONG FOUNDATION

Anchor your knowledge and skills on Christian principles and scientific evidence for creation.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field.

Upon completion of the M.A. in Apologetics & Cosmogony program, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand God’s character through creation and apply that insight to contemporary Christian witness and evangelism.
  • Explain concepts and theories based on scientific evidence that supports the existence of God in creation.
  • Train others in academic and ministerial settings to use Scripture and truth to share their faith.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Ministerial Teaching
  • Ministry Leader
  • Theological Researcher/Writer
  • Evangelist
  • Cosmogony Specialist

Distinctives of various types of biblical literature, with an emphasis on interpretation and contemporary application. Topics: historical narrative, psalm, wisdom, parable, epistle, prophecy and apocalypse. An integrated understanding of origins with God as creator (cosmogony) is introduced as background for proper exegesis of the biblical text.

Contents, themes, and genres of the New Testament canon; methodologies for interpreting the texts in light of their historical contexts.

Contents, themes, and genres of the Old Testament canon; methodologies for interpreting the texts in light of their historical contexts.

The integration of theological and scientific accounts of humanity's origin and the investigation of eternal life. Prerequisite: COSM 610. Cross-listed with COSU 431.

Scientific and theological study of the origins of the universe. Prerequisite: COSM 610. Cross-listed with COSU 432.

Investigation of selected topics in cosmogony. Prerequisite: COSM 610. Cross-listed with COSU 440.

Guided development and refining for writing a master’s thesis through focused reading, scholarly research, building a bibliography, writing a literature review, academic format and protocol. Prerequisites: approved thesis proposal. Pass/No Pass.

Developing the thesis proposal from DGEN 697 into an extended, well-written document incorporating critical analysis and synthesis, and involving original work. Follows the timeline and structure of the Thesis Manual to produce a Master’s Thesis of 15,000-20,000 words. Prerequisite: DGEN 697. Pass/No Pass.

Junior-year performance in selected field. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Examines the biblical, historical, and theological aspects of Christian formation, including the holistic and other models, with emphasis on both personal life and ministry contexts. Taken in the first semester of degree and begins the Spiritual Formation Portfolio.

Key tenets and central doctrines of the Christian faith. Special focus on biblical foundations, historical developments, theological method, and major controversies and confessions.

Philosophical methodologies used in the defense of the Christian faith, especially presuppositionalism (faith to facts) and evidentialism (facts to faith), focusing on the relationship between faith and reason in current Roman Catholic and Protestant defenses, and with Biblical applications to modern and postmodern challenges. No former training in philosophy is required.

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 may begin in the fall or spring semesters only with an application deadline of February 15 (fall) or July 15 (spring).

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for acceptance into the master’s programs at the School of Divinity, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires applicants to have a completed four-year bachelor’s degree (in any field) from a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution or an institution accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a non-regionally accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note: Army active duty, reserve and National Guard members may find detailed information on the application process through GoArmyEd on our GoArmyEd Admissions Guide.

In addition, applicants to master’s level programs should have:

  • a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • high intellectual achievement and scholarship as evidenced by college transcripts and the applicant’s writing sample
  • spiritual maturity and integrity of character
  • personal goals consistent with the mission of Regent University
  • understand and accept the Statement of Faith

Application Process

1. Submit Your Application
Complete the School of Divinity Application for Admission. Note: We also require your official transcript from your degree-granting institution, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. Regent has partnered with DocuSign to offer a secure, electronic way for your previous college transcripts to be delivered on your behalf once you have registered for your first semester.

2. 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).

3. Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the FAFSA.

4. 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.

5. Submit Your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: DIV Master’s 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 institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

6. Submit Your 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. Mail all documents that are completed offline to the following address:
Regent University
Enrollment Support Services
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Phone: 757.352.4127 | Fax: 757.352.4381


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

Master of Arts (M.A.)

$500 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Master of Arts (M.A.)

$500 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

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Kevin Turpin, M.A. in Practical Theology, 2001 Senior Assistant Pastor & President, Founder of Life Enrichment Center; Senior Associate Pastor, New Life Church

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“I graduated from Regent University with a M.A. in Practical Theology. As I stand at the doorstep of my calling, I can see now how every lesson and interaction has prepared me.”

Son-Djerry Cameus, M.A. in Practical Theology, 2020 Community Navigator/Family Coach, La Esperanza