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Operation Blessing at work: Pursue your master’s in international development at Regent University.

M.A. in International Development

Accelerate Your Global Impact Through a Master’s in International Development

Are you ready to transform the world through a Christian worldview? Regent’s Master of Arts in International Development will prepare you to improve economic, social and political conditions globally. You will gain highly marketable skills in program evaluation, policy oversight and analysis, and economic growth and trade. You will also be equipped to work with governmental, nonprofit and faith-based organizations to lead humanitarian disaster response and anti-poverty efforts within the U.S. and abroad. This program is delivered fully online with some on-campus courses available.

January 8, 2024
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Gain Hands-On Experience

Enjoy real-world training through project-focused internship opportunities with partner organizations.

Increase Your Network

Join our global alumni of government officials, advocates, consultants, and policymakers who are changing the world.

Make an Impact

Assist in the development of on-the-ground international development projects that give hope to communities in need.

Align Yourself with Excellence

Regent, based in Virginia Beach, VA, has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for four years (2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023). We have also been recognized as a Military Friendly Top 5 School by Military Friendly®, 2023-24, and among the Top 10 Best for Vets Colleges: Online & Nontraditional by Military Times, 2020. Experience the Regent difference through the master’s in international development program.

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

On completing the master’s in international development, you can:

  • Gain real-world experience in key aspects of international development.
  • Lead humanitarian efforts and proven international development strategies.
  • Apply faith-based development models to promote sustainable human flourishing.
  • Present academic research through peer reviewed journals and other mediums to mitigate human conflict and suffering.


  • Government Agency Program Officer
  • Country Program Specialist
  • Government Relations Advisor
  • Missions-Focused Development Director
  • Policy Analyst/Program Officer
Students will participate in a practical development project or related opportunity, in conjunction with faculty and partner organizations, consistent with their eventual career goals and the mission of the international development degree and RSG. Prerequisite: Complete Core Curriculum (18 credits).
Qualitative and quantitative reasoning, the basic principles of the philosophy of science, and positivist and reflexivist approaches to knowledge creation. Cross listed with GOV 703.
Offers a biblical perspective of the religious, philosophical, and cultural foundations of Western civilization. Cross-listed with GOV 704.
Covers basic aspects of religion and international politics, including religion’s relationship to state power, international religious freedom, inter-state and intra-state religious conflict, and religion’s relationship to international human rights and economic development. There are also strong connections with relevant scriptural principles. Cross-listed with GOV 726.
Overview of development and role of political parties within political institutions, from an American and international perspective. Cross-listed with GOV 763.
Analyzes the nature and character of democracy and democratic institutions, compares theoretical approaches to democratization and political development, and analyzes practical case studies. Cross-listed with GOV 773.
A multi-disciplinary study of international and multinational social, political, and economic problems from a Comparative and international perspective. Cross-listed with GOV 774.

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

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial College Transcripts

  • Submit your unofficial college transcripts to
  • Upon conditional acceptance, Regent University will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company.

Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

  • Submit a photo of your government-issued ID to
  • Please note that 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)$6956$4,170
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6956$4,170
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$9006$5,400

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6959$6,255
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6959$6,255
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$9009$8,100

Student Fees Per Semester

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

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DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6956$4,170
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6956$4,170
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$9006$5,400

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6959$6,255
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6959$6,255
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$9009$8,100

Student Fees Per Semester

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

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Ann Buwalda, Regent University alumna.

When it comes to taking down giants, Ann Buwalda has quite a few tools in her belt. “Prayer and relationship with God give you the faith that you need to conquer your giant.” Buwalda has been slaying “giants” since 1991 as executive director of Jubilee Campaign USA, a nonprofit that focuses on international religious freedom and advocating for the release of prisoners of conscience; aiding in the resettlement of refugees seeking asylum; and combatting human trafficking — including protecting vulnerable women and children and providing support to victims. Read about her work.

Kenton Lee, a 2010 graduate of Regent’s School of Business & Leadership, is the founder and executive director of Because International, a nonprofit company that provides adjustable shoes to accommodate a child’s growing feet. On a mission trip to Kenya eight years ago, Lee’s heart broke when he saw orphans struggling to cram their feet into shoes they had outgrown. One of the girls “actually had to cut open the front of her shoes to let her toes stick out. … Most of the kids had shoes that didn’t fit.” Read about “The Shoe That Grows.”

Whether you are a prospective student or a current student, your questions matter. Please take a few moments to skim our Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.

“What distinguishes Regent from other graduate schools is the Christian application to public policy issues. My faith is more complete because I was able to integrate a biblical worldview with domestic and international political issues.”

Amber Sells, M.A., 2008

“A Master of Public Administration with honors — I did that! A single mom, worked full time and a full-time grad student too.”

Keeley Daye, MPA, 2020 Workforce Service Representative, Virginia Employment Commission; Owner, Capture the Daye Photography

“I'm so glad Regent isn't afraid to engage with other viewpoints. It's a place where people are willing to debate their position honestly and without fear.”

Larry Mayes, M.A., 1998 Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston

“Regent provided valuable internship experiences — from working for a Congressman to work in Iraq with the Kurdish government.”

Jennifer Salcido, M.A., 2012

“The Robertson School of Government was the perfect fit in obtaining a master's degree while serving active-duty. The online program gave me the flexibility I needed. This track of study will truly prepare and position you at the forefront of a rapidly expanding skillset within the federal government.”

Jonathan Tillman, M.A., 2010