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M.A. in Practical Theology

Pursue Your Calling Through Regent’s Practical Theology Degree Program

You’ve answered the call. Now is the time to prepare for the mission. At Regent, our online and on-campus Master of Arts in Practical Theology equips you to lead in a specialized ministry setting. You’ll be armed with a firm foundation in hermeneutics, Old and New Testament, Christian theology, spiritual formation, and more. Choose from our concentration options, which underscore the importance of biblical application in everyday life and ministry.

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Build a Foundation for Leadership & Service

Develop competence in biblical literacy, the history of the Church, and basic knowledge of Christian doctrines, with an emphasis on the renewing work of the Holy Spirit.

Lead Confidently

Apply balanced reasoning informed by Scripture and develop solutions to ministry challenges.

Learn from Top Scholars & Practitioners

Faculty include pioneers in Church history, biblical studies, and Renewal theology.

Experience Regent, ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report, 2020. Presented from a Christian perspective, this practical theology degree program is supported by our respected faculty in Virginia Beach.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

The M.A. in Practical Theology at Regent University is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).

On completing the M.A. in Practical Theology degree, you will be able to:

  • Develop a solid biblical-theological foundation for global ministry and evangelism.
  • Apply balanced reasoning informed by Scripture.
  • Develop solutions to ministry challenges.

Career Opportunities

  • Ministry Specialist
  • Church Leadership
  • Christian Educator
  • Evangelist
  • Missionary
16%
Higher earnings with a master's degree. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The M.A. in Practical Theology – Church & Ministry gives you a solid foundation in Hermeneutics, Old and New Testaments, Christian theology and spiritual formation as you learn to incorporate them into everyday life and ministry.

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The M.A. in Practical Theology – Interdisciplinary Studies degree equips you with advanced knowledge in key areas to address your academic and ministry interests. Choose courses from across disciplines in the School of Divinity to gain knowledge and skills to live out your calling.

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The M.A. in Practical Theology – Marketplace Ministry degree equips you with a cross-disciplined foundation to develop practical solutions to ministry challenges. It blends courses from divinity, business, leadership and government to give you a solid footing in organizational behavior, nonprofit management, Christian theology and more.

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The M.A. in Practical Theology – Missiology will help prepare you for a career in practical ministry within the church or a nonprofit organization. Grounded in Scripture, this program focuses on God's redemptive plan for the Church and covers the importance of mission-focused biblical teaching and leadership development.

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The M.A. in Practical Theology – Worship & Media degree program equips you to cultivate a Spirit-led worship experience by combining music, media and biblical theology of worship. You'll develop creative approaches to worship and learn how to access relevant tools and technology.

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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.

Biblical apologetic for the nature of God, humankind, and creation. Focuses on God’s revelation of Himself through creation with practical application to Christian witness.

An overview of Church history from the time of Christ to the Pre-Reformation. Special attention is given to the growth and development of the church in historical context, major Christian thought leaders, the advancement of the Gospel, and renewing work of the Holy Spirit.

An overview of Church history from the Reformation to the modern era. Special attention is given to the historical context for the Reformation, leading thought leaders of pre- and post-Reformation times, the historical development of major Christian doctrine and spirituality, and the modern Renewal Movement.

Biblical and theological foundations to understand the mission of God (missio dei) with focus on reaching the unreached, discipling new believers, establishing the Kingdom of God, and building his Church.

Foundational biblical principles of church leadership and life with an emphasis on team ministry. Examines key ministry practices as foundations for church renewal and revitalization. Recommended as a prerequisite to other ministry courses.

An integrated perspective of the pastoral functions, practices and offices in the local church, with special applied emphasis on the sacraments, ordinances, funerals and weddings. Critical issues in pastoral leadership are examined with an emphasis on avoiding pastoral pitfalls and fulfilling one’s calling with integrity.

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.

2021-22 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All new 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 13Monday, August 23
Session MFriday, September 10Monday, September 20
Session BFriday, October 15Monday, October 25
Session CTuesday, December 21Monday, January 10
Session TFriday, January 28Monday, February 7
Session DFriday, March 4Monday, March 14
Session EFriday, April 29Monday, May 9
Session FFriday, June 10Monday, June 20

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Step 2: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

  • After you submit your application, you will receive a link to complete the required admissions questionnaire.

Step 3: Submit Your Unofficial College Transcripts

  • Email your unofficial college transcripts to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Unofficial Transcripts.
  • 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 4: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

  • Email a photo of your government-issued ID to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Government ID.
  • 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)$5006$3,000
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5006$3,000
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5006$3,000
Master of Theology (ThM)$6503$1,950
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6503$1,950
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6503$1,950

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5009$4,500
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5009$4,455
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5009$4,500
Master of Theology (ThM)$6506$3,900
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6506$3,900
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6506$3,900

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5006$3,000
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5006$3,000
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5006$3,000
Master of Theology (ThM)$6503$1,950
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6503$1,950
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6503$1,950

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5009$4,500
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5009$4,455
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5009$4,500
Master of Theology (ThM)$6506$3,900
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6506$3,900
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6506$3,900

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

“I visited Regent during my brother’s first semester as a graduate student, toured the gorgeous campus, and realized I was called to Regent too.”

Abbie Braswell, B.S. in Business, 2020 Former Resident Assistant, Regent University

“"Learning in the classroom is really important, but unless you apply it, it is wasted. Being involved in the community at Regent and seeing how the school helps young people become passionate about what they believe in or feel called to do, inspired me."”

Spencer Brown, B.A. , 2016

“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

“When I think of Regent University, I think of destiny. Regent has been such an integral part of my, one, knowing my destiny, two, being formed and shaped to fulfill my destiny, and then, three, thrusting me into that next step.”

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

“I have had an extensive career of over 25 years in healthcare. This opportunity is a result of God’s favor and my recently obtained degree. I am very excited and grateful for the doors already opening as a result of my time at Regent.”

Lois Anderson, Doctor of Strategic Leadership, 2021 Organization Development Consultant, Capital Region Health, University of Maryland Medical System