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Master of Divinity in Biblical Literature & Languages (M.Div.)

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Are you seeking a classical seminary experience? Regent’s Master of Divinity in Biblical Literature & Languages is a comprehensive degree incorporating elements of theological studies and practical ministry with a strong emphasis on biblical literature and languages. This degree is intended to prepare you for Christian ministry, act as a foundation for ordination, and prepare you for further studies at a doctoral level. The curriculum is highly focused on the Biblical Hebrew and Greek languages and the Scriptures themselves. You will receive focused training on how to accurately interpret the Scriptures, apply them to ministry, and proclaim them through preaching and teaching of God’s Holy Word. Plus, in year two of your program, you’ll enjoy a study abroad trip to Israel! Full-time students can complete this program in four years.

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August 21, 2023

ADVANCED CURRICULUM

  • Primarily 15-Week Courses On Campus
  • Four Semesters of Biblical Hebrew
  • Four Semesters of Biblical Greek
  • In-Depth Study of All 66 Canonical Books
  • Integrative Trip to The Land of Israel

Build on a strong foundation

Embrace Scripture as the revealed Word of God that is inspired, infallible and inerrant.

Designed with you mind

To maximize synergy with professors and peers using a cohort model—with only two start dates a year—you’ll enjoy on-campus interactions in Virginia Beach.

LEARN FROM TOP SCHOLARS & PRACTITIONERS 

You will be taught by respected faculty and pioneers in Christian history, biblical studies, Christian ministry, and Renewal theology.

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

The Master of Divinity in Biblical Literature & Languages (M.Div.) 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 Master of Divinity Biblical Literature & Languages, you will be able to:

  • Develop practical solutions to ministry challenges through discipleship training practices and Christian faith-based community principles. 
  • Understand the Old and New Testament books of the Bible in their historical, cultural and geographical context.
  • Accurately interpret Scriptures and apply them in the proper context.
  • Prepare for ordination, ministry licensure, or doctoral level study (D.Min. or Ph.D.)

Career Opportunities

  • Ministerial Executive Leader 
  • Christian Educator 
  • Church Planter 
  • Global Missionary 
  • Corporate/Military Chaplain 
  • Campus Minister 

Introduction to the grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Emphasis is placed on alphabet, vowels, verbs and basic reading vocabulary as a foundation for further studies in Biblical Hebrew.

Resumption of Biblical Hebrew 1 with continued emphasis on grammar and vocabulary. Stress on weak verbs and basic knowledge of syntax. Exercises and reading of selected texts of Hebrew prose. Prerequisite: BIBL 630.

Exercises in translation, vocabulary building and exegesis of select portions of the Hebrew Old Testament. Prerequisite: BIBL 631.

Translation of a select book of the Hebrew OT or select representative passages (e.g., narrative, law, psalms, prophecy, poetry). Analysis of the text with a view toward preparation for biblical exposition, preaching or further academic study. Prerequisite: BIBL 632.

An exegetical investigation of Genesis to Deuteronomy for the construction of Biblical Theology and in dialogue with contemporary interpretive issues.
An exegetical investigation of the Former and Latter Prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures (Joshua-Kings and Isaiah-Malachi) for the construction of Biblical Theology and in dialogue with contemporary interpretive issues.
An exegetical investigation of Ruth, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Daniel for the construction of Biblical Theology and in dialogue with contemporary interpretive issues.
An exegetical investigation of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Acts, as well as the Gospel of John, the Johannine Epistles, and Revelation for the construction of Biblical Theology and in dialogue with contemporary interpretive issues.
An exegetical investigation of the Corpus Paulinum (Romans – Philemon) for the construction of Biblical Theology and in dialogue with contemporary interpretive issues.
An exegetical investigation of the General Epistles (Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude) for the construction of Biblical Theology and in dialogue with contemporary interpretive issues.

Intensive course in basic morphology and syntax of New Testament Greek. Covers basic vocabulary and grammar as a foundation for further studies in biblical Greek.

Continuation of the study of New Testament Greek. Includes translation and exegesis of 1 John. Prerequisite: BIBL 670.

Develops reading vocabulary and exegetical skills of New Testament Greek through intensive study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians in the Greek text. Prerequisite: BIBL 671.

Exercises in translation, vocabulary building and exegesis of select portions of the Greek New Testament and Septuagint (LXX). Prerequisite: BIBL 672.

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.

Provides opportunities for guided masters level immersion in domestic and global settings as applied learning contexts for biblical studies, Christian doctrine, Intercultural Studies and history and/or practical theology areas of study. Cross-listed with DGEN 789.

Provides the knowledge, resources, and essential skills needed for success at the graduate level. Topics include academic writing, online learning, information literacy and advising and support services for Divinity students.

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.

Systematic approach to developing biblical messages that are driven by genuine human need, sound biblical exegesis and by clear, specific application of biblical truth to the lives of hearers. Focus is on preparing transformational messages that communicate biblical life and truth.

Strategies for effective emotional and spiritual healing in the unique context of the Church. Presents models for biblically based, spiritually-gifted strategies to address key issues as an integrated part of the mentoring and disciple-making process.

The theology, theory and practice of preaching with emphasis on expository, narrative and topical forms of sermons. Mainly consists of preaching experiences with feedback evaluation by instructor and students.

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.

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:

  • 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. Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the FAFSA.

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. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5156$3,090
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5156$3,090
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5156$3,090
Master of Theology (ThM)$6703$2,010
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6703$2,010
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6703$2,010

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5159$4,635
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5159$4,635
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5159$4,635
Master of Theology (ThM)$6706$4,020
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)$6706$4,020
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)$6706$4,020

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)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

*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.