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Alumnus Mark Batterson: Pursue a Master of Divinity online at Regent University.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Prepare for Full-Time Ministry & Ordination. Pursue Your Master of Divinity Online or in Virginia.

Is a seminary degree the next step in your calling? Regent’s Master of Divinity (offered online or on-campus in Virginia Beach) incorporates elements of the Master of Theological Studies and M.A. in Practical Theology to equip you to lead a church, ministry, parachurch organization or nonprofit. The Master of Divinity program can also lead to ordination or ministry licensure. You’ll become well-versed in Christian history, biblical writings and scriptural interpretations. Choose the concentration option that best meets your interests and ministry goals. Regent’s School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and its Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program is approved by it.

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LEARN PRACTICAL & STRATEGIC MINISTRY SKILLS

Learn practical methods that can be applied in any setting for greater ministry impact – locally and globally.

FAST TRACK YOUR SEMINARY DEGREE

Embrace holistic formation through discipleship training practices and Christian community principles. Earn your Master of Divinity online, at your pace, as you balance personal, professional, ministry demands.

LEARN FROM TOP SCHOLARS & PRACTITIONERS

The Master of Divinity program is supported by our respected faculty in Virginia Beach. They include pioneers in Christian history, biblical studies and Renewal theology.

STEP INTO YOUR CALLING

Regent University was established with a single purpose – developing Christian leaders who would change the world. Today, we have the honor of being a part of the stories of School of Divinity alumni serving in 47 states, D.C. and 42 nations. These stories are powered by faith, grit and determination. Step into your calling – let God script your story.

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

The Master of Divinity (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 online or on campus in Virginia Beach, you will be able to:

  • Develop practical solutions to ministry challenges.
  • Prepare for ordination or ministry licensure.
  • Pursue a D.Min., Ph.D. or other post-graduate degrees.
  • Teach undergraduate-level coursework.

Career Opportunities

  • Ministerial Executive Leader
  • Christian Educator
  • Church Planter
  • Global Missionary
  • Corporate/Military Chaplain
  • Campus Minister
20%
Higher median usual weekly earnings for workers with a master's degree versus a bachelor's degree U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Regent's Master of Divinity – Biblical Languages will prepare you for full-time ministry while you become well-versed in biblical writings and scriptural interpretations.

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Regent's Master of Divinity – Chaplain Ministry will equip you for full-time chaplain ministry and for ordination or ministry licensure.

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The Master of Divinity - Christian Discipleship will equip you with effective models and principles in discipleship for a range of ministry settings.

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The Master of Divinity – Christian Theology will equip you for full-time ministry leadership and help to increase your understanding of hermeneutics, miracles and global Christianity.

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The Master of Divinity – Church History will prepare you for full-time ministry while you study major Christian doctrine and the historical developments of the Church.

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Regent's Master of Divinity – Church & Ministry will help to increase your understanding of ministry administration, pulpit ministry and discipleship. The program will equip you with practical skills in church leadership, practice of ministry, pastoral theology and more.

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The Master of Divinity – Church Planting will train you to be an effective 21st century church planting catalyst while gaining a solid foundation in church leadership, cultivation, multiplication, revitalization and renewal.

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Regent's Master of Divinity – Interdisciplinary Studies will help you develop a solid foundation in ministerial philosophy and practice. The program will equip you with advanced knowledge in key areas through in-depth study of the interpretation of the Bible, the languages of the Bible, and Church history and doctrine.

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The Master of Divinity – Marketplace Ministry will help you apply innovative business and leadership principles that extend the Church into the business world. Gain a cross-disciplined foundation in organizational behavior, nonprofit management, Christian theology, evangelism and more.

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Regent's Master of Divinity – Missiology will prepare you for full-time ministry while you gain the knowledge and skills needed to effectively present the gospel globally.

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Regent's Master of Divinity – New Testament will prepare you for full-time ministry while you study from the second 27 books of the Bible and learn the significance of why we call Him Savior.

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Regent's Master of Divinity – Old Testament will prepare you for full-time ministry while you study from the first 39 books of the Bible and learn the intricate details of God's redemptive plan.

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Regent’s Master of Divinity — Online Ministry degree program will prepare you for full-time ministry while you learn to teach and share the Gospel online. You will learn to use digital marketing strategies and applications to reach a worldwide online and mobile audience.

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Regent's Master of Divinity – Spiritual Formation will prepare you for full-time ministry while you gain the knowledge needed to effectively disciple people in their spiritual walk.

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Regent's Master of Divinity – Worship & Media will equip you to cultivate a Spirit-led worship experience by combining music, media and creative storytelling.

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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 theology using the Pauline correspondence within its historical context. Covers the leading themes of Pauline theology, drawn from Paul’s writings.

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.

Christian mission from the time of the apostles to today, including the expansion of Christianity, setbacks, internal and external challenges of the Church, and the influence of Christianity on the contemporary world. Primary emphasis on the translatability of the gospel and obedience to God’s mission today.

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.

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.

2020-21 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 14Monday, August 24
Session MFriday, September 11Monday, September 21
Session BFriday, October 16Monday, October 26
Session CTuesday, January 5Monday, January 11
Session TFriday, January 29Monday, February 8
Session DFriday, March 5Monday, March 15
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10
Session FFriday, June 11Monday, 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:

  • 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.

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.

In addition to the required Foundations and Concentration courses, M.Div. students take six credits of Biblical languages and select a Capstone Experience such as a Master’s Thesis, Spiritual Formation Portfolio, or Clinical Pastoral Education.

“I want to take what Regent taught me back to Uganda in a language they can easily understand and relate to.”

Boniface Odong, M.Div., 2017

“Regent was the final yes to answering my call to ministry. My Regent M.Div. degree was exactly what I needed to equip people in ministry.”

Nina Anderson, M.Div., 2014 Pastor, The Well; Kingdom Strategist, Nina Anderson Ministries; Motivational Speaker; Family & Service Pastor, New Life Church

“It was the beginning stages of Regent's D.Min. program that really helped define my leadership gift and lay a foundation for what the Lord has done. It gave me the practical tools that I needed.”

Mark Batterson, D.Min., 2013 Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C.; New York Times Best-Selling Author

“In 2015, the Lord began stirring our hearts that it was time to leave everything familiar behind and move here to pursue our degrees at Regent.”

Cheryl You, M.Div., 2019

“Regent has maintained a high standard of scholarship and the practical aspects of leadership, and they have outstanding professors. I was blessed when I was there.”

Daniel Backens, M.A. in Practical Theology, 1999 Senior Pastor, New Life Church