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Master of Divinity in Theology & Ministry (M.Div.)

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

Is a seminary degree the next step in your calling? Regent’s Master of Divinity in Theology & Ministry (offered online) 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 in Theology & Ministry 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 in Theology & Ministry (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 in Theology & Ministry online, at your pace, as you balance personal, professional, ministry demands.

LEARN FROM TOP SCHOLARS & PRACTITIONERS

The Master of Divinity in Theology & Ministry 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.

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

The Master of Divinity in Theology & Ministry (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 in Theology & Ministry online, you can:

  • 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
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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 in Theology & Ministry – Biblical Languages can 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 in Theology & Ministry – Chaplain Ministry can equip you for full-time chaplain ministry and for ordination or ministry licensure.

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

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

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The Master of Divinity in Theology & Ministry – Church Planting can 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 in Theology & Ministry – Interdisciplinary Studies can help you develop a solid foundation in ministerial philosophy and practice. The program can 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 in Theology & Ministry – Marketplace Ministry can 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 in Theology & Ministry – Missiology can 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 in Theology & Ministry — Online Ministry degree program can prepare you for full-time ministry while you learn to teach and share the Gospel online. You can 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 in Theology & Ministry – Spiritual Formation can 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 in Theology & Ministry – Worship & Media can 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. Emphasis on unity and inspiration of Scripture.
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.

2024-25 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 9Monday, August 19
Session MFriday, September 6Monday, September 16
Session BFriday, October 11Monday, October 21
Session CWednesday, January 8Monday, January 13
Session TFriday, January 31Monday, February 10
Session DFriday, March 7Monday, March 17
Session EFriday, May 2Monday, May 12
Session FFriday, June 13Monday, June 23

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: 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)$5306$3,180
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5306$3,180
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5306$3,180
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)$5309$4,770
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5309$4,770
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5309$4,770
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)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$5306$3,180
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5306$3,180
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5306$3,180
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)$5309$4,770
Master of Divinity (MDiv)$5309$4,770
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)$5309$4,770
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)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

In addition to the required Foundations and Concentration courses, M.Div. in Theology & Ministry 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.

“Regent University puts care into creating ministers with longevity.”

Timothy Berry, M.Div., 2015 Biblical Theology

“Thank you Regent University for making the most out of this special day for the Class of 2020.”

Richard Sarmiento, M.Div., 2020 Recruiting Specialist, Accenture Federal Services

“The online and on-campus experiences were different, but both very rewarding. The way they designed online learning really felt like a live classroom environment — still very informative and relational, even with people from around the world there.”

Jesse Eisenhart, Joint M.A., 2009 M.A. in Practical Theology & Human Service Counseling

“Regent served as a place for acquiring a top-quality academic experience.”

Preston Braswell, M.Div., 2020 Senior Admissions Counselor, School of Law, Regent University

“All the professors at Regent are truly gracious and willing to talk to you and help you — even if it's not class-related. They treat their job like it's their calling. Through them, I learned to care for people like a pastor would.”

Derek Hirtz, M.Div., 2015