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Explore the Master of Theological Studies MTS degree program offered by Regent online / Virginia.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

Research. Teach. Lead.

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program, available online or partially on campus, prepares you to participate in theological research, writing, and teaching. It provides a graduate-level understanding of several theological disciplines and an opportunity to specialize in a concentrated area.

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January 11, 2021

Advance Your Knowledge

Examine contemporary issues in biblical criticism, teachings of the Christian faith and themes related to the Christian life.

Expand Your Expertise

Increase your understanding of biblical languages, Church history, Christian theology, and the Renewal Movement.

Choose Your Specialization

Select additional coursework ranging from Paul’s writings and parables of Jesus to charismatic Renewal theology.

Access Faculty Expertise

Be mentored by a renowned faculty of scholars and practitioners on campus in Virginia Beach.

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) 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 Theological Studies (MTS) degree, you will be able to:

  • Critically interpret the Bible.
  • Utilize effective ministry approaches for maximum impact.
  • Conduct theological research, writing, and ministerial training.
  • Pursue a Ph.D. or other terminal seminary degrees.

Career Opportunities

  • Pastoral Staff
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Biblical Education
  • Theological research and writing
$82Thousand
Mean annual wage of Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) — Biblical Languages program will teach you how to analyze biblical text from the original languages, examine contemporary issues in biblical criticism, and interpret the inherent meaning of debated biblical passages.

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The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) – Biblical Studies program, taught from a Christian Renewal perspective, will increase your understanding of biblical languages, hermeneutics and interpretation. It will prepare you to participate in theological research, writing, and teaching or in academic pursuits leading to doctoral work.

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The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) – Christian Theology will increase your understanding of hermeneutics, Christian theology, and Church history. You will learn to examine the teachings of the Christian faith from biblical, historical and global perspectives.

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The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) – Church History will prepare you for theological research, writing, and training by offering a general foundation of the Bible, history, and theology. Analyze the historical developments of the Church with an emphasis on the Renewal and Reformation movements.

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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.

Basic features of Hebrew and Greek and use of available study aids such as lexicons, concordances, and other exegetical tools. Enables those with little or no prior knowledge of the biblical languages to engage in basic word studies and grammatical exercises.

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.

Junior-year performance in selected field. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

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.

2020-2021 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to 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.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, 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. 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

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

$500 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students) $700
University Services Fee (Online Students) $550

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

$500 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

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

“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

“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

“My journey through the School of Divinity was transformational, challenging and inspirational. The Spirit-filled faculty and staff were dedicated to my success as a student and a military officer. My classes — both on campus and online — exuded excellence and sound biblical teaching.”

Tierra S. Gibbs, M.A., 2012 Practical Theology

“As a husband, father and entrepreneur, I continually change hats. Regent University helped me juggle it all.”

Phillip Wyman, 2016

“It’s tough being a student when you’re older but [Regent] had so much flexibility and understanding that enabled me to pursue my degree.”

Ed Lee, M.A., 2017 Practical Theology