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The Holy Bible: Pursue a chaplain degree online or on-campus at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

M.Div. – Chaplain Ministry

Prepare for Chaplaincy through Regent’s Master of Divinity Program

Are you called to meet people where they are? Our online and partially on-campus Master of Divinity – Chaplain Ministry degree equips you for full-time chaplain ministry and for ordination or ministry licensure. You’ll gain a foundation in ministerial philosophy and practice as you study Bible interpretation, Bible languages, church history, and doctrine. You’ll also gain practical skills that will equip you to lead in your chosen ministry setting.

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Choose Your Chaplaincy

Gain a broad overview of eight recognized forms of chaplain ministry: corporate, military, healthcare, public safety, institutional, sports, educational, and disaster relief.

Learn from Top Scholars & Practitioners

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

Experience Regent

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for three years (2019, 2020 and 2022). It also ranked among the Top 10 Best for Vets Colleges: Online & Nontraditional, according to Military Times, 2020, and was recognized as a Military Friendly Top 10 School by Military Friendly®, 2022-23. Our Military Resource Center is dedicated to serving you.

Presented from a Christian perspective, this chaplain degree program is supported by our respected faculty in Virginia Beach.

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

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 (M.Div.) – Chaplain Ministry degree, online or on campus in Virginia Beach, you will be able to:

Career Opportunities

  • Military Chaplain
  • Christian Educator
  • Hospital Chaplain
  • Sports Team Chaplain
  • Preparation for D.Min. or other terminal seminary degrees
$77Thousand
Approximate Estimated Median Pay for a Chaplain in the U.S. Army, 2022 Glassdoor

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.

Biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of chaplaincy. Emphasis includes the Constitutional foundations and functional areas (community, education, health care, military, etc.), institutional functions (providing, facilitating, caring, advising, etc.), and roles (priest, prophet, ethical advisor, counselor, staff member, etc.) of a chaplain.

Successful application of biblical, Christian, Evangelical beliefs and practices in secular chaplaincy environments. Explores engaging other ethical/faith schemas, practical methods for providing substantive input in general fields (behavioral, financial, relational, institutional, etc.) and specialized fields (bio-ethics, conflict/war, medical research, etc.); and chaplain’s roles (exemplar, confidant, teacher, encourager, cautioner, revealer, healer).

Considers the chaplain’s missional ministry and personal role as an institutional resident; institutional structures, functions, missions, dynamics, relationships, and leadership; and mediating ministries such as ethics and character training, personal growth, marriage enrichment, team building, suicide prevention, etc.

Considers critical incidents affecting personnel such as violence, injuries, deaths, and remains recovery; major mishaps (travel, industrial, residential, structures, etc.); natural disasters; civil disorder; war; institutional turmoil and conflict; etc. Addresses faith integration with debriefing methodologies; ministry of presence and comfort; public ceremonies; cross-discipline cooperation and integration of effort.

Considers chaplain’s dual identity and role in military institutions, emphasizing ministry as primary. Examines theology, philosophy, and ethics of conflict and war; Constitutional and legal viewpoints of chaplain’s status and practices; dynamics of training, operations, deployment, combat, and retrenchment; staff officer requirements and practices; endorsement identity, maintenance, and practice.

Considers nine “functional areas” of chaplaincy as secularizing societies recognize the benefits of chaplaincy in various venues: community; crisis and disaster relief; education; healthcare; institutional and government; public safety, recreation, sports, workplace. Considers each area’s background, functions, ethos, people, and needs. Explores fruitful ministry paths, planning, and provision.

Biblical and theological foundations that determine the formation of Christian moral decision-making and shape a personal lifestyle. Examines selected contemporary moral issues in the light of biblical teachings. Includes an overview of the prophetic call to the community, the marketplace and nation to mobilize the Church in addressing crucial social issues.

2022-23 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 12Monday, August 22
Session MFriday, September 9Monday, September 19
Session BFriday, October 14Monday, October 24
Session CWednesday, January 4Monday, January 9
Session TFriday, January 27Monday, February 6
Session DFriday, March 3Monday, March 13
Session EFriday, April 28Monday, May 8
Session FFriday, June 9Monday, June 19

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)$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.

“I received a direct commission to the U.S. Army Reserves in the rank of Second Lieutenant on April 10, 2019. The decision to pursue a military career came as a result of my prayerfully discerning a clear call from God to join ministry, specifically through military chaplaincy during this time.”

Whitney Mathis, M. Div., 2020

“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

“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

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

Phillip Wyman, 2016