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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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January 11, 2021
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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 two consecutive years (2019 & 2020). 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®, 2020-21. 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.

Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Accredited
Regent University is a Top 10 Military Friendly School | Military Friendly® 2019-20 Gold.
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
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

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.

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. 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.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

$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 Divinity (M.Div.)

$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

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Phillip Wyman, 2016

“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

“I graduated from Regent University with a M.A. in Practical Theology. As I stand at the doorstep of my calling, I can see now how every lesson and interaction has prepared me.”

Son-Djerry Cameus, M.A. in Practical Theology, 2020 Community Navigator/Family Coach, La Esperanza

“"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

“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