Students in Regent University’s School of Psychology & Counseling come from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and denominational traditions, but what they all share is a heart for people and a deep desire to make the world a better place. Our programs challenge students to think critically and purposefully about their faith and how it will relate to their professional identity. Our students also acquire clinical skills in a safe place with ample supervision and guidance. This provides confidence to integrate science and faith — elements that we believe complement rather than oppose one another.
Today, in mainstream and faith-based settings across the country, you’ll find Regent-educated counselors, clinical practitioners, educators, key decision makers and respected voices in research and scholarship. Likewise, when you graduate from Regent, you’ll hold the knowledge and skills you need for professional and personal success.
The psychology and counseling programs at Regent embrace a distinctive that shapes everything we teach and do: The integration of the Christian faith within your profession. Through our programs, you will deepen your understanding of both the science of human nature and the spiritual truths that give it meaning. Our curriculum balances timeless Judeo-Christian principles with the highest standards of contemporary theory and practice.
We believe God exists and He is the source of all truth. We believe He is a just, compassionate Creator and Redeemer who calls us into a relationship with Himself and others. We recognize that each person, whether client or counselor, is in a distinctive place in his or her spiritual life. Therefore, while we teach courses from a Christian integrative perspective, students are encouraged to consider, in each course, how their own spirituality can be applied to the counseling setting and to their own personal growth.
Because of our core values, we are committed to developing in each individual student the highest level of competence in knowledge and skills. Our values also establish the framework within which we educate and train students in their ethical responsibility to respect each client’s spirituality level, always mindful not to impart one’s own values and beliefs on others. Because of the multifaceted training available within the context of the model, graduates of our programs are able to function as effective and ethical counseling professionals in both secular and Christian settings.
Yes, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has accredited the following programs in the School of Psychology & Counseling: M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. in School Counseling, M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision. The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Contact the APA at Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, or call 202.336.5979.
In addition, Regent University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Regent University.
(All estimates based on full-time enrollment.)
|M.A. in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health; School; Marriage, Couple & Family)||2-3 years|
|M.A. in Human Services||12-18 months|
|M.A. in Pastoral Counseling||12-18 months|
|M.S. in General Psychology||18 months – 2 years|
|Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)||5 Years|
|Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies||3-½ years
(depending on length of dissertation completion)
|Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision||3-½ to 4 years
(depending on length of dissertation completion)
Yes, amounts range from modest allowances for books to full-tuition scholarships. Teaching assistantships are also available on a limited, competitive basis for the Psy.D. program beginning in the second year of the program. Over 85 percent of our student body receives financial aid. To learn more about financial aid opportunities, visit our Admissions & Aid page.
Yes, online students in our master’s counseling programs are required to participate in two week-long residencies from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Eastern Time). Residencies provide networking and mentoring opportunities for students; and facilitate discussions with faculty concerning relevant issues, course matriculation, licensure issues and state/national exams.
During residency, students will begin a course that will be completed during the remainder of the fall semester. First-year students will receive an orientation to Regent and participate in sessions on graduate level writing and online learning technology. The School of Psychology & Counseling usually provides lunch and two breaks daily when courses are in session.
Students should consider the following residency costs: transportation, lodging, meals and textbooks purchased prior to residency. We discourage students from bringing their families during residency as the coursework is intensive and requires a considerable amount of study and preparation time, leaving no time for extracurricular activities.
Waiving of residency requirements will not be considered.
Upcoming Residency Dates
University Endowed Scholarships:
Corrections on the web forms must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, September 15.
Yes, the form is the same and is submitted exactly as it was to your undergraduate institution. If you still have your PIN, you may use it to update your information rather than completing a brand new application.
The school code for Regent is: 030913
Loan eligibility is evaluated by our Central Financial Aid office upon receipt of your Student Aid Report, which is automatically sent to the university soon after your FAFSA is submitted. Contact your financial aid counselor to receive more specific information.
If you have loans and/or scholarships, you may lose some of your funds if this drops you below the full-time enrollment requirement. If it drops you below four credit hours, you will lose all of your financial benefits (exceptions are CMHC and CES). If this is the case, you will be responsible for immediate repayment of the difference.
If you have questions about loans, FAFSA or university endowed scholarships, please contact Central Financial Aid at 800.373.5504, ext. 4125.
Regent students enjoy a uniquely supportive environment and prime location in Virginia Beach. Our caring community, coastal climate, and collegial academic atmosphere help students flourish personally and build lifelong friendships.
Just a short drive from our campus, the Virginia Beach waterfront stretches 25 miles from Chesapeake Bay beaches to the oceanfront resort area and the border of North Carolina. The city is part of the larger metropolitan area known as Hampton Roads. This thriving community is home to the world’s largest naval base, includes seven cities and is the second largest metropolitan area between Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C.
Here, you’ll not only discover significant internship and employment opportunities, but also a wealth of attractions and activities. Enjoy the diversity of quiet parks and vibrant downtowns, as well as cultural offerings from the opera and art shows to festivals and concerts.
Norfolk Premium Outlets | 7 miles
Downtown Norfolk & Waterside District | 10 miles
Virginia Beach Oceanfront | 17 miles
Indoor Skydiving | 16 miles
Oceanbreeze Water Park | 17 miles
The Adventure Park | 18 miles
Busch Gardens | 45 miles
Colonial Williamsburg | 48 miles
N.C. Outer Banks | 75 miles
Richmond, VA | 98 miles
Shenandoah National Park | 190 miles
Washington, D.C. | 200 miles
Philadelphia, PA | 274 miles
New York, NY | 360 miles