Receive the academically excellent, biblically focused education and practical tools you need to fulfill your ministry calling at one of the most respected seminaries on the East Coast — Regent University. Earn your degree on campus or completely online. Learn more.
Regent University’s School of Divinity supports those called to the frontlines of 21st century ministry — both within the local church and beyond its borders — through chaplaincy, academia, missions, nonprofit or corporate work. You will enjoy challenging, biblically focused seminary programs that fulfill the credentials you need to advance in your field and effectively bring Christ to the world. You will also enjoy the convenience of course structures best suited to your life, with classes available on campus and online with no residencies for master’s-level students and minimal residences for doctoral-level students.
Regent’s School of Divinity is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and features a team of renowned faculty ready to mentor you as you bridge the gap between theological knowledge and practical ministry. Just as a broad cross-section of people have been used throughout the history of the Church to fulfill the Great Commission, Regent’s faculty, students and alumni represent a range of denominations, ethnicities and backgrounds, united by the renewing work of the Holy Spirit. Regent’s emphasis on rigorous academics, biblical integrity and the spiritual formation of our students ensures our graduates are Christian leaders fully equipped to put inspired ideas into practice.
Come be changed; then go out and change the world. Our programs, faculty and students place us among the leaders of Virginia seminaries and theological colleges. Contact us for the information you need to get started today.
The School of Divinity is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Our fully online Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Master of Divinity degrees are offered as approved exceptions to the ATS Educational Standard, sections ES.2.1.1, ES.4.2.6, and ES.4.2.19; and section 3.1 of Standards A and B. In June 2016, the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a three-year experimental online Doctor of Ministry program, permitting online instruction to fulfill residency requirements.
We are a modern-day expression of the vibrant, biblically grounded seminary.
Regent University’s School of Divinity is a diverse group of 21st century scholars committed to the rigorous study and application of theology, biblical interpretation and the renewing work of the Holy Spirit. We learn and serve together in a culture of inquiry where no topic is off limits.
The School of Divinity is committed to the education, formation and training of men and women for all contexts of vocational ministry. We encourage all seminarians to develop and use their God-given gifts for the benefit of the kingdom of God in the family, seminary, church and society. Since we are committed to holistic formation and ministry preparation, we seek to foster an atmosphere of acceptance and respect, as demonstrated by the fruit of the Spirit.
Regent students and alumni represent 40 denominations and more than 110 countries. Our accredited online School of Divinity programs, with minimal residency requirements, allow students to study from nearly anywhere in the world. Many successfully blend school with their careers by taking classes part-time. Our student-to-faculty ratio of just 17:1 adds to student success by allowing our renowned faculty to mentor students as they earn their degrees and pursue new ministry opportunities.
Some universities ask you to choose between academic excellence, practical application and spiritual depth. Regent offers it all — making it a smart investment toward answering God’s call. Whether you choose to become a minister, teach in the academy, join the military, or serve on the mission field, the School of Divinity enables you to tailor a degree to your specific calling.
We invite you to explore your place with us.
Regent University is a Christ-centered institution. The board of trustees, along with the faculty and staff of the university, is committed to an evangelical interpretation and application of the Christian faith. The campus community is closely identified with the present-day renewal movement, which emphasizes the gifts, fruit and ministries of the Holy Spirit. All employees are expected to understand and adhere to the following articles of belief:
An important measure of institutional effectiveness is student satisfaction. Each semester, students at Regent University, including the School of Divinity, complete an anonymous student evaluation survey measuring more than 20 aspects of student satisfaction (class organization, communication, biblical integration, etc.) with their class and professor. Our target is 90% satisfaction for questions or a score of 4.50 out of 5.00 on a Likert scale. Results for the 2016-2017 academic year can be summarized as follows:
Graduating Student Questionnaire
Each year, the School of Divinity administers the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire to all of our graduates. The data below display 106 perspectives from graduates May 2015-2016 on three key aspects of their experience in the School of Divinity.
Students were asked to state rate each of the following experiences at Regent University School of Divinity on a scale from 1 to 5. The chart of results below contains responses from 13 traditional students attending courses on the Virginia Beach campus and 95 online students pursuing their studies through online education.
Measure of Personal Growth
Students were asked questions related to their own personal growth as it was developed through their program. The following chart displays results from both traditional on campus students and online students.
Progress in Professional Skills
Students were asked to respond to how they grew in specific areas related to theological and ministerial skills developed during their program.
In general, registration takes place online, through our GENISYS system. Each semester you will need to review the current course schedule, determine which classes you would like to register for, make note of the Course Reference Number (CRN), and then log in to My.Regent.edu to access the GENISYS system and add courses to your schedule.
All Divinity students at the master’s level must complete an Approved Degree Plan (ADP) after completing 18 credit hours. An ADP is a projected schedule of when a student will complete each of the core and elective courses required for their degree. Completing an ADP allows students to plan ahead in order to avoid delaying graduation because of needed courses not being offered at the end of the student’s program.
Regent University officially uses a “credit hour” to mean 15 hours of “instructional time.” Each 3-credit course is supposed to have 45 hours of class (instructional) time. Each course has a specific credit hour value (between 0 and 6). Successful completion of a course earns the student the credit hours associated with that course. Credit hours are applied toward the total number of hours needed for completing the credit hour requirements of a degree or certificate.
Items that are included on your diploma:
Items that are not included on your diploma:
The School of Divinity uses the term “concentration” to identify an area of specialization in a single narrow subject area or an area of interdisciplinary work among other schools of the university. These courses are taken in addition to core and elective courses.
A certificate is a specialized area of focused study consisting of 9 credits or more in a subject area.
Regent Preview, held each fall and spring for prospective students, is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the campus, students, faculty and staff, as well as to find out more about the School of Divinity.
If you would like to visit the campus and meet with a Divinity Enrollment Services Representative at another time, please contact our office toll-free at 800.723.6162 (Option 1) or 757.352.4016 to schedule your visit.
You may apply for admission to the school at any time. To allow enough time to process your application, we recommend that you allow at least one month before your deadline to complete all of the admissions requirements.
You should allow for more time if you:
Please note specific deadlines in the admissions requirements for each program.
Things that may slow or delay processing your application:
Throughout your application process we will stay in contact with you through emails or phone calls. Once you begin the application process, you will receive a Genisys login and password. You can use this login and password to check on your admissions status whenever you’d like. Or you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When all your application materials have been submitted, we will contact you to schedule an admissions interview. It is important that you contact us if you feel your application is complete but you have not scheduled an interview.
Please review the application process for your program to determine if there are any application steps you have not completed.
Because of the limitations set by the accrediting agency, we can only offer the Master of Theological Studies completely online. The Master of Divinity and Master of Arts require one-third of the program to be completed with a combination of online course and modular courses. Students are able to complete many of our degrees through a high quality, fully accredited distance education program that incorporates significant student and faculty interaction.
Online courses require no residency and are administered through Blackboard™, the distance learning platform utilized by the university. Modular courses are also completed as distance courses but do require students to spend approximately one week on campus during the semester. By combining the online and modular courses, students are able to earn the entire degree with no requirement to relocate to Virginia Beach to attend classes.
A modular course has both on-campus and online components. For Virginia Beach modular courses, the on-campus component is completed during an intensive one-week residency or during weekend sessions.
Modular courses also require work both before and after the on-campus session(s), which comprises the online component. This may include pre-readings, written assignments, online interaction, etc.
The School of Divinity holds “modular week” (usually once each semester in October and March and throughout the summer). During modular week, all non-modular classes cease in order to accommodate students who are attending all day modular classes.
Full-time students should plan to take between 9 and 12 credits in their first semester. Part-time students should plan to take between 3 and 9 credits. It is important to become familiar with graduate level work before taking on a heavy course load. Students are encouraged to coordinate with their academic advisor.
After completing the online application and submitting all application materials you will be contacted to schedule an admissions interview for the Doctor of Ministry or the Doctor of Philosophy degrees only. An interview is not required for the master’s degree programs. This is the final step before your application is sent to our admissions committee for an admissions decision for doctoral programs.
For doctoral programs, the admissions interview can be conducted over the phone or in person with a member of our enrollment staff. The interview will be 20 to 30 minutes in length and will allow us to get to know you personally. Your ability to clearly and precisely answer the interview questions will be taken into consideration as the admissions committee scores your interview.
In general, on-campus students do not need to purchase a computer. The university provides ample on campus computer facilities (labs) for student use. Distance students will need to have reliable access to a sufficient computer to complete their course work. This is fully explained on the Computer Standards page.
The length of time to complete a degree varies according to how many credit hours a student takes each semester. Factors such as full-time employment, family responsibilities and involvement in ministry usually influence this as well. Typically, students complete the Master of Arts in Practical Theology (M.A.) or the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degrees in two and a half to four years. Students typically complete the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in three to five years.
Students have five years to complete the M.A. and M.T.S. degrees and seven years to complete the M.Div. degree. Students who need to take longer must submit an academic petition to the academic dean for approval.
Doctoral Level (D.Min., Ph.D.)
Doctor of Ministry students typically complete their program within three to five years. Doctor of Philosophy students typically complete their program within five to seven years.
Regent University School of Divinity is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award master and doctoral degrees. Regent University School of Divinity is also fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Commission on Accrediting in the United States and Canada.
A maximum of 49 percent of the total credits of a student’s Regent University degree may come from transfer credits earned at recognized regionally accredited graduate schools and ATS accredited seminaries. Requests for credit transfer will be considered by the School of Divinity on a case-by-case basis. To request the transfer of credits, students must submit the Transfer of Credit Hours Request Form, available on the Academic Forms page to the Divinity Dean’s Office.
Advanced standing is credit granted to a student for appropriate courses successfully completed at another accredited institution. As it pertains to the School of Divinity, we will award advanced standing credit for upper level theology, Christian ministries and biblical studies taken in an undergraduate (bachelor’s level) program. This advanced standing, awarded on a case-by-case basis, may allow a student to receive credit for up to 25 percent of his/her approved degree plan. New applicants to the School of Divinity may request to be considered for advanced standing as part of the admissions application and/or admissions interview.
In 1978, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson saw a vision materialize as 77 students entered leased classroom space to study for graduate degrees in communication. From those humble beginnings, Regent University has grown into the preeminent educational institution of its kind in America. Read more about the university’s history.
On October 29, 2012 the School of Divinity celebrated its 30th anniversary.
The School of Divinity is accredited by both major academic governing bodies which includes the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
The core values of the School of Divinity and its doctrinal views are described Regent University’s Statement of Faith and provides the foundation for a collegial atmosphere and tolerance of diverse perspectives while maintaining a common mission.
Both institutions exist primarily to prepare men and women for Christian ministry and generally offer similar degree programs. While a school of divinity is typically affiliated with a university, a seminary is nearly always associated with a specific denomination.
Another key difference is that students in schools of divinity often have the opportunity to take elective courses from other schools in the university which may include coursework in education, business, communications, etc. Many students enrolled in divinity schools will pursue ordination with their denominations, but a large number of divinity school students will also pursue vocations in teaching, missions and a variety of other careers.
Yes. Practical experience is an important component of ministry preparation that facilitates the connection between workplace application and the learned theory. The School of Divinity facilitates these opportunities through its Field Education department.
Most traditional denominations will require a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree for ordination, but students are encouraged to verify the specific requirements of their denomination. Unlike the Master of Arts degrees which are more academic in nature, the Master of Divinity is considered a professional degree that addresses the practical aspects of ministry. The Master of Divinity incorporates a broad curriculum of church history, hermeneutics, theology, biblical languages and elective courses.
The School of Divinity does not guarantee any form of job placement to its students, but we do provide our students and alumni with access to numerous job boards, employee requests and networking opportunities. Visit Career Services to learn more.
Regent University and the School of Divinity have no denominational affiliation, and students in the School of Divinity represent nearly every Christian denomination and many countries from around the world. The school’s mission statement outlines the core values of the School of Divinity and provides the foundation for a collegial atmosphere and tolerance of diverse perspectives, all while maintaining a common mission.
Students in the School of Divinity tend to be mature Christians, diligent students, generally active in some form of ministry, and possessing a sense of calling and mission. Our diverse student body is comprised of many nationalities, cultures and geographies as well as nearly every denomination.
Financial Aid FAQ
If you are interested in receiving financial aid counseling, feel free to contact the Central Financial Aid Office at Regent University. Because the School of Divinity does not have an in-house financial aid counselor, all questions related to Divinity financial awards, applications, loans or grants should be directed to the counselors in Central Financial Aid.
Here is their contact information:
Central Financial Aid
Student Center 241
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9800
Financial Aid Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (ET)
Closed on Wednesdays: Noon – 1:00 p.m. for University Chapel
The School of Divinity offers a discount for active duty military, military chaplains and military chaplain candidates. Veterans and active duty military personnel may take advantage of their branch’s tuition assistance program, GI Bill®, or the recent Post 9/11 GI Bill®. In most cases, this covers more than 75 percent of a veteran’s educational expenses. However, VA benefits may require several weeks to activate, therefore early application is encouraged. Regent University and the School of Divinity qualify for all veterans benefits. Learn more about veterans benefits and military discounts.
Full-time Student Status for Master’s Level
9 credit hours per semester in the fall and spring semesters |6 hours during the summer
Part-time Student Status for Master’s Level
6 credit hours per semester in the fall and spring semesters | 3 in the summer semester
Student Status for Doctoral Level
6 credit hours per semester during the coursework phase | 1 credit hour during the dissertation phase
Tuition Installment Plan (T.I.P.) and Billing:
The Tuition Installment Plan is an interest-free payment plan designed to assist students in budgeting tuition and housing costs on a monthly basis per semester. Learn more.
Regent recognizes the unique nature of each individual’s ministry calling. The joint degrees option is an ideal way to tailor your academic program to fit your ministry training needs. A Divinity financial award is available to joint degree-seeking students, however, the award will only apply toward Divinity courses, not courses taken in any other school at Regent.
The School of Divinity recognizes the Church’s role in the development of church leadership. To foster this relationship, we created the Church and Seminary Matching Grant as a means for churches and ministries to invest in the ministry training of its members. The Church Matching Grant is available to both part-time and full-time students who are supported by churches and ministry organizations.
As you develop your plan to fund your seminary education, be sure to explore many different options. Some students limit themselves to only one or two avenues of financial support, and as a result, their funds become limited. Take time to explore additional financial resources that may be available while you are enrolled as a student. These may include:
“GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
The School of Divinity is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) to offer its Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees through online education at the maximum percentage that this accrediting organization allows. The remainder of the student’s credits are taken during modular courses on Regent University campus in Virginia Beach.
The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) can be completed entirely online.
For more information about accreditation and why it is necessary, see our accreditation page.
Online Education (distance) students take their online courses over the Internet from their homes throughout the United States and the world.
They also visit the Regent University campus in Virginia Beach for modular courses (typically for one week at a time) to fulfill their “on-campus” requirements.
Students must complete at least half of their credits toward a 48-credit M.A. and one third of their credits a 72-credit M.Div. on campus. Additional courses are taken during a modular week.
One of the major advantages of online learning is that students do not have to move to campus, uprooting family, finding new jobs and getting planted in new congregations. This allows students to stay connected to their ministry contexts. However, this does not mean they do less work than students who are on campus. When our online students participate in graduation ceremonies, they can feel confident that they have earned the same quality degree and worked just as hard as students who are on campus.
In fact, the excellent quality and rigor of our online programs is what allows them to be accredited. Earning an accredited master’s degree takes time, commitment and hard work. Also, most of our students are busy with many responsibilities in addition to their studies. However, graduate studies are not for everyone. If you cannot carve out sufficient time in your schedule to devote to study right now, then we encourage you to wait until you can. Preparation for Christian ministry is a holy endeavor that deserves your attention and best effort.
If you take at least six credits (approximately two courses) each semester (fall, spring and summer), then you should be able to complete the Master of Arts degree in three and a half to four years or the Master of Divinity degree in five to five-and-a-half years. Some students take more or fewer credits each semester, depending upon their work, ministry and family responsibilities.
Blackboard™ is an Internet educational delivery platform that provides students with an online learning community. Students are able to download course content (including: articles, streaming audio and video, and presentations) and interact with their professors and classmates through the discussion board (similar to Internet news groups) and the chat/virtual classroom (similar to online chat rooms). Login to Blackboard with username “Divtestdrive” and password “7JWWwyc6” to explore a course for yourself.
Students have five years to complete the Master of Arts degree and seven years to complete the Master of Divinity degree. Students who need to take longer must submit an academic petition to the academic dean for approval.
For all courses, whether modular, online or on-campus courses, students may purchase their textbooks from the Regent University Bookstore. Make certain that you purchase the correct version or edition of the text. Always follow what the course syllabus says concerning what textbooks are required for the course, or you may end up purchasing materials you do not need. If you have questions, contact your professor. Some materials (documents, etc.) can be downloaded in your course area in Blackboard, so check there first.
Online students do not have to carry the university medical insurance as it only provides services in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.