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Doctoral Degree Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1* | Summer: March 15*

*Or until the cohort is full. To determine if space is available, please contact the Admissions Office at or 757.352.4400.

Applicants must submit all materials, as stated below, by the deadline to be considered for the appropriate term.

Doctoral Degree Requirements for Admission

When applying to the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership or the Doctor of Strategic Leadership programs, the admissions committee, comprised of several faculty members, will use a rubric to independently evaluate and score each of the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement in bachelor's and master's programs
  • Writing quality
  • Alignment of personal goals to Ph.D. or DSL outcomes
  • Number of years in leadership positions
  • Leadership development and impact
  • Number of leadership positions held

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to Regent University's doctoral degree programs must have earned a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by a credential evaluating agency.

All application materials must be received by the deadline for the semester to which you are applying. Once you have fulfilled your application requirements, you may be contacted for an admissions interview, which is by invitation only.

Doctoral Application Process

1. Complete Your Online Application

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

2. Pay Your $50 Application Fee

Option 1: Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a Graduate School of Business & Leadership on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee. RSVP Today!

3. Provide Your Official College Transcripts
Official transcripts indicating successful completion of both a bachelor's and master's degree program are required. Use our Transcript Request Form to have Regent University obtain your official college transcripts for you. Additional transcripts may be requested on a case-by-case basis.

4. Send Your Professional Resume
Provide an updated copy of your professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes:

  • Employment history with details of leadership responsibilities, skill sets and results — the committee looks at both quantity and quality of responsibilities
  • School, community and church leadership positions — the committee looks at both quantity and quality of positions
  • Service activities in which you have been involved
  • Academic and non-academic honors and distinctions you have received

Your resume should be emailed directly to the Admissions Office at

5. Write Your Admissions Essay
Your admissions essay should be emailed directly to the Admissions Office at Be sure to view our doctoral essay writing guidelines.

6. Provide an Additional Writing Sample
Writing samples play an important role in helping the Admissions Committee evaluate a doctoral applicant's research, writing and analytical and problem-solving skills. Your writing sample should be emailed directly to the Admissions Office at Be sure to adhere to our writing sample guidelines.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

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