Regent University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Regent University.
SACSCOC accredits the university as a whole, and provides the regional accreditation necessary for our students to participate in federal student loan programs.
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. This includes approval for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program. The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275, Phone: 412.788.6505. www.ats.edu
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. Our fully online Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree is offered as approved exception to the ATS Educational Standard, sections ES.2.1.1, ES.4.2.6, and ES.4.2.19; and Standard I, section 1.3.1. 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.
Accreditation information from ATS
What is accreditation and why is it necessary?
Accreditation is a voluntary activity in which institutions hold themselves accountable to agreed-upon standards of institutional and educational quality, and to degree-program content, format, and resources that meet or exceed certain established standards. The three elements of accreditation include voluntary participation, self-study, and peer review.
In order to participate in the federal student loan program, an institution must be accredited by an agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE). Likewise, other federal programs, such as the U.S. military chaplaincy, require a degree from a seminary accredited by an agency that is recognized by the USDOE. Major U.S. denominations also have requirements concerning the accredited status of schools attended by denominational candidates for ordination.
For more information about ATS accreditation, please see their FAQ on accreditation.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
Each year, the School of Divinity administers the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire to all of our graduates. Read about our student outcomes and their perspectives on three key aspects of their experience at Regent.
Courtney McBath, M.Div. '98
Pastor, Calvary Revival Church
"I chose the School of Divinity master's degree program because of the university's synergy of excellent ministry training, spiritual formation and challenging academic coursework. I was able to build and refine essential foundational skills of ministry leadership, like vision casting, strategic planning and communication."
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