Master of Divinity - On Campus or Completely Online


The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is the traditional seminary degree that will prepare you for a professional ministry leadership role and ordination, whether in a church or parachurch organization or in a specialized ministry setting. Regent University's School of Divinity is proud to offer one of the most-respected Master of Divinity degree programs in Virginia. This comprehensive degree incorporates elements of both the Master of Theological Studies and Master of Arts in Practical Theology degrees, and is the standard prerequisite for the Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy and other post-graduate degrees. Students planning to pursue ordination or terminal degrees should consult providers of those opportunities to determine specific requirements.

Length: 72 credit hours. Students typically complete this degree in three to five years. The program must be completed within seven years. Students may begin the program in August, October, January, March, May or June.
Format: Courses are delivered entirely face-to-face, entirely online, or a through a blend of online and on-campus courses.
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Features: The master's degree in divinity program is available in eleven concentrations.

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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.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

Experience holistic formation with emphasis on Christ-like character and spiritual vitality.

Develop competence in biblical literacy and interpretation, the history of Christianity and theological reflection from a Renewal perspective.

Prepare for Christ-centered leadership in the education, training and development of communities served.

Enhance their global competence for balanced understanding, practice and participation in diverse contemporary contexts of life.

Advance their proficiency in the content, theory and practice of ministerial leadership.

Advance their proficiency in a specialized area of theological studies.

Core Courses

Students in the M.Div. program take 18 credit hours of "context" courses, 30 credit hours of "perspectives" courses and 18 credit hours of "concentration" courses. In addition, M.Div. students take at least three credit hours associated with a supervised ministry experience, and three credit hours associated with a summative experience.

Context Courses
UNIV LIB Library Info Research & Writing 0 credits
ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing 0 credits
SFRM 501 Spiritual Formation Foundations 3 credits
BIBL 504 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 credits
BOTB 500 Old Testament 3 credits
BNTB 500 New Testament 3 credits
HCHT History of Christianity (choose 1 of 4) 3 credits
THEO 500 Christian Theology 3 credits
Perspectives Courses
Two Intercultural Electives 6 credits
ICSD 500 World Christian Perspectives, ICSD 521 World Religions, ICSD 531 Theology of Global Missions, or ICSD 545 Cross-Cultural Communication
Four Interdisciplinary Electives 12 credits
One BIBL or BNTB course (New Testament), One BIBL or BOTB course (Old Testament), One HCHT course (History) and One THEO course (Theology)
Two Ministerial Leadership 6 credits
PMIN 501 Leadership in Church & Ministry, PMIN 524 Preparation of Biblical Messages, PMIN 525 Pulpit Ministry, or THEO 522 Christian Ethics
Two Language Electives 6 credits
BNTB 540 New Testament Greek 1, BNTB 541 New Testament Greek 2, or BOTB 540 Biblical Hebrew 1, BOTB 541 Biblical Hebrew 2
*Note: students wishing to take additional language coursework including exegesis or readings courses should take these as part of their concentration courses.
Concentration Courses 18 credits
Supervised Ministry Experience 3 credits
Summative Experience 3 credits
Read course descriptions and more detailed program information in Regent's academic catalog.


Biblical Studies

Choose from an array of course offerings related to Old Testament, New Testament, biblical interpretation and biblical languages. Courses include Parables of Jesus, Synoptic Gospels, Biblical Criticism, Greek I and II, and Hebrew I and II.

Chaplain Ministry

While preparing for the demands of military and institutional chaplaincy, students in this concentration take courses such as Pastoral Care, Counseling & Conflict; Christian Ethics; and Ministry Administration. Additionally, there are related courses within the School of Psychology & Counseling on topics such as crisis counseling, marriage and family, addictive behaviors, and post-traumatic stress.

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Christian Theology

Focuses on the teachings of the Christian faith from biblical, historical and global perspectives in a variety of specialized topics regarding the nature of theology, methodology, particular doctrine and practices, and other relevant themes related to the Christian life.

Church & Ministry

Provides a wide range of classes covering the theology and practice of ministry in both church and parachurch settings. Courses vary by semester and include Pastoral Theology, Women in Ministry, and Foundation for Ministry Coaching.

History of Christianity

As the name suggests, students choose from a selection of course offerings related to the history of Christianity including period classes and historical studies on specialized topics. Courses vary by semester but include Early Christianity, Medieval Christianity, and Women in Christian & Pentecostal History.

Intercultural Studies

Designed to enhance the global competence of students and to prepare them for serving in a diverse range of cultural contexts. Courses vary by semester and include History of Global Missions, Cross-Cultural Communication, and African Pentecostal Theology.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Students can choose courses from across the disciplines represented within the School of Divinity in order to tailor a program concentration to their individual academic and ministry interests. In addition, it is possible to take up to two courses from another graduate school within Regent University so students can develop other skills and perspectives that will enhance their ministry preparation.

Marketplace Ministry

You can apply innovative business and leadership principles that help remove barriers and extend the Church into the business world. Our Master of Divinity with a concentration in Marketplace Ministry is designed to help you develop a business-as-mission strategy that opens new doors of ministry influence. Focusing on biblical principles, online technologies, and strategic business and leadership skills, the Marketplace Ministry concentration will equip you to integrate faith and work with purpose so that you can make a positive impact in your organization, your community and the global marketplace. Through the Marketplace Ministry concentration, you will:

  • View the contemporary marketplace from a Christian perspective and discover how to effectively integrate your faith.
  • Gain the practical knowledge and people skills required to motivate, coach and disciple those you lead.
  • Investigate organizational behavior and discover how it affects leadership effectiveness.
  • Learn how to develop an effective ministry-minded corporate or not-for-profit organization.
  • Explore evangelism, ethics and online technologies to mobilize leaders to transform communities, the marketplace and the nation.

You'll also have the opportunity to develop your strategic planning, organizational design and consulting abilities to not only launch your own business, but to help others expand their ministry into the marketplace as well.

Career Opportunities

Ministry Director
Corporate Chaplain
Pastor / Campus Minister
Church Planter / Missionary
Business Executive / Administrator

Missional Discipleship

Do you have a distinct calling to bring the message of Christ to the world — and to develop other Christian leaders to do the same? In partnership with the Master's Institute of Minneapolis, Minnesota, this concentration addresses the challenges of missional discipleship, with a particular emphasis on Lutheran studies. Courses like Models of Biblical Discipleship and Bonheoffer and Life Together will challenge the way you view the fulfillment of The Great Commission and equip you with the biblical, historical and theological resources you need to lead others. To apply to Regent online, please follow application instructions. Within the application form, choose the "Master of Divinity" degree program. Indicate "Missional Discipleship" as your concentration. If you are part of the Master's Institute, in Step 7 of 9 of your application (under "Additional Information") please note "Referral by Master's Institute."

Practical Healing

The Master of Divinity, offered online and on campus, is a professional degree designed to prepare you for full-time ministry and for ordination or ministry licensure. You will gain a solid foundation in ministerial philosophy and practice through the in-depth study of the interpretation of the Bible, the languages of the Bible, and church history and doctrine. Practical skills and values are emphasized in practical theology, church leadership and missions-related courses. Through the concentration in Practical Healing, you will focus on the renewing work of the Spirit in physical healing, deliverance, and inner healing. Be trained and equipped by an accredited Association of Theological Schools (ATS) seminary as you explore practical models for healing and develop a theology of healing applicable to your spiritual community. You may also choose additional coursework on topics such as the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, angelology & demonology, intercession, pastoral care and the Charismatic movement, according to your area of interest.

Worship & Media

How do you successfully combine music, media and creative storytelling to cultivate a Spirit-led worship experience? Regent University's M.DIV. with a concentration in Worship & Media equips you to develop creative approaches to worship with sound theological and ministerial training. You'll learn how to access the tools and technology you need to support authentic worship in contemporary contexts. Courses offer training in:

  • Integrating web-based media, film and theatre in contemporary worship
  • Producing and directing various forms of media
  • Incorporating psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
  • Leading an effective worship team
  • Developing meaningful and purposeful liturgy

You'll also have the opportunity to explore Internet, social media and mobile media marketing theories, strategies and tools to help you widen the impact of your worship experience.

Career Opportunities

Worship Leader
Worship Artist
Director of Worship Ministries
Director of Youth Ministries
Director of Worship
Music Minister
Campus Minister
Church Planter

Ray Johnson, M.Div. '08

Ray Johnson, M.Div. '08

Pastor, Calvary Revival Church-Peninsula

"The way the program is organized with a practical approach and real-world exposure is exactly what a seminary student needs. That experience is what gave me all the tools one would need in starting a church."