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Master of Divinity
The M.Div. is the traditional seminary degree that prepares men and women for professional ministry leadership roles.
The 72 credit hour program is the comprehensive degree program in the School of Divinity incorporating elements of both the M.T.S and M.A. in Practical Theology. The M.Div. prepares students for full-time Christian service leading to ordination by providing training and mentoring for the general practice of ministry in a church or parachurch organization or in a specialized ministry setting. It provides a broad theological and ministry perspective required by most ordaining bodies and is the standard prerequisite for the D.Min. and other terminal degrees. Students planning to pursue ordination or terminal degrees should consult denominational or educational providers of those opportunities to determine their specific requirements.
The goals of this program are to:
- Provide an education experience that supports students' holistic formation with emphasis on Christ-like character and spiritual vitality;
- Enable students to develop competence in Biblical literacy and interpretation, the history of Christianity, and theological reflection from a Renewal perspective;
- Enhance the global competence of students for balanced understanding, practice, and participation in diverse contemporary contexts of life;
- Advanced students' levels of proficiency in the context, theory, and practice of ministerial leadership;
- Advance students' levels of proficiency in a specialized area of theological studies (i.e. their area of concentration).
The M.Div. in Practical Theology degree program is offered on the Virginia Beach campus or in a distance program consisting of a combination of online and on-campus modular courses. The online program requires that 24 credit hours be completed on the Virginia Beach campus while the remaining 48 credit hours may be completed online.
The M.Div. is available in eight concentrations:
- 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 and Counseling on topics such as crisis counseling, marriage and family, addictive behaviors, and post-traumatic stress.
- Church & Ministry
Provides a wide range of classes covering the theology and practice of ministry in both church and para-church settings. Courses vary by semester and include Pastoral Theology, Women in Ministry, and Foundation for Ministry Coaching.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Worship & Renewal
Designed for students who desire to deepen their theological, historical, and practical understanding of worship and renewal, this concentration includes Worship: Biblical Perspectives; Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs; Contemporary Worship; and the Worship Leader.