Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ


Academics FAQ

How do I register for courses?

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 the GENISYS system to add courses to your schedule. See the Online Registration page for step-by-step instructions.

What courses will I take?

Information about required courses and available concentrations are listed on the degree information page for each program.

Who is my academic advisor?

Your academic advisor is one of the members of our office of Registration and Advising.

For more information about academic advising: Sign in to the MyRegent portal, then click on "Blackboard" on the top right of the screen. Click on "Divinity Students" under "My Organizations," then select "Advising" from the left-hand menu.

Your faculty advisor is listed on the Students page in the MyRegent portal.

Sign in to the MyRegent portal, then click on "students" on the left-hand side of the screen. Your faculty advisor will be listed in the middle of the page along with courses in which you are currently enrolled and your balance with the Business Office.

What is an Approved Degree Plan (ADP)?

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.

What is a credit hour?

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, affectionately called "seat time."

Each course has a specific credit hour value (between 0 and 6). The cost to register for a course is determined by multiplying the per credit hour cost (tuition) by the number of credits associated with the course, plus minimal student fees (mostly associated with semester or yearly costs of attending the university).

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.

What will my diploma say?

Items that are included on your diploma:

  • Your name
  • Your school
  • Your degree

Items that are not included on your diploma:

  • Your program
  • Your concentration

What is a program?

A program is the set of courses and planned sequence of study necessary to certify competence and receive recognition in the chosen field.  This typically consists of courses in the general theological fields (Biblical studies, church history, doctrine, practical ministry) and complementary courses required to provide breadth and depth in an area of study. 

The terminology used for the program usually parallels the primary area of study associated with the degree even if there are other courses required (example:  Biblical Interpretation, Christian Doctrine and History, New Testament, Old Testament, Practical Theology, Missiology).

What is a concentration?

Regent University 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.

There is no universal standard for this terminology and schools at Regent University use varying designations.  Subcategories of the primary area of study (program) are variously called major, specialization, concentration, track or focus. 

What is a certificate?

A certificate is a specialized area of focused study consisting of 9 credits or more in a subject area.

The School of Divinity offers three certificates, they are:

  • Biblical Studies (3 courses)
  • Christian Formation and Spirituality (4 courses)
  • Church Leadership (3 courses)
  • Practical Ministry (3 courses)

Specific information about these certificates can be found on the Certificate Programs page.

Where can I find the syllabi for my courses?

Course syllabi are found in Blackboard™. Your MyRegent ID will be required to access syllabi.

When does the semester begin and end?

These dates and more are found on the School of Divinity's Academic Calendar.

How do I access the Academic and/or University Calendar?

The School of Divinity's Academic Calendar is available on the Divinity website. There is also a University Calendar.



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David Stine, D.Min. '07

Lead Pastor, DC Metro Church

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