Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Government, Master of Public Administration, and Certificate of Graduate Studies must possess an earned undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign university.

Application Deadlines

The dates below indicate when all application materials must be completed to be considered for a particular term. Once all required application materials have been submitted, applicants will receive a decision within 10 business days.

Fall: August 1 | Spring: December 1 | Summer: April 1

Note: The application deadline for international applicants applying to attend on-campus is April 15th.

Application Process

Joint Degree Opportunity with Regent's School of Law

The Robertson School of Government offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue a Joint Degree with the School of Law to obtain a Juris Doctor. Applicants must apply and be accepted to both the School of Law and Robertson School of Government.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

The Robertson School of Government limits the number of graduate credits accepted by transfer to a maximum of 25 percent of the appropriate program. Review the Transfer Policy.

International Applicants

In addition to the typical admissions requirements, international applicants will need to submit supplementary admissions requirements. These requirements will change depending on several factors such as your citizenship or visa status. For more information, please visit our International Students Admissions page.

Notice: Regent University is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

Notice: 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.

Notice: In compliance with the Cleary Act (20 U.S.C. § 1092(f)) our Annual Campus Security Report is available here.

Application Process Instructions

Item 1: Attend an Event (Optional)

Attend a Robertson School of Government 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!

Item 2: Complete the Online Application

Master Degree and Certificate program applicants must submit the Online Application.

If you run into any technical problems please call our IT department at 757.352.4076. If you have any questions regarding the admissions process please contact

PLEASE NOTE: The Robertson School of Government will not be able to view your application until the $50 application fee is received by the University.

Item 3: Submit the $50 Application Fee

After completing the online application, you may submit the $50 application fee one of two ways:

Online payment:

Mail in payment: Regent University
Enrollment Support Services
Library, LIB 102
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9800, USA

Item 4: Personal Essay

Submit a brief description (300 words or less) of your professional and career goals and how the Robertson School of Government can help you achieve those goals. This essay can be submitted to the Admissions Manager via email at:

Item 5: Writing Sample

The writing sample helps the admissions committee evaluate an applicant's research, writing, and analytical skills. Therefore please submit a 3-5 page essay on the topic of: "The Most Pressing Public Policy Issue for Today." You may write on any issue you like. Past applicants have written on such topics as international relations, 1st Amendment issues, judicial activism, the War on Terror, and others. The writing sample can be submitted to the Admissions Manager via email at:

Item 6: Resume

Please send your updated resume to the Admission Manager via email at:

Item 7: Three Recommendations

Submit recommendations from a former professor or instructor, a clergy member, and a general reference. Use our online recommendation request forms to send recommendation requests to your references.

Item 8: Official Copies of All Transcripts

Send official, sealed copies (not student copies) of transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Transcripts need to be sent to the RSG Admissions office at the below address:

Regent University
Robertson School of Government
Admissions Office, Robertson Hall Suite 318
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9800, USA

Item 9: Submission of a GRE or LSAT Score

The School of Government will accept either a GRE or an LSAT score. The score needs to be sent to the Central Enrollment Office at the address listed above.

It is possible to have the GRE waived under certain circumstances if an applicant possesses an acceptable GPA and writing sample. Waiver requests should be sent in writing to the Admissions Manager at NOTE: GRE and LSAT scores are a large factor in deciding merit based scholarships in the School of Government, therefore waiving the GRE will dramatically decrease the applicant's chances of securing the higher end merit awards.

Item 10: Admissions Interview

A telephone admissions interview may or may not be required. If your file is selected, a time will be set up with you to conduct the interview.