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Master of Divinity

Find innovative, prayerful, and creative solutions for contemporary challenges to Christian mission.

Special note

On January 26, 2013, the curriculum for this program was revised. The changes come into effect in the 2013–2014 academic year. You can find the previous program requirements for the MDiv here. You can read more about the rationale behind the program change here

The Program Is

  • Outside the box: Learn to think outside the box to develop a broader vision of ministry and mission than already exists.
  • Relevant: Study alongside the very people you’ll encounter in your future congregations—professionals, stay-at-home parents, academics, artists, parachurch workers, and others.
  • Personal: Immerse yourself in a setting that allows you to practice your ministry, receive feedback and guidance, and discern your vocation.

Typical Students

  • feel called to serve in the church or in a parachurch organization and want to be thoroughly equipped for their work
  • are innovators and want to think creatively about how to pursue the mission of the church 
  • are seeking to invigorate the traditions of the denominations they represent   

Credit Hours

90

Typical Completion Time

  • minimum 3–4 years full-time
  • up to 8 years part-time

Application Requirements

To apply to the program, you must either:

  • have a bachelor’s degree or 
  • be at least 28 years of age and able to demonstrate how your life/vocational/educational experience can be seen as equivalent to a university degree 

The minimum grade point average normally considered in the admission selection process is 2.8 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent).

For required documents and to learn more about the application process, visit our Admission Requirements page.

Concentrations

Concentrations in the MDiv program are optional. You can choose from the following areas of concentration.

Scripture Christian History & Theology Christianity, Church & Culture
Biblical Languages History of Christianity Marketplace Theology
Old Testament Doctrinal Theology Interdisciplinary Studies
New Testament Spiritual Theology Christianity and the Arts

  World Christianity
    Pastoral Ministry 
     

Program Costs

The cost of tuition for the 2014–2015 academic year to $460 per credit hour.

The total tuition for the MDiv program is $41,400 (90 credit hours at $460 per credit hour). 

For a breakdown of associated fees and costs of living, view our sample budget.

To help you offset the high costs of graduate education, we offer scholarships, financial aid, and work opportunities on campus.

Program Requirements

You will begin your program with foundational biblical, theological, and historical courses aimed at theological integration and personal formation. You will then acquire the knowledge, skills, and perspectives that are essential to pastoral ministry. The curriculum includes a practical pastoral ministry assignment.

Foundational Core Courses Credit Hours
Old Testament Foundations BIBL 501 3
New Testament Foundations BIBL 502 3
Biblical Exegesis BIBL 503 3
History of Christianity Foundations HIST 501  3
Christian Thought and Culture I INDS 501 3
Christian Thought and Culture II INDS 502 3
Theology I THEO 601 3
Theology II THEO 602 3
MDiv Courses  
Biblical Languages  12
Biblical Hermeneutics and Criticism BIBL 600   3
Advanced Old Testament Exegesis BIBL 701
or Advanced New Testament Exegesis BIBL 702
Biblical Book Study  3
History of Christianity: Reformation to Modern HIST 502 3
History of Christian Doctrine THEO 608  3
The Soul of Ministry APPL 500 3
Supervised Ministry: Year A APPL 693 3
Supervised Ministry: Year B APPL 694 3
Missional Leadership APPL 615 3
Missional Church APPL 581 3
Preaching and Worship APPL 619 3
Pastoral Care and Ethics APPL/THEO 550 3
Gospel and Culture 3
General electives 15
TOTAL 90

CONCENTRATION COURSES

Concentrations in the MDiv program are optional. By selecting your language, advanced exegesis, and general electives appropriately, you may complete one of the following concentrations:

Scripture

Biblical Languages

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Biblical Hebrew  12
New Testament Greek 12
Advanced Hebrew or Greek Readings 3
   

Old Testament

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Biblical Hebrew 12
Advanced Old Testament Exegesis BIBL 701 3
Old Testament Seminar
3
   

New Testament

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
New Testament Greek 12
Advanced New Testament Exegesis BIBL 702  3
New Testament Seminar   3
   

Christian History and Theology

History of Christianity

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
History of Christianity electives                6
History of Christianity Seminar 3
   

Doctrinal Theology

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Theology electives         6
Theology Seminar  3
   

Spiritual Theology

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
The Christian Spirit SPIR 500 3
Classics of Christian Spirituality SPIR 670  3 
Spiritual Theology Electives  6
Spiritual Theology Seminar   3
   

Christianity, Church, and Culture

Marketplace Theology

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Marketplace Theology Electives                9               
Marketplace Theology Seminar 
   

Interdisciplinary Studies

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Interdisciplinary Studies Electives         9        
Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar  
   

Christianity and the Arts

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
The Christian Imagination INDS 560 3
Christianity and the Arts Electives 9
Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar  3
   

World Christianity

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Introduction to World Christianity APPL 533        3
World Christianity Electives   6 
Applied Theology Seminar    3 
   

Pastoral Ministry

Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Applied Theology Electives          6
Applied Theology Seminar
3
   

NOTES ON THE REQUIREMENTS

Foundational core courses

The 24 credit hours of foundational core courses are required by all MA Theo Studies tracks and by the MDiv program. Since these courses provide a foundation for both programs, we recommend that you complete most of these courses within your first year or within your first 30 credit hours.

Biblical language requirement

We recommend that you begin your biblical language requirement in your first year. You can fulfil this requirement by taking the regular Hebrew and/or Greek language courses, but not Perspectives on Biblical Languages LANG 500. Knowledge of biblical languages will be helpful when taking Biblical Exegesis BIBL 503. Note that you may audit half of LANG 500 if you wish in order to become familiar with the rudiments of the language you have not already studied. 


Vocational discernment

The process of vocational discernment is crucial to the MDiv program, involving both your personal reflection and faculty's observation of your work. The program consists of two stages: (1) vocational discernment, and (2) candidacy for the MDiv degree. Progression from the first to the second stage occurs upon the recommendation of the MDiv Committee; this recommendation is a requirement for graduation. The Committee recommends those students who are especially gifted for Christian ministry, and its recommendation is based on a variety of reports, especially from the Soul of Ministry and Supervised Ministry classes.


Distance Education Component

When completing the MDiv degree, you can take up to 30 credits of courses through Distance Education, although no more than 6 credits of the Foundational Core courses listed above.


Denominational Programs

Anglicans

In 1996, Regent College established a program for those interested in preparing for ministry in the Anglican communion worldwide. Two specific Anglican Studies courses are offered every two years (Anglican History and HIST 650 Theology and Anglican Life THEO 651). Regent graduates have found a welcome acceptance of their training at Regent by many bishops both in Canada and abroad. Visit the Anglican Studies page for more information.

Presbyterians

If you plan to pursue ordination within the Presbyterian Church of Canada (PCC), in addition to completing an MDiv at Regent, you will need to complete a Diploma in Presbyterian Denominational Studies which can be taken through St. Andrew’s Hall at the Vancouver School of Theology (an official seminary of the PCC). You can, however, apply several of the Diploma courses towards your Regent MDiv, and you can complete the field education placement of the Diploma with Regent's MDiv requirement. (Note the restrictions of Regent College's transfer credit policy.) 

The Diploma involves taking a number of specific denominational courses, at least one course with each of its PCC faculty, several other elective courses, a field education placement for one year in a PCC church or institution, and the writing of a ministry position paper.

For further information of the Presbyterian Diploma program, consult the Registrar at VST. For advice of how to complete the Diploma in conjunction with a Regent MDiv, see the Academic Advisor at Regent College. 

Next Steps

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Eight core courses will equip you with biblical, historical, and theological tools; introduce you to critical cultural issues; and lead you in your own spiritual formation and vocation.

Concentrations in the MDiv program are optional. Their advantage is that they allow you to focus your studies in a specific area:

Scripture

  • Biblical Languages
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament

Christian History and Theology

  • History of Christianity
  • Doctrinal Theology
  • Spiritual Theology

Christianity, Church, and Culture

  • Marketplace Theology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Christianity and the Arts
  • World Christianity
  • Pastoral Theology

You must have a bachelor’s degree 

or 

be at least 28 years of age and able to demonstrate how your life / vocational / educational experience can be seen as equivalent to a university degree.

You can take up to 30 credits through Distance Education.