Prepare for work as a pastor, missionary, church worker, or professional in a parachurch organization.
On January 26, 2013, the curriculum for this program was revised. The changes come into effect in the 2013–2014 academic year. The information on this page is current until August 30, 2013. For the revised curriculum, please visit the new MDiv page.
The Program Is
- Christ-centred: Before learning how to become a pastoral minister, you must learn what it means to be a human being in relationship with Jesus Christ in our time.
- Personal: We highly value personal interaction for its role in equipping for pastoral ministry and vocational discernment.
- 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
Typical Completion Time
- minimum 3–4 years full-time
- up to 8 years part-time
To apply to the program, you must either:
- have completed an accredited bachelor’s degree or
- be at least 30 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 in the MDiv program are optional. You may apply a maximum of 6 credits of your required MDiv courses towards a concentration. You can choose from the following areas of concentration
- Pastoral Ministry
- Mission Studies
- Marketplace Theology
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Church History
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Christianity and Culture
- Christianity and the Arts
- Biblical Languages
- Spiritual Theology
Regent College has announced a decrease in tuition for the 2012–2013 academic year to $440 per credit hour.
The total tuition for the MDiv program is $39,600 (90 credit hours at $440 per credit hour).
For a breakdown of associated fees and costs of living, view our sample budget
You will begin your program with core 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.
|Required Foundations*||Credit Hours|
|Old Testament Foundations||3|
|New Testament Foundations||3|
|Christian Thought & Culture I||3|
|Christian Thought & Culture II||3|
|The Soul of Ministry||3|
|Christian Education and Equipping||3|
|Preaching and Worship||3|
|Empowering the Church for Re-Evangelization||3|
|Biblical Exegesis and Interpretation||3|
|Biblical Hermeneutics and Criticism||3|
Advanced Old Testament Exegesis
or Advanced New Testament Exegesis
|History of Christianity I||3|
|History of Christianity II||3|
|Pastoral Ethics or Basic Christian Ethics||3|
|Systematic Theology A||3|
|Systematic Theology B||3|
|Systematic Theology C||3|
|History of Christian Doctrine||3|
|Required Elective Areas|
|Biblical Studies Elective||3|
|Interdisciplinary Studies Elective||3|
|Spiritual Theology Elective||3|
More details are available on our Program Requirements and Policies page.
Concentrations are optional for the MDiv program. If you do choose a concentration, the specific requirements are as follows:
|concentration requirements||Credit Hours|
|APPL Concentration Electives||12|
|APPL 533 Introduction to World Christianity||3|
|APPL 610 Empowering the Church for Re-Evangelization||3|
|Mission Studies Concentration Electives||12|
|Marketplace Theology Concentration Electives||15|
|Advanced Old Testament Exegesis||3|
|Old Testament Seminar||3|
|New Testament Greek||12|
|Advanced New Testament Exegesis||3|
|New Testament Seminar||3|
|HIST Concentration Electives||
|INDS Concentration Electives||12|
Christianity and Culture
INDS 515/THEO 515 Theology of Culture
Christianity and Culture Concentration Electives
Christianity and the Arts
INDS 560 The Christian Imagination
Christianity and the Arts Concentration Electives
Introductory OT Hebrew
Intermediate OT Hebrew
Introductory NT Greek
Intermediate NT Greek
LANG Concentration Electives
SPIR 500 The Christian Spirit
SPIR 670 Classics of Christian Spirituality
SPIR Concentration Electives
THEO Concentration Electives
Concentration requirements are revised from time to time. You have the option to complete the concentration according to the requirements as published when you were admitted, or according to the current requirements.
Notes on the Requirements
Most students take these four courses in their first year. If you are unable to do that (e.g., for unavoidable scheduling reasons), you may, upon approval of the Registrar, make the following substitutions.
Substitutions for INDS 501 and INDS 502:
- HIST 501 History of Christianity I & HIST 502 History of Christianity II
Plus any three of the following courses:
- INDS 510 The Christian Mind
- INDS 515/THEO 515 Theology of Culture
- INDS 563 Jesus in Literature
- INDS 581 Christian Faith & Practice in a (Post)modern World
Substitutions for INDS 501 or INDS 502:
- HIST 501 & HIST 502
- Plus one of the above INDS courses
If a concentration already requires one or more of these, you will have to choose a different course from the list above.
**Biblical Language Requirement:
In fulfilling the 12-credit requirement, you may take any combination of Greek or Hebrew courses except LANG 500. To prepare for BIBL 503 Biblical Exegesis and Interpretation, which requires knowledge of both biblical languages, we encourage you to become familiar with the other biblical language (i.e., the one you have not taken) by requesting the Hebrew or Greek Study Notes. You may also audit the relevant half of the LANG 500 course at a reduced audit rate.
The process of vocational discernment is crucial to the MDiv program, involve 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.
Concentrations in the MDiv program are optional. If you do choose a concentration, you can use up to 6 credits of specific courses required for the MDiv towards your concentration. Concentrations in Old Testament, New Testament, and Biblical Languages are exempt from this 6-credit limitation.
Choosing Your Courses:
We have prepared a three-year course plan and a four-year course plan to help you map out your studies. These are on our Academic Advising page.
Distance Education Component
When completing the MDiv degree, you can take up to 30 credits of courses through Distance Education.
At Regent, we place a high value on personal interaction in its equipping for professional ministry. We therefore expect our MDiv students to spend a minimum of two years at the College to complete the required courses and benefit from the community of faculty and students at the College.
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 (HIST 650 Anglican History and THEO 651 Theology and Anglican Life). 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.
If you plan to pursue ordination within the Presbyterian Church of Canada (PCC), you may complete a Regent MDiv and at the same time arrange your program to meet that denomination’s requirements for ordination. St. Andrew’s Hall at the Vancouver School of Theology (an official seminary of the PCC) offers a Diploma in Presbyterian Studies which meets these requirements. It involves taking a number of specific denominational courses, at least one course with each of its PCC faculty and several other elective courses—many of which may be transferred into Regent’s MDiv program. Under the regulations of the Association of Theological Schools, up to half of the courses in an MDiv program can be completed at another institution. (Depending on your program, the completion of both the Regent MDiv and the Diploma in Presbyterian Studies may require courses above and beyond the regular MDiv program requirements.) The PCC also has expectations that you arrange for your ministry field placement in PCC churches and be involved in denominationally-approved worship settings. For further details, consult Regent’s Registrar.
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