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Master of Divinity

Prepare for creative leadership, prayerful service, and redemptive engagement with contemporary challenges to Christian mission.

The Master of Divinity Is ...

Creative: Explore fresh ways of communicating the unchanging gospel in a changing, diverse, technological world. 

Grounded: Study alongside the very people you’ll encounter in your future congregations—professionals, stay-at-home parents, academics, artists, parachurch workers, and others.

Scriptural: Complete a minimum of 30 credits in biblical languages, theology, exegesis, and hermeneutics. Graduate confident in your ability to faithfully interpret Scripture.

Personal: Immerse yourself in a rich community where you will find mentorship and friendship and receive guidance as you discern your vocation. 

Students who take this program typically ...

  • feel called to serve in the church or in a parachurch organization and want to be thoroughly equipped for their work;
  • want to think creatively about how to pursue the mission of the church;
  • are looking for ways to invigorate the traditions of the denominations they represent.
Studying at Regent has transformed the way I read and comprehend the texts of the New Testament. Learning to understand each document on its own terms connects Scripture to the lives of individuals and churches in the first century in a fresh way – and allows me to see profound, earth-shaking messages that are often oversimplified.
Preston Gordon
MDiv '17

Application Requirements

Your application must show us that you have the experience and the skills necessary to complete graduate-level academic work.

This usually means that you have completed a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.8 (out of 4). However, we will consider your application if you are at least 28 years old and you can demonstrate that your life experience (including work and education) is equivalent to a university degree.

For documents and more information about the application process, visit our Admission Requirements page.

Program Structure

Credit Hours Completion Time Program Costs Distance Education
90 Full course load:
3 years and 8 months

Part-time:
8 years max

A full course load is equivalent to 12 credits per term, including the summer term.

The cost of tuition for the 2018–2019 academic year is $495 per credit hour.

The total tuition for the MDiv program is $44,550 (90 credit hours at $495 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.

You can take up to 30 credits of courses through Distance Education while you are completing the MDiv, but no more than 6 of those credits may be Foundational Core courses.

Program Requirements

All students are required to take our Foundational Core courses in Scripture, theology, and history. These courses construct the theological framework that is essential for growing into a passionate, confident communicator of the faith. MDiv students also take a series of Additional Requirements. These classes provide the hands-on skills necessary for effective pastoral ministry, including biblical languages, pastoral care, and preaching. Six credits are devoted to an on-the-job practicum, under the mentorship of seasoned ministers. The combination of academic and applied classes aims at the transformation of the whole person, as students seek to be conformed to the image of Christ in their thinking and in their day-to-day life.

Finally, MDiv students have the option of choosing one of several concentrations, focusing their elective courses in a specific area. While MDiv students are not required to choose a concentration, those wanting to focus on a particular question or discipline can do so.



Foundational Core Courses

COURSE CREDITS
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

Additional Requirements

In addition to the Foundational Core courses, all Mdiv students are required to take the following courses:

Course Credits
Biblical Languages 12
Biblical Hermeneutics and Criticism BIBL 600 3
Advanced Old Testament Exegesis BIBL 701
or Advanced New Testament Exegesis BIBL 702
3
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 APPL 546 3
Pastoral Ethics THEO 630 3
General electives 15

Psychological Assessment Profile

In addition to the course work, MDiv students will also complete a Psychological Assessment Profile. This will help you to understand better your personality style, your strengths and weaknesses, your leadership style, and your approach to dealing with conflict. You will be given instructions concerning this assessment in your first year of Supervised Ministry.

Notes on the Requirements

Regent offers the following programs for students seeking ordination in a particular denomination:

1. Anglican

In 1996, Regent College established a program for students interested in preparing for ministry in the Anglican communion worldwide. Two specific Anglican Studies courses are offered every two years: Anglican History & 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.

2. Presbyterian

Regent College and St. Andrew's Hall at Vancouver School of Theology (VST) offer a joint program for students candidates for ministry in the Presbyterian Church of Canada (PCC). To take advantage of this option, you must apply for both an MDiv at Regent and a Diploma in Presbyterian Denominational Studies at VST. Courses required by the PCC and taken at VST may be transferred to Regent and applied to your MDiv, subject to Regent's approval of the courses in question. The Field Education component of the Diploma and the Supervised Ministry requirement for the MDiv may be satisfied simultaneously.

For further information on the Diploma program, please consult the Registrar at VST. If you wish to pursue the joint program, please consult with an Academic Advisor at Regent College and take careful note of Regent's transfer credit policy.

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