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Master of Divinity

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

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 2017–2018 academic year to $485 per credit hour.

The total tuition for the MDiv program is $43,650 (90 credit hours at $485 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
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
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


In the Biblical Languages concentration you will gain proficiency to translate from Old Testament Hebrew and from New Testament Greek into English and to explain issues involved in such translation. The concentration is particularly suitable for those who intend to pursue further studies in the Bible, or who desire to teach biblical languages. In this concentration, two years of both languages are required, and language study at the advanced level or within the context of advanced exegetical courses is recommended. While learning both biblical languages, you will have the opportunity to delve into one of them in greater depth. 


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

Students also have the option of writing a proficiency exam to fulfill one or both terms of the Introductory Greek or Hebrew classes. The test fee is $100, non-refundable pass or fail. Students must register by August 12 for the Fall 2016 term and December 2 for Winter 2017, and will be scheduled to write the exam in the week before orientation. There is a $25 drop fee after these deadlines. You can download the Language Proficiency Exam Application here. For more information contact James Smoker at deansoffice@regent-college.edu.

Old Testament


In relating the story of God and his chosen people, Israel, the Old Testament lays the foundation for the faith of Christians. The Old Testament concentration equips you to interpret these ancient writings with sensitivity to the Hebrew language, the history of interpretation, and current scholarly debate. Complemented by elective courses in other disciplines, this concentration encourages you to draw on the rich resources of the Old Testament in expressing your Christian faith, in addition to providing a firm foundation for advanced studies in Old Testament. 


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

New Testament


In relating the story of Jesus Christ, and in reflecting on what God was doing through Jesus, the New Testament brings the story of the Old Testament to a climax. The New Testament concentration equips you to interpret these writings of early Christians with sensitivity to the Greek language, the history of interpretation, and current scholarly debate. Complemented by elective courses in other disciplines, this concentration encourages you to draw on the rich resources of the New Testament in expressing your Christian faith, in addition to providing a firm foundation for advanced studies in 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


The study of Christian history is an integral aspect of our identity as Christians. In a postmodern culture that disdains the past, appreciation of our roots becomes all the more important in Christian self-understanding. The Church History concentration equips you to describe the tradition of the Christian faith with sensitivity to the dynamic realities of historical situations and to various figures as they sought to express their faith. You will explore the significance of key people, events, and movements in the continuing story of God’s people—the church of Jesus Christ. 


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

Doctrinal Theology


Theology is the discipline in which we integrate various resources of God’s revelation and human inquiry into as clear an understanding as we can reach of God and his world. The Doctrinal Theology concentration helps you to synthesize biblical revelation and the development of Christian thought throughout history in order to articulate the Christian faith relevantly and faithfully in the context of the contemporary world. With theology we learn to connect all of our thinking as Christians, even as we serve the larger and higher purpose of loving God and serving the world he loves. 


Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Theology electives 6
Theology Seminar 3

Spiritual Theology


In the Spiritual Theology concentration, you explore the relationship of your life in the world with your real life in God. In contrast to the humanistic search for personal transcendence that passes for “spirituality” today, Christian spirituality is theological: it is founded on and inspired by the triune God revealed in Scripture and in Christ; it cultivates responsiveness to the seeking Father; it fully engages the mind, heart, and body; and it is not only a personal quest, but it involves active engagement with the world and the needs of others through mission, work, ministry, and prayer. With this concentration you will gain the ability to understand and critique various forms of Christian spirituality by drawing on the full range of the Christian tradition, and by studying the Bible and theology in a way that is both intellectually disciplined and prayerfully devotional.


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


Regent College is an international centre for vocational integration and spiritual formation. The focus of Marketplace Theology is the expression of the Christian faith within the context of the public arena of ideas, values, and institutions. This concentration will equip you to identify, interpret, and critique dominant cultural forces and propose effective ways of expressing the Christian faith within one’s vocation. Regular Regent faculty are complemented by faculty who have expertise in various societal careers.


Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Marketplace Theology Electives 9
Marketplace Theology Seminar 3

Interdisciplinary Studies


The mission of Regent College involves the recognition that God calls his people to claim the whole of human life for Jesus Christ. The Interdisciplinary Studies concentration fosters this by learning to think Christianly in the context of exploring topics that normally lie outside the theological curriculum. In Interdisciplinary Studies courses, you will be challenged to reflect, from a Christian perspective, on topics such as philosophy, politics, economics, psychology, art, literature, and more. 


Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Interdisciplinary Studies Electives 9
Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar 3

Christianity and the Arts


Regent College recognizes the importance of the arts as an expression of human creativity. The Christianity and the Arts concentration offers you the opportunity to engage theologically with artistic expression and to explain or demonstrate the way the Christian faith can be integrated with artistic expression effectively and authentically. The curriculum is further enriched by Regent’s own Lookout Gallery, performance space both in Regent’s main auditorium and atrium, and by the presence in Vancouver of many Christian artists who are associated with Regent College (e.g., Pacific Theatre). 


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

Arts Internships

In February 2015, Regent College launched an Arts Internship program for emerging artists. The goal of the Arts Internship is to enable emerging artists at Regent College to learn to integrate their faith with their art.

The course is designed to give an opportunity tailored to the individual student, to implement the tools they have acquired, as they are immersed in a creative work environment. The interns will take part in integrated readings and group discussions that will help them to reflect biblically and theologically throughout the internship experience.

Internships are currently available with the following organizations: 

Vancouver:

Internationally:

For more information, contact Ali Cumming at acumming@regent-college.edu

World Christianity


The emerging field of World Christianity seeks to understand Christian thought and practice around the globe through integrated studies in history, theology and mission. In this concentration you will become familiar with the changing face of global Christianity in the world today, and to assess key issues in global theology and mission such as gospel and culture, indigenous expressions of Christianity, globalization, inter-faith relations, and renewal movements. You will have the opportunity to focus on selected regional studies of Christianity, particularly those in the Majority World where the gospel is expanding most rapidly (e.g., Africa, Asia, and Latin America) as well as those among marginalized peoples of North America (e.g., First Nations and Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and other immigrant populations). 


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

Pastoral Ministry

The Master of Divinity program is, in a sense, already a concentration in pastoral ministry. The Pastoral Ministry concentration gives you the opportunity to explore some aspects of Christian ministry in greater depth. 

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.

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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, & 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.

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