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MDiv in Church History

Regent University's Master of Divinity with a concentration in Church History program allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the movements and influences that have shaped the Christian church. Read more to learn about prerequisites, course details, and career options.

Official Program Name:

Master of Divinity with a concentration in Church History

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants should have strong moral character, a mature spiritual life, and a desire to understand the history and significance of the Christian church. Regent also asks prospective students to accept the school's statement of faith. Every applicant to a graduate program at Regent University should have at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students in the Master of Divinity with a concentration in Church History program at Regent University have the chance to explore renewal movements, historical developments, and evolving doctrines in the Christian church. The coursework also dives into scriptural interpretations, concepts in Christian theology, and hermeneutics. The curriculum touches on every historical period of the church, from its beginnings to the Protestant Reformation and the 20th century. Students also have the opportunity to complete a capstone project that aligns with their career goals. Options include a master's thesis, internship, or clinical pastoral internship.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

72 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Divinity with a Concentration in Church History:

The Master of Divinity program requires students to earn core and concentration credits in addition to completing biblical languages courses and a capstone option. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (42 credits)

  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Unity of The Bible
  • Pauline Theology
  • Church History 1
  • Church History 2
  • Foundations for Biblical Mission
  • The Coming of World Christianity
  • Leadership in Church & Ministry
  • Preparation of Biblical Messages
  • Spiritual Formation Foundations
  • Christian Theology
  • Pneumatology

Biblical Languages Courses (6 credits)

  • Students choose 6 credits from the following courses:
    • Introduction to Biblical Languages
    • Biblical Hebrew 1
    • Biblical Hebrew 2
    • Biblical Greek 1
    • Biblical Greek 2

Concentration Courses (18 credits)

  • Students choose 18 credits in 600-level courses related to the degree program

Capstone Courses (6 credits)

  • Students choose one of these capstone options:
    • Clinical Pastoral Education
    • Preparing a Master's Thesis AND Master's Thesis
    • Spiritual Formation Internship AND Spiritual & Vocational Integration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Terminal seminary degrees and Ph.D. programs might be a logical next step for graduates of this master's degree program. Biblical knowledge and an understanding of the Church's history could be an ideal basis for pursuing degrees like the following:

  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Ph.D. in Renewal Theology
  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Ecclesial Leadership

Career Paths:

Regent designed this Master of Divinity concentration to offer students an understanding of church history that could translate to work in full-time ministry. Graduates might serve in churches, nonprofits, or as missionaries. Career options could include:

  • Church historian
  • Christian educator
  • Pastor
  • Ministry leader

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