Doctor of Philosophy in Renewal Theology / Church History
Regent University

Program Details

Earn an online PhD in Renewal Theology with a concentration in Church History from Regent University.  This terminal degree, combined with your acquired knowledge of history, can well-prepare you to serve both the Church and academy.  Doctoral candidates are required to research and publish a paper on an approved topic of interest and attend a 2-week on-campus residency.  The intent of this paper is to contribute to the knowledge base of the scholars and church with the Renewal movement.  The Church History concentration may include courses such as:

  • Contemporary renewal movement
  • Medieval church and renewal
  • Renewal methods in historical studies
  • Reformation and renewal


The program requires a two-week on-campus residency component each semester.

  • M.Div. degree or masters-level equivalent (e.g., M.A., MRE, MACE) with a minimum of 72 credit hours from an ATS-accredited, graduate institution, or a first-graduate theological degree providing equivalent theological background
  • A cumulative master's GPA of at least 3.5
  • Two positive faculty recommendations
  • A desire and ability to write a dissertation from a Renewal perspective in the area of biblical studies, Christian theology or global Christian history
  • A high aptitude for scholarly research and writing as well as reading comprehension
  • A high intellectual achievement and scholarship as evidenced by college transcripts and the applicant's writing sample
  • Spiritual maturity and integrity of character
  • Personal goals consistent with the mission of Regent University
  • A positive recommendation from a clergy member
  • Understand and accept the Statement of Faith

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges