Doctor of Philosophy in Renewal Theology / Practical Theology
Regent University

Program Details

Earn an online PhD in Renewal Theology with a concentration in Practical Theology from Regent University.  With this terminal degree, you can enhance your role in spiritual renewal and improve your leadership skills.  Students will be well-prepared to lead in the church, academy, nonprofit, volunteer or military environments.  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 Practical Theology concentration may include courses such as:

  • Church and ministerial health
  • Missional ministry
  • Developing the leaders around you
  • Renewal and transformation
  • Planting healthy churches


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

Geographic Restrictions

This program is only available to residents of: CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, PA, and VA.