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Regent University Robertson School of Government

S e r v i c e . L e a d e r s h i p. I m p a c t.

Dean’s Welcome

Our mission is to train leaders who desire to strengthen the ethical and moral foundation of Judeo-Christian principles in government, and who are called to preserve individual freedom, representative democracy and constitutional government. Are you concerned about the moral foundations of your country? Are you called to serve? Are you willing to prepare to face the challenges that our society faces? Can you envision working at the White House, Capitol Hill, abroad as a diplomat or development professional, or perhaps closer to home in local government, education, or for a nonprofit organization? As the nation’s premier Christian graduate school of government, we invite you to walk through the doorway of public service at the Regent University Robertson School of Government.

Eric Patterson, Ph.D. Dean

Dr. Eric Patterson is dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is an expert on the ethics of war, post-conflict, and the intersection of religion and national security policy. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including Ending Wars Well: Just War Thinking and Post-Conflict, Ethics Beyond War’s End, and Politics in a Religious World: Toward a Religiously Literate U.S. Foreign Policy.

Dean Patterson was a White House Fellow during the George W. Bush Administration and spent two stints working at the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs on weapons security issues, traveling to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Angola, Congo, and elsewhere. As an Air National Guard officer and commander, he deployed to Southwest Asia in 2011.

Dean Patterson has given presentations at the National War College, Naval Postgraduate School, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center, Army National Guard Readiness Center, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Southern Command, U.S. European Command, and other government institutions.

He is the author of over two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, and his political analysis has been featured in The Washington Times, The Orange County Register, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, and Human Events. Prior to coming to Regent, he taught at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The Robertson School of Government...

A Different Kind of Government School.

At the Robertson School of Government (RSG)

In the midst of changing times, the next generation of leaders must answer the call of public service.

the faculty dedicate themselves to preserving and

Like others before them, from Biblical figures like Joshua and Daniel to historical icons like Washington

defending the same values that guided our Founding

and Lincoln, this new breed of leaders must take a stand on behalf of what is right and what is good.

Fathers in the formation of our great republic. We

Such people understand John Adams’ sentiments in voting for the Declaration of Independence: “Sink

will not deride the role of faith in politics. We think a

or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote. … Independence now

nation built upon the timeless standards of liberty and

and Independence forever!” They echo Isaiah’s cry, “Here I am. Send me.”

virtue must continue to lead today’s troubled world.

The increasingly complex challenges of today call for a return to the time-proven principles of freedom,

We believe visionaries like Washington, Madison,

justice and civic duty that created a great nation. The wisdom of patriots past and contemporary

Adams, Jefferson and Franklin were men ahead of

statesmen point to a Constitution that has lost none of its power to secure liberty and promote the

their times, who, led by divine providence, crafted a

pursuit of happiness. Regent University is a place where these ideals are still honored.

Declaration of Independence and a Constitution that are still the envy of the world.

John Ashcroft, J.D. Former U.S. Attorney General Distinguished Professor

Our students prepare for leadership by studying not only the institutions and mechanisms of government, but the ideas and theories which undergird social and political life. They participate in

The Robertson School of Government pursues

meaningful internships locally, in Washington, D.C., and across the country, and then go on to pursue

knowledge and wisdom through careful scrutiny

their professional calling, challenging culture and changing lives. RSG graduates serve in strategic

of competing perspectives, theories and ideas. We

positions in the White House; Capitol Hill; the Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security;

remain the place for the principled, conservative

city councils and state legislatures; NGOs; think tanks; universities; and the military. Perhaps you are

study of government at the graduate level.

called to join the ranks of our alumni who are Christian leaders changing the world.

Admiral Vern Clark, (Ret.) Former Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Professor

A rigorous academic program with a key emphasis on critical thinking and writing skills.

A curriculum solidly grounded in Christian principles.

A diverse student body made up of traditional students, working professionals and members of the United States military.

A range of program concentrationstailoredtoeach student’s career interests.

These Degrees Open Doors ... the Ones That Lead to the Corridors of Power.

Hannah Bell, 2012 | Equipping Young Leaders

Larry Mayes, 1998 | Pursuing the Truth

Founder of The enVision Conference

Vice President of Programs, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston

Hannah Bell was 8 years old when she first stood in Robertson Hall on Regent University’s campus during a visit with her parents.

Little did she know, she would later attend the Robertson School of Government (RSG) on a pathway to inspire generations of other young leaders. Hannah earned a master’s in government with a concentration in American government and public administration. As an online student, she was impressed by how available her professors were. “They care about you more than intellectually; they care about you as a person,” she says. Hannah also enjoyed that her professors connected classroom topics to one’s calling as a Christian. “They gave real-life lessons connected with God’s purpose for your life,” she explains. Even before she graduated in May 2012, Hannah was ready to apply all she was learning.

With her father’s encouragement and the guidance of her professors, Hannah developed a nonprofit organization and planned The enVision Conference in 2011 to help young adults find their purpose and empower them to accomplish it. Just as her education at Regent emphasized identifying God’s purpose for her life, Hannah is passing that vision to others. “God has created us as individuals to use our skills to impact other people’s lives,” she shares. “I want to raise up the next generation of leaders who, wherever they are called, will raise a standard of excellence.” Learn more about The enVision Conference at

“My last year in the Navy, I started a small ministry encouraging sailors,” says Chief Petty Officer Chad McQueen (Ret.).

This innovative RSG student explains: “My mentor and I designed a ‘witness’ military challenge coin with a Scripture verse on it, and on my last deployment, the chaplain and I gave out about 60 of them to the sailors we mentored and counseled. Shortly after, we had a revival service; six of them accepted Jesus, and we baptized them in a swimming pool in Bahrain. I realized I could make a difference for Christ while serving my country.”

On a separate deployment, Chad and fellow sailors distributed food and shared Christ. He recounts: “When on a port visit to the Seychelles, several sailors and I went to a powerful church service there. We spent time with the pastor and members of the church. When we left, we had lunch in a park area. One of the sailors saw a homeless guy digging in the trash and took his plate of food to the man. We spoke with him, encouraged him and shared Jesus as best we could through the language barrier. The experience touched each of our lives.” Chad says he came to RSG after the Navy to prepare for an even more significant role in public service, perhaps as a diplomat working for the U.S. State Department.

After a career in the financial industry, Larry Mayes was looking for a change.

He began to reexamine his life following his mother-in-law’s death from cancer. “I remember thinking, ‘At the end of the day, if I were to die what would my tombstone say? Here lies a mortgage broker?’ It seemed cold,” Larry recalls. A friend suggested he consider Regent’s Robertson School of Government. “I was fascinated by how RSG challenged students to reconcile faith and reason,” Larry explains. “The intellectual pursuit of truth was very appealing.” He describes his educational experience at Regent as “drinking through a fire hose,” as he considered new theories and viewpoints. His intensive Regent training paid off. After serving six years as the cabinet chief of human services for the city of Boston, Larry advanced to vice president of programs for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. He says it is “a great honor and a privilege” to work for one of the largest providers of social services in Massachusetts. Services they offer stretch from local to international in scope, including interpretive services for limited-English speakers, educational and career preparation, counseling, childcare and programs for young parents. Larry sees each program as an important opportunity to live out his calling and make a difference. “I remember thinking when I was at Regent that I wanted to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves,” he recalls. “Now I get to do that every day.”

Dr. Paul Bonicelli served in President George W. Bush’s administration at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2005 to 2008.

He was nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate to serve as assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, overseeing all foreign assistance programs in the region. Earlier at USAID, Paul served as deputy assistant administrator with oversight of USAID’s global democracy and governance programsandchairedtheStateDepartment’sGoverningJustlyandDemocraticallyinteragencycommittee. Paul’s previous government service includes working as a professional staff member for the International Relations Committee (now the House Foreign Affairs Committee) of the U.S. House of Representatives, as a consultant to the Department of Labor’s Bureau for International Labor Affairs, and as an official delegate to the United Nations where his task was to advocate for the Bush administration’s policies.

Today he is the executive vice-president of his alma mater, Regent University, after having served as chief academic officer at Patrick Henry College and Houston Baptist University. He says, “As an alumnus, I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for how He used Regent University in my life 25 years ago to renew my faith and make me more fit for His service. It is great to come home!”

Chad McQueen, RSG Student | Serving His Country and Christ

Paul Bonicelli, 1987 | Leading in Government and the Academy

Retired Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy

Executive Vice President, Regent University

Academics Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Master of Arts in Government (M.A.)

The MPA program at Regent University is designed for those

Dr. Robert Dyer is a practitioner-in-residence with applied

The Master of Arts in Government provides the intellectual

called to managerial and leadership careers in public service:

expertise in local government, especially in the area of budgeting,

foundation needed by the rising generation of American

academic advisors select a traditional political science

government (local, county, state and federal), nonprofit

taxation, and organization theory and structure. Dr. Gary Roberts

leaders. Students take a core set of courses that lay a substantial

concentration of study (e.g. American Government, International

organizations (private foundations, grant-funding institutions,

is well-known for his scholarship and applied expertise in human

groundwork for approaching domestic politics and international

Relations, Political Theory). Students can also do coursework

resource management and nonprofit/faith-based management.

relations from a Christian worldview, including courses such

toward specialized certificates that make them more marketable in today’s competitive environment, including certificates in

Red Cross, local United Way agencies), faith-based service organizations (ministries dealing with the homeless, the

Dr. James Slack is nationally recognized for his scholarship and


challenged, the vulnerable; Christian disaster relief units), health

expertise on public policy and workplace issues. The program

Christian Foundations of Government.

delivery entities (hospital management and public health

also uses a variety of adjunct faculty with specialized expertise

agencies), and the management of large churches.

designed to equip the student with tools for success.

RSG’s MPA program is the first public/nonprofit management

All MPA courses are offered online and on campus. Courses blend

including former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, former

program that is rooted in a Christian worldview. You will find this

theory and practice—often “adopting” agencies to give students

Chief of Naval Operations Vernon Clark and former USAID

Our faculty-to-student ratio of 14 to 1 enables our professors to form meaningful relationships and mentoring opportunities

Whether in the classroom or online, students learn from teacherscholars with a wide range of academic and real-world expertise,

providing the skills required to secure positions of leadership and influence.

in courses such as Christian Foundations of Government to more

hands-on experience in assisting and advancing public service.

Assistant Administrator Paul Bonicelli. In 2012 alone, RSG faculty

Internship opportunities are created to match the career path of

published six new books, including Dean Eric Patterson’s Ethics

with the students entrusted to them. Our classes offer a

Resource Management, and Principles of Budgeting and Taxation.

each student, as well as to give meaningful help to public service


dynamic interchange of cutting-edge technology, recognized

entities. Those internships often become doors to employment,

Well (Yale University Press), Professor Mary Manjikian’s Threat

scholarship and the free flow of ideas among students, their

which is why Regent MPA graduates are change agents in arenas

Talk (Ashgate), and Distinguished Professor Charles Dunn’s The

peers and their professors. Students leave our classrooms

from city hall to state capitals to Washington, D.C.

Enduring Reagan (University of Kentucky Press).

challenged and inspired to live Regent University’s motto:

and practitioners who have expertise and reputations that will help unlock doors of opportunities to advance your career.

Christian Leadership to Change the World.



Law & Public Policy and Terrorism & Homeland Defense. Our curriculum grounds students in political philosophy while

traditional MPA classes, including Organization Theory, Human

The courses in the MPA program are taught by Christian scholars

American Government

After completion of their core courses, students and their

Public Administration


International Relations


Middle East Politics



Terrorism & Homeland Defense

Nonprofit & Faith-Based Organizations


Political Theory


Emergency Management & Homeland Security


Public Leadership & Management


Certificate Programs

Joint Degrees Option

Oxford Study Abroad Program

RSG offers a number of certificate programs regardless

The Robertson School of

One exceptional summer study abroad

of whether the student is enrolled in a master’s degree

Government offers joint degree

opportunity is the Oxford University program.

program. Students can quickly earn a 12-credit Certificate of

programs in areas of study such

The world’s first English-speaking university,

Graduate Studies by completing four classes in one of these

as law, divinity, communication

Oxford is the alma mater of William Tyndale

special fields of study: American Government, International

and business. This allows

(martyred for translating the Bible into

Relations, Law & Public Policy, Public Administration, Political

students to earn two degrees

English), poet John Donne (“No man is an

Theory, Middle East Politics, and Terrorism & Homeland

simultaneously, saving both time

island …”) and Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s

Defense. This option especially benefits persons needing

and tuition. Students are trained

Travels). Led by both Regent and Oxford

continuing education credits or additional training for career

and marketable in two distinct

professors, students delve into a critical

advancement. M.A. and MPA candidates can supplement

career fields upon graduation.

examination of international relations,

their concentration within the degree program with these

The most in-demand joint

democratic theory and policy studies. Recent

additional certificates, making them better prepared and

degree in the Robertson School

course offerings include American & English

more marketable for a variety of jobs. More information on

of Government is the joint M.A.

Constitutions, the European Union, and

these options can be found in the online course catalog.

in Government/J.D. in Law.

Religion & Politics in America & England.

You Can Read About Movers and Shakers … The Robertson School of Government has crafted an academic team whose sole mission is to train the next generation of principled Christian leaders. Your educational foundation will benefit from professors who are published scholars, or who were leaders in Washington, D.C., former Cabinet members, retired military officers, and practitioners from local and state government.

Former Missouri governor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft led the United States’ pursuit of some of the world’s most dangerous global terrorists after the tragedy of 9/11.

Retired Admiral Vern Clark completed a distinguished 37-year Navy career in 2005. His Navy experience spans his early days in destroyers, early command in a Patrol Gunboat as a lieutenant, and concluded in the halls of the Pentagon as the Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Areas of Expertise: National security, law enforcement and global policymaking John Ashcroft, J.D. Former U.S. Attorney General Distinguished Professor

Courses Taught: International Human Rights National Security

Admiral Vern Clark (Ret.) Former U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Professor

Areas of Expertise: U.S. military policy, terrorism and homeland security

A native of upstate New York, Dr. Mary Manjikian attended Wellesley College (where she received a B.A. in Russian), Oxford University (M.Phil.) and the University of Michigan (M.A., Ph.D.). She is a former U.S. foreign service officer who served in Holland, Russia and Bulgaria. Areas of Expertise: Mary Manjikian, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Government

International relations, cyberpolitics, international security, and the politics of disaster and crisis Courses Taught: Terrorism and Homeland Security Intelligence and Homeland Security National Security Affairs Research Methods

Jeffry H. Morrison, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Government

Dr. Jeffry Morrison is director of the Oxford Study Abroad Program at Regent University and a faculty member at the federal government’s James Madison Foundation in Washington, D.C. He has taught at Princeton University, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Georgetown University in the departments of government and history. He is the author or coeditor of four books and numerous articles, book chapters and reviews on American constitutionalism. Areas of Expertise: Political theory and American government Courses Taught: Biblical Foundations of Leadership American Political Thought American Government Christian Political Thought Anglo-American Constitutionalism Constitutional Interpretation Political Philosophy

Our faculty hold advanced degrees from institutions such as Aberystwyth, Brandeis, Duke, Oxford University, Michigan, and the University of Virginia. They have a passion for teaching and a love for students. Through our program, your confidence will rise as you acquire the tools and knowledge needed to fulfill your life’s mission.

... or Come to Regent Where They Will Mentor You.

Employment & Internships

A new generation of highly skilled leaders is impacting the

RSG students have held key internships at:

political landscape. They serve in city halls, policy think

American Center for Law and Justice

tanks, campaign headquarters, and in a multitude of venues

Brookings Institution

around the nation and throughout the world. Our graduates are creating family-friendly legislation in state government, creating disaster management and response plans for the next terrorist attack, running House and Senate campaigns,

Focus on the Family

Networking That Works: Angela K. Parham found more than an internship through a Regentsponsored on-campus event. She found a career. Today, Angela is in contact with world leaders and national policy makers—another reason to choose a program that matches your values and your goals.

from trade to human trafficking.

Judicial Watch

and action, Regent University exposes students to speakers who are front and center on some of the most important issues of our time. Each year, our students learn first-hand from major world and aisle on today’s most pressing issues.

Heritage Foundation Joint Forces Staff College

As a leading center for Christian thought

national leaders from both sides of the

FOX News

and dialoguing with foreign governments over everything

The Robertson School of Government’s over 900 alumni

Visiting Lecturers


occupy strategic positions in the White House, Departments

Pennsylvania Family Institute

of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human

United States Department of Health and Human Services

Services. They also serve as congressional assistants and

United States House of Representatives

hold positions in local and state government. They take

United States Senate

seriously their call to public service.

Virginia House of Delegates

Our campus is home to eight unique schools within the university, allowing us the

The White House

opportunity to hear world-class speakers from a variety of disciplines. We have

Our guests include internationally recognized professors, political leaders, former heads of state, cabinet members, senators and Supreme Court justices.

the privilege of hearing outstanding missionaries and evangelists, Hollywood screenwriters, corporate executives, state and federal judges and prominent educators. Angela K. Parham, 2003 Program Coordinator Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.


Elaine Chao Former U.S. Secretary of Labor

James Dobson Founder, Focus on the Family

Bob Dole Former Senate Majority Leader

Al Gore Former Vice President of the United States

Rick Santorum Former U.S. Senator

Scholarships & Grants

Financial Aid & Employment For many, the single-greatest obstacle to a graduate education is cost. Committed to helping students finance their education, the Robertson School of Government (RSG) offers a wide range of scholarships. Many regularly admitted students receive a scholarship or grant upon acceptance into the program. In addition to scholarships given by RSG, we encourage prospective students to contact Regent University’s Central Financial Aid office at

Robertson Endowed Honors Scholarship Trustee Scholarship Dean’s Scholarship Merit Scholarship Faculty Honors Scholarship Providence Scholarship Stewardship Scholarship Military Grant Military Spouse Grant Government Employee Grant Regent Undergraduate Award Alumni Referral Award and federal loans. RSG graduates are in demand because the marketplace knows that they are well-prepared to speak, write, analyze, and act in the competitive environments of public service and the private sector. RSG has a weekly career services newsletter promoting internship, scholarship and employment options and takes seriously our obligation to connect our graduates with opportunities for meaningful service. Most importantly, RSG has a proven track record: Our alumni include the 71st governor of Virginia, career diplomats at the State Department, senior officials in state capitals, military leaders, development experts at USAID and nongovernmental

In addition to these scholarships and grants, RSG also awards a variety of school-based endowed scholarships, and accepted students may apply for university-based endowed scholarships, which are awarded each spring. Finally, Regent University sponsors dozens of corporate partnerships to assist students in paying for their education. The Robertson School of Government awards scholarships on a first come, first served basis, so apply early.

organizations, and managers from city hall to nonprofit agencies.

RSG provides exceptional military benefits including a tuition discount for active duty service members and their spouses, and the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program for student veterans.

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