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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. These are universal values that undergird human dignity and the rule of law. 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 world 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 a premier Christian graduate school of government, we invite you to walk through the doorway of public service at Regent University’s Robertson School of Government.

Eric Patterson, Ph.D. Dean, Robertson School of Government Officer and Commander, Air National Guard Former White House Fellow Former Foster Fellow, U.S. State Department

A Different Kind of Government School At the Robertson School of Government, the faculty dedicate themselves to preserving and defending the same values that guided America’s Founding Fathers in the formation of our great republic. We will never deride the role of faith in politics. Rather, we believe only a nation rooted in liberty, justice and virtue will long endure. These are not just American values, but rather timeless principles that span the globe and provide answers to perplexing public policy questions. Indeed, today’s challenges are many: wealth and opportunity inequalities, human trafficking, the erosion of civil liberties, global terrorism, cyberwarfare, fragile governments and insecurity everywhere. In these challenging times, a new generation of leaders must answer the call to public service. For more than 30 years, the Robertson School of Government has pursued knowledge and wisdom through careful scrutiny of competing perspectives, theories and ideas. Our graduates depart equipped to lead in a diverse, changing world. They exemplify Regent’s motto: “Christian Leadership to Change the World.”

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years as an awardwinning, fully accredited Christian university.

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 concentrations tailored to each student’s career interests.

Regent has prepared over

20,000 graduates to change the world as accomplished, principled leaders.

The Robertson School of Government is an institutional member of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). RSG’s faculty hold a variety of academic and professional memberships, including: International Studies Association, International Institute for Strategic Studies, International Political Science Association, International City & County Managers Association, and others.

Academics MASTER OF ARTS IN GOVERNMENT (M.A.) Students in the M.A. in Government program gain a thorough understanding of the intersection of international affairs, American political thought and history, and become excellent written and verbal communicators. RSG’s faculty have experience at the highest levels of government. These renowned practitioners and thought leaders press students to think critically and offer informed policy solutions on such issues as cybersecurity, human rights, and national security policy. Alumni go on to successful careers in government and the private sector. CONCENTRATIONS American Government Healthcare Policy & Ethics International Relations Law & Public Policy

National Security Affairs Political Communication Political Theory Religion & Politics

HIGHLIGHTS 30 credit hours

6 start times per year

DELIVERY Online or On Campus

MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MPA) The MPA is designed for those called to managerial and leadership careers in government and the nonprofit sector. RSG’s rigorous course of study prepares students to steward people and resources effectively and ethically at the local, national and international level. A required capstone project or internship ensures that students put into immediate practice the skills and knowledge acquired from faculty mentorships and coursework. CONCENTRATIONS Emergency Management & Homeland Security Federal Government General Public Administration Healthcare Policy & Ethics HIGHLIGHTS 37 credit hours

Law Non-Profit & Faith-Based Organizations Public Leadership & Management

6 start times per year

DELIVERY Online or On Campus For all degree requirements, please visit:

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RSG is named for Senator A. Willis Robertson, a national figure who spent a half-century serving his country, first as an Army officer in World War I, and later spending four decades representing Virginia as an elected congressman and senator. Senator Robertson was a political conservative who typically voted against the expansion of federal power, from deficit spending to a burgeoning federal bureaucracy. He is remembered as a national leader in conservation, co-sponsoring the Pittman-Robertson Act (1937) that directed taxes from hunting rifles and ammunition to support state efforts at land and game preservation. To date, this has directed $2 billion federal dollars to habitat preservation and an additional $500 million in matching state funds. He was named “Outstanding Sportsman of America� by Field and Stream magazine in 1926.

Program Opportunities CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS RSG offers a number of graduate-level certificate programs. Students can quickly earn a 12-credit Certificate of Graduate Studies by completing four classes in one of these special fields of study: American Government Healthcare Policy & Ethics International Relations Law & Public Policy Mid-East Politics

National Security Affairs Political Theory Public Administration Terrorism & Homeland Defense

This option especially benefits persons needing continuing education credits or additional training for career advancement. M.A. and MPA candidates can supplement their concentration within the degree program with these additional certificates, making them better prepared and more marketable for a variety of jobs. More information on these options can be found in the online course catalog.

JOINT DEGREE OPTIONS The Robertson School of Government offers joint degree programs in areas of study such as: Law Divinity Communication

Education Business & Leadership Psychology & Counseling

This allows students to earn two degrees simultaneously, saving both time and tuition. Students are trained and marketable in two distinct career fields upon graduation. The most in-demand joint degree in the Robertson School of Government is the joint M.A. in Government/JD in Law.

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Faculty YOU CAN READ ABOUT LEADERS AND INFLUENCERS OR COME TO REGENT WHERE THEY WILL MENTOR YOU. The Robertson School of Government has crafted an academic team whose mission is to train the next generation of principled Christian leaders and influence the policy debates of our time. Your educational foundation will benefit from professors who are published scholars or who were leaders in Washington, D.C.: former Cabinet officials, retired military officers, diplomats, and practitioners in local and state government. Our faculty hold advanced degrees from institutions such as Aberystwyth University, Georgetown University, Michigan State and University of Oxford. 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.

Paul J. Bonicelli, Ph.D. Former Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development Professor of Government, Regent University


Former Attorney General of the United States, Distinguished Professor Former Missouri Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Attorney General. Mr. Ashcroft led the U.S. law enforcement community through the challenging and transformational period following the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. AREAS OF EXPERTISE: National security, law enforcement and global policymaking COURSES TAUGHT: National Legal Policy, Human Rights, Civil Liberties, and National Security


Former U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, Distinguished Professor Retired Admiral Vern Clark completed a distinguished 37-year Naval career in 2005. His 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: U.S. military policy, leadership, terrorism and homeland security COURSE TAUGHT: Christian Foundations of Government


Associate Professor of Government, Associate Dean Dr. Mary Manjikian attended Wellesley College (B.A. in Russian), University of Oxford (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. A prolific author, she was a Fulbright Scholar and has provided research to the U.S. military and other organizations. AREAS OF EXPERTISE: 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 and Research Methods, Cybersecurity

JEFFRY H. MORRISON, PH.D. Professor of Government

Dr. Jeffry Morrison is an expert on American political thought. He serves as director of Academics at the federal government’s James Madison Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia. 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 co-editor 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 and Political Philosophy

Employment & Internships The Robertson School of Government’s over 1,000 alumni occupy strategic positions in the White House, Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services. They also serve as congressional assistants and hold positions in local and state government. They are creating family-friendly legislation in state government, creating disaster management and response plans, running House and Senate campaigns, and dialoguing with foreign governments over everything from trade to human trafficking. RSG graduates take seriously their call to public service, and so do we. RSG’s Career Center provides a database of jobs, internships and fellowships available to students, and sends out a weekly “Career Times” newsletter. The Career Center provides guidance on resumés and interviewing, and connects our graduates with opportunities for meaningful service.

RSG STUDENTS HAVE HELD KEY INTERNSHIPS AT: American Center for Law and Justice Brookings Institution Focus on the Family FOX News Heritage Foundation Institute for Religion and Democracy Joint Forces Staff College Judicial Watch Media Research Center

NATO Pennsylvania Family Institute United States Department of Health and Human Services United States House of Representatives United States Senate Virginia House of Delegates The White House

ALUMNI SUCCESS RSG graduates are well-prepared to speak, write, analyze and act in the competitive environments of public service and the private sector. They have served in influential roles including these: Vice President, Zambia State Senator, Missouri Advisor to the Attorney General & Deputy White House Liaison, U.S. Department of Justice Director for Health Programs, U.S. State Department Director of Public Relations, U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Analyst, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services White House Liaison, Office of Presidential Personnel Budget Director, DOD-Pentagon Force Protection Plan Senior Counter-Terrorism Analyst, U.S. Joint Forces Command Chief of Staff, U.S. Representative Senior Legislative Assistant, U.S. Representative Research Associate, Ohio State Legislature Nonprofit Coordinator, Forem Family Foundation Communications Strategist, Concerned Women for America Director of Development, National Fatherhood Initiative President, Direct Campaign Solutions Director, Just Law International City Planner, Suffolk, Virginia Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton Intelligence Analyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director of Family Policy/Health Advisor, Gov. Huckabee - Arkansas Member of Parliament, Bahamas

Chelsen Vicari, ‘11 Evangelical Action Director The Institute on Religion and Democracy

Clarin Gniffke, ‘14

District Director, Texas State Senator Don Huffines

Making a Difference Beyond the Walls of Congress Working full-time for a U.S. representative, Clarin Gniffke sought a flexible, online master’s program. At Regent, she found more than exceptional classes, experienced faculty and an opportunity to study in Oxford. She found confidence. “It’s a huge asset to take classes you can use in your everyday work-life. The congresswoman I worked for was on the Defense Appropriations and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittees. Regent helped me understand the pieces of the puzzle to better support her.” Today, Clarin is making a difference in the world — beyond even the walls of Congress. “Whether I’m teaching young people how our government works, or helping a constituent who’s having issues with Social Security or Veterans Affairs … that’s my passion: combining my love of people and politics.”

Chad McQueen, ‘15 Retired Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy

Serving His Country and Christ During his last year in the Navy, Chad McQueen started a ministry to encourage sailors. He and the chaplain assigned to his final deployment team designed and distributed 60 “ministry” military-challenge coins to the sailors they mentored and counseled. “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 with a homeless man during a port visit to the Seychelles in East Africa. “The experience touched each of our lives.” Chad says he came to Regent after the Navy to prepare for an even more significant role in public service. His new focus? To become a diplomat for the U.S. State Department.

Larry Mayes, ‘98

Vice President of Programs Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston

Pursuing the Truth After a career in the financial industry, Larry Mayes was looking for a change. That led him to Regent. “I was fascinated by how RSG challenged students to reconcile faith and reason. The intellectual pursuit of truth was very appealing.” His intensive academic 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 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.”

Kassie Dulin, ‘14

Director of Legal Communications Liberty Institute

A Guiding Light for Religious Liberty It was an exciting shift for Kassie Dulin — becoming a director at the nation’s largest nonprofit law firm devoted to religious liberty. Her degree from Regent made her resumé stand out. But it was her specialized approach to government and strong worldview that proved Kassie was equipped for leadership. “Regent’s online model provided an unparalleled combination of high-quality instruction, flexibility and specialization,” she says. Kassie felt fully prepared when she accepted her job at Liberty Institute. “I guide legislators in D.C. and at the state capitol who come to the firm for advice on bills, helping them understand how the bill will impact religious liberty. I also coordinate messaging and educate people on positive ways to defend their rights.” The degree continues to be an asset to her career. “I have a solid foundation for how I view the world and what is the proper role of government,” she says. “Thinking through real-life scenarios in my work as a student helps me in my career almost daily.”

Visiting Lecturers As a leading center for Christian thought 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 firsthand from major world and national leaders from both sides of the aisle on today’s most pressing issues. Guests include internationally recognized professors, political leaders, former heads of state, Cabinet members, senators and Supreme Court justices. Our campus is home to eight unique schools within the university, allowing us the opportunity to hear world-class speakers from a variety of disciplines.

PAST VISITORS AND LECTURERS The Honorable Elaine Chao | Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Newt Gingrich | Former Speaker of the House Ben Carson, M.D. | Retired Neurosurgeon & Candidate for 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination Al Gore | Former Vice President of the United States Jeb Bush | Former U.S. Governor & Candidate for 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination Anontin Scalia | Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court Gen. Wesley Clark | Supreme Allied Commander, NATO David Axelrod | Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama Arianna Huffington | Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post Felipe Calderon | Former President of Mexico

A Perfect Fit for Your Lifestyle ONLINE The same standards of excellence that mark our physical campus are just as evident in our online courses. In fact, in 2016, Regent University was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a Top 20 school in the nation for online education. Our online education is characterized by: Flexible delivery – No set login times; fit your studies in each week according to your schedule. Faculty connections – Connect with professors through discussion boards, emails, phone calls and Skype. Vibrant online community – Join us for chapel, industry speakers, and other live-streamed events.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA The pristine Georgian architecture on our scenic Virginia Beach campus creates an inspiring environment for study. Our campus features a spacious library, full-service student center, beautiful 700-seat theatre, and computer labs throughout the university. Just minutes from campus, you’ll find 28 miles of beautiful beaches. You may also choose to enjoy museums, artistic events and spectacular botanical gardens in the local Hampton Roads area. The historic towns of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown are nearby, and the nation’s capital is only 3 1/2 hours away.

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Military & Veterans ENJOY TOP PROGRAMS AND MAXIMUM BENEFITS — CONVENIENTLY DELIVERED TO YOU Named a top military-friendly university by Military Times and Military Advanced Education magazines year after year, Regent is equipping a vibrant community of service members, veterans, and military spouses and their dependents for career success.

GENEROUS FINANCIAL AID, FEE WAIVERS AND DISCOUNTS INCLUDE: 25% tuition reduction Post-9/11 GI Bill* Yellow Ribbon Program Top Military-Friendly University Military Times and Military Advanced Education Regent University has agreed to a strategic partnership with U.S. Army Command & General Staff College’s (CGSC) Department of Distance Education. The partnership provides advanced standing of up to 15 credits for graduates of CGSC’s Intermediate Level Education (ILE) in the Robertson School of Government’s Master of Arts in Government (M.A.) or Master of Public Administration (MPA). Whether your goal is to advance your military career or prepare to transition to civilian life, at Regent, you will be trained to the highest standards for professional success — with the convenience of earning your degree on campus or from nearly anywhere in the world.

*“GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Admissions & Financial Aid A top-quality Christian education from Regent is an especially solid investment. At Regent, we’re committed to helping students finance their education. Many of our regularly admitted students receive a scholarship or grant upon acceptance into the program, and our financial aid team is ready to help you, too.

SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS 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 RSG also awards school-based endowed scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s best to apply early. Contact Regent University’s Central Financial Aid Office for information regarding university endowed scholarships, federal loans and grant opportunities. If you are a veteran or active duty service member, you may also receive special tuition discounts and benefits. And through our Corporate Partners program, Regent provides tuition scholarships and incentives for qualifying employers to extend to their employees. Visit us online or contact us to discuss your options:

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