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Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

About the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree

Cedarville’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree will prepare you for effective local church and global ministry. Delivered within a vibrant, comprehensive Christian university setting, Cedarville’s 79-hour M.Div. coursework is wholly committed to biblical authority, the Great Commission, and equipping the next generation of leaders for the local church.

Pursue Your M.Div.

M.Div. Program Highlights

Comprehensive university

Consider the advantages of preparing for vocational ministry at a comprehensive Christian university. While being taught by outstanding Bible scholars, you’ll rub shoulders on campus with future teachers, engineers, nurses, broadcasters, and more — the kinds of people who’ll be part of your ministry for years to come. And, Cedarville offers an array of cultural, athletic, and social activities for you and your family to enjoy.

Beautiful setting

The Center for Biblical and Theological Studies will be the hub for your Master of Divinity program on our campus in southwest Ohio. This two-story structure features a homiletics laboratory, faculty office suite, collaboration rooms, computer laboratory, email stations, biblical archive gallery, and lounge and vending areas.

Ministry experience

Effective ministry takes far more than head knowledge. You need a pure heart and skilled hands. Mentoring, guided weekend ministries, and internships are built into the program to assure you are equipped holistically to fulfill your high calling. Churches in the local community as well as on-campus ministries offer excellent opportunities to disciple, lead, intern, and serve.

Affordably priced

Competitive tuition (among the lowest cost options you'll find) and southwest Ohio's reasonable cost of living make Cedarville’s M.Div. an affordable choice for a future pastor or ministry leader.

Customizable

Choose from eight tracks to customize your M.Div. to your future ministry goals:
  • Academic Ministry
  • Biblical Apologetics
  • Biblical Care and Counseling
  • Missions
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Women's Ministry
  • Worship and Theology
  • Youth and Family Ministry

What can I do with an M.Div.?

As a Cedarville M.Div. graduate, you will be prepared to continue your studies at the doctoral level or to pursue the following ministry roles:

  • Associate Pastor
  • Bible teacher
  • Camp Director
  • Christian Education Director
  • Church Planter
  • Missionary
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Philosopher
  • Senior Pastor
  • Writer
  • Youth Pastor

Opportunities to learn outside the classroom.

Faculty interaction

While you are pursuing a M.Div. degree at Cedarville, you will study with, and be discipled by, faculty members who have esteemed academic credentials and experience as ministers.

Mentorship

You will be mentored by an experienced minister.

Internship

You will apply what you are learning in your coursework during an internship at a church or ministry setting.

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One-day conference will be held Thursday in the DeVries Theatre at the Stevens Student Center.

Program Faculty

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Jason Lee, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Biblical and Theological Studies, Professor of Theological Studies

  • Location BTS 235
  • Phone 937-766-7674
  • Email Email
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Billy Marsh, Ph.D.

Director, MDiv Programs; Assistant Professor of Theology

  • Location BTS 242
  • Phone 937-766-6534
  • Email Email

Master of Divinity Program Curriculum

The M.Div. program includes four classes in each of the following areas: Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian theology, which provide the necessary biblical and theological foundation upon which more than 30 hours of practical ministry courses are built. You will also learn to read and study the Bible in the original languages of Hebrew and Greek.

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Sample courses:
  • Exegesis to Exposition
  • Text-Driven Preaching
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog