Frequently Asked Questions About Cedarville's M. Min.


Admissions Questions

Cedarville University invites applications from bachelor’s degree holders who have a testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. Applicants who meet this criteria and present satisfactory evidence of their ability to perform at the graduate level are admitted to the Master of Ministry program. For additional admission criteria, view the Master of Ministry admission requirements.

The Master of Ministry program admits students for only the fall semester depending on class size. Students begin courses according to the completion options. Students typically go through the program as a cohort.

While there is no set application deadline, there is a set deadline for an admission decision and reservation deposit. The application and interview process can take between three and six weeks, depending on when application materials are received and the schedule for an on-campus interview. For admission criteria, view the M.Min. admission requirements. Please review program deadlines for consideration.

Yes. An interview with a Master of Ministry representative is required. Your interview will be scheduled by the School of Biblical and Theological Studies once your application file is complete.

We seek applicants with strong academic and professional backgrounds. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA are still encouraged to submit an application. Each application will be reviewed on an individual basis before an admission decision is provided. Please contact us with additional questions.

Financial Questions

Yes. Graduate students fund their education in various ways. Students can find assistance through scholarships, grants, and loans. Information about these options may be found on the costs and financial aid page.

Students applying for federal financial aid should complete the FAFSA. For additional information, view the costs and financial aid page for various graduate loan options.

Students must be enrolled at least half time (four or more credits per semester) to be eligible for federal financial aid.

Cedarville University is committed to offering the M. Min. program at a cost that is affordable and competitive with programs of similar quality and reputation. More information on the cost of graduate tuition is included on the costs and financial aid page.

View payment and account balances for information related to your student account and invoice.

Program Questions

Yes. Cedarville University, including the M.Min. program, holds membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This membership signifies that the program is accredited.

The M.Min. program offers courses that focus on biblical interpretation, theology, and application. The goal of the program is to offer students, at an accelerated pace, a biblical and practical baseline to engage in fruitful ministry. Rigorous course work and a substantial ministry internship will accomplish these purposes.

Each prospective student must have courses on his or her undergraduate transcript that meet three requirements: biblical survey, biblical interpretation, and theology. Many Christian university students will already have all or most of the M.Min. prerequisites. We do accept on conditional admission students who have two out of three of those requirements, as long as that student completes the last prerequisite requirement during his or her first semester in the M.Min. program.

Each student must also display a proficiency in a biblical language. If the student does not have a prior course that meets the biblical language requirement, he or she must complete that requirement before they are able to graduate from the program.

Visit the course schedules page for information about business and Bible prerequisite courses.

Students will engage in a learning process that emphasizes the head (cognitive), heart (character), and hand (competence). The M.Min. program is structured in a way that will cause students to be challenged in the classroom, encouraged through meaningful relationships, and prepared by practical ministry experience.

Program Director Dr. Rob Turner (937-766-7975), with assistance from Kelly Hellwig (937-766-4984), will provide guidance for students throughout their course of study.

Yes, you may apply during your senior year of your bachelor's degree program. Visit the M. Min. online application to begin or continue your application.

No. In fact, one of the objectives of the program is to help each student engage in a substantial ministry internship.

Though the M.Min. program would be helpful for a student who is moving toward pastoral ministry, it has been created in such a way that ministry-minded students from any discipline can participate in this unique program. We believe having students from a variety of ages and disciplines only adds to the overall effectiveness to the program.

Students pursuing full-time course work can complete the program in as little as one year. For more information, view the completion options.

If students choose to participate part time in the M.Min. program, they will have up to five years to complete the degree.

No. The intensive ministry internship is the capstone experience of the M.Min. program.

Registration Questions

Yes. To enroll in a course, either as a degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking student, you must be admitted to the University through Graduate Admissions before you can register for classes. 

All graduate course registrations are completed through the Office of the Registrar using a web-based interface called Student Planning. Reference Graduate and Adult Programs Registration for more information.

Consult with your program advisor for advice on degree planning. Upon admission into a graduate program, each student is assigned a program advisor. Your program advisor provides guidance throughout the course of study.

View the graduate course schedules page for course offerings for your program.

Graduate course schedules are provided by the Office of the Registrar and prepared prior to each graduate term. Registration begins in March for the summer and fall semesters and in October for the spring semester.

View the graduate course schedules page for course offerings for your program.

View the graduate course schedules page for course offerings for your program.

Access Student Planning for your current class schedule.

Access Student Planning for your current class schedule.

A closed class requires permission from the course instructor. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.

Each student is strongly encouraged to review their class schedule for accuracy in Student Planning. Please discuss any discrepancies immediately with your advisor or with the Office of the Registrar.

Textbooks may be purchased through the University Bookstore using Cedarville's Textbook Comparison, which provides pricing information for Cedarville options plus various other bookstores (e.g., Amazon, etc.). This helps you make an informed decision to locate the best possible price.

The Office of the Registrar is located in Cedarville University's Stevens Student Center in the lower level. View the campus map for more information.