About the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies + M.Div. Degree
Why Study Biblical Studies + M.Div. at Cedarville?
Have you sensed God’s call to ministry? Are you passionate about sharing the Gospel before it's too late? Would you like to complete your training as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible?
Cedarville's Accelerated B.A. in biblical studies and residential M.Div. offers you an affordable, five-year pathway to ministry, delivered on a campus wholly committed to biblical authority, to the Great Commission, and to equipping the next generation of leaders for the local church.Request Info Visit
What Sets Cedarville Apart?
Biblical WorldviewThe Bible is the authority for research and study in every class you'll take.
Mentoring Christian FacultyYou'll be taught by highly-credentialed professors who want you to succeed.
Top Placement RatesOur graduates achieve top career and grad school placement rates — 10% above the national average.
2022-23 Visiting ProfessorIntroducing Trevin Wax, Vice President of Research and Resource Development at the North American Mission Board, as a visiting professor for the 2022-23 academic year.Read More will open in a new window
Comprehensive University — Study on a vibrant Christian university campus with all the benefits of daily chapels, residence life, student organizations, leadership training, NCAA Division II athletics, global ministry opportunities, and on-campus discipleship.
Ministry Experience — Effective ministry takes far more than head knowledge. You’ll 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.
Reduced Costs: Five Years, Two Degrees — From start to finish, this highly focused, accelerated degree takes just five years. You’ll earn both your B.A. in biblical studies and your Master of Divinity, reducing your time in school from seven years to five, avoiding duplicated courses, and saving thousands in college costs. And, Cedarville’s generous financial aid is also available during your undergraduate years.
Customizable — Choose from eight tracks to customize your M.Div. to your future ministry goals:
- Academic Ministry
- Biblical Apologetics
- Biblical Care and Counseling
- Pastoral Ministry
- Women's Ministry
- Worship and Theology
- Youth and Family Ministry
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What Can I Do With a Degree in Biblical Studies + M.Div.?
As a graduate of Cedarville's Accelerated B.A. + M.Div. program, you will be prepared for the following ministry roles:
- Associate Pastor
- Bible teacher
- Camp Director
- Christian Education Director
- Church Planter
- Pastoral Counselor
- Senior Pastor
- Women’s Ministry Director
- Youth Pastor
Graduate schools, professional schools, and seminaries welcome our graduates.
Learn about Cedarville's Accelerated B.A.+M.Div. program and its five-year path to ministry.
Cedarville's Torah Scroll
Dr. Jason Lee explains the significance of Cedarville's Torah Scroll, gifted to the University by God's Ancient Library, and how it will be used as a teaching tool for students.
Quicker, More Affordable Path to Ministry
Cedarville’s Accelerated B.A.+M.Div. allows you to begin your ministry sooner, without a lot of added time or expense.
Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom
As you’re pursuing an Accelerated B.A. + M.Div. degree, your coursework will be complemented by the following cocurricular opportunities.
Ministries — Apply what you’re learning in chapel and in the classroom as you serve through local church ministries and community outreach teams. Your faith will grow as you help meet the physical and spiritual needs of those you serve.
Global Outreach (GO) — Use one of your spring or summer breaks to go on a short-term missions trip, sharing the Gospel either in the U.S. or abroad. We encourage EVERY student to take at least one GO trip!
Discipleship Ministries offer small discipleship groups (called “d-groups”) that meet regularly for prayer, accountability, encouragement, and Bible study. Serve as small-group leader or be a member of the Discipleship Council (DC), which helps administer d-groups. Both are great ways to hone your leadership skills while encouraging spiritual growth on campus.
Student organizations — Cedarville offers many ministry and service organizations that help develop character and ministry skills. Many Bible faculty members serve as advisers for these organizations, and students are encouraged to take full advantage of them. The School of Biblical and Theological Studies sponsors:
- Chi Delta Nu, an organization that provides encouragement to students entering youth ministry through prayer, fellowship, and service.
- Alpha Sigma, an organization devoted to promoting critical thinking through philosophical and theological inquiry into issues central to the biblical worldview and contemporary culture.
Internships — When you are ready to move into full-time ministry, there is no substitute for hands-on experience. An internship is the best way to gain valuable experience and build relationships. Students from the School of Biblical and Theological Studies have completed internships with:
- Athletes in Action
- Echoing Hills Village
- Far Hills Community Church
- Phoenix Fellowship Baptist Church - Durban, South Africa
- Kids Alive International - Dominican Republic
- Living Waters Bible Camp
- Scioto Hills Camp and Retreat Center
- TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) - Antalya, Turkey
Costs and Financial Aid
Your undergraduate portion of your degree will be covered with block tuition and include financial aid. Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.
The accelerated B.A.+M.Div. 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. Students will also learn to read and study the Bible in the original languages of Hebrew and Greek.
- Text-Driven Preaching
- Exegesis to Exposition
Program Start Dates
You can enroll and begin classes in August or January.
The CUinClass video project was originally filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow virtual visitors to experience Cedarville classes, While students no longer wear masks and guests are welcomed in person, these on-demand videos still provide a great opportunity to hear from our professors and experience academics at Cedarville. View a class that interests you now!
Program Format and Related Programs
Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.
Program Level and Format
- 5-Year with MDiv
From Our Students:
Trent Rogers, Ph.D.Dean, SBTS; Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek
- BTS 236
Randy McKinion, Ph.D.Associate Dean, SBTS; Professor of Old Testament
- BTS 255
Jason Lee, Ph.D.Professor of Theological Studies
- BTS 265
Theology Professor Encourages Student EngagementDr. Jonathan Arnold has always tried to pass on his love for learning to his students. No matter what the topic, he seeks to ignite a passion for learning more.
Visiting Professor Brings "Love for Students" to Cedarville UniversityTrevin Wax, vice president of research and resource development at the North American Mission Board, will serve as visiting professor at Cedarville University for the 2022-23 academic year. His role is effective August 1.