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Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership

Access a $1,000 Scholarship

Apply now and start your M.A. in October, January, or March, and you will be eligible for a $1,000 achievement scholarship! Cedarville’s ministry programs are among the lowest cost options you'll find. Financial aid is also available. Apply now!

About the Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership

Cedarville’s Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership (M.A.B.L.), offered in collaboration with Cedarville's successful M.B.A. program, will equip you with the biblical knowledge and practical skills you need to provide effective biblical leadership.

The mission of the M.A.B.L. program at Cedarville University is to equip graduates with the skills for a lifetime of biblical, servant leadership. The mission is accomplished through a biblical, theological, and ministry core curriculum along with leadership ministry specialization courses, and a researched project as a capstone experience.

This 36 credit hour program is offered in a convenient, fully online format and can be completed in as little as one calendar year. In-class delivery options are also available. And when you enroll in Cedarville's online Biblical Leadership master's degree now, you will qualify for a $1,000 Ministry Scholarship!

Program Start Dates

Applications are accepted throughout the year, and you can enroll and begin classes in August, October, January, March, May, or July.

Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership

M.A. in Biblical Leadership Highlights

Flexible – Can be completed online, with full- or part-time options to meet your needs.

Accelerated – Can be completed in as little as one calendar year.

Strong foundation – Core class set a foundation in theology and ministry, including:

  • Foundational Christian Doctrine
  • Introduction to Biblical Theology
  • Contemporary Theology in Historical Context
  • Discipleship
  • Evangelism

Specialization courses – Specialized courses, three of which are offered in collaboration with Cedarville's successful M.B.A. program, equip you for practical leadership:

  • Biblical Leadership
  • Organizational Design and Behavior
  • Applied Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Ministry of Teaching and Preaching
  • Exposition of an Old Testament Book
  • Researched Leadership Project (Capstone)

Outcomes for Graduates With a Biblical Leadership Degree

The M.A.B.L. program offers courses that focus on biblical interpretation, theology, and ministry application particularly through biblical leadership. The goal of the program is to offer students, in an efficient format, focused theological training that will contribute to fruitful service in a variety of leadership contexts, including as an executive pastor or parachurch leadership.

Opportunities for M.A. in Biblical Leadership Students

As part of your online master’s degree in biblical leadership, you will have multiple opportunities to shape your ministry philosophy and personal leadership skills. You will:

  • Design a theologically driven servant leadership model for the church and community.
  • Articulate a strategic vision for the church participating in God’s redemptive work in a variety of social and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate how training in biblical wisdom leads to ethical decision-making and service to others.
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$1000 Ministry Scholarship!

It's a great time to expand your ministry skills. Enroll in Cedarville's online Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership and receive a $1,000 Ministry Scholarship!

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Program Faculty

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Trent Rogers, Ph.D.

Dean, SBTS; Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek

  • Location BTS 255
  • Phone 937-766-6141
  • Email Email

Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership Curriculum

You will take 36 credit hours, including core theology and ministry courses and specialized training in leadership.

Sample courses:

  • Applied Leadership
  • Organizational Design and Behavior
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