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About the Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership

Why Study Biblical Leadership at Cedarville?

Cedarville’s Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership (M.A.B.L.), offered in collaboration with our 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 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. 

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Online and Accelerated

    All courses are offered in an online format, 1- and 2-year completion options.
  • Affordable

    Cedarville’s online ministry programs are competitively priced with available financial aid.

Program Overview

M.A. in Biblical Leadership Highlights

Flexible – Can be completed online in as little as one calendar year, with full- or part-time options to meet your needs.

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)

What Can You Do With a Biblical Leadership Degree?

The M.A.B.L. program will help you strengthen your leadership skills as you deepen your understanding of God's Word. The goal of the program is to offer you, 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, or any role where God leads you.

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 develop your personal ministry philosophy and leadership skills. You will:

  • Design a theologically driven servant leadership model for the church and community.
  • Articulate a strategic vision for how the church can participate in spreading the Gospel.
  • Demonstrate how biblical wisdom leads to ethical decision-making and service to others.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

M.A.B.L. Admission Requirements

Costs and 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.

M.A.B.L. Cost Information

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

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Program 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

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

  • Graduate
  • Online
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Trent Rogers, PhD

Dean, SBTS; Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek


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Michael McKay, PhD

Director, Online Graduate Programs (SBTS); Assistant Professor of Biblical Theology


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