Ministry student stands in front of discipleship group

Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership

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!

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. 

In the program, students 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.
View thumbnail for Stewarding Your Gifts With a Graduate Degree

Stewarding Your Gifts With a Graduate Degree

Listen as Cedarville's president, Dr. Thomas White, discusses how our graduate programs can help you steward your God-given talents for His glory.

View thumbnail for Why Choose Cedarville and Not a Seminary?

Why Choose Cedarville and Not a Seminary?

Cedarville's long history of preparing students to serve in the local church and its accelerated, cost-saving completion options make our graduate ministry programs a great choice.

Male student discusses with classmate

$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!

Center for Biblical and Theological Studies

Two Specialized Master’s Programs Starting January 2021

The new degrees will also provide an opportunity for partnerships with the school of business administration and the department of music and worship.
The Bright Light and the Super Scary Darkness

God's Defeat of Darkness is Focus of Book

Dr. Dan DeWitt, Cedarville University’s director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity and associate professor of applied theology and apologetics, will debut his third children’s book this fall.
Invitation to Biblical Theology

Revealing the Story of God Book by Book

Cedarville University professors Dr. Jeremy Kimble, associate professor of theology, and Dr. Ched Spellman, associate professor of biblical and theological studies, have authored a new textbook, “Invitation to Biblical Theology.”

Theology I Course Available Online

The Bible Minor Project is making all of Cedarville's Bible minor courses available to anyone through online video.

Program Faculty

Photo of Trent Rogers

Trent Rogers, Ph.D.

Dean, UG Programs; Director, MMin Program; Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek

  • Location BTS 255
  • Phone 937-766-6141
  • Email Email
Photo of Jason Lee

Jason Lee, Ph.D.

Professor of Theological Studies

  • Location BTS 265
  • Phone 937-766-7674
  • 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
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog