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Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

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 Divinity (M.Div.) Degree

Cedarville’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree will prepare you for effective local church and global ministry. Delivered within a vibrant, comprehensive Christian university setting, Cedarville’s 79-hour M.Div. coursework is wholly committed to biblical authority, the Great Commission, and equipping the next generation of leaders for the local church.

Program Start Dates

You can enroll and begin classes in August or January.

Pursue Your M.Div.

M.Div. Program Highlights

Comprehensive university – Consider the advantages of preparing for vocational ministry at a comprehensive Christian university. While being taught by outstanding Bible scholars, you’ll rub shoulders on campus with future teachers, engineers, nurses, broadcasters, and more — the kinds of people who’ll be part of your ministry for years to come. And, Cedarville offers an array of cultural, athletic, and social activities for you and your family to enjoy.

Beautiful setting – The Center for Biblical and Theological Studies will be the hub for your Master of Divinity program on our campus in southwest Ohio. This two-story structure features a homiletics laboratory, faculty office suite, collaboration rooms, computer laboratory, email stations, biblical archive gallery, and lounge and vending areas.

Ministry experience – Effective ministry takes far more than head knowledge. You 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. Churches in the local community as well as on-campus ministries offer excellent opportunities to disciple, lead, intern, and serve.

Affordably priced – Competitive tuition (among the lowest cost options you'll find) and southwest Ohio's reasonable cost of living make Cedarville’s M.Div. an affordable choice for a future pastor or ministry leader.

Customizable – Choose from eight tracks to customize your M.Div. to your future ministry goals:

  • Academic Ministry
  • Biblical Apologetics
  • Biblical Care and Counseling
  • Missions
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Women's Ministry
  • Worship and Theology
  • Youth and Family Ministry

What Can I Do With an M.Div.?

As a Cedarville M.Div. graduate, you will be prepared to continue your studies at the doctoral level or to pursue the following ministry roles:

  • Associate Pastor
  • Bible teacher
  • Camp Director
  • Christian Education Director
  • Church Planter
  • Missionary
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Philosopher
  • Senior Pastor
  • Writer
  • Youth Pastor

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom.

Faculty interaction – While you are pursuing a M.Div. degree at Cedarville, you will study with, and be discipled by, faculty members who have esteemed academic credentials and experience as ministers.

Mentorship – You will be mentored by an experienced minister.

Internship – You will apply what you are learning in your coursework during an internship at a church or ministry setting.

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Explore Cedarville's B.A.+M.Div.

Cedarville's accelerated B.A. in biblical studies and M.Div. dual degree offers you a more affordable and quicker pathway to ministry.

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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.

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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.

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Graduate Ministry Education

Listen as recent graduates explain why they chose Cedarville University for their graduate ministry education.

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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.

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M.Div. or M.Min. – Which Is Right for You?

Listen as Dr. Jason Lee, Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, explains the key differences between Cedarville University's M.Div. and M.Min. programs.

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Dr. Michael McKay: "I Should Be Dead"

The fact that Dr. Michael McKay, assistant professor of biblical theology, is teaching at Cedarville this fall is a miracle. By his own account, he shouldn’t even be here.
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Quiet Time Refresher

Having focused time with the Lord through the Bible and prayer is a tried-and-true discipline for growing in our love and commitment to Him. School of Biblical and Theological Studies faculty offer insights and inspiration for a quiet time with God.
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Summer Reading List

During this Season for Growth, consider picking up one of these titles written or recommended by our Cedarville faculty to grow in grace, godly wisdom, your love of the Word, and your relationship with the Lord.
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Cedarville Stories Podcast: Passing Along His Father's Love for the Word

Dr. Chris Miller, Senior Professor of Biblical Studies, loves to pass along his love of the Scriptures. It's a passion that began with his dad, who was an avid student of the Bible. Chris seeks to honor his dad's devotion by the way he teaches at Cedarville.

Program Faculty

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Trent Rogers, Ph.D.

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

  • Location BTS 255
  • Phone 937-766-6141
  • Email Email
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Billy Marsh, Ph.D.

Director, MDiv Programs; Assistant Professor of Theology

  • Location BTS 242
  • Phone 937-766-6534
  • Email Email

Master of Divinity Program Curriculum

The M.Div. program 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. You will also learn to read and study the Bible in the original languages of Hebrew and Greek.

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Sample courses:
  • Exegesis to Exposition
  • Text-Driven Preaching
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog