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Master of Ministry Degree

There's never been a better time to take this next bold step in your ministry career. If you apply now and enroll this fall or spring, you will be eligible to receive FREE BOOKS throughout your whole degree! Start your application now!

About the Master of Ministry (M.Min.) Degree

Are you interested in adding a ministry focus to your current career? Or maybe you want to more effectively serve in your local church as a teacher, small-group leader, or ministry team lead. Perhaps you just want to increase your knowledge of the Bible for personal growth. Whatever the reason, an online master's degree ministry from Cedarville University can help you achieve your goal. 

Cedarville’s online or on-campus Master of Ministry (M.Min.) coursework will prepare you for vocational leadership and ministry. The online ministry degree coursework features an innovative, relationship-rich, and theologically grounded approach. The program is ideal for those who are currently in ministry and want additional ministry training to enhance their service or those who have completed a degree in another field but are looking for biblical, theological, and practical skills for lay ministry.

Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions prospective graduate students have when considering an M.Min. program.

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 Ministry

Master of Ministry Program Highlights

Biblical and practical – The perfect blend of biblical theology and practical application, leadership training and servant ministry, and classroom discussion and real-world experience.

Mentoring – An intentionally relationship-based approach with mentoring that begins during your time in class and extends into ministry upon graduation.

Real-world experience A robust internship experience is built into the program and will serve as a capstone for your coursework.

Flexible  Can be completed online or on-campus and full- or part-time to meet your specific needs.

Accelerated Can be completed in as little as one year.

Outcomes for Graduates with a Master's Degree in Ministry

The master’s degree in ministry designed to give a broad range of ministry preparation for many ministry opportunities. Our M.Min. graduates are currently serving in a variety of roles ranging from senior pastor, campus pastor, and discipleship pastor to cross-cultural missionary and college ministry.

Opportunities for Master of Ministry Students

As part of your online ministry degree program, you will have multiple opportunities to shape ministry philosophy and personal ministry skills.

Character Colloquium — Over the course of two semesters, you will meet with the program director of the Master of Ministry program for a time of prayer and discussion related to ministry and life.

Internship — You will complete a six-hour internship upon completion of you master's degree in ministry coursework. This robust exposure to practical ministry helps you acquire ministry experience under the leadership of skilled ministers.

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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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$1000 Ministry Scholarship!

It's a great time to expand your ministry skills. Enroll in Cedarville's on-campus or online M.Min. program, and receive a $1,000 Ministry Scholarship!

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Preparing for Ministry With an M.Min.

Master of Ministry student Alvin Cheng explains how Cedarville's M.Min. program is giving him the tools he needs for effective, God-honoring ministry.

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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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God Revealed Apologetics Conference

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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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M.Min. Adds Ministry Focus to Vocation

For an area nonprofit director, the sound biblical foundation and practical application in Cedarville's online M.Min. helped her add a ministry focus to her work.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions prospective graduate students have when considering an M.Min. program.

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The Real Deal: Master of Ministry Highly Ranked for Practical Experience

Cedarville University's Master of Ministry program is known for its academic rigor and preparation for ministry opportunities. And, now, Intelligent.com has named Cedarville’s Master of Ministry program the “Best for Real-World Experience.”
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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.

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

Master of Ministry Program Curriculum

You will complete courses in Bible, theology, and leadership, along with practical ministry experience and a Character Colloquium. For a complete look at courses, view the curriculum guide.
Sample courses:
  • Christian Apologetics
  • The Church and God’s Mission
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog