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Two Specialized Master’s Programs Starting January 2021

by Nicole Hackett, Student Public Relations Writer, and Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

Cedarville University will offer two new online Master of Arts programs, one in worship and theology and the other in biblical leadership. Both programs are expected to start in the spring 2021 semester.

These programs will join the existing Master of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees available through the school of biblical and theological studies.

“The addition of the new Master of Arts degree programs allows us to provide excellent, flexible and affordable ministry training in specific areas of ministry concentration,” said Dr. Trent Rogers, interim dean of the school of biblical and theological studies.

"We have found that many of our students have particular ministry contexts already in mind when starting the Master of Ministry program,” said Rogers. “We wanted to adapt our offerings to help meet their needs.”

The new degrees, both 36-credit hours in length, will also provide an opportunity for partnerships with other Cedarville programs. The school of business administration will partner with the school of biblical and theological studies to offer the biblical leadership degree, and the department of music and worship will help facilitate the worship and theology degree.

The programs have in common a set of five three-hour classes that cover topics such as evangelism, discipleship, doctrine and theology.

Students in the Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership then take 18 hours related to principles of biblical leadership, how to lead organizations and project management, and finish with a capstone researched leadership project.

In the Master of Arts in Worship and Theology, students will take 18 hours specific to the program covering teaching and preaching, biblical foundations of worship, and worship leadership, among other subjects. The degree concludes with a capstone researched worship project.

Cedarville’s existing Master of Ministry program is completely online and designed for students who serve as teachers, small-group leaders or ministry team leads or for those who desire to increase in their knowledge of the Bible.

The Master of Divinity degree is an on-campus program for those considering a professional ministry role, such as senior pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor, Christian education director or camp director. Mentoring, guided weekend ministries and internships are built into the program.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Master of Divinity program, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about Cedarville University, visit


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