2023-24 Graduate Academic Catalog

Page 2 2023–24 Graduate Academic Catalog Introduction A Word From Our President AWord From Our President Welcome to The Graduate School at Cedarville University. We are grateful that you have chosen Cedarville as the place to further your education. Cedarville University will do more than just prepare you for vocational distinction; our graduate programs are intentionally designed for Christian professionals who desire to use their careers as a ministry for Christ. We equip business professionals who will steward God-given resources well and lead with a servant’s heart; advanced practice nurses, athletic trainers, PAs, and pharmacists who will see their patients as God’s image bearers and serve them with Christian compassion; and ministers of the Gospel who will reach a hurting world with the hope of Jesus Christ. Designed with your busy schedule in view, many of our programs are available in an online format — easy to manage around work, home, and church responsibilities. Our advising team will readily assist you each step of the way, equipping you to serve, excel, and lead in your God-given vocation. Residential graduate students are able to take advantage of a wide range of ministry opportunities and student services. God is doing amazing things through Cedarville University as we stand for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. Thank you for choosing to join our graduate academic community. In Christ, Thomas White, PhD President, Cedarville University History Cedarville College was established in 1887 by five godly men who envisioned a college that would provide Christian higher education. Affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, the College built its first building, Old Main (now called Founders Hall), in 1895. The turbulence of the first 50 years of the 20th century led to hard times for the College. By the end of World War II, the Board of Trustees realized that enrollment could not support expenses, but, as God would ordain it, the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio, was seeking to expand. That institution’s Board of Trustees became convinced Cedarville was the place God had chosen. By mutual agreement of both trustee boards, ownership of the College transferred in 1953, and Cedarville became a Baptist college of arts and sciences. Dr. James T. Jeremiah was called as president. By 1959, Cedarville’s enrollment had grown to 255. Six years later, the student body nearly tripled to 763. By the end of Jeremiah’s 25-year tenure as president in 1978, enrollment had grown to more than 1,200 students. That same year, Dr. Paul Dixon was called to lead Cedarville. In 2002, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to change from Cedarville College to Cedarville University. This move better communicated Cedarville’s expanded academic offerings, graduate studies, institutional organization, and increased national and international presence. By the end of Dixon’s 25-year tenure as president in 2003, the student body had grown to more than 3,000 students. Under his leadership, Cedarville added nursing and engineering majors and constructed the Dixon Ministry Center and the Stevens Student Center. In 2003, Dr. Bill Brown became the next president of Cedarville University. Under Brown’s leadership, Cedarville built the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies and Health Sciences Center and launched four new graduate programs. In 2013, Dr. Thomas White became the 10th president of Cedarville University. Under his leadership, the University embarked on its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign -- One Thousand Days Transformed: The Campaign for Cedarville. This $175 million fundraising effort is expanding capacity, minimizing student debt and maximizing affordability, transforming lives in and out of the classroom, and preparing for the future. As part of the campaign, the University has already built a Civil Engineering Center and two-story Chick-fil-A, expanded Callan Athletic Center, and begun construction on the Scharnberg Business Center. Profile Home to 5,082 Christian undergraduate, graduate, and dual-enrolled high school students, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs located in southwest Ohio. Since its founding in 1887, Cedarville has maintained its commitment to biblical truth and academic excellence to equip students for academic success, professional leadership, and spiritual influence. This intentional focus has earned Cedarville a national reputation as a leader in liberal arts, health sciences, and professional programs. Cedarville’s undergraduate curriculum is built upon a liberal arts core including biblical education, communications, global studies, humanities, physical education, science and mathematics, and the social sciences. From this foundation, the University’s 68 undergraduate degree programs provide concentrated study leading to one of eight baccalaureate degrees. Graduate programs are a growing segment of Cedarville’s educational array. Cedarville now offers eleven master’s and doctoral degrees and eight certificate programs in the areas of athletic training, business, innovation, leadership, ministry, nursing, PA studies, pharmacy, public health, and worship — 14 available fully online — that build on the University’s undergraduate reputation but serve the unique needs of adult students. Mission Statement Cedarville University transforms lives through excellent education and intentional discipleship in submission to biblical authority. Vision Statement For the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.