Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve in a full or part-time ministry of Christian apologetics, or to equip pastors, student ministers, missionaries, evangelists, or apologetics specialists to share and defend their faith more completely. The Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics can be earned through residential or non-residential study.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate critical and constructive thought processes in cultural and apologetic engagement.

  2. Students will be able to design, implement, lead, and assess an apologetic ministry within their contexts.

  3. Students will demonstrate their understanding of and ability to communicate biblical, theological, and historical truth in settings that require the defense of the Christian faith.

  4. Students will show personal and spiritual maturation in their development as Christian apologists.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Lloyd A. Harsch (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. Robert Stewart (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Master of Arts Core (27 hours)

Biblical Studies (12 hours)

course

hours

Interpreting the Old Testament 1

3

Interpreting the Old Testament 2

3

Interpreting the New Testament 1

3

Interpreting the New Testament 2

3

Theological/Historical Studies (9 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2 

3

Baptist Heritage

3

Applied Ministry Studies (6 hours)
*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format

course

hours

Evangelism (M)

OR

Christian Missions (M)

3

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (M)

3

Christian Apologetics Component (18 hours)

Christian Apologetics Core (9 hours)

course

hours

Christian Apologetics 

3

The Problem of Evil 

3

Supervised Apologetics Ministry Practicum

3

Christian Apologetics Electives (9 hours)

course

hours

Select 9 hours from the following courses:

Cult Theology 

3

Encountering World Religions 

3

Philosophical Theology 

3

Contemporary Hermeneutical Theory 

3

Epistemology 

3

Metaphysics 

3

The Historical Jesus 

3

Christianity and the Sciences

3

Word of God in Christianity and Islam

3

Jesus and Islam

3

Postmodernity and Contemporary Theological Issues 

3

Heresy and Orthodoxy in the Early Church 

3

Apologetic Method

3

Total Required: 45 hours**

(M) Indicates course is available in a mentoring format, as well as other formats.

*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format.

**The faculty recommends strongly that apologetics students attend the January Defend conference, which features some of the nation's top apologists. Students can earn up to 6 hours of course credit toward this degree each year through the Defend conference.

Leveling Required for Doctoral Study

The Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics is a professional master’s degree designed for practical preparation and is not a degree that leads to doctoral work without significant leveling.