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 (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Robert Stewart (Concentration Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (15 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (6 hours)

course

hours

Exploring the Old Testament 

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Upon transcript evaluation, eligible students may substitute Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics and/or Dealing with Bible Difficulties for the Exploring Old and/or New Testament courses.

Christian Theological Competency (6 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1 

3

Systematic Theology 2 

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Ministry Specialization Competency (3 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Apologetics Ministry Practicum 

3

[Note: Students must have approval from the professor of record prior to registration in this course.]

Christian Apologetics Component (21 hours)

Christian Apologetics Core (6 hours)

course

hours

Christian Apologetics 

3

The Problem of Evil 

3

Christian Apologetics Electives** (15 hours)
Take 15 hours from the following courses:

course

hours

Philosophy of Religion 

3

Apologetic Method 

3

Cult Theology 

3

The Historical Jesus 

3

Theology of C. S. Lewis 

3

Logic 

3

Metaphysics 

3

Epistemology 

3

Mormonism 

3

New Age Spirituality 

3

Jehovah’s Witnesses 

3

Encountering World Religions 

3

World Religions: Islam 

3

World Religions: Eastern Religions 

3

World Religions: Judaism 

3

Heresy and Orthodoxy in the Early Church 

3

Philosophical Theology 

3

Contemporary Hermeneutical Theory 

3

Pulpit Apologetics 

3

Campus Apologetics 

3

Christianity and the Sciences 

3

British Apologists 

3

Word of God in Christianity and Islam 

3

Jesus and Islam 

3

Creation and Creationism 

3

Postmodernity and Contemporary Theological Issues 

3

Persecution and Martyrdom Yesterday and Today 

3

Mission Trip to Middle East for Muslim
Witness and Evangelism 

3

Christian Responses to Islamic Cultural Differences 

3

Doctrine of God in Christianity and Islam 

3

Christian Ethics 

3

Doctrine of the Trinity 

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

Dealing with Bible Difficulties 

3

Total Required: 36 hours

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

**This list is not all-inclusive. Any of the courses listed here will count as electives for the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics degree. Other courses may be suitable. Students should check with the Curriculum Coordinator or the Concentration Advisor and the Registrar’s Office for more information on other courses and to confirm that courses not on this list are suitable.

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.