Christian Apologetics M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve pastor-teachers, student ministers, missionaries, evangelists, interfaith witness specialists, and academicians, with a focused preparation in defending the faith.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Lloyd A. Harsch (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. Robert Stewart (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Master of Divinity Core (69 hours)

Biblical Studies (24 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

Hebrew 1

3

Hebrew 2

3

Greek 1

3

Greek 2

3

Theological/Historical Studies (21 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

3

Baptist Heritage

3

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics

3

Christian Apologetics
OR
Philosophy of Religion

3

Applied Ministry Studies (24 hours) *
*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format

course

hours

Christian Missions (M)

3

Proclaiming the Bible (M)
OR
Teaching the Bible** (M)

3

Preaching Practicum (M)
OR
Teaching Practicum** (M)

3

Counseling in Ministry 

3

Pastoral Ministry (M)
OR
Women in Ministry Leadership  (M)

3

Evangelism (M)

3

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (M

3

Church Leadership and Administration (M)

3

Christian Apologetics Specialization (12 hours)

Christian Apologetics Core (6 hours)

course

hours

The Problem of Evil 

3

Logic 

3

Christian Apologetics Electives (6 hours)
Choose 6 hours from the following courses:

course

hours

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 & Contemporary Theological Issues 

3

Heresy and Orthodoxy in the Early Church 

3

Apologetic Method 

3

Free Electives (6 hours)

COURSE

HOURS

These electives may be taken in Christian Apologetics or in other disciplines.

6

Total Required: 87 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.

**Students not called into a preaching ministry may choose to take Teaching the Bible instead of Proclaiming the Bible, and Teaching Practicum instead of Preaching Practicum. Students who take Teaching the Bible must take the Teaching Practicum course.

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 six hours of course credit each year through the Defend conference.