Graduate Certificate in Apologetics and Philosophy

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Program Snapshot

9-18 Credit Hours 3-6 Classes
$310 Per Credit Hour Learn more
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Next Start Date June 3

Defend the faith. Serve the church.

Be trained to defend the Christian faith with courses grounded in a biblical worldview. This Graduate Certificate is for anyone who is interested in making practical application of apologetics in both local church and cross-cultural ministry contexts.

Prepare for more faithful service

Students pursuing Apologetics and Philosophy with the Southern M.Div. may complete a 9 hour Graduate Certificate, or an 18 hour Advanced Graduate Certificate en route to their degree.

Choose any 3 courses. Students pursuing the Advanced Graduate Certificate will choose 6 courses:

Graduate Certificate in Apologetics and Philosophy
Course Number Description Credit Hours
28500 Christian Philosophy 3
28660 History and Methods of Apologetics 3
28677 Studies in Apologetics 3
28720 Problem of Evil 3
28730 History of the Bible 3
28970 Logic 3

*Advanced Graduate Certificate is not fully developed for online learning.

Learning Outcome

  • Students will demonstrate graduate-level engagement with apologetics and philosophy.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Apologetics and Philosophy will prepare students who wish to specialize in apologetics or serve in apologetic-related ministries within the local church or para-church organizations.

Graduate Certificates are only open to M.Div. students. Every M.Div. at Southern Seminary combines a robust core of biblical and theological studies plus missions, evangelism, and ministry courses to ensure students are prepared for a variety of ministry roles.

Graduate Certificates are open to M.Div. students or alumni.

Students may apply for the Master of Divinity with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major). It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

Click here to learn more or start your application.

Graduate Certificates are meant to prepare students for specific ministry roles in conjunction with the Master of Divinity. Therefore, only students enrolled in the M.Div. may pursue Graduate Certificates.

Students who already hold a M.Div. degree may apply for and pursue additional Graduate Certificates.

The following students are eligible to apply for and pursue stand-alone Graduate Certificates:

  • M.Div. alumni of Southern Seminary
  • M.Div. alumni of other ATS-accredited seminaries

The application for Graduate Certificates comprises of:

  • The full, online application
  • Official transcripts of your M.Div.
  • Pastoral recommendation from your current church (provided in the application)

Apologetics and Philosophy faculty includes:

Timothy Paul Jones

C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry

Stephen J. Wellum

Professor of Christian Theology

Andrew T. Walker

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Public Theology

Resources as a Southern Seminary student

Academic Support

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Flexible Course Options

With multiple course delivery options you’ll find classes that fit around your schedule.

  • 100% online degrees
  • Main campus courses
  • Hybrid campus intensive options

Financial Aid

We are committed to making your education affordable. Our Financial Aid office can connect you with institutional & outside sources of aid.

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