Master of Arts in Apologetics

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62 Credit Hours 21 Classes
2 Years to Complete
$298 Per Credit Hour Learn more
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Next Start Date April 8

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The Master of Arts in Apologetics is an academic degree that combines a study of apologetics with specialized biblical and theological studies for those who are preparing for local church or cross-cultural ministry or wishing to pursue further graduate studies in apologetics.

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Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Number Description Credit Hours
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
25100 Introduction to Church History I 3
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I: Theological Prolegomena, and the Nature and Works of God 3
27070 Systematic Theology II: Christ, Salvation, and the Holy Spirit 3
27080 Systematic Theology III: Baptist Theology of Scripture and the Church, and Eschatology 3
Total 30
Apologetics Studies
Course Number Description Credit Hours
28500 Christian Philosophy 3
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
28660 History and Methods of Apologetics 3
28677 Studies in Apologetics 3
28720 Problem of Evil 3
28970 Logic 3
28999 Thesis Research and Writing 2
29370 Moral Theory 3
28730 History of the Bible 3
32100 Personal Evangelism & Devotion 3
Total 29
Course Number Description Credit Hours
Unrestricted Elective 3
Total 3

Total Master of Arts in Apologetics: 62

  1. Continuing students should consult the Academic Catalog for the year in which they started for course requirements as the current requirements may have changed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The M.A. in Apologetics will prepare students for local church or cross-cultural ministry, as well as advanced studies in theology.

Students who are serving (or plan to serve) in full-time ministry are encouraged to consider the Master of Divinity program, as it contains a more robust core of bible, theology, and ministry training.

Students with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major) are eligible to apply for this concentration. It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

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Yes. Students with previous divinity credit may be able to transfer their credit into programs at Southern Seminary. See our Transfer Credit page for more information.

Apologetics faculty include:

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

Learn more about Southern Seminary during Preview Day on April 12, 2024. For just $25, prospective students and their families will be provided 2 nights of hotel lodging and meals.

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  • Hybrid campus intensive options

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