Apologetics-Focused Education for You

Training for Personal Growth

Are You Prepared to Thoughtfully Share the Truth with Your Family, Co-Workers, or Neighbors?

You may be the first line of defense for many in your circle of influence

People often fail to realize how impactful integrated training in theology, philosophy, and apologetics can be on one’s personal Christian life. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, Sunday School teacher, or friend, knowing why you believe what you believe and going through the personal growth necessary to be able to think well about your Christian convictions are invaluable tools in being an ambassador of Christ in this culture. Move beyond the milk and think deeply about the God we serve. 

Through integrated apologetics-focused Christian education, undergirded with sound philosophy and theology, Southern Evangelical Seminary will equip you to form a complete and systematic Christian worldview. This vital training in personal growth provides the necessary tools you need for effective evangelism and discipleship.These tools can be practically incorporated into your own life as you equip your family, friends, and neighbors to proclaim the Gospel and remain steadfast in the truth.

Beyond Online Education

Individuals looking at online programs in theology, philosophy, apologetics, or biblical studies are impressed when they discover how our digital campus experience pushes far beyond the outdated models of asynchronous education most schools still use. Everything we have developed at SES will equip you to engage a culture that is hostile to the Gospel, and you can get this training without leaving your current ministry context.

Why Should You Seriously Consider Studying at SES?

You almost certainly have at least some basic — and perhaps even advanced — knowledge of Christian apologetics. Many new students at SES have studied books like Tactics by Gregory Koukl, Lewis' Mere Christianity, or I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by SES alum Frank Turek and SES co-founder Norman Geisler. These are all very helpful resources, but perhaps you have reached that point in your self-guided research where you hit a wall or find yourself out of your depth.

Apologetics, theology, and even Bible study will never reach their potential without being grounded in sound philosophy. It's not a matter of whether you're doing philosophy. It's a matter of whether you're doing it well or poorly. You can be a good philosopher without being a good apologist or theologian, but it does not work the other way around! Giving you the philosophical foundation you need for both theology and apologetics is just one of the ways that a degree or certificate from SES will serve you well. Watch the short video below to learn more.

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By Training for Personal Growth at SES, You Will:

"It was my pleasure to serve God and country for over 30 years in the military and now prepare further for the next adventure God has planned. Thanks SES, for providing an outstanding Christ-centered, Scripture focused, philosophically sound course of study. Having completed the MA in Apologetics I am engaged now in the MA in Philosophy. I am using these skill sets daily."

Scott Gardner


A Valuable Degree with Exceptionally Affordable Tuition

Prospective students are almost always surprised to learn how affordable we keep our degree programs at Southern Evangelical Seminary. You will also not be bogged down with numerous fees.

You need effective training for ministry — not a crippling load of student loan debt. The value of a degree here pays off through your entire career and truly has an eternal value as well. 

As a result, we're delighted to tell you that you'll have a very difficult time finding a better tuition rate than what we offer at SES: $475 per credit hour (Graduate Level).


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Start the admission process today. You can begin in just a few minutes by filling out our initial application and it will open the door for us to have an exploratory conversation about your educational priorities and hopes for ministry. We have an entire team at SES who is ready to help you in the process of discerning your gifts and calling to ministry so you can engage our culture in the conversations that matter the most.

Example Degrees for Pastors

Religious studies prepares you for ministry in a busy world.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Religious Studies


The B.A. degree is an apologetics-focused religious studies degree that will prepare you for further graduate studies

Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.)


Our most basic and versatile M.A. degree that will prepare you well for future graduate studies, or use it as a stand-alone degree

Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (M.A.C.A.)


Dig into the meat of classical apologetics with this foundational M.A. degree; be equipped for ministry or further studies