Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics & Theology (60 hrs)

Explore a Master's in Apologetics That's Beyond an Online Degree

Grow your ministry and a compelling biblical witness through the in-depth, advanced training the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics & Theology degree at Southern Evangelical Seminary provides.

As today’s culture grows ever more hostile toward Christianity and the Gospel, defenders of the faith need to be competent, confident, and compassionate. While we have many degree options to choose from at Southern Evangelical Seminary, students who want to focus on apologetics have several exciting graduate school options. All of them will equip you for effectively engaging in these conversations with eternal significance.

The information below is for our four-year, 60-hour Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics & Theology degree program. It is specifically designed for those looking for the kind of in-depth seminary training that is often required for ordination or advanced ministry preparation. This degree is also a great first step towards our Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics program.

But this isn’t your only option! The 60-hour program is a great transfer option for students who begin their studies in our streamlined, 36-hour M.A. in Christian Apologetics program. And, at some point, you might want to explore our full, 90-hour Master of Divinity in Apologetics program.

For now, though, don’t let the possibilities overwhelm you! Explore the highlights and exceptional value of this degree and then download a program preview to find even more valuable information about the MA in Christian Apologetics & Theology. Then, start an application or get in touch with our admissions department for some help finding the best degree program fit for your goals!

Your Academic Experience at SES

We aren’t catching up with the distance learning trend or online classes — SES has been breaking ground and pioneering an immersive digital campus experience for years. As a student, you’ll enjoy a flexible, compelling, connected, environment for your studies. All of the easy-to-use technology you’ll need to thrive in seminary is housed in one place and accessed through a single, secure log-in.

Stay in touch with your professors.

Collaborate with your peers.

Conduct research in one of the most expansive theological libraries ever created

(With our membership as a supporting sponsor of the Digital Theological Library)

Learn more about the remarkable online learning we provide in our digital campus experience at SES that will help you thrive as a student and be equipped with the technology tools you’ll need in ministry.

In the M.A. in Christian Apologetics & Theology program, you will:

Courses and Skills at the Heart of the M.A. in Christian Apologetics & Theology Program


Develop confidence to defend the Christian faith by examining various forms of logical thinking and fallacies. This class stresses the use of reason in both theology and apologetics.

Prolegomena and Bibliology

Increase your effectiveness in emphasizing the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible. This course focuses specifically on the inspiration and canonization of Scripture.

Intro to Christian Apologetics

Even though apologetics is woven into everything we teach at SES, this course will lay the groundwork for your understanding and defense of things like the existence of God, miracles, the deity of Christ, and the inspiration of the Bible.

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Tuition at SES: An Exceptional Value

If you have already started exploring the cost of seminary and graduate studies, you already know it can be heavy investment. Since our foundation, SES has been committed to providing the highest quality seminary and apologetics training at a cost that won’t burden our graduates and those pursuing ministry.

Our academic rigor is strong. Our emphasis and threefold foundation are unique. And, our value for you and your family is unmatched. 

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: $333 per credit hour.

Built for Your Calling

Whether you are pursuing full-time vocational leadership or personal ministry growth, this program is designed to provide a path for your success.

Full-time Ministry

Full-Time Ministry

Christians are called to be salt and light in our world, and leaders should be equipped to confidently engage the ideas shaping today’s culture. Apologetics training is essential for breaking down barriers and effectively leading others. As you pursue God’s calling on your life through ministry, a seminary education will maximize your impact.

Personal Ministry

Personal Ministry

If your personal study hasn’t yielded the growth you’re looking for, formal training can equip you to answer hard questions and present the truth in love. Being grounded in apologetics prepares you to be fruitful in all aspects of your personal ministry. Our apologetics program offers structured training you need to share the faith and defend truth in everyday life.

"I can't imagine functioning in this culture, or in my vocation as a therapist for that matter, without the training I received at SES. I use the apologetics training daily as a professional counselor in the toughest of clinical mental health environments."

Mike Jackson


Why Should You Seriously Consider the M.A. in Christian Apologetics & Theology Degree at SES?

Individuals who enroll at Southern Evangelical Seminary have many different goals, but one thing in common: a desire to strengthen their grounding in core issues to glorify God. If you are looking to more clearly articulate truth and teach others with confidence, you’ll find invaluable community at SES. 

Our faculty and staff invest in each student’s journey, and like-minded peers help sharpen each other along the way. These meaningful relationships will be critical to your personal growth and ability to defend your faith in an ever-changing world.

Our Streamlined Admissions Process

Southern Evangelical Seminary offers a simple, four-step application process. Prospective students can apply online, submit a personal statement, provide official transcripts, and pay a nonrefundable application fee to be considered for admission. Read more about our application process, deadlines, and tuition.

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