NSM – DRAFT – Master of Arts in Apologetics

Pursue growth in your ministry and a compelling biblical witness through the advanced training the Master of Arts in Apologetics 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. This 60-hour degree program is designed to equip you for effectively engaging in these conversations with eternal significance. 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 Apologetics.

Your Academic Experience at SES

We aren’t catching up with the distance learning trend — 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.

Collaborate with your peers through our integrated approach

Interact with professors during many live-streamed classes

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 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 MA in Apologetics program, you will:

Courses and Skills at the Heart of the Master's of Apologetics 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.

Introduction 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.

"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


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.

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.

Our academic rigor is strong. Our emphasis and threefold foundation are unique. And, our value for you and your family is unmatched. Read more about our tuition, fees, and how SES compares with other institutions.

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

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

 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.

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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.

Why Southern Evangelical Seminary?

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. 

Compare the Master of Arts in Apologetics with our Other Degrees at SES


Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biblical Studies

63 hrs

This program is a deep dive on the grammar, syntax, and skills for interpreting Hebrew, Greek, and other ancient languages so you can go on to teach, write, conduct research, and more.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Apologetics

90 hrs

With the broad foundation of our M.Div in Apologetics program, you’ll be strongly equipped for writing, teaching, speaking, and defending the Christian faith.

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

36 hrs

The shortest of our graduate programs, this degree is built for a wide range of applications in ministry within churches, parachurch organizations, and more.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy

42 hrs

You can earn this degree in less than two years and be equipped to teach at a Bible college or pursue PhD studies and advanced academic scholarship.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Apologetics

60 hrs

Our flagship master’s program is perfect for those seeking ordination and full-time ministry, a writing and speaking career, or advanced apologetics training.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Church Ministry

60 hrs

Built specifically for those who are already serving in a church or missions or those who want to cultivate the gifts of administration, teaching, discipleship and others.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Biblical Studies

90 hrs

You’ll venture far past basic ancient language skills, classical theism, exegesis, and hermeneutics with this degree and be ready to engage with the toughest questions in our culture.

(Th.M.) Master of Theology

120 hrs

This is both the broadest and deepest master’s program of study we offer at SES and is for those students who want to make a significant investment in cultivating a nuanced ability for biblical interpretation, teaching, writing, and culturally engaged apologetics ministry.