Steadfast in the Truth


Online, Apologetics-Focused Seminary Training for Today

As Southern Evangelical Seminary alum Dr. Frank Turek understands, in a post-Christian world, the ability to remain steadfast in the truth and penetrate the culture with the Gospel requires intentional preparation. SES provides an integrated approach to philosophy, theology, and apologetics that will equip you to form a complete and systematic Christian worldview. Whether you’re seeking a degree or certificate in apologetics, philosophy, biblical studies, or something else, our uniquely integrated approach forms the foundation of every SES program. This apologetics-focused education provides the necessary tools you need for effective evangelism and discipleship.

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"Do not go to SES … unless you want to know why Christianity is true, and unless you want to be able to deal with the philosophical and skeptical ideas that are all over the culture. … SES does an absolutely terrible job at getting you to agree with the culture. … Don't go to SES if you want to be an average Christian who doesn't get anything done. Only go to SES if you want to be an ambassador and someone who's going to make a difference in life."

Dr. Frank Turek


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Integrated Thinking

SES uniquely integrates classical apologetics, theology, and philosophy throughout each program to equip you to proclaim & defend the Gospel


Our immersive digital campus offers robust online education with live-streaming, recordings, library access, and community


SES offers incredible value by providing first-class education and academic rigor with very low tuition and numerous financial aid/discount opportunities



SES is accredited by TRACS and offers academically challenging, yet practical, Christian education to equip you for any number of areas of ministry

Consistently ranked as one of the best apologetics programs in the country

Faculty With Real-Life Ministry Experience

You’ll be learning from faculty who have served as pastors and in other ministry roles. You’ll be able to go beyond textbook knowledge and gain wisdom and insight from their life experiences. Our faculty are also dedicated to getting to know students’ goals and helping them to understand the material in a way that applies to current or future callings. 

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Engaging Courses Connect Knowledge with Application

Our courses integrate theology, philosophy, and apologetics in a way that helps you interact with today’s culture. You’ve likely encountered people who have questions about love, suffering, grief, and God’s plan. You will learn how to answer those questions, defend the inerrant Word of God, and reach people from a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Classical Christian Thinking for Modern Believers

Because of our integrated apologetics-focus, we teach the bedrock tenets of Classical Christian thinking like God’s simplicity, impassibility, and more. With the proper foundation for demonstrating the nature of the existence of God, we may confidently build new skills and understanding for cultural engagement and upholding the hope of the Gospel. 

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Apologetics-Focused Academics

Featured Academic Programs

Apologetics-Focus Undergraduate


SES offers a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies designed to prepare students for later graduate work in apologetics, philosophy, biblical studies, and more. Some hours can even be applied to M.A. studies.

Apologetics-Focus Graduate


In addition to apologetics degrees, several academically rigorous Masters degrees are available that provide students with integrated and in-depth studies that will prepare you for ministry or doctoral work.

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A Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics (D.Min.) as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy of Religion (Ph.D.) offer students opportunities to develop their own research and practical resources.

“[Apologetics] is opening the door, clearing the rubble, and getting rid of the hurdles so that people can come to Christ."

Dr. Norman Geisler, SES Co-Founder

A Valuable Education with Exceptionally Affordable Tuition

Prospective students are almost always surprised to learn how affordable we keep our degree and certificate programs at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

You need effective training for ministry through online apologetics education — not a crippling load of student loan debt and government interference. 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:



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Frank Turek Scholarship Program


Thanks to some very generous donors, the Frank Turek Scholarship Program provides up to 75% tuition discounts (based on the Master’s Degree tuition price) for qualifying for-credit apologetics courses and certificates. Applicants are expected to be currently serving in ministry of some capacity.

CrossExamined Instructor Academy Discount


The CrossExamined Instructor Academy (CIA) is an intense three-day program where you will learn how to present I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist—which involves four main topics: Truth, God, Miracles, and the New Testament—and how to answer questions about those topics in a hostile environment. CIA graduates are eligible to receive a 25% discount on all for-credit courses. Proof of CIA completion can be uploaded during the discount application process.

Online Christian Courses Discount


An Online Christian Courses (OCC) student who earns a certificate from an approved full-length Premium OCC Certificate Course may earn three (3) credit hours at SES for Introduction to Christian Apologetics (AP501/401) by completing the additional assignments noted on our financial aid page. In addition, all OCC graduates are can receive a 10% discount on all for-credit courses. Proof of OCC course completion and assignments can be uploaded during the discount application process.

"Apologetics wasn’t a side issue. It was the … essence of the ministry I was doing. … I’m finding out more and more how important it is to be trained in order to pick up on these philosophical problems to answer the real question that’s at hand."

Anthony Miller, SES Alum


Ready to Apply Now?

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.

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