Christian Apologetics


The Master of Arts degree in Christian Apologetics is designed for individuals who desire academic and practical preparation for proclaiming and defending the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. Students are prepared to articulate a Christian worldview reverently, with intelligence, confidence and compassion. The program fosters personal spiritual growth and maturity through guided study of the Scriptures and theology, mutual encouragement in the Christian life and intellectual rigor.

Program Description

The program incorporates knowledge and perspective from many academic disciplines and provides stimulating graduate education for those who wish to engage unbelievers effectively in the world of ideas.

The curriculum is accessible to students who may have little or no formal academic training in biblical studies, theology or philosophy.

Many of the courses in this program are available in a distance learning format that combines short-term campus visits with distance learning. The distance learning program is designed to make the M.A. in Christian Apologetics available to students who cannot relocate to southern California for the regular residential program. This program may not qualify for financial aid or deferring of educational loan payments. Restrictions related to the distance learning format may apply to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Please contact the VA Benefits coordinator. Applicants who might be interested in the distance learning format should contact the Apologetics Program Office for more information at (562) 906-4570.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) equivalent to a “B” or higher in all undergraduate study.
  • One pastoral and at least one character reference.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be official, that is, mailed directly from your previous colleges and/or universities in a sealed envelope to the Biola Office of Graduate Admissions.

Note: Official documents for admission or evaluation become part of the student’s academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Delivery Formats

This program offers distance-learning courses. Courses, seminars, conferences and related learning experiences are generally scheduled in the evening and on the weekends for the convenience of working adults.

Courses are usually four to eight weeks in length with classes meeting once per week in the evening. Alternative scheduling is often employed for enhanced instructional effectiveness.

Director: Craig J. Hazen, Ph.D.
Professors: J. Bloom, C. Hazen, S. Smith
Associate Professors: C. Jones, K. Lewis
Assistant Professors: S. McDowell

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Course Descriptions