Christian Apologetics, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics program provides Christians with the academic and personal preparation needed to effectively and intelligently proclaim and defend the essential doctrines of the Christian faith and the Christian worldview.

Delivery Formats

This program offers distance-learning courses. Courses, seminars, conferences and related learning experiences generally are 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 often is employed for enhanced instructional effectiveness.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics, students will be able to:

  1. Build an intellectual framework to demonstrate students' understanding of the faith and formulate responses to future challenges (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate Christ-like character, so as to offer an effective defense of the gospel (ULO 2).
  3. Argue effectively to correct misconceptions about historic Christianity; answer the perennial problems that are offered to discredit Christianity intellectually; and make the case proactively that it is reasonable to put one's faith in Christ (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily complete 36 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum below.
  2. Maintain a 2.5 average with no grade below a "C" in all courses to be credited toward graduation. Students cannot graduate while on probation.
    Students are placed on academic probation if their grade point average for any semester falls below 2.5 and will remain on probation as long as the single semester or cumulative grade point average remains below 2.5. Probation students are granted one semester in which to bring their academic work up to the required level (2.5) for continuance in the program. A student cannot graduate while on probation.
  3. Complete a minimum of 24 credits in the degree program at Biola University.
    Up to 12 credits of graduate work may be transferred into the program for courses deemed comparable. Core courses may be waived on the basis of two comparable undergraduate courses, with grades of "B" or better in both courses.
    All degree components, except for CSAP 699, must be completed as graded courses. Students taking courses in the distance-learning format are expected to participate in our on-campus summer lectures for two weeks in June/July.
  4. Complete the entire program in no more than seven years.
  5. Meet with department advisor and Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).

Distance Learning Course Fees

Some courses taken via distance learning have special materials fees. CSAP 521 MD, CSAP 522 MD, and CSAP 550 MD have materials fees of $130. CSAP 601 MD, CSAP 602 MD and CSAP 603 MD have material fees of $125.

Independent Study Courses

Independent study courses offer lectures from audio recordings and additional study materials by outstanding theologians, apologists and biblical scholars. These courses from the Institute of Theological Studies may be taken for graduate level credit. On campus Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics students are limited to 6 independent study credits in their degree program while distance-learning students are limited to 12 credits.

Degree Requirements

The M.A. in Christian Apologetics includes the following core courses:

Apologetics
CSAP 510Apologetics Research and Writing1
CSAP 628Why God Allows Evil2
CSAP 691Seminar: In Defense of the Resurrection2
Biblical Studies
CSAP 521Survey of Genesis–Malachi3
CSAP 522Survey of Matthew–Revelation3
CSAP 527Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods 13
CSAP 529Scripture: Authority, Canon and Criticism2
Theology
CSAP 541Essential Christian Doctrine I2
CSAP 542Essential Christian Doctrine II2
CSAP 550Historical Theology3
Elective Requirements
Apologetics Electives10
Apologetics or University Electives3
Total Credits36
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 Distance learning M.A. students must substitute an elective course for CSAP 527.