M.A. in 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. Through this program, 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. The M.A. in Christian Apologetics differs from the M.A. in Science and Religion in its emphasis on the theological and philosophical groundwork of defending the Christian faith.

Program Details

  • The M.A. in Christian Apologetics is offered in both on-campus and distance-learning formats.
  • On campus classes are offered primarily in the evening or on weekends to accommodate the working individual.
  • 20 units out of the 36 are conducted through a hybrid model (Spring online, 3 days of summer residency on campus per class, Fall online).
  • The remaining 16 units are conducted completely online where the student participates in reading and online discussion forums with other students.
  • Out of the 20 unit summer residency requirement, 10 units can be met by attending weekend seminars held at Biola.

Students who graduate with this M.A. are eligible to serve as teachers, writers, doctoral students, broadcasters, evangelists, researchers, missionaries, church and ministry staff, seminar speakers, and much more.

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Application Instructions

  • An application fee of $65 (non-refundable) must accompany the application. Pay online through the online application or submit a check payable to Biola University.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. If enrolled at the time application is filed, be sure to request transcripts of work finished to date and final transcripts upon completion of your course of study. Transcripts must be official, that is, mailed directly from your college or university in a sealed envelope or sent electronically though the National Student Clearinghouse. Send to: Biola University Office of Graduate Admissions, 13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90638. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.
  • Submit references. The pastoral reference must be submitted by a pastor on staff at your current church.
  • Track your application status at any time. You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You can complete a portion and finish at a later time. Your information will be saved. You will be asked to create a user name and a password when you apply to guarantee confidentiality and you will receive a personalized identification number.
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