Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to complete the M.A. in Christian Apologetics?
For those who would consider themselves full-time students, it is possible to complete the curriculum requirements for the degree in four intensive semesters. For part-time students who work elsewhere, it usually takes six to ten semesters. For distance learning students, please consult the Sample Program Schedule (On Campus or Distance Learning) to learn more.
How much time does a distance learning student need to be on campus?
Our distance students typically come to campus for a two-week residency in each of two summers (June). Work is done from home during the spring semester in preparation for this summer session, and work done from home during the fall serves as a wrap up to the spring-summer-fall series.
Our distance students are also welcome (but not required) to participate in special weekend courses that occur multiple times throughout the year. These courses could serve as a way to reduce (but not typically remove) the two-week period during the summers.
When are classes held for traditional on-campus students?
Most of our on-campus students work full-time elsewhere, so we offer our full slate of courses in the evenings. Special weekend courses are also offered throughout the year. A few of our courses are cross-listed with other graduate programs and have additional daytime offerings (in addition to the evening offerings) for our full-time students.
What do graduates go on to do with the M.A. in Christian Apologetics?
Just as our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, they go on to do a number of different things. For many, this is the first step into ministry, either at a church or in a para-church organization. For others already in ministry, the degree serves as a way to "sharpen" one's apologetics skills. Still others use the degree for personal enrichment, or as a stepping stone to higher degrees.
What type of background do I need to enter the program?
Students are required to hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. It is not a requirement that this Bachelor's degree be in Bible, theology, or a related discipline.
Is this program accredited?
Yes. Biola University is accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an accreditation body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
When can I begin the degree program?
We bring in students for both the spring and fall semesters each year. The spring semester typically begins at the end of January. The deadline to apply for the spring is December 1st. The fall semester typically begins at the end of August. The deadline to apply for the fall is July 1st.
How much does the program cost, and is financial aid available?
The tuition rate is currently $557 per credit unit. Our students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid, and are encouraged to visit Biola University's Financial Aid office to learn more about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Is the Biola campus safe?
Safety and Annual Security Report (biola.edu/safety)
Biola is located in La Mirada, California, which ranks as one of the safest communities in the region. Campus Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day, video cameras are installed across campus, and entrance gatehouses are staffed at night and during business hours. In the event of a major emergency on campus, Biola utilizes a notification system to alert students via text message. The Biola University annual security and fire safety report can be downloaded at https://www.biola.edu/asr