Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    39 credits
  • Standard Completion Time

    2 years or more

    Full-time: 2 years
    Part-time: 3-4 years

  • Cost Per Unit


    All stated financial information is subject to change.

  • Program Format

    ​Distance or On-Campus​ Learning​
  • Accreditation


Summer Residency

One of the highlights of the year for our M.A. students is the summer residency. Students come together at the Biola campus for up to two weeks to study under the best and the brightest in Apologetics and Science and Religion.

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Through the Master of Arts degree in Christian Apologetics, 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. Students will establish a foundation in theology, critical thinking, and perennial topics in apologetics, and will have access to a variety of new and innovative course offerings taught by our world class faculty.

Why Study Christian Apologetics at Biola?

  • World Leader in Christian Apologetics

    Biola’s M.A. in Christian apologetics is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost apologetics programs, boasting a fully accredited, 39-credit curriculum.
  • Build a Strong Intellectual Framework

    Gain insight and knowledge to confidently make the case for faith in Jesus Christ and correct misconceptions about Christianity.
  • Flexible Distance and On-campus Learning

    Pursue your degree with various online and on-campus learning opportunities, with classes that fit your busy schedule.
  • Distinguished and Expert Faculty

    Learn from scholars such as William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, Sean McDowell, Craig Hazen, Kevin Lewis, R. Scott Smith and others.

Program Details

The M.A. in Christian apologetics is offered in both on-campus and distance learning formats. Here are a few key points about the program structure:

  • On-campus classes are offered primarily in the evening or on weekends, to accommodate the working individual.

Distance Format:

  • 20 out of 39 credits are conducted in a hybrid model: these three-part classes include online coursework in the spring and fall, with condensed lectures on-campus in the summer.
  • Remaining 19 credits include fully distance courses, where students participate in reading and online discussion forums with other students.

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Career Paths

Students who graduate with the M.A. in Christian apologetics are eligible to serve as:

  • Evangelists
  • Missionaries
  • Teachers
  • Writers
  • Church and ministry staff
  • Researchers

Meet the Faculty

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