Program Overview

The Master of Arts degree in Christian Apologetics is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on defending the truths in the Christian religion. Students interested in understanding more about the history and foundation of the Christian faith may find this program beneficial.

Accepted applicants will spend a two-week residency on the Biola University campus during 2 summers. Students will complete coursework from home to prepare for the summer sessions. Biola also provides special weekend courses that distance learners can attend; these courses help students reduce on campus time over the summer.

The curriculum is extremely flexible and allows a broad education on the defense of the Christian faith. However, course work may be selected toward a particular interest like cultural, philosophical, cult apologetics or biblical studies. Students will participate in online discussion boards and complete modules during the fall and spring semesters. Accepted students will need to have consistent Internet access to retrieve course materials, view grades and interact with classmates.

Through completion of the program students should be able to:
• Understand the Christian faith
• Answer arguments that discredit the faith
• Correct misunderstandings on the history of the religion
• Be able to solve future challenges

This is a 36-credit hour program in which students will take courses in ethics, cultural and scientific apologetics, scripture, philosophy of religion, and more. Graduates from this program may have the opportunity to seek employment in many different areas such as faith radio and television, teaching, ministry, writing and much more.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

    School Overview

    Lyman Stewart, co-founder and president of Union Oil Company, partnered with T.C. Horton to open the Bible Institute in 1908 in Los Angeles. Initially, the institution focused on studies in theology and Christian studies. As the school progressed forward, the renamed Biola College acquired programs in medicine, business, and continuing studies, in addition to gaining accreditation. By the 1980s, Biola changed its status to university. Although Biola has continued to grow, the University retains its founding Christian principles. Today, the four-year, private, not-for-profit Biola University awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees on its Southern California campus.

    Biola University offers over 145 academic programs awarding bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, in addition to certificate programs. Seven school include:

    • Talbot School of Theology
    • Rosemead School of Psychology
    • Cook School of Intercultural Studies
    • Crowell School of Business
    • School of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Education
    • School of Science, Technology and Health

    For added flexibility, students can choose to complete online programs and courses at Biola University. These programs meet the equivalent standards and rigors as on-campus counterparts. Students can participate in courses delivered completely online or engage in hybrid learning, with both on-campus and online coursework.


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