Master of Arts (Christian Apologetics)


The Master of Arts (Christian Apologetics) is a graduate level degree offering advanced work in the discipline of Christian Apologetics. Christian Apologetics is, by its very nature, interdisciplinary. It involves any discipline that provides a defense for the Christian Faith, especially Biblical/Theological studies, Philosophy, Science, History and Cultural Studies.

Entrance Requirements

The student must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The M.A.C.A. is built upon 24 or more hours of prerequisites which must be completed with a B- or better.

Course Title Hours
Old Testament Survey 6-9*
New Testament Survey 6-9*
Church History 3-6*
Systematic Theology Survey 6-9*
Biblical Hermeneutics 3

24 or more

*The range of hours allows for differing undergraduate programs in which survey courses may be designed for one or two semesters.  The prerequisite courses must cover the entire range of material covered in the SWBTS courses.

Degree Requirements


Course Title Course Number Hours


Philosophy of Religion PHILO 4313 3

Critical Thinking

Analytic Theology

PHILO 5373

PHILO 5213



Choose two of the following:




History of Western Philosophy PHILO 4323  
Epistemology PHILO 4333  
Metaphysics PHILO 4343  
Ethical Theory ETHIC 4383  


Christian Faith and Science PHILO 4483 3
Cultural Apologetics PHILO 4403 3

Choose two of the following:




Apologetics PHILO 4373  
Early Christian Apologists PHILO 5333/CHAHT 4113  
God and Evil PHILO 4383  
World Religions MISSN 4333  
Archaeology and Ancient Israel ARCHE 3103  
Christ and Canon PHILO 4413  

Theological and Ministry Studies

Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Doctrine of God or SYSTH 3313 or 3
Trinity SYSTH 3303  
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Contempory Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Spiritual Formation I SPFTH 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFTH 3111 1

Apologetics Research

Graduate Research Seminar RSTCH 5552 2
Apologetics Research Seminar PHILO 4522 2
Apologetics Thesis or Additional Apologetics Elective PHILO 4533 or any PHILO 3
  Total 48