Follow Your Calling with a Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics Online
Do you want to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with non-believers? If clarifying misunderstandings about Christianity or responding to intellectual objections sounds like fun, then maybe you have a calling to study apologetics. Removing the obstacles that are in the way of someone seeing the truth of Scripture is something that apologists do regularly.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics is a 100% online Christian ministry degree program. Our online Christian apologetics courses will provide you with the philosophical, historical, and biblical knowledge to defend the truth-claims of Christianity. Through our Christian apologetics training, you will gain a more profound understanding of Scripture for personal ministry and to strengthen your understanding of the Bible.
What is Christian Apologetics?
The word “Apologetics” comes from the Greek word apologia which means “speaking in defense.” The simple definition is that it is a branch of Christian theology that defends Christianity against objections. You will study and research historical data, philosophy, and use reason to defend the truth in Scripture. Individuals in Christian apologetics strive to find outside sources to reinforce the authenticity of the teachings found in the Bible.
Liberty University’s master’s in apologetics seeks to uphold this pursuit by ensuring that each online apologetics course has a rich foundation in biblical principles. You will explore hermeneutics, examine miracles within the Bible, and study the history of Christian apologetics. This is an opportunity for you to follow in the footsteps of great apologists such as G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Gary Habermas, and Ravi Zacharias.
Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Your divinity degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards, so you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.
Why Choose Liberty’s Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics?
Liberty University’s 100% online master of arts in apologetics was created to prepare students to enter Christian ministry. This online apologetics degree is an excellent next step to further your ministry and prepare for higher education in a doctoral program, should you choose to pursue one in the future.
The importance of apologetics is not only in teaching non-believers the Good News of Jesus Christ but in strengthening the Christian faith of those already in the church. Did you know that 75% of college students will walk away from their faith within 2 years of entering college?* These days more than ever we need passionate people such as yourself to help fulfill the Great Commission.
We know that many of our students are currently serving in a ministry and need the flexibility and structure that an online degree offers. With a flexible, online master’s degree in Christian apologetics, you can fit your studies into your life and better understand the Scriptures to defend biblical teachings. Liberty University is proud to partner with you through an online degree as you prepare for a lifetime of effective ministry!
*The Village Baptist Church, at Living Out Acts, (Viewed online August 13, 2020).
What Will You Learn in Our Master’s in Apologetics?
Christian apologists must be able to defend the Bible with confidence and intelligence. Liberty University’s master’s degree in Christian apologetics will give you in-depth training in the core areas of apologetics to prepare you for the challenges of ministry. Through an exploration of the Old and New Testaments, you will study complex and fascinating topics such as miracles, the history of interpretation, and the intersection between faith and reason.
One of the false accusations against becoming a Christian is that you must abandon reason and take a blind leap of faith. Your studies will train you in the use of logic in biblical apologetics and the nature of God, man, and the human mind. You will also learn to defend the resurrection of Jesus and the many miracles that are often denied by contemporary skeptics.
You will also gain a deep understanding of key issues in the Old Testament. You will study the history and archaeological developments in regard to the study of the Old Testament. Because our apologetics courses integrate a biblical worldview into the curriculum, you can be confident that your training is preparing you with sound doctrine. With an online Christian apologetics degree, you can strengthen your faith and prepare to defend your beliefs in your career and your ministry!
- APOL 550 – Faith and Reason
- APOL 610 – Miracles
- NBST 610 – Hermeneutics
- OBST 640 – Apologetics and the Old Testament
M.A. in Christian Apologetics Degree Information
- This program falls under the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
- View the Graduate Divinity Course Guides (login required).
- A thesis track is available for interested students.
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
- Discounted divinity block rate: $2,475 per semester – only $165/credit at 15 credit hours*
- Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
*Credits taken above 15 credit hours are charged at the part-time rate.
Potential Career Options with a Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics
- Associate pastor
- Campus minister
- Youth pastor
Admission Requirements for Online Graduate Divinity Programs
A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts
- Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
- School of Divinity questionnaire
- Contact information for one pastoral recommender
- Proof of English proficiency
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.
**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.
Benefits of Earning a Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics
Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Niche.com. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
- Tuition for the master’s degree in Christian apologetics has not increased in 6 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
- Liberty’s online ministry master’s degrees have received BestColleges.com’s Best Online Master’s in Ministry award for 2019.
- Receive a quality education from some of the world’s leading evangelical professors.
- Build upon core values, knowledge, and skills needed to serve the community as a spiritual leader.