Master Of Arts In Religion (M.A.R.) Christian Apologetics
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
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Defend the Christian Faith with a Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) – Christian Apologetics Degree

If you are looking to sharpen your defense of the Christian faith, defend the existence of God, and communicate a Christian worldview to others, then Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Religion – Christian Apologetics may be for you. At Liberty, you have the opportunity to pursue a degree that is dynamic and rigorous with professors who are knowledgeable and prepared to provide you with world-class training in apologetics. 

The investigation of questions of existence, purpose, and meaning are commonly found in a classical school of apologetics. Liberty offers this rigorous training while also integrating theology, homiletics, and sermon preparation.  With a comprehensive online apologetics degree, you can be better prepared to provide a solid defense for your faith and become more equipped to teach others to do the same.


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.

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Why Choose Liberty University’s Online Master of Arts in Religion – Christian Apologetics?

Our MAR degree in Christian apologetics is designed with your success in mind. Our goal is to provide you with a degree that is affordable and accessible. With our 100% online master’s in religion – Christian apologetics, there are no set login times — so you can access your assignments and complete your work anywhere, anytime. 

We believe that your degree should be affordable, which is why we have frozen our tuition rates for the past 9 years! At Liberty, you can earn your degree while focusing on what’s important to you. As you pursue your online degree, all courses housed within our Rawlings School of Divinity are covered by our Inclusive Access initiative so you can focus on your studies without having to pay for textbooks.

What Are the Benefits of Liberty’s Online Seminary Degrees?

  • Unlike many online Bible colleges or online seminaries, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.
  • Liberty University online seminary students can complete Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) to potentially recieve college credit for personal studies and expertise in ministry (subject to transfer limitations).
  • Liberty’s online seminary offers divinity degrees at a graduate tuition rate of just $395 per credit hour for part-time students.
  • With the online divinity block rate, students attending full time (9-15 credit hours) are eligible for a block rate of $2,750 per semester!*

*Credits taken below 9 and above 15 credit hours for the online Master of Arts in Religion are charged at the part-time rate.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Master of Arts in Religion – Christian Apologetics?

Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Religion can be completed 100% online and contains extensive, well-rounded training in ministry, administration of Christian organizations, theology studies, and biblical studies. The core of our program contains the study of both the Old and New Testaments, global studies, hermeneutics, and homiletics.

The Christian apologetics area of focus for the online Master of Arts in Religion degree is designed to lead you through an examination of the history, Scripture, theology, and arguments of Christian apologetics. You will study common difficulties for the Christian faith and how to address them meaningfully. You will also cover various styles of argumentation including classical and presuppositional approaches. Additionally, you can learn about the coexistence of both science and the Bible and the methods of approaching supposed difficulties within Christianity.

Throughout this degree program, you will study principles that originated from Christian apologists from the early church such as Saint Augustine while gaining modern perspectives from more recent voices like C.S. Lewis. The diversity of thought that is explored within our program provides a thorough and far-reaching course of study.

With this foundation of knowledge, you can be engaged through courses focused on current issues that address modern criticisms of Christianity and the Church. The careful study of Christian apologetics in our online Master of Arts in Religion can help equip you to be a voice of encouragement to the Church as well as a voice of love and reason to help bring others to Christ.

As you pursue an online ministry program through Liberty University’s online seminary, you can also be prepared for an academic career of writing and research, leading to further graduate studies through our Master of Divinity (MDiv) or a doctoral program such as our online Doctor of Ministry (DMin). Our online Master of Arts in Religion provides a well-balanced blend of theory and practical studies that can suit you if you are considering pursuing active ministry or academics.

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Highlights of the Online Christian Apologetics Program

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Master of Arts in Religion degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • You can complete this online Master of Arts in Religion – Christian Apologetics in as little as 2 years.
  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are included for all divinity courses* at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
  • Liberty University’s online seminary, the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, has theologians and experienced ministry professionals who teach practical ministry skills while imparting deep theological teachings.
  • Grow in your own faith and help bolster others through studying the intersection of scriptural doctrine and logical reasoning in Christian apologetics.

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

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Military Benefits for the Online MA in Religion

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 part-time graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • Discounted divinity block rate: $2,475 per semester — only $165/credit at 15 credit hours*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Credits taken below 9 and above 15 credit hours for the online Master of Arts in Religion are charged at the part-time rate.

Potential Career Options for Graduates of Our Christian Apologetics Online Degree

Graduates of our Christian apologetics degree can be prepared to work with nonprofit organizations, churches, and parachurch organizations. The vast opportunities that graduates can become more prepared to pursue include teaching at the collegiate level or pursuing doctoral study. Some of the possible occupations you can pursue include: 

  • Associate pastor
  • Church education administrator
  • K-12 non-licensed religion teacher
  • Lay ministry leader
  • Missionary
  • Religion adjunct instructor
  • Teaching pastor

Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a degree does not guarantee job placement.

Admission Requirements for Our Online MA in Religion 

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA 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*
  • Divinity Questionnaire
  • Pastoral recommender contact information
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*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.