The Master of Arts in Apologetics and Evangelism (MAAE) is for those passionate about sharing their faith and defending truth in a winsome and gracious manner.
Learn to defend and proclaim the Christian faith and come alongside those struggling with intellectual doubts. Develop practical skills in writing, presentation, and debate conducted from a posture of kindness and character.
*This degree program cannot be completed in the state of Tennessee.
The 2-year MA programs at DTS have a common core of Bible and theology coursework along with specific training in your preferred area of ministry.
BE5101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics
BE5102 Old Testament History I
BE5103 Old Testament History II & Poetry
BE5104 Old Testament Prophets
BE5105 The Gospels
BE5106 Acts & Pauline Epistles
BE5107 Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation
BE5109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles
ST5101 Theological Method and Bibliology
ST5103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology
ST5105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology
NT5440 New Testament Reliability and the Resurrection
OT5740 Old Testament Reliability and Historicity
ST5610 God and Evil
ST5635/OT5635/NT5635 Seminar in Apologetics and Bibliology
General and Emphasis Courses
ST5640 Seminar in Apologetics and Evangelism
PM5105 Christian Life and Witness
INT5170 Ministry Formation Internship
SF5100 Spiritual Formation
Biblical Exegesis Electives
BE5547 A Biblical Theology of Suffering, Disability and the Church
BE5555 Messianic Prophecy
OT5210 The Old Testament in Contemporary Culture
OT5710 Knowing God through the Old Testament
NT5400 The New Testament in Contemporary Culture
NT5405 New Testament Study and the Life of Christ
NT5407 Historical Jesus
ST5415 Theology and World Religions
ST5505 Theology and Society
ST5515 Theology of Ethnic Concerns
ST5520 Issues in Science and Theology
ST5525 Theology and Popular Culture
ST5535 Introduction to Political Theology
ST5600 Introduction to Logic
ST5620 History of Philosophy
ST5625 Philosophy of Religion
HT5218 Early Christian Apologists
HT5250 History of Gospel Preaching in America
PM5361 Bioethics and Pastoral Care
PM5405 Theology and Apologetics in Advanced Evangelism
PM5605 Ministry in Pluralistic Context
WM5210 Intercultural Communication
WM53XX Any 53XX level “Context” Course
WM5525 Spiritual Warfare
WM5530 Cross-cultural Apologetics and Worldview Evangelism
WM5540 Applied Biblical Contextualization
BC5498 Sexuality and Ethics
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Bill Boyce, Director of Princeton Evangelical Fellowship
Details about the program
The Master of Arts in Apologetics and Evangelism degree program provides graduate-level biblical and theological education to prepare students for ministry involving the defense and proclamation of the Christian faith.
Common Goals for MA Programs
In addition to the specific goals listed for the MA in Apologetics and Evangelism, professional MA students will be able to:
- demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible, including a synthetic understanding of the major books;
- evidence an understanding of the historical development of theology, a knowledge of premillennial theology, and an ability to support their theological views and apply them to contemporary issues; and
- evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit.
Goals for MA in Apologetics and Evangelism
In addition to the goals common to all professional degree programs at the seminary, students in this program will be able to:
- demonstrate an ability to articulate a Christian worldview and the essential tenets of the Christian faith;
- communicate biblical, theological, and historical truth confidently and compassionately in settings that require a defense of the faith;
- develop a passion and vision for the spread of the gospel through involvement in personal evangelism; and
- articulate an effective strategy for apologetics and evangelism ministry in contemporary culture.
Sixty-nine semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 22 are in prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 18 are in prescribed Systematic Theology courses, 15 are in Apologetics and Biblical Studies, 8 are in Evangelism and Formation (including INT5180 Ministry Formation Internship), and 6 are approved electives in apologetics and evangelism. No thesis is required.
Because DTS values Christlike character and spiritual maturity, MAAE students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation groups for four consecutive fall and spring semesters at the Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC campus. (MAAE students who are not planning to be in residence in Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC for four consecutive fall and spring semesters must contact the Spiritual Formation Office concerning how to meet their Spiritual Formation requirement.)
In the Spiritual Formation curriculum, small groups of five to seven students focus on identity, community, integrity, and fidelity. The groups also provide an atmosphere for prayer, fellowship, and the integration of learning with life and ministry.
Because students participate with the same group during four consecutive semesters, they should plan their schedules so they may meet on the same day and at the same time each semester. Spiritual Formation is a noncredit, transcripted experience. Internship prerequisites include successful completion of SF5100-1, EML5110, and completion of half of their DTS course work.