Master of Arts in Apologetics and Evangelism (MAAE)
For those passionate about sharing their faith and defending truth in a winsome and gracious manner
Give an Answer for the Hope that You Have
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.
Go deep into the biblical, historical, and theological foundations of apologetics and evangelism.
Learn to navigate difficult issues like the problem of evil and suffering, the reliability of the scriptures, and historicity of the Resurrection.
Develop a passion for sharing your faith in Jesus in post-Christian world.
All 66 books of the Bible
A 2-year MA at DTS offers more Bible and theology than a 3-year MDiv at most seminaries, including all 66 books (even Nahum) and an entire course on the Trinity.
Rich theology paired with ministry skills
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||3|
|BE5102||Old Testament History I||3|
|BE5103||OT History II & Poetry||2|
|BE5106||Acts & Pauline Epistles||3|
|BE5107||Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation||3|
|BE5109||Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles||3|
|ST5101||Theological Method and Bibliology||3|
|ST5103||Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology||3|
|ST5105||Sanctification and Ecclesiology||3|
|NT5440||New Testament Reliability and the Resurrection||3|
|OT5740||Old Testament Reliability and Historicity||3|
|ST5610||God and Evil||3|
|ST5635/OT5635/NT5635||Seminar in Apologetics and Bibliology||3|
|Electives and Spiritual Formation||14|
|ST5640||Seminar in Apologetics and Evangelism||3|
|PM5105||Christian Life and Witness||3|
|INT5170||Ministry Formation Internship||2|
Biblical Exegesis Electives
Use our Degree Plan Worksheet resource to chart out your MAAE degree. For a description of courses offered, please see the catalog.
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 elective Educational Ministries and Leadership hours. 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.
Additional Spiritual Formation courses focusing on leadership may be taken as electives.
Avenues for wholistic training
See the many ways students are prepared for a lifetime of fruitful ministry
Logos Bible Software
Every student at DTS receives a copy of Logos Bible Software customized with additional commentaries and resources, and DTS courses integrate Logos into assignments and learning.
Sexual Awareness Training
DTS has partnered with MinistrySafe to offer training on sexual abuse, effective preventative protocols, addressing the needs of abuse survivors, and an appropriate response to abuse allegations arising in ministry environments.
The DTS experience includes life-on-life connection in small groups (Spiritual Formation), on the job training for real world ministry skills (Ministry Formation Internships), and opportunities to serve, pray, and worship in community.
DTS grads share the Gospel
God has given our graduates opportunities to proclaim the gospel and defend the faith through a variety of ministries including preaching, writing, radio broadcasts, and websites.
More scholarships, less debt
Over 90% of DTS students graduate without taking on additional educational debt. This is possible because of the generosity of our donors who make over 5 million dollars of scholarship funds available every year.
Through our donors and Foundation, we are able to offer 100s of scholarships to students every year. See the full list of scholarships.
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What we believe
DTS faculty affirm our full doctrinal statement every year, while our diverse community of students are centered around these seven core doctrines of evangelical faith.
How to get started
The deadline for fall applications as July 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 1.
1. Submit Application
Begin your online application today. It should take about 2 hours.
2. Send Transcripts and References
Collect college transcripts and references from church and others.
3. Committee Evaluation
DTS will review your application and respond within 2-3 weeks.
4. Register for courses
When you receive your acceptance letter, you can plan your first classes.
You show evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ in your application testimony, and you adhere to the 7 core doctrines.
Your references speak to your character and dependence on the Holy Spirit for life and work.
You are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts and involved in Christian ministry.
Previous education has prepared you for graduate theological education.