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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.

Philosophical Apologetics

Go deep into the biblical, historical, and theological foundations of apologetics and evangelism.

Cultural Issues

Learn to navigate difficult issues like the problem of evil and suffering, the reliability of the scriptures, and historicity of the Resurrection.

Evangelism Focus

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.

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Biblical Exposition 22
BE5101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
BE5102 Old Testament History I 3
BE5103 OT History II & Poetry 2
BE5104 OT Prophets 3
BE5105 The Gospels 2
BE5106 Acts & Pauline Epistles 3
BE5107 Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation 3
BE5109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles 3
Systematic Theology 18
ST5101 Theological Method and Bibliology 3
ST5102 Trinitarianism 3
ST5103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology 3
ST5104 Soteriology 3
ST5105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology 3
ST5106 Eschatology 3
Apologetics 15
NT5440 New Testament Reliability and the Resurrection 3
OT5740 Old Testament Reliability and Historicity 3
ST5605 Apologetics 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
PM5101 Christian Life and Witness 3
INT5170 Ministry Formation Internship 2
SF5110 Spiritual Formation
Electives Electives 6

Theology Electives
  • 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
  • ST5615 Ethics
  • ST5620 History of Philosophy
  • ST5625 Philosophy of Religion
  • ST5630 Postmodernism
  • HT5218 Early Christian Apologists
  • HT5250 History of Gospel Preaching in America

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

Pastoral Electives
  • 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

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.

Course Requirements

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.

Spiritual Formation

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.


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.

DTS Grad Timon Bengtson Ignites Passion in Australia
Kyle Lance Martin Pursues City Transformation
Bill Boyce, Director of Princeton Evangelical Fellowship

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.

Scholarship List

Through our donors and Foundation, we are able to offer 100s of scholarships to students every year. See the full list of scholarships.

Financial Aid Calculator

Visit our tool to calculate your costs and see how affordable seminary can be with scholarships, church support, and payment options.


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.

the authority and inerrancy of Scripture
the Trinity
Hypostatic Union
Christ’s full deity and humanity
the spiritual lostness of the human race
Christ’s substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection
salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone
Return of Christ
the physical return of Christ

How to get started

The deadline for fall applications as July 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 1.

Application Steps


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.

Admissions Criteria


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.


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