Master of Apologetics

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Overview of the Master of Apologetics Program at BTS

The Master of Apologetics program at Birmingham Theological Seminary is a comprehensive 40-hour program tailored for lay leaders in the church and individuals in the non-profit sector. This program provides an in-depth understanding of biblical, theological, and apologetic aspects of Christianity, making it ideal for those seeking to enhance their faith's interaction with contemporary culture.

Program Structure and Focus

This program encompasses a full scope of Biblical Theology, an Introduction to Systematic Theology, and historical context as a foundation for studying introductory and advanced apologetic methods. It includes courses on apologetics and evangelism, Christ and Culture, and offers three electives from the Public Theology program.

Degree Pathways and Flexibility

While not all courses in the Master of Apologetics (M. Ap) program directly contribute to Master of Arts or Divinity programs, the degree is non-terminal. Upon completion, students have the option to roll it into an M.A. or M.Div. program, with the understanding that the M. Ap degree must be vacated for the more comprehensive degree.

Comprehensive Curriculum Overview

The Master of Apologetics program offers:

  • Extensive Old and New Testament studies.
  • Systematic theology with a focus on hermeneutics and the Westminster Confession of Faith.
  • A range of historical theology courses.
  • Exploration of a Christian Worldview and its implications.
  • Studies in the relationship between Christianity and the marketplace.
Learning Experience and Methodology

Students will engage in:

  • In-depth biblical text studies.
  • Systematic and historical theological training.
  • Apologetic methods with practical ministry applications.
  • Role-play techniques for apologetic encounters.
Program Outcomes

Graduates will be equipped for lay leadership in various contexts, including the church, non-profit sector, and traditional marketplace. They also have the opportunity to continue to an MA in Public Theology.

Admission Criteria

Open to students with a foundational understanding of Christian theology, this program is suited for those eager to deepen their biblical studies and enhance their ministry or academic pursuits.

Join us at BTS for a transformative journey in biblical studies, where your passion for God’s word will be nurtured and developed for effective service in His kingdom.

Interested in Taking a Course?

As part of a diverse community of learners, you will be taught courses by pastor/professors that are academically excellent, biblically faithful, and ministry-oriented, equipping you for a life of ministry and humble leadership in Christ.