Master of Arts in

Philosophy & Apologetics

Master of Arts in Philosophy and Apologetics

(MAPA) — 60 units

The Master of Arts in Philosophy and Apologetics (MAPA) program provides graduate-level biblical, theological and philosophical instruction, aimed at preparing the student for apologetic discourse. This program is intended for persons interested in the classical Christian tradition of understanding and expressing the Christian faith in a skeptical or otherwise unfavorable environment. The curriculum in this program includes biblical, philosophical, theological, and apologetic studies. The program can be completed between 16-24 months if students take 9-12 units each trimester.

Master of Arts in Philosophy and Apologetics

(MAPA) — 60 units

The Master of Arts in Philosophy and Apologetics (MAPA) program provides graduate-level biblical, theological and philosophical instruction, aimed at preparing the student for apologetic discourse. This program is intended for persons interested in the classical Christian tradition of understanding and expressing the Christian faith in a skeptical or otherwise unfavorable environment. The curriculum in this program includes biblical, philosophical, theological, and apologetic studies. The program can be completed between 16-24 months if students take 9-12 units each trimester.

PURPOSE
The MAPA degree is primarily designed to prepare students for:

Christian ministry including educational and/or leadership positions where critical thinking skills and/or social-religious engagement may be required;
Graduate-level discourse concerning the ideas that have shaped the church, the academy, and the marketplace;
Advanced studies including: Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, or doctoral studies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Upon successful completion of the Master of Arts in Philosophy and Apologetics program students will be able to:

1. Interpret the content of the Old and New Testaments utilizing a literal-grammatical-historical hermeneutic;
2. Evaluate and critique philosophical and theological issues facing the church and society, today;
3. Articulate a rational and biblical defense for the Christian faith;
4. Synthesize biblical and philosophical knowledge for expounding truth and renouncing errors in a variety of settings; and
5. Provide leadership in a variety of ministry contexts inside and outside of the local church.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Each candidate for the MAPA degree must meet the general graduation requirements and complete 48 units of graduate-level courses of which no more than 9 units can be transferred from another institution.

1. Complete 48 units of graduate-level courses;
2. Complete a minimum of 39 units at SCS. Students are urged to follow the recommended curriculum to prevent scheduling conflicts later on;
3. Complete the program curriculum with not less than a 2.0 GPA
4. Submit a petition to graduate to the Registrar by the deadline in the Academic Calendar.
5. Settle all financial obligations to SCS.
6. Be recommended by the faculty based on demonstrated moral integrity.

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MA Philosophy & Apologetics Core Curriculum

BIBLICAL STUDIES – 12 UNITS
BI-500 Bible Survey
BH-501 Hermeneutics
HI-505 Church History and Canonicity 
NT-601 Analysis of Romans

THEOLOGY & CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY – 18 UNITS
PH-501 Critical thinking And Argumentation
PH-503 History of Philosophy and Worldviews
PH-507 Christian Ethics & Leadership
PH-601 Epistemology and Metaphysics
TH-500 Survey of Theology
TH-508 Comparative Systems of Theology

APOLOGETICS – 15 UNITS
AP-505 Apologetics and Christian Evidences
AP-603 Naturalism and Supernaturalism
SR-551 Philosophy of Science and Religion
SR-553 Historical Perspectives on Science and Religion
SR-555 Creation and Evolution: Bible, Science, and Worldviews

RESEARCH & THESIS – 6 UNITS
RS-501 Graduate Research and Writing
RS-791 Thesis Writing (2 Trimesters)

ELECTIVES – 9 UNITS
Elective 1: _______________
Elective 2: _______________
Elective 3: _______________

APOLOGETICS – 12 UNITS
AP-505 Apologetics and Christian Evidences
AP-603 Naturalism and Supernaturalism
SR-551 Philosophy of Science and Religion
SR-555 Creation and Evolution: Bible, Science, and Worldviews

RESEARCH & WRITING – 3 UNITS
RS-501 Graduate Research and Writing

ELECTIVES – 6 UNITS
Elective 1: _______________
Elective 2: _______________

Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry 1
Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry 2

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