Department of Apologetics

Apologetics is a branch of theology that defends Christianity against objections. Christian apologists give reasons for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) to help people come to faith in Christ. We challenge false ideas that form obstacles to belief in Christ, and that give rise to disorder in human persons and in society (2 Cor 10:3-5). Within the church, we help Christians have a stronger faith and live out Christ’s call to love God with our heart, mind, soul and strength (1 Tim 1:5).

The Department of Apologetics offers a master of arts, which includes both a cultural track and a philosophical track. The MA is available as a fully online degree or as a residential degree program. We also offer a minor residentially.

What can I do with this degree?

  • Pursue further graduate study
  • Teach in a variety of disciplines
  • Minister in local churches, parachurch ministry, and Christian schools
  • Create film, art, music, and literature from a Christian perspective
  • Develop new approaches to ministry within professional fields

Our partnership with Ratio Christi provides additional opportunities for employment or ministry work as an apologist on college campuses.

Why Study Apologetics at HCU?

  • Outstanding faculty
  • Academic rigor
  • Mentoring
  • Emphasis on effective communication
  • Attention to spiritual growth
  • Hands-on experience
  • A ‘mere Christian’ focus

Online Program

In addition to our Houston-based residential program, the program is also available online. There is no residency requirement and we welcome international students.

Contact Dr. Austin Freeman for details.


At HCU, you will take small classes with top scholars and public intellectuals, who are also active in apologetics ministry, writing, speaking and cutting-edge academic scholarship.

Degrees in Apologetics

Bachelor's Degrees

  • On Campus
    This minor is for those who want to understand important challenges to the Christian faith and respond with truth and love. This minor is appropriate for a wide range of professional callings. Students will be able to customize the minor to apply apologetics to their particular fields, including literature, philosophy, theology, or popular culture.

Master's Degrees

  • On Campus Online
    Students who enroll in the graduate program, Master of Arts in Apologetics, have the option of taking either a Cultural or Philosophical track. Scholars learn ways to answer compelling questions about Christianity with compelling and winsome answers. The program is ideal for church staff members, teachers, writers and more.