Earn Your Master of Arts in Theology & Apologetics

In a world that seems increasingly hostile not only to religion in general, but Christianity in particular, the new Oklahoma Wesleyan University Master of Arts in Theology and Apologetics, will prepare the student to not only defend their faith, but have a clear understanding of how to share their faith in a shifting world.

This program is built around the Four Pillars of OKWU; The Primacy of Jesus Christ, The Priority of Scripture, The Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom. Three classes will be taken supporting each pillar, and will leave the student grounded theologically and apologetically.

The MA in Theology and Apologetics is particularly enriched by our connection to the Josh McDowell Institute of Apologetics here at Oklahoma Wesleyan.  Not only will the student be able to participate in the annual Apologetics Conference in person, by podcast or live streaming, but it is very possible the student will be able to take a class written, and or taught, by such noted apologists as Josh McDowell, William Lane Craig, Abdu Murray and more.


The Program is 36 credit hours, and includes the following courses:

  • The Doctrine of God
  • The Doctrine of Christ
  • The Doctrine of the Atonement
  • The Doctrine of Scripture
  • The Study of Scripture
  • The Interpretation of Scripture
  • The Methodologies of Apologetics
  • Critiques of Christianity
  • Christian Worldview and Apologetics
  • Ethical Issues in the Contemporary World
  • Multicultural Apologetics
  • Personal and Social Holiness

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 36 hours of required curriculum
  • All courses must be completed through OKWU AGS
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

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Admission Requirements

  • An official transcript showing a conferred Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States or a foreign college or university which is approved by an international transcript evaluation organization recognized by Oklahoma Wesleyan University (see International Student Admissions Criteria).
  • Any other official transcripts needed to verify undergraduate prerequisite courses or graduate transfer credit. Students may transfer up to 6 semester hours of graduate coursework toward a graduate degree, provided that the courses are approved by the Dean of the School.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (probationary admission may be granted for GPA’s as low as 2.50).
  • Completion of a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours of undergraduate coursework in religion, Bible, ethics, and/or theology with a grade of “C-“ or better.
  • Once a student has been admitted to graduate study, he/she must begin taking courses within two (2) calendar years.
  • Students possessing a baccalaureate degree may be granted probationary admission with prescribed deficiencies when undergraduate GPA falls between 2.50 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale, assuming all other admission criteria is met. Students on probationary status will not be allowed to proceed beyond twelve (12) credit hours of work within the degree program unless the student achieves a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the program.

In order to be admitted into the MTA program, the applicant must additionally meet the criteria listed below:

  • Completion of a minimum of Nine hours (9), credit hours of undergraduate coursework in Bible, Apologetics and/or Theology with a grade of “C-“ or better.
  • If an applicant does not meet these requirements he/she may take an entrance Bible and Theology Exam. A passing grade of at least 70% would allow the student to enroll in the program.


  • Students whose first language is not English (unless a US citizen) must have a TOEFL score of 69 or higher
  • Students must either own or have access to a computer with internet capabilities

Program Progression

  • Students must complete each core course with a 2.0 grade or better
  • Students whose core GPA falls below 2.0 will be place on academic probation for the next term
  • Students must comply with the program attendance policies to continue the program

In Addition..


It is with great excitement that OKWU announces that the teachings of world renowned Research Professor of Philosophy, Dr. William Lane Craig will be the center point of the Apologetics courses in the new Master of Theology and Apologetics. Dr. Craig is lending his name and talent to writing many of the courses and will be instructing through video lectures.

Dr. Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He and his wife Jan have two grown children. He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; and Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus.