Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the ICR School of Biblical Apologetics?
- What degree program is ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics now offering?
- When is the deadline for applying for admission into the M.C.Ed. program?
- What forms are needed to apply?
- Is the program tailored to the needs and schedule of a working adult?
- How long does it take to complete the M.C.Ed. program?
- What is the cost of the School of Biblical Apologetics M.C.Ed. program?
- Is there an electronic school catalog available?
- Is ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics program accredited?
- Who are the likely students attending the M.C.Ed program?
- Academically speaking, what is the prerequisite education needed for the M.C.Ed. program?
- What will determine success in the M.C.Ed. program?
The School of Biblical Apologetics (SOBA) is an educational ministry of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) that is designed to promote biblical creationist apologetics by providing postsecondary education programs (e.g., Master of Christian Education). SOBA also exists to promote and provide interdisciplinary apologetics scholarship to be disseminated in various ways via ICR’s publications, seminars, broadcasts, and other communications of the ministry.
SOBA’s programs and projects are founded upon an unwavering commitment to the Bible’s inerrant authority and the historical and theological importance of Genesis 1-11, in particular. Its primary focus is to train students to understand and communicate the biblical creation apologetic, especially in a culture where biblical compromise de-emphasizes the importance of the Scriptures in apologetic contexts.
The emphases of the educational programs at SOBA include Genesis studies, apologetics for Christian schools, the biblical basis for creation research, and applying apologetics to the humanities (e.g., history, ancient languages, social ethics, cultural geography, literature, forensic analysis, logic, epistemology, argument, journalism, law, etc.). SOBA’s apologetics maintain a relevance to the Stewardship Mandate, the Great Commission, and Christ’s preeminence.
The School of Biblical Apologetics is now offering the Master of Christian Education (M.C.Ed.) degree, with a joint major in Biblical Education and Apologetics. Students choose one of several minors: Genesis Studies, Creation Research, Christian School Teaching, or Sacred Humanities. Minors in Creation Theology, Sacred History, Sacred Geography, Christian Leadership and Ethics, and Specialized Ministries are currently in development.
The M.C.Ed. program involves 12 core courses plus 6 elective courses (with the electives usually needed to fulfill the minor). Combined, these 18 courses, each the equivalent of 3 semester hours credit, result in 54 semester hours of required classroom courses. Additionally, each student must complete either a masterpiece “capstone” project or a master’s thesis. The “capstone” project and thesis are both rated as 6 semester hours credit, resulting in a total of 60 semester hours credit needed for graduation.
The M.C.Ed. degree can be completed in less than 24 months through a convenient flexible schedule.
There is no deadline. This graduate program has a “rolling” admission process. The sooner you begin, the sooner you can graduate.
Prospective students will need to complete an application form, have reference forms completed, and request official transcripts from previously attended schools to be sent to the admissions office. Once the forms are printed out and completed, mail the application to the SOBA Admissions Office, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The M.C.Ed. degree at the School of Biblical Apologetics is designed especially for working adults, with faculty who have both academic and ministry experience.
The M.C.Ed. degree at the School of Biblical Apologetics is designed as a two-year graduate degree program. Depending on selection of elective courses, it is possible to begin the M.C.Ed. program and finish the program (with 60 semester hours credits) in less than two years.
The cost of the M.C.Ed. program is outlined on the Tuition page of the Course Catalog. The two-year program is estimated to cost a total of $14,800, representing $12,000 in tuition (for 60 semester hours of credit), plus about $2,700 in textbooks, plus administrative fees.
Yes. See the ICR School of Biblical Apologetics electronic school catalog available at www.icr.edu/soba.
Due to the nature of ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics—a predominantly religious education school—it is exempt from licensing by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Likewise, ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics is legally exempt from being required to be accredited by any secular or ecumenical or other type of accrediting association.
Christian working adults who are serious thinkers, lifelong learners, and servant leaders.
An earned bachelor’s degree with either 1) a minor (or minor equivalent) in Bible, theology, Christian education, Christian ministry, or similar emphasis; or 2) passing a Bible/apologetics entrance exam to assess the applicant’s potential for success in the M.C.Ed. program.
A good work ethic to your study habits, careful reading and writing, and faithful participation in the online courses. Like other graduate studies, SOBA requires attentiveness to the subject matter, a lot of reading, and a commitment to the issues of biblical education, apologetics, and creation studies.