STUDY THROUGH AMERICA'S MOST UNIQUE DIVINITY SCHOOL
AND THE WORLD'S LEADING CREATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE
AND EARN AN M.A. IN BIBLICAL CREATION APOLOGETICS

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MISSION

To provide individuals within the Christian community with logical and scientifically defensible evidences supporting Biblical creation through a Christ-centered, and Bible-based graduate school curriculum, via a distance education degree program.



PURPOSE

To empower leaders within the Christian community through the delivery of an academically appropriate graduate degree using current scientific discoveries, logic, and a sound Biblical understanding for the defense and confirmation of the Genesis record of creation.

 
   

WHY THIS PROGRAM?

The Christian world is, for the most part, generally uninformed regarding the truth concerning origin theories. Studies have shown that while Christians believe God is the Creator of the universe, they are deeply divided over the issue of creation vs. evolution.  In fact, many have been led to believe that the theory of evolution is partly or even wholly true because science has declared it to be so.  This so-called conflict between science and religion has left millions of Christians wondering whether the Genesis record of the origin of man and the universe is only partly correct, or possibly only a general statement showing how God may have used evolution to bring about the world.

However, when challenged through hard scientific inquiry, the theory of evolution reveals its faulty premise.  On the other hand, the Genesis record has demonstrated a remarkable consistency with what is actually known about the current universe and the infinitely good God, Who demonstrated His omnipotence and omniscience by creating the entire universe, and all living creatures therein, including humans.  When the truth is allowed to seek its own level, God's wonderful creative power shines forth as light.  The courses in this unique degree program will highlight how the many proofs of God’s creatorship, logically speaking, are irrefutable.  The graduate of this program will be able to defend the inerrant logic of the Biblical record of creation with clarity and confidence.

Furthermore, the social and spiritual implication of embracing the theory of evolution and discarding the truth of creation, is now being revealed in tragic consequence.  The value of human life is at an all-time low reflected in the abortion of millions of children around the world each year, and the parallel decline of respect for the fragility and brevity of all human life.  When the universe is regarded as the product of random chance, all that is sacred is in peril.  When man becomes the ultimate authority, the outcome is ultimately anarchy.  As the Scripture warns, "There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death" (Proverbs 16:25).

So Who Should Consider This Program?  Anyone with an interest in becoming an apologist for the Genesis record of creation, but especially pastors, Christian school teachers and administrators, Christian college faculty and administrators, evangelists, Christian home school parents, and other Christian leaders.  This program will also appeal to Christians working in secular fields of education and administration, especially those with a background in life-science or social-science.


QUICK OVERVIEW OF THIS PROGRAM


The Master of Arts in Biblical Creation Apologetics is made available through an academic partnership with MISD and the ICR School of Biblical Apologetics.  The degree is issued by MISD.


What are the entrance requirements?  Entrance into the M.A. in Biblical Creation Apologetics requires an acceptable bachelor's degree from an approved institution, and the resources necessary to access the Internet.

Which institution teaches what courses?  The Biblical and theological foundation courses are taken through MISD, while the Creation Apologetics courses are taken through ICR-SOBA.  This unique graduate degree is offered in both the MISD online format (which requires no more complicated technology than a computer with Internet access that can accommodate the use of speakers and a microphone), and the new ICR-SOBA online format (scheduled for launch in September of 2011) that will be equally accommodating.  If you desire to earn a creation apologetics targeted graduate degree that is reasonably priced, power-packed, and designed to be completed totally online in about two to three years, then this is the program for you!

Basically, how does the program work?  Students enroll first with MISD, and begin taking courses.  Following their initial enrollment with MISD, students are provided instructions on how to enroll in the online courses taught by the faculty of the ICR-SOBA.  It is possible to take courses simultaneously.  The degree may be earned in about two to three years, but students are given up to five years.  After all coursework is successfully completed, the degree is awarded by MISD, and transcripts are provided by both MISD and ICR-SOBA.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE PROGRAM
Courses taken through MISD in black.
Courses taken through ICR-SOBA (APOL) in light blue.

Orientation OR-MA - 0 Credits
Biblical Inspiration Translation & Hermeneutics ITH-1510-OLS
Content & Chronology of the Old Testament OT-1501-OLS
Content & Chronology of the New Testament NT-1501-OLS
Biblical Apologetics BAP-1510-OLS
Systematic Theology I STH-1510-OLS
Systematic Theology II STH-1520-OLS
Bible Mastery BM-501 - 10 Credits
Biblical Truth and Worldview Conflicts APOL 701
Basic Studies in Biblical Beginnings APOL 702
Basic Apologetics of Heaven and Earth APOL 703
Basic Apologetics of Living Creatures APOL 704
Mankind’s Social Dynamics After Eden APOL 705

TOTAL CREDITS (total of 12 courses)

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3
3
3
3
3
3
10
3
3
3
3
3

43


Designed for
individuals with a strong desire to increase their knowledge and skills in order to competently understand, teach and defend the Biblical truth of the origin of all things.

Ministry Training for:
Pastors and Staff
Christian School Teachers
Christian School Administrators
Ministers of Christian Education
Christian Home School Parents
Para Church Ministers
Science Teachers who are Christians
 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Courses Taken Through MISD | Courses Taken Through ICR-SOBA

COURSES TAKEN THROUGH MISD

Biblical Inspiration Translation & Hermeneutics ITH-1510-OLS - 3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce and expose the student to the basic elements of biblical inspiration, translation and hermeneutics; to encourage the student to identify and describe some of the primary shortcomings in many modern English translations; to extend the student’s ability to exegete carefully and accurately any passage of Scripture the Lord may lead him or her to minister from, and to suggest certain helps to make the process more successful; to help the student to apply such knowledge to his or her current ministry.
Content & Chronology of the Old Testament OT-1501-OLS - 3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an opportunity to present the Old Testament as a series of pictures which represent a continuous scene from the initial creation of the current heavens and earth to the return of the exiles to the Land of Israel.
Content & Chronology of the New Testament NT-1501-OLS - 3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to present and expose the student to the study of the New Testament as a whole; to enable the student to recognize and interpret individual characters, the purpose and theme of each New Testament book and the relation of the Old Testament to the New Testament; to apply that knowledge in the student’s ministry and to lead the student to examine carefully the various interpretive options in New Testament studies.
Biblical Apologetics BAP-1510-OLS - 3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to develop the student’s understanding of the requisite issues in the study of Apologetics; to enable the student to identify key terms and describe essential issues of Apologetics and to apply Apologetic methodology to contemporary challenges; to offer the student the opportunity to explore significant challenges to the Christian faith and apologetic responses to those challenges; to examine and analyze the competing truth claims of rival world views.
Systematic Theology I STH-1510-OLS - 3 Credits
This online course presents the student with an opportunity to demonstrate comprehension and general mastery of the two initial  primary issues of Systematic Theology that form the basis of all the other tenants (the Prolegomena and Bibliology), and how these relate to the Bible as a foundational source.  This online course will allow the student to document a mature understanding of the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework; will enable the student to identify and describe relevant key doctrinal issues; and also document that knowledge in the context of the student’s current ministry; and finally to allow the student to relate doctrinal truths to a coherent system of thought consistent with the student’s own faith tradition.
Systematic Theology II STH-1520-OLS - 3 Credits
This online course presents the student with an opportunity to demonstrate comprehension and general mastery of the ten (10) primary issues of Systematic Theology that form the basis of doctrine, and how these relate to the Bible as a foundational source. This online course will allow the student to document a mature understanding of the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework; will enable the student to identify and describe relevant key doctrinal issues; and also document that knowledge in the context of the student’s current ministry; and finally to allow the student to relate doctrinal truths to a coherent system of thought consistent with the student’s own faith tradition.

Bible Mastery BM-501 - 10 Credits
This course is the "capstone" course of the entire degree program, and is taken only after all of the other courses in the degree program have been completed.  The Bible Mastery project will provide the master’s level student with an opportunity to demonstrate a personal comprehension of the Bible as a continuum from the creation of the current heavens and earth to its recreation in perfection and righteousness.

 

COURSES (APOL) TAKEN THROUGH ICR-SOBA

Biblical Truth and Worldview Conflicts APOL 701  - 3 Credits
This multidisciplinary apologetics course considers how our big-picture “worldview” concepts of ultimate realities, including God, the world, life, death, our own origins and destinies, and concepts of meaning and value (truth vs. falsity, right vs. wrong, good vs. bad, valuable vs. worthless) are tied to our beliefs about which information is foundationally true and reliable. Various worldview elements are examined, theistic vs. atheistic, creationist vs. evolutionary, Biblical vs. humanist, and eternal perspectives vs. temporal perspectives. Critical issues regarding cosmic and human origins are specially analyzed, based upon Scripture-provided truth, including the age of the earth, the original and renewed Dominion Mandate, and the laws of life and death. The crucial and unique authority of the Holy Bible is emphasized, with attention to how the Scriptures define and provide rules of engagement for “the war of the worldviews."
Basic Studies in Biblical Beginnings APOL 702  - 3 Credits
This multidisciplinary apologetics course examines an overview of Biblical beginnings, including Creation Week (with special attention to the creation of Adam and Eve), mankind’s temptation and fall in the Garden of Eden, conditions in the world before the Flood, highlights of the worldwide Flood and its aftermath, the early history of Noah’s family and their descendants after the Flood (including the division of languages at Babel), and God’s program of redemptive grace (or judgment) for fallen humanity. The importance of natural and special revelation, provided by God, is carefully investigated, with attention to the theological importance of human life and death. This course specially emphasizes the Biblical model of Earth’s creation and its catastrophic past, in contrast to evolutionary and uniformitarian myths used to explain Earth’s origins. Biblical information regarding the “young” age of the earth is also analyzed.
Basic Apologetics of Heaven and Earth APOL 703  - 3 Credits
This multidisciplinary apologetics course considers our physical world and its elements, as well as the majestic heavens beyond. Special attention is given to how observation-based data, analyzed by astronomy, physics, and the geosciences (geology, ocean science, meteorology, climatology, and the like) provide Bible-corroborating natural revelation, declaring the glory of God. The multifaceted evidence of God’s providential care for mankind (the so-called anthropic principle) is examined as a proof of God’s creatorship and providence, clearly seen in God’s continuing care for mankind’s physical needs, being facilitated by features of the sun, moon, and physical processes on the earth (such as the water cycle). When analyzing the heavens and the earth (including its past history), special attention is given to the value of logic, the forensic nature of historic origins, the fossil record, evidences of the global Flood, common assumptions used to measure the unobservable past (such as radiometric dating assumptions), and to why the evolutionary Big Bang theory is false.
Basic Apologetics of Living Creatures APOL 704  - 3 Credits
This multidisciplinary apologetics course considers the amazing origins and diversity of life on earth, including mankind, animals, plants, and microorganisms. The Bible’s distinction between creatures with or without a nephesh is clarified, especially as this relates to how there was no death before Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. The purposeful design and activities of living things (humans, animals, plants, and microorganisms) are analyzed, including the proof of providential programming in DNA, RNA, and other biomolecules used by the informational systems inherent in all living creatures. The Scriptural categorization of created “kinds” (defined by genetic potential for breedability) is contrasted with evolutionary taxonomy concepts (such as “missing links” and “species”) defined apart from breedability. The indispensable elements and dynamics of biochemical information transfer, as well as kind-limited reproduction, found in all living creatures, are analyzed. Attention is given to how the Scriptures compare the Bible’s own textual information and transmission with the informational and reproductive traits of living seeds (including the seeds of humans, animals, and plants). Biblical insights applicable to biomedical ethics are briefly reviewed.
Mankind’s Social Dynamics After Eden APOL 705  - 3 Credits
This multidisciplinary apologetics course considers Biblical stewardship obligations that mankind has been charged with, especially as those have been particularized after the Flood. Various social relationships, obligations, and dynamics are examined, with special attention to the social aspects of education, investigation of creation (including scientific discovery and research), technology, commerce, political systems, and legal enforcement of social obligations. The social dichotomy between believer and unbeliever is analyzed, including the historic pattern of religious persecution (of believers by unbelievers), beginning with the example of Cain murdering Abel. The contrast between the rule of law and arbitrary political power is analyzed, with special attention to how the theory of evolution has impacted legal education and legal process. This course also investigates the historic interplay between politics relevant to the Genesis Mandate, and politics relevant to the Great Commission. True education is defined as the careful transmission of God-provided truth to learners. Biblical principles and practices of education are examined, using key Scriptures in the Old and New Testaments.


GENERAL
PROGRAM FINANCIAL DETAILS

The M.A. degree program cost is divided between MISD and ICR-SOBA.  Initial enrollment is with MISD.  The student begins by making the minimum tuition down payment to MISD.  Following enrollment with MISD, the student is free to decide when to enroll with ICR-SOBA and to begin taking the required courses.  At that time, the student will make program costs arrangements with ICR-SOBA.

FINANCIAL DETAILS FOR MISD AND ICR-SOBA COURSES
Cost for MISD Courses | Cost for ICR-SOBA Courses

DEGREE FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR COURSES TAKEN THROUGH MISD
(Does not include cost of textbooks.)
MISD TUITION DISCOUNT GRANTS MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR QUALIFIED APPLICANTS.

  • $50 Application Fee.

  • $3,920 Total of Tuition and Seminar Fees (equivalent  to $140 per credit).

  • $200 Graduation Fee.

OPTION # 1 PROGRAM FEE STRUCTURE

  • $50 application fee.

  • $500 down payment.

  • Four additional payments of $645, the first payment due four months after enrollment, and three additional payments at four month intervals (total of $3,080 paid over 16 months, but does not include the online live seminar fees).  This is an interest-free payment option.

  • $140 per OLS course ($140 x 6 online live seminars = $840 total).   This improves cost management because the fee for each course is not due until the time of actual course registration.  All online live seminars are offered twice each year.

  • Graduation fee of $200 may be paid at any time prior to completion of the program.

  • Total MISD portion program cost including all fees = $4,170.

OPTION # 2 PROGRAM FEE STRUCTURE

  • $50 application fee.

  • $500 down payment.

  • Twenty-four (24) additional payments of $107.50 per month for 24 months.   First payment due on the 21st of the month in the month following enrollment (total of $3,080 paid over 24 months, but does not include the online live seminar fees).  This is an interest-free payment option.

  • $140 per OLS course ($140 x 6 online live seminars = $840 total).  This improves cost management because the fee for each course is not due until the time of actual course registration.  All online live seminars are offered twice each year.

  • Graduation fee of $200 may be paid at any time prior to completion of the program.

  • Total MISD portion program cost including all fees = $4,170.

DEGREE FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR COURSES TAKEN THROUGH ICR-SOBA

IMPORTANT TUITION COST INFORMATION

Tuition at ICR is currently (subject to change) $200/semester hour credit, and each of ICR's courses provide 3 semester hours credit.  Thus, each ICR course cost is $600.

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