1. What is the ICR School of Biblical Apologetics (SOBA)?
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 education programs. 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.
SOBA’s programs and projects are founded upon an unwavering commitment to the Bible’s inerrant authority and, in particular, the historical and theological importance of Genesis 1-11. Our primary focus is to train students to understand and communicate biblical creation apologetics, 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.
2. When is the deadline for applying for admission?
There is no deadline. This graduate program has a “rolling” admission process. The sooner you begin, the sooner you can graduate.
7. Is there an electronic school catalog available?
Yes. The catalogs are all available on the Forms page.
8. Is ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics program accredited?
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. For more information about Recognition, click here.
9. Who are the likely students attending SOBA?
Christian working adults who are serious thinkers, lifelong learners, and servant leaders.
10. Academically speaking, what is the prerequisite education needed for the A.C.Ed or B.C.Ed. programs?
A high school diploma. If you are entering the B.C.Ed. Completion program, at least 2 years of transfer credit is required.
11. Academically speaking, what is the prerequisite education needed for the M.C.Ed. program?
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.
12. What will determine success in SOBA?
A good work ethic to your study habits, careful reading and writing, and faithful participation in the online courses. SOBA studies require attentiveness to the subject matter, a lot of reading, and a commitment to the issues of biblical education, apologetics, and creation studies.