We Believe That Philosophy Involves the Passionate
 Pursuit of Truth, Along with Goodness and Beauty,
 for the Sake of Christ.

At Palm Beach Atlantic University, the rigorous study of philosophy therefore moves us to pursue wisdom and knowledge for human flourishing. If you are also captivated by this vision for the pursuit of truth, then we invite you to join our dynamic community at PBA. Fueled by the conviction that all truth finds its source in Christ, the Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion degree (MAPR) aims to prepare you for making an impact in His kingdom in three ways:

An Innovative Degree for the 21st Century Christian Leader

• Strong emphasis on public philosophy that engages thoughtfully with culture

Vibrant learning community with small, in- person classes throughout the program

• Rigorous philosophical training, exploring a wide variety of topics in religion, theology, ethics, science, culture and art from a Christian perspective

Affordable tuition, with scholarships and graduate student worker opportunities

• Cutting-edge education from top-tier Christian philosophers with strong ministry experience

Solid foundation for further postgraduate studies in leading research universities

Learn from leading Christian philosophers who are dynamic teachers and caring mentors with a strong record of academic publishing.

Take classes such as:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Metaphysics
  • Public Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy and Literature


Dr. Paul Gould

Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Director of the M.A. Philosophy of Religion program

Dr. Gould is the author or editor of ten scholarly and popular-level books including Cultural ApologeticsPhilosophy: A Christian Introduction (Zondervan, 2019) and The Story of the Cosmos (Harvest House, 2019). He has been a visiting scholar at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School’s Henry Center, working on the intersection of science and faith, and is the founder and president of the Two Tasks Institute. He is a widely sought after speaker in apologetics and philosophy. He speaks regularly at universities, churches, and ministries around the country, including Summit Ministries, the C.S. Lewis Institute, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society’s annual apologetics conference. You can find out more about Dr. Gould and his work at www.paulgould.com and https://www.twotasksinstitute.org.  He is married to Ethel and has four children.

EDUCATION: B.A., Miami University (Ohio); M.A., Talbot School of Theology; Ph.D., Purdue University.

Dr. Paul Copan

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics; Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics

Paul Copan is the author and editor of over 30 books, including True for You, But Not for Me (Bethany House); That’s Just Your InterpretationHow Do You Know You’re Not Wrong?; When God Goes to Starbucks and Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God (all with Baker); Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion (Chalice Press); and A Little Book for New Philosophers (IVP Academic). 

He has co-authored Creation Out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration (Baker Academic), An Introduction to Biblical Ethics: Walking in the Way of Wisdom (IVP Academic), The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas (IVP Academic), and Did God Really Command Genocide? (Baker). He has co-edited three books on the historical Jesus and three other books in the philosophy of religion, The Rationality of Theism (Routledge), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion (Routledge), and Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues (Blackwell). He has co-edited (with William Craig) Passionate Conviction and Contending with Christianity’s Critics, and Come Let Us Reason (all with B&H Academic), and he is coeditor of The Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science. He has contributed to over 30 books, and he has written many articles and book reviews for various professional and popular journals.

For six years he served as the president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, he has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, and he regularly speaks on university campuses, at conferences, and to church groups. Paul and his wife, Jacqueline, have six children, and they reside in West Palm Beach, Florida.

EDUCATION: B.A., Columbia International University; M.A., M.Div., Trinity International University; Ph.D., Marquette University.

Dr. Brandon Rickabaugh

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Research Scholar on Public Philosophy, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Dr. Rickabaugh has publications in various academic journals and books with Oxford University Press and Willey-Blackwell. He has been a Research Fellow at Baylor University for the Accountability as a Relational Virtue Project, a Graduate Fellow in neuroscience for the SCP Science Cross-Training Grant with the John Templeton Foundation. He is currently the Franz Brentano Fellow in the Metaphysics of Mind at The Martin Institute. 

Dr. Rickabaugh’s dissertation, The Conscious Mind Unified (co-directed by Alexander Pruss and Timothy O’Connor) received the philosophy department’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year award. He was named Top 40 Most Impactful Faculty at Baylor University (2018-2019) by the student body. He has given talks at universities in the US and UK, including Oxford, Durham, UC Davis, UT Austin, CU Boulder, and Yale.

Dr. Rickabaugh’s academic work focuses on the nature of consciousness and how it informs our understanding of human nature, the nature and activity of God, and human flourishing. In the broadest sense, his work seeks to understand what unifies ultimate reality and human persons. He also engages public-facing philosophy exploring how the nature of consciousness and human persons relate to emerging technologies in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and neuroscience. 

Dr. Rickabaugh is the recipient of a generous $200,000 research grant to further his work in public-facing philosophy and to finish three book projects over the next two years. Brandon and his wife, Laura, have three children.

Find out more about Dr. Rickabaugh and his work at more at www.brandonrickabaugh.com

EDUCATION: BA, University of California, Irvine; MA, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; PhD., Baylor University.

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  • Professor or teacher in philosophy, theology, or related fields
  • Minister in church or parachurch setting
  • Leader in public sector or non-profit ministries


  • Various need-based scholarships available

  • Graduate student worker opportunities


The Master of Arts, Philosophy of Religion is a 36 credit-hour degree. Residential students can complete this degree in as few as two years. Non- residential students (requiring separate approval and periodic study weeks on campus) can complete the degree in as few as three years.

Undergraduate Requirements: Students entering the MAPR program will have taken or, if necessary, will have to take the following courses: History of Christianity (3 hours), Systematic Theology (3 hours), and Interpreting the Bible (3 hours).

For a detailed list of the MAPR course list, see here.

Estimated tuition for the Master of Arts, Philosophy of Religion is $22,072. The cost of tuition is based on 36 credit hours needed to complete the degree at $580 per credit and a resource fee of $298 per semester. 

Financial aid may include work study programs and student loans. Students must apply for financial aid each year at www.fafsa.ed.gov to determine eligibility. Contact finaid@pba.edu with all financial questions.

Classes are available on-campus in West Palm Beach and also as a hybrid platform, combining synchronous online with periodic study weeks in West Palm Beach.


Raul Andrés Castañeda Aguilar

Student | Economics

Degrees: BSc in Economics, BSc in Finance and International Trade, M.Sc in Economics-Universidad del Rosario (Bogota, Colombia), M.A. Apologetics – Biola University

Interests: Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy

Website: R.Andrés Castañeda Aguilar (rbind.io)

Jonathan Cooper

Student | Theology

Degrees: B.A. Theological Studies -Union University

Interests: Natural Theology, Axiology

Thomas Doane

Student | Theology

Degrees: B.A. Theological Studies-Wayland Baptist University

Interests: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Website: https://pba.academia.edu/ThomasDoane

Travis Ell

Student | Psychology

Degrees: B.A. Psychology- Otterbein University

Interests: Philosophical Theology, Ethics, Public Philosophy & Apologetics

Zackary Kralik

Student | Theology

Degrees: B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies – Palm Beach Atlantic University, MDIv- Palm Beach Atlantic University

Interests: Philosophy of language, Ethics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Action, Philosophical Theology

Courtney McLean

Student | Philosophy

Degrees: MDiv-Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, ThM Philosophy- SWBTS

Interests: Philosophy of Beauty, Philosophical Theology, 

Francois Meek

Student | Theology

Degrees: Bachelor of Theology- Bethel Bible College of the Caribbean, M.A. Apologetics- Luther Rice College & Seminary

Interests: History of philosophy, philosophy of history, philosophy of science, philosophical theology, philosophy of mathematics      

Andrew Mercantini

Student | Politics

Degrees: B.A. Politics, Philosophy, and Economics-Palm Beach Atlantic University

Interests: Aesthetics, Logic

Lucas Merritt

Student | Biology

Degrees: B.S. Biology- University of Texas at Dallas

Interests: Philosophy of Biology, History and Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics

Matthew Mittelberg

Student | Theological Studies

Degrees:  B.A. Entrepreneurial Business-Grand Canyon University, Certificate of Theological Studies -Oxford University

Interests: Apologetics, Free will, Miracles

Nicholas Noyola

Student | Theology

Degrees: B.A. Christian Ministry-Leavall College, M.A. Apologetics- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Interests: Analytic Theology, Nominalism, Philosophy of Mind, Nature of God

Gabriel Pagel

Student | Media

Degrees: B.A. Media Studies- Azusa Pacific University, M.A. Christian Apologetics- Biola University

Interests: Apologetics, Metaphysics

Giovanni Pantaleo

Student | Philosophy

Degrees: B.A. Philosophy- Tyndale University

Interests: Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind, Bioethics

Juan Reyes-Zayas

Student | Philosophy

Degrees: B.A. Philosophy-University of Puerto Rico, B.S. Information Technology-University of Puerto Rico, M.A. Christian Apologetics- Biola University

Interests: Philosophy of Religion, Free Will

Travis Satterfield

Student | Educational Leadership

Degrees: B.A. Biblical Studies and History- The Crown College of the Bible, M.S. Educational Leadership- Pensacola Christian College

Interests: History of Philosophy, Transcendental Arguments for the Existence of God (TAG), Culture

Parker Settecase

Student | Theology

Degrees: B.S. Kinesiology- Northern Illinois University, M.A. Theological Studies- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, M.A. Systematic Theology- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, The Simulation Hypothesis 

Websites: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYbTRurpFP5q4TpDD_P2JDA


Brooke Stanish

Student | English

Degrees: B.A. English -Palm Beach Atlantic University

Interests: Aesthetics, Philosophy of science, Consciousness

Knowledge Washington

Student | Religious Studies


Degrees: B.A. Religious Studies- Florida International University

Interests: Moral Philosophy, Aesthetics, Ethics