Degree Residency Requirements and Time Limits

Degree Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Time Limit Total
Residency* Hours
Locations Where Classes Count as “Residency”
CGS 6 hours/year 5 Years Recommended 30 none 30 All locations and online
MBTS 6 hours/year 6 Years 36 none 36 All locations and online
MA-OT, NT, ST 10 hours/year 7 Years 60 none 60 Courses only offered in Dallas
MACS 10 hours/year 7 Years 62 none 62 All locations and online
MABEL 10 hours/year 7 Years 62 none 62 Courses only offered in Dallas
MABC 13 hours/year 7 Years 90 30 60 Dallas, Houston, DC
MACE 10 hours/year 7 Years 65 22 43 Dallas, Houston, DC
MACM 10 hours/year 7 Years 64 22 42 Dallas, Houston, DC
MACL 10 hours/year 7 Years 63 21 42 Dallas, Houston, DC, San Antonio, Austin, Atlanta, Nashville
MAMW 10 hours/year 7 Years 66/67* 22/23* 43/44 Dallas
ThM 16 hours/year 8 Years 120 48 72 Dallas, Houston, DC
STM 6 hours/year 6 Years 32 18 14 Dallas
PhD N/A 8 Years 35 N/A N/A Dallas
DMin N/A 6 Years 39 N/A N/A Dallas, Houston, Guatemala City
DEdMin N/A 6 Years 30 N/A N/A Dallas

*Varies by entry year and catalog requirements.

Residency, Distance, and Online

DTS believes in life-on-life education expressed in both residential and non-residential educational models. Because distance learning may be best for some students, DTS is pleased to offer flexible courses in a variety of formats. Most DTS degree programs require at least 1/3 of the required coursework to be completed in “residency” while up to 2/3 of required coursework can be completed through “non-residency” or “distance” learning.

  • Residency Hours consist of hours completed face-to-face in a classroom location approved for the degree. One important exception is the Ministry Residency Internship which does count as “residency” because it has a classroom component even though much of it may be completed at another location.
  • Non-Residency Hours are classes taken in a variety of formats—online and video-conferencing—or at a variety of locations that don’t offer select degree programs. Non-residency also includes the following: thesis, applied research project, internship (with the exception of EML801 and EML802), advanced standing, transfer credit, and independent study.