Preparation to enhance the ministries of worship leaders, writers, and other media practitioners by providing biblical and theological insights to the arts.

Contact Information

Dallas Location: 
1st Floor of Walvoord Student Center
Dallas Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm (Central)
General Advising Number: 
General Advising Email:

Degree Overview

Total Hours66 credit hours
Degree Time Limit7 years from first DTS class
Real-time courses4 courses required
(Fully Online degree)
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)10 hours per academic year

0-20 Credit Hours

  1. Refer to the degree plan for your entering catalog as an overall guide.
  2. Register for core courses: BE5101, ST5101, MW5101, MW5103, and PM5101.
  3. Register for Spiritual Formation (SF5100 – Dallas, Houston, DC; SF5110 – Online/Extension locations).
  4. Familiarize yourself with the Academic Success Resource Center for various tools and links to assist with your courses.
  5. Meet with an academic advisor to discuss:
    • What led you to DTS
    • What elective courses might be helpful to take
    • When, where, and what courses to take in Real-time in the coming semesters. (See the Real-Time Courses chart for more information.)
  6. Meet with an Media Arts and Worship faculty member to develop that relationship and discuss possible electives.

21-45 Credit Hours

How do I select Media Arts electives?

  • In what type of ministry do you sense the Lord leading you toward in the future?
  • What areas of knowledge do you wish to acquire?
  • What ministry skills do you need to develop or sharpen?
  • MW52** Immersion Studies provide opportunities for students to participate in a group accompanied by a DTS Media Arts and Worship faculty member in conferences, training, or programs that are immersive and formal. The courses offer expertise on topics complementary to those offered in the MAMW department.
    • Requires consent of the professor for registration.
    • Students may incure additional costs such as conference fees and travel expenses.
  • The DTS course schedule page will provide you with a list of courses available.
    • If you click “info” next to a course, you can see the course description and option to download the syllabus to understand what the course involves.
  • Academic advisors and Media Arts and Worship faculty memberare available to help you identify possible electives specifically geared to equip you in your present and future ministry.

What should I do and know for my apprenticeship (MW5102)?

Students will develop and enhance their artistic and communication skills in their anticipated ministry context. Students will construct a professional portfolio as part of the apprenticeship specific to each student’s ministry direction. Students are encouraged to discuss the context and requirements with Dr. Dipa Hart early in their program.

MW 52** Immersive Trip Course Rotation

Immersive Studies provide opportunities for students to participate in a group accompanied by a DTS Media Arts and Worship faculty member in conferences, travel, or programs that are immersive and formal. The courses offer expertise on topics complementary to those offered in the Department of Media Arts and Worship. Enrollment in immersive field studies requires consent of the department. Students may incur additional costs such as conference fees and travel expenses.

Course Name/NumberFacultyNext AvailableFuture Availability
MW5201 Medieval Art and SpiritualityDr. Glahn: Summer 2024Summer 2026
MW5202 Calvin Festival: Writing and WritersDr. Glahn: Spring 2024Offered in even numbered years
MW5203 Calvin Symposium: Worship Arts in the ChurchTodd Agnew: Spring 2023Offered in odd numbered years
MW5204 Theology at Sundance Film Festival*DepartmentSpring 2023Offered each spring (*pending faculty availability)
MW5205 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and FestivalsDr. Glenn Kreider: Spring 2023Offered each spring
MW5206 British Authors and Biblical Themes 

Dr. Glahn: 

(whole trip)

Dr. Grant: 

(first part only)

Summer 2023Summer 2025

Apprenticeship Prerequisites

Students should plan their MW5102 Media Arts Apprenticeship with the MAMW department and Dr. Dipa Hart (Director of Ministry Formation and Internships). 

Credit Hours30 hours completed

– Progress toward SF5100/SF5110

Number of Semesters2

46-66 Credit Hours

What is required for Graduation?

  1. Students must submit the Admission to Candidacy Application (including all references) by the deadline listed for each semester on the Graduation Information page.
  2. Confirm the Graduation Date listed in the system corresponds to your plan with your Academic Advisor and/or Registrar’s Office. (Update graduation date here)
  3. Review/Confirm upcoming semester plans with an academic advisor to ensure all degree requirements are met.
  4. Students should indicate their plans to participate in spring Commencement using the Commencement Ceremony Participation application during the available dates and after being approved for Candidacy.

Degree Worksheets

The following are degree worksheets specific to students who entered the MAMW or reclassified to the MAMW in the following academic years. If students have questions about their specific degree requirements or degree audit, students should contact their academic advisor.

After Graduation

Master’s level students keep their current Logos Bible Software package. Future Logos updates or upgrades are the responsibility of each person and not done through DTS.

DTS graduates have three options for further training:

  1. Self-paced learning through Online Videos – All online courses and lectures are available for graduates to access through the Alumni portal. No application is required.
  2. Alumni nondegree – Graduates may take additional DTS courses as a nondegree student, either for audit or credit at a reduced rate. If students take courses for Alumni nondegree credit and want to use the course(s) toward another Master’s degree, then the student will need to pay the difference of tuition between the Alumni rate and current tuition rate.
  3. Pursue an additional DTS degree – Graduates may return to DTS to pursue a second Master’s degree. Graduates must reapply through Admissions and previous DTS credits are reevaluated and remaining requirements are evaluated upon readmission.