Preparation to produce Bible expositors who are qualified to serve God effectively as pastors, missionaries, or leaders in other areas of vocational Christian ministry. 

Contact Information

Dallas Location: 
1st Floor of Walvoord Student Center
 
Dallas Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm (Central)
 
General Advising Number: 
214-887-5080
 
General Advising Email: 
advising@dts.edu

Degree Overview

Total Hours120 credit hours
Degree Time Limit8 years from first DTS class
Real-time courses16 courses required
(i.e. 48 credit hours)
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) 15 credit hours per academic year

0-30 Credit Hours

Main priorities during this time:

  1. Refer to the degree plan for your entering catalog as an overall guide.
  2. Register for core courses: BE5101,  ST5101, RS5101, and PM5101.
  3. Start Greek (NT5101) or Hebrew (OT5101) sequence. The following courses are offered live, in-class in the following semesters:
    • Fall semesters – 5101 & 5103 (odd numbers)
    • Spring semesters – 5102 & 5104 (even numbers)
    • Summer semesters – five-week intensives in Dallas for 5101 & 5102 and 5103 & 5104. 
    • NT5105 Exegesis of Romans is typically offered every fall-spring in Dallas and will vary at other locations depending on campus need, including the summer semester.
  4. Register for Spiritual Formation (SF5100 – four-semesters in Dallas, Houston, or DC; SF5110 – two-semesters for Online and Extension students). 
  5. Familiarize yourself with the Academic Success Resource Center for various tools and links to assist with your courses, including information about Greek and Hebrew.
  6. 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.)

Can I complete the ThM from a distance?

The ThM is not currently designed to be completed for students living outside of the Dallas, Houston, or DC areas. More courses are available online (OL), by Remote Video (RV), Live Stream (LS), or in various hybrid and intensive formats. The main challenges in completing the ThM from a distance:

  1. Obtaining the 48 credits hour in real-time 
  2. Finding specific required courses in an accessible format outside of Dallas, Houston, or DC (PM5103, PM5104, PM5110, NT5105, and concentration electives)
  3. Meeting the on-campus requirement for Last Year Free

Students are encouraged to relocate near the Dallas, Houston, or DC campus for more course options and concentration electives. The BE and ST courses are usually available in a one-trip hybrid for real-time credit with some electives available by RV or LS. 

If students plan to pursue the ThM from a distance, he/she will need to meet with an academic advisor every 6-9 months to develop a plan for meeting degree requirements and plan to take courses each fall, spring, and summer.

31-60 Credit Hours

Main priorities during this time:

  1. Start/continue in Greek and Hebrew courses
  2. Complete Spiritual Formation
  3. Work toward real-time course requirements
  4. Meet with a faculty member
  5. Take an elective in anticipated or actual concentration
  6. Work toward internship prerequisites (see chart in 61-90 hour section), specifically the Two Agape Projects.
  7. Select a ThM Concentration

How do I select ThM concentration (previously called Emphasis)?

All ThM students have 24 hours of electives and of those 9-hours must be taken from the Ministry and Communications divisions. Ministry Communication electives (M&C or M/C) are upper-level electives taken in: PM, WM, EML, BC, MW. Students should review the current concentration requirements and faculty contact information for each concentration.

A few questions to ask yourself and discuss with friends, faculty, or an academic advisor:

  • What gifts and abilities has the Lord given you?
  • What do you enjoy studying? 
  • Where do you sense the Lord leading in future ministry?
  • What ministry skills do you need to develop or sharpen? 
  • What ares of knowledge would you like/need to expand for future ministry?
  • Are you planning to pursue doctoral studies? If so, in what discipline?
  • 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.

Once students identify their concentration, they will need to indicate this using the ThM Emphasis/Concentration form. Students who previously selected a concentration or emphasis should work closely with their academic and faculty advisor to complete the specific requirements in that catalog, which may be different from the requirements listed below.

61-90 Credit Hours

Main priorities during this time:

  1. Continue in Greek and/or Hebrew courses
  2. Finish Spiritual Formation
  3. Work toward real-time course requirements
  4. Take required concentration courses and discuss electives and/or internship with faculty concentration advisor
  5. Finish internship prerequisites
  6. Identify when to start internship, Ministry Residency, or Apprenticeship (Media Arts concentration only)
  7. Develop a plan for Last Year Free with an Academic Advisor 
Internship & Residency Prerequisites
Credit Hours

– 60 hours completed 

 – Concentration selected

Courses

– Completed SF5100 or SF5110

– PM5103 Expository Preaching I

– BC5101 Pastoral Counseling

– Two Agape Projects

Internship Information

Phone Number: 
214-887-5264
Internship Email: 
internships@dts.edu 

Should I do the Ministry Residency or Internship + Electives?

The Ministry Residency is limited to students serving in full-time vocational ministry. The internship requires fewer hours each week during the three-semesters and designed for students serving in a volunteer or part-time capacity.

Both the Ministry Residency and internship require an application. Ministry Residency applications are due in January for the upcoming year (ex. January 2020 for Fall 2020). The internship application is required the semester before starting. If students pursue the Ministry Residency option, they must select Leadership Studies as their concentration.

Some students may benefit from specific electives courses they may not be able to obtain serving in ministry. While others who are working or are given the opportunity to work in full-time vocational ministry may benefit from the Ministry Residency program.

 InternshipMinistry Residency
(Leadership Studies)
Courses   (12 hours)

INT105/5130 (3 hours)

+ 9 hours Ministry Communication Electives

Fall: EML5801 (6 hours)

Spring: EML5802 (6 hours)

Semesters32 (Fall-Spring)
Hours7-10 hours per week30+ hours in local church or parachurch ministry
On-campusNot required

Fall: One-week in Dallas

Spring: One-week in Dallas

Start Dates

Starts any semester

(fall, spring, or summer)

Fall semester only

91-120 Credit Hours

Main priorities during this time:

  1. Apply for Graduation (Candidacy and Ceremony Participation)
  2. Apply for Last Year Free
  3. Confirm final courses with Academic Advisor
  4. Meet with Career Services or faculty regarding post-graduation plans
  5. Identify a topic for RS5102 or a Thesis (see more information below)

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 along with your Academic Advisor and 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.

How do I meet Last Year Free criteria?

Students should review the full criteria on the Last Year Free page and review their plan with an Academic advisor. Last Year Free covers only the final 24 required credit hours and usually applies from hours 97-120. 

Students must apply for Last Year Free (LYF) using the need-based scholarship application each semester they intend to use LYF. Other scholarships are applied to a student’s account first and then Last Year Free is applied. A few general criteria to keep in mind:

  • Must take at least 6 hours in Dallas, Houston, or DC each semester 
  • Must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Be and remain in good standing with the Seminary 
  • Online courses (with the exception of RS5102), independent studies, immersion courses, or other trips are not covered by Last Year Free
  • Last Year Free covers tuition only and not fees

Who do I contact if I’m interested in applying for various ministry positions or need help with other ministry/job plans after graduation?

Students will benefit from a meeting with Career Services to discuss their ministry resume, interview skills, and ministry opportunities. Students are encouraged to work with Career Services 9-12 months before graduation.

What are the main difference between an RS5102 and Thesis paper?

All ThM students write a final research paper. The topic will often be related to the concentration students select. Students should discuss potential topics with their faculty advisor or another staff member. Some concentrations allows students to choose a research topic outside of their selected concentration. A few key differences between an RS5102 and Thesis are:

 RS5102Thesis
Paper Length20-25 pages

2-hour Thesis = no more than 12,000 words

3-hours Thesis = no more than 17,000 words

Semesters to Completeone-semesterthree-semesters (one-year)
Faculty Members1

Selection of FacultyAssigned based upon topic submitted in the courseStudents find faculty supervisor and second reader with department approval
RegistrationLike other coursesRequires Thesis Registration form and faculty approval (topic, due dates, etc.)

Degree Worksheets

The following are degree worksheets specific to students who entered the ThM or reclassified to the ThM 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 or a Doctoral degree. Graduates must reapply through Admissions and previous DTS credits are reevaluated and remaining requirements are evaluated upon readmission. Doctoral degrees may require additional Master’s level work.