The Advising Center wants to help you make informed decisions as you progress toward graduation. Please select your degree from the menu to the left for degree-specific resources and tips.
|Degree||Total Hours||Fully Online (RV or LS)||Real-Time Courses||Degree Plans|
|Master of Theology (ThM)||120||16†||ThM 2020-21|
|MA in Biblical Counseling (MABC)||90||10†||MABC 2020-21|
|MA in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care (MACP)||79||Yes||4||MACP 2020-21|
|MA in Apologetics and Evangelism (MAAE)||69||Yes||4||MAAE 2020-21|
|MA in Christian Education (MACE)||66||Yes||4||MACE 2020-21|
|MA in Christian Leadership (MACL)||66||Yes||4||MACL 2020-21|
|MA in Cross-Cultural Ministries (MACM)||64||Yes||4||MACM 2020-21|
|MA in Media Arts and Worship (MAMW)||66||Yes||4||MAMW 2020-21|
|Master of Arts (TS, OT, NT majors) (MA)||60||*||MA 2020-21|
|MA (Biblical Linguistics) (MABEL)||62||*||MABEL 2019-20|
|MA (Christian Studies) (MACS)||62||0||MACS 2020-21|
|Master of Biblical and Theological Studies (MBTS)||36||0||MBTS 2020-21|
|Master of Sacred Theology (STM)||32**||*||STM Degree Worksheet (2020/2021)|
|Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS)||30||0|
† The ThM requires 48 hours (i.e. 16 3-hour courses) of real-time courses and the MABC requires 30 hours (i.e.10 3-hour courses). ThM and MABC students may need more courses than the number listed above to meet the credit hours required for their degree.
* These degrees require advanced and specialized courses that may not be available by video conference and only offered on-campus. Students should plan to relocate near the Dallas campus (MABEL and MA) or near a DTS campus for the specific electives selected in the student’s major (STM).
** The STM hours reflects students demonstrating proficiency in Greek and Hebrew. Additional hours may be required.
|Course Types||Definition||Course Sections|
Courses where professors and students physically meet in a location.
Campuses: Dallas, Houston, DC
Extensions or Mobile Locations: AR, AU, EU, GA, GB, HK, IN, NA, NC, NP, SA, PGI/PI, PL, PX, WL
Immersive Studies: MW52**
Ministry Residency: EML5801 & EML5802
|Video Conference (Online)||Courses with weekly video conferencing sessions between professors and students.|
RV or LS
(Previously: VC, VA, VG, etc.)
|Directed Learning Courses|
|Traditional Online||Courses mostly composed of pre-recorded online videos and forum interaction (may have limited video conferencing sessions)||OL|
|Independent Studies||Students work one-on-one with a faculty member remotely or on-campus.||**5901|
|Special Topics||Students participating in special conferences, training, or programs.||**5905|
|Internship or Apprenticeship||Students integrate their classroom training with ministry experience.||INT5*** or MW5102|
|Spiritual Formation (Credit)||Students meet with a mentor or fellow students focusing on identity, community, integrity, and fidelity.||SF5201-5204 or SF5215, SF5220, SF5225, SF5230|
|Research Courses||Students research and write on a topic relevant to their degree, academic interests, or ministry direction.||EML5950, RS5101, RS5102, RS5103, or **5902 (Thesis)|