This depends on your degree program. All of our Master’s and Certificate programs require BE5101: Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics or ST5101: Theological Method & Bibliology. If you are going to start with just one course either of these courses will get you off to a great start. Students entering DTS will work with their admissions counselor for selecting courses their first semesters. After students begin at DTS, he/she will work their academic advisor for scheduling courses until graduation.

Summer and Fall registration takes place each March. Winter and Spring registration takes place each October. Registration occurs via the Students Portal. Check out our registration video for more information.

For technical questions regarding course registration, please contact the Registrar’s Office via email at: For questions about course selection and degree planning, see the Advising Center

The Students Portal will notify you of the reason for your hold and which department to contact. All students will receive a Registration Agreement hold each semester. This PDF guide shows you how to remove this hold and where to see other holds within the portal.

The course schedule page lists courses offered as soon as the schedule is completed. Most online courses are available in that format each Fall, Spring, and Summer. You can use the “Search Courses” to find certain courses in upcoming semester across all campuses.

The definitive list of course texts is in your course syllabus (accessible here). You can also access a preliminary course textbook list via the Book Center. Questions related to course texts and requirements should be directed to your professor.

This really depends on you! Most successful students budget around 10 hours per week for each 3 credit-hour class.

For help determining how much time you have to spend on school, check out our time management calculator.

The Student Handbook stipulates that for every hour spent in lecture each week, students should plan on spending an additional 2-3 hours each week devoted to class work and reading. This means that for a typical 3 credit-hour course, students should plan to spend 2-3 hours in lecture each week, followed by an additional 4-6 hours outside the time spent in lecture. Most successful students budget around 10 hours each week for each 3 credit-hour course.

For help determining how much time you have to spend on school, check out our time management calculator.

Course syllabi (if available) can be accessed on this page. Your course files can be accessed via Canvas. For questions about course syllabi, files, or requirements, contact your course professor.

Your degree requirements are determined by the catalog under which you entered DTS, reentered after withdrawal, reclassified, or added a degree.

Academic Advisors meet with students in person, over the phone, or by Zoom (video chat). You can find and schedule an appointment with your campus specific degree advisor at: 

Eligible coursework is automatically evaluated based on criteria determined by our Registrar’s Office. If you’ve been accepted to DTS, and you have submitted current transcripts from eligible institutions, your transfer credit will be automatically evaluated. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for questions regarding transfer credit.

The Registrar’s Office maintains a list of important dates, including the refund schedule for courses.

The Advising Office has a list of Important Dates, including registration schedule, graduation application, scholarship deadlines, etc. This schedule can be found here.

This depends on the class. Consult the tuition refund schedule for precise information regarding refunds and how a dropped class will be recorded on your transcript. Students who drop courses due to extenuating circumstances may request a reduced penalty for dropping the course by completing a Credits Committee Petition in the Student Portal under Enrollment Form.

Consult the Registrar’s Office for the last possible day to add a particular class.

It is possible to request a reduction or addition to the number of credit hours for a course. This is only possible if the hours are not required for a student’s degree, with the professor’s permission. Students must use the “Request to Adjust Hours Form” stating the revised coursework.

We’ve compiled a list of tips for successful online learning. In order to be successful in this format, it’s important to treat an online class in the same structured way you would a traditional on-campus course by creating a designated time and location in which you will attend to your course without distraction.

Requesting a change in degree program usually entails a change in the goals toward which you are pursuing a seminary education. The most important question you can ask yourself when considering which degree will best suit you is “why do I need a DTS education to be more equipped to serve God?” Your degree choice should be based on what will best prepare you for your ministry goals.

The criteria for reclassifying into a degree program are the same as those for admission into that program as a new student. Therefore reclassifying should not be viewed as a way to obtain a Dallas Theological Seminary degree in order to enter a ministry for which the degree is not intended. Specifically, students with full-time ministry goals should not reclassify into the MBTS or MA(CS), which are not profession-preparatory degrees (adapted from the DTS Student Handbook, section 1.30).

Before considering a change in degree program, you should consult with trusted mentors and advisors in the community of faith to discern how DTS fits into helping you become best equipped for service to God. Academic Advisors are also available to help with this.

The formal procedure requires review by our Admissions Office. Simply submit the Reclassification request form via the student portal to begin the process. There is a $75 processing fee for each reclassification submitted. It can take 4-6 weeks for your application to be reviewed.

The Test of Biblical and Theological Knowledge is a pre- and post- seminary test designed to measure how much you have learned since coming to DTS. You will be asked to complete this test online at the beginning and end of your DTS experience.

For technical questions related to Canvas, our online learning platform, contact our Online and Distance Education Office at: For questions related to grading or course content, contact your professor.

Students are able to take up to one year off classes by filing a leave of absence request form online. Please notify your academic advisor so you have a plan entering your LOA and returning from LOA in the future.

Please complete these requests in the Student Portal under Enrollment Forms.

This may only be possible in the case of extenuating circumstances (as defined in section 1.33 of the DTS Student Handbook). Consult with your course professor to see if an extension is possible. If your professor gives an initial approval, students must submit a Credits Committee Petition in the Student Portal under Enrollment Form.

We have many electronic and distance resources available for our online and extension location students. Please visit the library website for assistance.