The demonstration of English proficiency is required of all applicants for whom (1) English is not their native or birth language or (2) who were not born in the United States of America. This applies even if the applicant is a United States citizen, has attended an American or English-speaking school, and/or is a long-time resident of an English-speaking country.

Waivers for this English proficiency requirement will only be given to applicants who have completed both High School and an accredited bachelor’s program in the US. Additionally, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to require an official TOEFL or IELTS score from any applicant whose correspondence and/or application materials do not evidence the necessary level of English Language proficiency for graduate study.

Applicants demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), taken within two years of the date of application.


The minimum score on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) for the CGS, MBTS, and all MA programs is 86, with subscores of 21 for Reading and Listening and 22 for Speaking and Writing. The minimum requirement for the ThM, STM, and all doctoral programs is 90, with subscores of 22 for Reading and Listening and 23 for Speaking and Writing. At this time, we are not accepting MyBest scores as valid to meet the minimum score requirements. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements in one test.

The Admissions Committee strongly prefers that applicants take the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or the IELTS (see below). If your location or circumstances require you to take the TOEFL Paper-delivered Test, please contact the Admissions Office prior to registering for the test.

Information about the TOEFL may be obtained from: The TOEFL institution code for Dallas Theological Seminary is 6156.

A helpful study guide for the TOEFL can be found here.


The minimum overall score requirement is 6.5 with subscores of 7.0 in Speaking, 6.5 in Reading and Listening, and 6.0 in Writing.

You should plan to take the IELTS Academic test. Information about this test can be obtained from To ensure DTS receives your scores, please use the following information when you register for the test:

Dallas Theological Seminary
Office of Admissions
3909 Swiss Ave
Dallas, TX 75204