International Student Advisor
The Department of Homeland Security has an excellent website offering a general overview of how the F-1 visa process works. We recommend all potential students to become familiar with this website.
Currently DTS is only issuing F-1 student visas for incoming students.
| Deadlines for|
|International scholarships||March 1||Not Eligible|
|International application||April 15||October 1|
|for Transfer Students||July 1||November 15|
|Proof of funding||June 15*||November 1|
|for Transfer Students||July 15||November 15|
|Visa obtained for DTS housing||May 15||October 15|
|F-1 visas obtained||June 15||December 1|
|Transfer Student paperwork submitted||August 1||December 1|
International Need-based scholarship Note: If you need to apply for scholarships, your application must be approved by the Admissions Committee no later than February 24th. Therefore, all documents must be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than February 1st. Even if all documents are received by February 1st, the Committee cannot guarantee that your application will be approved in time to meet the March 1st financial aid deadline.
We are so excited to hear of your interest in Dallas Theological Seminary! Below is some information that we feel would be very helpful for you as you begin the process.
|ThM||Master’s of Theology with a ministry concentration (4-year program)|
|STM||Master’s of Sacred Theology (1½- to 2½-year program, depending on prerequisites needed; for those who currently hold an accredited, recognized MDiv)|
|MABC||Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (3-year program)|
|MACE||Master of Arts in Christian Education (2-year program)|
|MACL||Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (2-year program)|
|MAMW||Master of Arts in Media Arts and Worship (2-year program)|
|MACM||Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Ministries (2-year program)|
|MABEL||Master of Arts in Bible Exegesis and Linguistics (2- to 3-year program depending on prerequisites; for those interested in Bible Translation)|
|MACS||Master of Arts in Christian Studies (if you plan to be in full-time vocational ministry, you need to apply to a professional degree; if you believe this degree is right for you, please contact the academic advisor for international students at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-887-5040)|
|CGS||Certificate of Graduate Studies (1-year program; NOT a Master’s degree; international students must complete this degree entirely online)|
|MA (Academic)||Master of Arts academic degree has been uniquely designed for students who want to supplement previous undergraduate Bible or graduate seminary education or prepare for future doctoral work.|
|DEdMin||Doctor of Educational Ministry (4-year program with classes meeting on the Dallas campus during summer and winter sessions; a student visa is required for periods of residency, requiring new immigration forms from the International Student Office each semester; for students who have a 2-year MACE or an equivalent degree)|
|DMin||Doctor of Ministry (4-year program with classes meeting on the Dallas campus during summer and winter sessions; a student visa is required for periods of residency, requiring new immigration forms from the International Student Office each semester; for students who have a 4-year ThM or an accredited MDiv and who are in full-time ministry)|
|PhD||Doctor of Philosophy (5- to 6-year program; for students who have completed a 4-year ThM or a 3-year MDiv plus an STM degree and who are pursuing academic teaching or academic studies)|
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: www.ets.org/toefl. 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 requirements for the CGS, MBTS, and all MA programs is 6.5 with subscores of 6.0 in Writing, and 6.5 in Reading, Speaking, and Listening. The minimum requirement for the ThM, STM, and all doctoral programs is 6.5 with subscores of 6.0 in Writing, 7.0 in Speaking, and 6.5 in Reading and Listening.
You should plan to take the IELTS Academic test. Information about this test can be obtained from www.ielts.org. 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
Once your application has been approved by the Admissions Department, the International Student Office will contact you regarding how to provide proof of funding and assist with the immigration paperwork in order to complete the approval/acceptance process. For more information on the funding process, see below.
When your visa is approved, move to Phase 3.
When you have housing and your flight to Dallas booked, you can move to Phase 4.
After you have received preliminary acceptance by the DTS Admissions Department, you will receive an email from the International Student Office within 48 hours. The email will include four items to complete in order to be fully accepted. Submit these items to the International Student Office:
F-1 visa students are required to attend international student orientation (in Dallas) before starting courses. Orientations are held the week before classes start in the fall and spring semesters. Therefore, F-1 visa students may only start in person courses during the fall or spring semesters. We strongly encourage students to plan toward a fall start date based on the rotation of courses on campus and so they finish their degree and can attend commencement in a spring semester.
Due to government policies, internships are consider Curricular Practical Training (F-1). Select other visa holders may study incidentally, but have no provision for completing an internship.
If you plan on coming to DTS on a work or religious visa, please contact the International Student Office for more information.
Government regulations require 12 months of proven funding. Once an international is accepted, the International Student Office will dutifully inform the applicant of the financial documentation required, namely the yearly expenses for 12 months of study at DTS. Expenses reflect first-year initial expenses and vary by size of household, type of visa, and level of program.
2021-2022 International Expenses*
*These numbers are subject to change in March 2020 due to adjustments in on campus housing rates, tuition rates, and student insurance rates. Students planning to attend in Fall 2021 should be prepared for these minor changes.
We will collect all of the following documents submitted and add them up until the student reaches the total required amount as proof of funding.
Financial aid is available for international students. If you complete your application with all of its supporting documents by February 15th for the following Fall Semester, you can apply for financial aid. In general, because of the very limited availability of financial aid, you should look into alternate means of supporting your education as well.
Students receiving an international student scholarship are required to return to their home country. Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, books, and fees. Additional scholarship money may be provided to cover some of the student’s living expenses for the first year only. Living expenses for family members are not covered by scholarships.
You can apply for financial aid after you have become a student accepted by the Admissions Committee.
Once the student proves the required funding, they will need to provide the International Student Office with the following documents:
Please be aware that all international students are responsible to pay for the postage costs to mail their I-20. Sign up at study.eshipglobal.com, selecting Dallas Theological Seminary as your school.
You and your dependents are required to be tested for before starting classes. More information will be provided. Your cost for the required test will be approximately $25-$100 USD per family member.
International students must provide official written medical proof of freedom from tuberculosis, through either a negative skin or blood test (or chest X-ray) that was given inside the United States within the last twelve months. Tuberculosis testing done in countries other than the United States will not be accepted.
If you have written proof of being tested for tuberculosis in the last twelve (12) months, please send a copy of your test results to the International Student Office.
If you have not been tested for tuberculosis in the last twelve (12) months, be prepared for you and your dependents to be tested for tuberculosis during the week of orientation (the week before classes start your first semester). More information will be provided with your welcome packet. Your cost for the required test will be approximately $30 – $50 USD per family member. If the initial test comes back positive, then an x-ray must be done, which will cost an additional $80.
If you are interested, you can find out more about tuberculosis at US Center for Disease Control website:
Important – DTS does recommend all prospective students have adequate immunizations for diphtheria; rubeola, rubella, mumps; tetanus and poliomyelitis (see Texas Department of Health’s Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule).