First Steps as a DTS Student

Welcome to the DTS family! We’re excited that you’re taking your first steps as a new student. Below are items you will need to complete before and during your first semester. Please plan to prioritize (1) setting up your DTS Account (@dallasseminary.edu) and (2) registering for classes.

Items to Complete Before the Start of Your First Semester

Set Up Your DTS Account

When you were accepted, you should have received an email granting you access to your yourname@dallasseminary.edu email. You can also set it up by clicking on the link below. If you have any trouble setting this up, please contact the DTS IT Team at: helpdesk@dts.edu or 214-887-5230.

Setup Your @dallasseminary.edu Account

Important Websites to Bookmark

  • www.dts.edu – our main school website.
  • portal.dts.edu – student portal for registration, applying for scholarships, paying your bill, finding important dates, and more
  • library.dts.edu – search books at DTS libraries or online and to download templates for DTS papers
  • online.dts.edu – find all of your course materials (videos, submit assignments) on this web page
  • DTS Technology – find information about wifi and online requirements here
  • Logos Bible Software – See the tab below labeled “Set Up Logos Bible Software.”

We’re excited for you to take your first classes! Most master’s students will need to register for introductory courses like BE5101 and ST5101 in their first semester.

Reach out to your Admissions Counselor for input on your first semester classes. After your first semester, your Academic Advisor will walk you through the remainder of your degree program.

Below are some tools to help you plan your first semester:

Register Online

Registration Deadlines for Masters and PhD Students

  • April 1 – Summer Courses
  • July 1 – Fall Courses
  • November 1 – Spring and Winter Courses

If you are accepted after these dates, you have a 2-week window to register for courses without incurring a late fee or other delays.

If you need any help selecting a course, contact your Admissions Counselor. If you need help registering, please contact: registrar@dts.edu or 214-887-5350.

DTS donors make more than $5 million in scholarship dollars available every year which helps ensure that very few students need to take out student loans.

Apply for Need-based Scholarships

US Students

The requirements for need-based scholarships for US students are:

  • Be in one of the following degree programs:
    ThM, MABC, MACP, MAJS, MAAE, MACE, MACL, MAIS, MAMW, MABEL, MACS, MA, DMin, EdD, DEdMin, or PhD.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of at least 2.5
  • Employment preferred
  • Dallas and Online students need to take 9+ hours, Houston and Washington, DC students need to take 6+ hours

The deadlines for need-based scholarships for new US students are:

  • May 1 for Fall courses
  • November 1 for Spring courses

Additional Resources

International Students

If you are an international student studying in the US on a visa, you will need to prove funding for your first year of studies in the United States as part of the visa process. Once you have started taking classes in the United States, you may then apply for scholarships for your second year of studies. More information will be communicated to you during the visa process.

This is a required 6-week course designed to help first year master’s level students reflect upon their current reality and develop a plan to meet potential challenges, both inside and outside the classroom, in order to complete their studies at DTS.

This course is best done prior to enrolling in classes or during the student’s first semester. This course is free to enroll in but all assignments are required for completion credit.

Register for Seminary Readiness

Set Up Your Logos Account

Any enrolled DTS student taking a course for credit will be given access to Logos Bible Software before the beginning of their first course. First, DTS will have your Logos account created. Once the account is ready, you will receive notification via email from Faithlife. In most cases, your new Logos account will be associated with the personal email you have on file with DTS. 

Once you receive notification from Faithlife, click the button below to begin using Logos.   

Setup Your Logos Account

All new students are encouraged to complete the Getting Started with Logos course before classes begin.  

Additional training opportunities and detailed information about Logos for DTS students can be found at www.dts.edu/logos.   

If you have questions, contact Chris McMaster at cmcmaster@dts.edu.    

Register Your Vehicle (Dallas Campus Only)

All vehicles on the Dallas campus must display a valid DTS parking decal on the front windshield. Parking decals must be ordered every year.

Starting in the Fall Semester?

Each student vehicle (including summer-only students) must be registered annually with the seminary and have a current parking permit attached to the lower passenger-side corner of the front window. Parking permits are issued free of charge by the Campus Police. Please register on the link below. When ready, Campus Police will place parking decals in student’s folders on the first floor of Todd Academic Building. All decals requested after September must be ordered directly at the Campus Police office on the first floor of the Horner Administration Building.
 

Register Your Vehicle

Starting in the Spring Semester?

Students can pick-up a parking decal at the Campus Police office on the first floor of Horner Administration Building at anytime.
 

Register for a Student ID Card

Please click on the following link below to order a Student ID Card. Student ID Card’s will be completed by the third week of classes. Once they are ready, an email will be sent and students can pick-up their ID Card at the front desk of the Student Life Office located in the Bailey Student Center.

Register Here

Seminary Wives in Ministry

The purpose of S.W.I.M is to assist in equipping wives to be servants of the Lord alongside their husbands in ministry. If you are married and your spouse would like to be involved in SWIM, please click on the link below and fill the form and a SWIM representative will contact her to give more information about this wonderful group of seminary
wives.

Register Here

 

Sign-up for Text-Alerts and Right Now Media

Omnialert 

Omnilert is the DTS Alerts System that sends out SMS messages related to campus closings, emergencies, events and deadlines.

https://students.dts.edu/studentlife/health-safety/campus-safety/omnilert-text-alert-system/

Right Now Media

All students at Dallas Theological Seminary receive a free membership to RightNow Media. RightNow Media has over 15,000 Bible study videos from over 250 top Christian publishers and ministries. RightNow Media has studies for small groups, families, students, leadership development, and much more. 

To sign up for your free account, go to https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/DTS (Links to an external site.) 

OR you can just text RIGHTNOW DTS (not case sensitive) to 41411 and a link will be sent to your phone.

Items to Complete by the End of Your First Semester

The Test of Biblical and Theological Knowledge (TBTK) is taken by all incoming students and by all graduating students. The purpose of this assessment is for the faculty to get a sense of the overall biblical and theological knowledge of an incoming or graduating class. The seminary does not look at an individual student’s score on this assessment, only the overall average of the incoming or graduating class. 

This test is a closed Bible, closed book assessment that is to be taken by yourself without any help. The test is not to be copied, imaged, photographed, or otherwise reproduced.

This test is 150 questions, 75 Bible and 75 Theology. There is a time limit of 75 minutes which starts once you proceed. This gives you an average of 30 seconds per question.

All new students will receive a Canvas course invitation link through their @dalllasseminary email before the start of their first semester. Please accept the TBTK course invitation and take the test before the end of your first semester.

DTS is committed to maintaining an environment conductive to learning for all students and a professional workplace for its employees. As such we take active measures against discriminatory harassment and sexual harassment, including any type of violence or misconduct.

Our entire policy can be read at www.dts.edu/title-ix you can also download it here – Fall 2019 Final Title IX Abuse & Discrimination brochure 2019.pdf 

DTS and Ministry Safe have partnered to offer Child Protection Training. This proactive education seeks to equip current students and DTS alumni with a clear understanding of child sexual abuse, sexual abusers, effective preventative protocols, a compassionate model of care addressing the needs of abuse survivors, and an appropriate response to abuse allegations arising in church and ministry environments.

To register, go to https://safetysystem.ministrysafe.com/register/dts

You will be asked some basic info to get you registered on the Ministry Safe training site:

Under Employee/Volunteer, select “volunteer”
Under Type of Training, select “Sexual Abuse Awareness Training (2018)”
Once you complete the Ministry Safe training (which will take you about an hour to complete), there is a brief quiz on the Ministry Safe training website. After you complete this quiz with a passing score, you will receive a certificate on the Ministry Safe training website.

Your final step is to upload this certificate and email it to studentlife@dts.edu.

Note: If you have previously completed Ministry Safe at your church or your place of service, you can simply upload a copy of your certificate from your previous training and send it to the above email address.

Student Life at DTS

For more information on Student Life resources including Spiritual Formation, Ministry Formation, Counseling Services, Chapel and Student Groups click on the link below: