First Steps as a DTS Student

We’re excited that you’re taking your first steps as a student! Please follow the “First Steps as a Student” and then mark your calendar for upcoming events.

Items to Complete

Setup 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.
  • students.dts.edu – student portal with links register for classes, pay your bill, apply for scholarships, know important dates and more
  • library.dts.edu – use this web page to 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 – You will be granted access to Logos several weeks before your first semester.

We’re excited for you to take your first classes! Most master’s students will need to register for introductory courses like BE5101, ST5101, and PM5101 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 New Masters 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 two week window to register for courses without incurring a late fee or other delays.

If you need any help select 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 seminary 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

Setup Your Logos Account

Start the new semester with the help of Logos Bible Software!  Whether you are new to the software or a pro, the following on-site and online training opportunities will help you get the most out of this great resource.  Descriptions, times, and registration links are below.  Register soon to save your spot!

Logos Training Opportunities

  • Please click on “Logos Training” under the “Upcoming Events” section below

If you have questions, reach out to Chris McMaster at chris.mcmaster@faithlife.com

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.

Please click on the following link below to order a student ID. Student ID’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 at the front desk of the Student Life Office located in the Bailey Student Center.

 

Student ID

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.

Student Life

Please watch this video to review the chapel policy for Dallas Theological Seminary so you are familiar with the chapel requirements at https://students.dts.edu/studentlife/chapel/

Check out this short devotional from the Campus Pastor titles “Spiritual Life of a Student.”

Please watch this 4-minute video overview on Academic Advising at DTS. It is recommended that students meet with an advisor during your first or second semester and then at least once a year after this. You can find campus-specific degree information and other resources on the link below:

Academic Advising

The mission of Spiritual Formation at Dallas Theological Seminary is “Helping servant-leaders pursue Christlikeness.”  This two-year small group program is required for the following degrees:

  • Master of Theology (ThM)
  • MA in (NT, OT, or TS major)
  • MA in Bible Exegesis and Linguistics (MABEL)
  • MA in Cross-Cultural Ministries (MACM)
  • MA in Christian Leadership (MACL)
  • MA in Christian Education (MACE)
  • MA in Media Arts and Worship (MAMW)
  • MA in Apologetics and Evangelism (MAAE)
  • MA in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care (MACP)
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS)

Spiritual Formation begins each fall and continues for four consecutive semesters (Fall-Spring, Fall-Spring) during your residential studies on either the Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC campus. Students studying at Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC should begin Spiritual Formation their first fall semester.

MABEL students – Spiritual Formation is completed through SF5245 on the Dallas campus only. SF5245 begins each fall semester (see course schedule (Links to an external site.)). Please contact the Spiritual Formation office for more information (https://students.dts.edu/studentlife/spiritual-formation/ (Links to an external site.)).

Extension students – Students who do not plan to move to Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC to complete their residential studies can request to complete Spiritual Formation through the SF5110 Mentored Spiritual Formation format. SF5110 is approved on a case-by-case basis, upon review of an application, and as space permits. See detailed information about SF5110 Mentored Spiritual Formation at https://students.dts.edu/studentlife/spiritual-formation/sf110-mentored-spiritual-formation/. (Links to an external site.)

MBTS students – Currently, Spiritual Formation is not a requirement for the MBTS degree, but any student who later reclassifies to a degree which requires Spiritual Formation will have to fulfill this requirement (even if it delays graduation). Although it is not a requirement, MBTS students are welcome and encouraged to opt into Spiritual Formation if their schedule allows for it.

MABC students – Currently, Spiritual Formation is not a requirement for the MABC degree, but any student who later reclassifies to a degree which requires Spiritual Formation will have to fulfill this requirement (even if it delays graduation). Although it is not a requirement, MABC students are welcome and encouraged to opt into Spiritual Formation if their schedule allows for it.

Spiritual Formation is a required course, so failure to satisfactorily complete this requirement will delay your graduation date. 

For more information on the Spiritual Formation program, please visit:

https://students.dts.edu/studentlife/spiritual-formation/

The purpose of the Ministry Formation Department is to create and foster contextualized learning experiences that enable students to integrate courses and practice by partnering with the Holy Spirit, students, internship sites, and course work. For degrees that require an internship, students work with the Ministry Formation Department once prerequisites for the degree have been met.

The mission of DTS Counseling Services is to provide mental health support services to the current students, faculty and staff of Dallas Theological Seminary. The first three sessions are offered free of charge and $25 per session thereafter, Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:30. To find information about Counseling Services or to schedule an appointment, please click on the link below:

Counseling Services

Dallas Theological Seminary works to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students with psychological, medical, physical, and learning disabilities. Students desiring or needing accommodations on the basis of such disabilities or of medical incidents such as hospitalization or severe injury are to email the Director of Disability Services.

If you are aware of a condition that may impact your studies, please contact the Director of Disability Services before the semester begins or at the onset of a crisis in order to have all relevant documentation on file for the semester. Please note:

  • Accommodations are not retroactive, and
  • New accommodation request forms are required for each class each semester, and should be submitted prior to the class starting.

While accommodations cannot fundamentally change the major aspects of core requirements of courses or your program, they can aid you in successfully completing your work.

For more information please click on the link below:

Disability Services

Student Council exists to lead, serve, and represent the student body. We accomplish this by being a liaison to both students and administration. We aim to help improve the overall experience of seminary, therefore let us know how we can best serve you. “Like” us on Facebook (Student Council DTS) or email us at studentcouncil@dts.edu.


Student Groups

 

Hendricks Center

The Hendricks Center seeks to shape compassionate, courageous leaders. We work with students, ministry leaders, and workplace professionals to develop a winsome tone, reflex for listening, and willingness to think through difficult topics theologically. For DTS students, we specifically offer the following:

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have theological questions about current societal conversations, need help with life direction, or want to join our effort!

Media Center

The Media Center has ‘temporarily’ relocated to Stearns Basement, the media center provides computers, printers, media equipment rental, an audio/video studio, a fax machine, scanners, and much more. The DTS Media Center staff are available to assist you with any technology and software programs needed for class assignments. These services are offered in person or over the phone for students not located on the main campus. To find information about the services offered at the Media Center, please visit the Media Center webpage.

Media Lab Open Hours are:

  • Mon- Thurs         8:00 am – 7:30 pm
  • Friday                 8:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Saturday           12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Book Center

The DTS Bookstore is owned and operated by Dallas Theological Seminary. The mission is to provide resources for servant-leaders both on campus and to the body of Christ worldwide. We aim to provide a wide variety of current and reasonably priced products with outstanding, friendly service. The Bookstore is a great resource to use for purchasing class books for the semester. To find information about the books available at the Bookstore, please visit the Bookstore webpage.

Luke’s Ministries

Luke’s Ministries is home to Luke’s Closet and Luke’s Pantry. All currently enrolled students are eligible to use Luke’s Ministries. Luke’s Pantry exists to supplement the students’ grocery needs by providing basic, nutritious, non-perishable foods, fresh produce and dairy items throughout the semester.

Luke’s Pantry and Pantry Plus will be open this fall in-person every Wednesday beginning August 25th. Luke’s Panty’s hours each Wednesday for the fall semester will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. All students who wish to use Luke’s Pantry and Pantry Plus must register the first time they come in; this registration will be valid for the entire school year. 

Luke’s Closet provides clothing, linens, and small household items to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff who temporarily do not have adequate resources to provide enough for their family’s needs. If you have any questions, please email lukesministries@dts.edu.

Campus Police

Be alert—don’t take your safety for granted. Many of our security officers are former or current DTS students and understand your experience on campus. Security officers patrol the campus 24/7—don’t hesitate to contact them. Email campuspolice@dts.edu, 214-887-5590.

Housing

Dallas Theological Seminary offers housing for all walks of life: single, married, with children, without children, retired, working professionals – there’s a place for everyone. The Housing office is located in the lobby of Washington Hall and offers a variety of options to assist you in finding the on campus Housing solution that best fits your needs. For more information please contact the housing department at housing@dts.edu

Upcoming Events


We would love to invite you to join us for one of six Meet and Greet sessions where you can get to know your fellow new students, as well as some of the key staff at your specific campus. This will also be an opportunity to ask any questions not addressed in this course.

Dallas and Online/Extension Students

Friday, January 7th – 6:00 p.m. Central Time

The Dallas New Student Orientation Meet and Greet will be held in Lamb Auditorium on the Dallas campus on January 7th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST. All students are welcome to bring their spouse or parents and come with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions please contact studentlife@dts.edu.

Register Here

 

Fort Worth Students

Thursday, January 6th – 6:00 p.m. Central Time

New Student Dinner for DTS-FW students will be in person at Christ Chapel Bible Church on Friday, January 7th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST. To RSVP, please click on the link below. If you are unable to attend in person, please mark this on the form, and we will send you a LifeSize link so you can join our Q&A time at 7 pm. If you have any questions, please email Heather Severding at hseverding@dts.edu.

Register Here

 

Atlanta Students 

Saturday , January 15th – 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time

New Student Orientation for DTS-Atlanta students will be held at 2625 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30339 on Saturday, January 15th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. EST. Please click on the link below to register.

Register Here

Washington DC Students

Saturday, January 15th – 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

New Student Orientation for DTS-DC students will be held in person at the Washington DC campus (Burke Community Church) on Saturday, January 15 from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. EST. You will meet the faculty, staff of the DC campus. Spouses are welcome to join you in orientation. If you have any questions, please email udang@dts.edu. To register please click on the following link:

Houston Students

Saturday, January 8th – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Central Time

New Student Orientation for Houston students will be in person at the Houston campus on January 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CST. Please RSVP your attendance to tlee@dts.edu

On-Site Training Opportunities 

DTS-Dallas Campus 

Logos Basics Training 

Logos Advanced Training 

DTS-Houston Campus 

Logos Advanced Training 

Original Language Searching 

Logos Basics Training 

 

Online Training Opportunities 

If you are unable to attend an on-site training, we have several live online training opportunities available. Descriptions, times, and registration links are below.  Register soon to save your spot! 

Logos Basics Online (120 min) 

Pick the option below that fits your schedule. Zoom link provided with registration. 

  • Tuesday, 1/11/2022 @ 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central (Register Here
  • Tuesday, 1/11/2022 @ 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Central (Register Here
  • If none of these live options work for you, take the online course here

Logos Advanced Online (120 min) 

Pick the option below that fits your schedule. Zoom link provided with registration. 

  • Thursday, 1/13/2022 @ 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central (Register Here
  • Thursday, 1/13/2022 @ 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Central (Register Here
  • If none of these live options work for you, view the 102 and 103 videos here. 

Bonus: Logos Tools for Sermon Preparation (90 min) 

  • Friday, 2/4/2022 @ 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central (Register Here