Doctor of Ministry
Dallas Theological Seminary
The Doctor of Ministry Degree at Dallas Theological Seminary was formed to provide graduate students with an advanced training in biblical and theologically related ministry, specifically those already actively working in a form of vocational ministry. The focus is on the development of skills in biblical rationale, sociological strategy, and practical implementation of effective ministry.
The flexibility of this online degree program benefits students with busy schedules, offering convenient one or two-week seminars. This program is heavy on self-direction; students create a personalized plan of study with the help of a faculty advisor. This way, students create a course map that best suits their ministry needs and goals. Those enrolled can focus on one specifically defined area or create a program with a broad and varied approach. Students' plans are evaluated every year in order to assess accomplishments, strengths, and limitations.
There are three main concentrations that students may select for this degree. The Christian Education path is designed to help strengthen ministry competence of individuals working in church or parachurch educational leadership roles. The Hispanic Leadership concentration is a Spanish Language program offered primarily to Hispanic community leaders in the US or abroad. The Ministry Leadership concentration gives preparation in aspects of ministry such as church planting, pastoral leadership, marriage, and family life.
In this program, students are able to select either a personalized approach or a cohort structure for their degree plan. The cohort structure helps students that benefit from a group setting; individuals move forward through a designated part of the program together. The personalized structure is designed for the individual, empowering students to design and customize their own studies. There are certain emphases depending on the chosen approach, including Women in Ministry, Advanced Exposition, and Christian Education.
Completion of this program is reliant on the fulfillment of the necessary thirty hours of coursework. Twenty seven hours are from specific courses and three hours satisfy an applied research project related to a student's ministry.
Degree Level: Doctorate
Delivery Format: Hybrid
Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award master's and doctoral degrees. Additionally, Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MA in Christian Education, MA in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics, MA in Cross-Cultural Ministries, MA in Christian Leadership, MA in Biblical Counseling, MA in Media and Communication, MA (Biblical Studies), MA (Christian Studies), DMin, DEdMin, ThM, STM, PhD.
The following prerequisites apply to DMin applicants.
- Normally have at least three years of vocational or bivocational Christian ministry experience since receiving their first graduate theological degree
- give evidence of growth and competence in ministerial skills and leadership
- be involved in an ongoing ministry (including lay ministry)
- have an academic record that demonstrates superior ability and shows promise of success in doctoral studies; and hold an accredited Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Theology (ThM) degree, or a Master of Arts (MA) degree plus leveling courses as necessary to provide MDiv equivalence.
Prerequisite degrees and/or equivalence must include:
- a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit (80 hours for selected DTS master’s degrees) and
- four semesters of Greek and two semesters of Hebrew. (If a student has only three semesters of Greek, he or she may take ID201 Computer Tools for Biblical Exegesis in lieu of the fourth semester of Greek. For selected DTS master’s degrees the student needs only ID201 Computer Tools for Biblical Exegesis in lieu of Greek and Hebrew.)
In 1924 a group of students met to study under the noted Bible teacher Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer. This spiritual meeting and learning experience would later grow to become the Dallas Theological Seminary. In 1935 the Seminary pioneered the four-year Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree. The Th.M. focuses on the same theological courses offered in other three-year programs with an emphasis in systematic theology, Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis, Greek and New Testament exegesis, and Bible exposition. Over the years the seminary grew to incorporate other programs centered on the spiritual world.
There are now Master of Arts degrees and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program to provide pastoral training for students. All programs are intended to prepare students for their future career endeavors—be it teacher, pastor, or other spiritual role, with curricula centered on God and his Word. DTS offers three 100% online programs, two of which are also offered in Chinese. In addition, students can do up to 2/3 of the ministry master’s degrees online in a hybrid format.
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