Master of Theology
The Master of Theology (ThM) Degree program at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) is designed to produce graduates that are competent Bible expositors qualified to serve God as pastors, missionaries, or leaders in various areas of Christian ministry. This degree offers 30% more study in topics of the Bible, theology, and related languages than DTS’s typical Master of Divinity Degree, and it allows for customization based on the students’ intended personal career and spiritual goals.
Each student pursuing this degree chooses a Ministry emphasis to best reflect interests and goals. Students will complete 24 hours of elective credit to satisfy their emphasis and regardless of the chosen one, 9 of these 24 credits must come from courses in the Ministries and Communications department. There are many possible emphases, including but not limited to Adult Education, Bible Translation, Urban Ministries, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Media Arts, and Textual Criticism.
Graduates of this program may have a strong understanding of the Bible and demonstrate ability to exegete the Hebrew and Greek texts included. This program also aims to help its students become aware of the educational program and worldwide mission of the church. It is the goal of this program to produce individuals that communicate the Bible effectively, demonstrate skills in different aspects of ministry, and are able to lead a local church or group via biblical exposition, leadership skills, evangelism, and service.
This institution values character and spiritual maturity, and as such, students are required to participate in Spiritual Formation groups during each of their first four consecutive semesters. These groups consist of 6-8 students and focus on identity, community, integrity, and ministry. This is a noncredit experience that provides an atmosphere of prayer and fellowship.
To complete this program, students must earn a total of 120 credit hours. 12 credits can be satisfied by attaining Ministry Residency, which is credit granted for current ministry and leadership experience. This program is often completed in three or four years, and possible topics of study include Trinitarianism, Research Methods, Evangelism, Expository Preaching, and a 6-credit Research and Summary of Christian Doctrine OR Thesis.
The qualifying degree for a master's level program is a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, conferred by a regionally accredited college or university. Exceptions to this requirement are limited. Dallas Theological Seminary enrolls men and women who:
- Show evidence of saving faith in Christ
- Are of proven Christian character
- Are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts
Adhere to the following doctrines:
- The authority and inerrancy of Scripture
- The Trinity
- Christ's full deity and humanity
- The spiritual lostness of the human race
- Christ's substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection
- Salvation by faith alone in Christ alone
- The physical return of Christ.
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.
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