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Frequently Asked Questions

Why DTS in Knoxville?

The mission of DTS is to glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders for the proclamation of His word and the building up of the body of Christ worldwide.

We are excited about opportunities that allow us to execute this mission and we eagerly evaluate each scenario and seek the Lord’s wisdom regarding what actions we should take. We were contacted by a group of church leaders who asked us to consider providing graduate-level theological education in Knoxville. They thought DTS would be a good “fit” in Knoxville and would support well the Christian climate in the region. Our assessment after various discussions caused us to agree. We are grateful for the opportunity to explore how we might assist in this endeavor.

It is with this perspective in view that we concluded, after multiple conversations and visits to the Knoxville area, that we should move forward with an initiative to provide pilot DTS courses in this area beginning in the fall of 2009.

For more information, see the history of the development of the Knoxville initiative.

Where Will Classes be Held in Knoxville?

We will be conducting pilot courses at the Knoxville Regional Center for Tusculum College. This facility is conveniently located on the west side of Knoxville near the intersection of Pellissippi Parkway and Lovell Road, just two miles from I-40/I-75.

We are also considering an additional location for our hybrid courses.

When Will Courses Start?

We will begin offering classes in the fall of 2009. The semester begins on August 24 and Knoxville classes will follow the tentative published schedule. Permanent course offerings and degree offerings are subject to ATS (Association of Theological Schools) approval.

Who Will Teach the Courses?

Dallas Theological Seminary faculty. Dallas Seminary faculty are known not only for their competence as biblical scholars, teachers, and communicators, but also as Spirit-led people of God. They sustain a personal interest in their students. Resident and adjunct faculty collectively hold over 225 graduate degrees from universities and seminaries around the world. Over 90 percent of the resident faculty have at least one doctorate. All together, they have authored more than 370 books.

For more information, see the publications webpage.

What Degree Programs will be Offered?

At most External Sites, we offer the Certificate of Graduate Studies (C.G.S.) and the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.[BS]) programs. The C.G.S. consists of 30 credit hours which may be applied toward the M.A.(BS) program. As an initiative, only the C.G.S. can be earned at the Knoxville location. Permanent course offerings and degree offerings are subject to ATS (Association of Theological Schools) approval.

The program leading to the Master of Arts degree with a major in Biblical Studies is designed to provide a graduate-level biblical and theological foundation for various kinds of Christian service. This degree is designed primarily for lay leaders who desire training for better ministry within their church or organization. The M.A.(BS) may also provide supplemental training for those engaged in parachurch ministries or those in support positions with mission agencies or churches. Those who are seeking full preparation for vocational ministry should apply for admission to one of the professional degree programs.

Some extension sites, such as our Houston campus, also offer the Th.M. and the M.A./CE degrees. Such additional offerings are available due to size of the student population.

How Much is Tuition?

Dallas Seminary's student financial aid program, including scholarships, loans, and an interest-free payment plan (TMS), offers students realistic opportunities to finance their education. The amount of scholarship available to students has increased in recent years. Total aid available to students now exceeds $1.6 million.

Every effort is made to keep student expenses as low as possible. Because of gifts from alumni and friends of the seminary, students pay only a portion of the real cost of their education.

Tuition Fees and Expenses

Are Scholarships and Financial Aid Available?

Yes! The amount of scholarship available to students has increased in recent years. Total aid available to students now exceeds $1.6 million. For a detailed discussion and outline concerning this topic, see the Student Financial Services webpage.

Can I Transfer Credit from Another Program?

Course credits with a minimum grade of C earned at other accredited seminaries and graduate theological schools are accepted to the extent that the courses are comparable to the Seminary's stated requirements.

The following number of semester hours may be transferred:

  • a maximum of 60 hours toward the Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree
  • a maximum of 6 hours toward the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree and the Certificate of Graduate Studies (C.G.S.)
  • a maximum of 30 hours toward the M.A. in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics, the M.A. in Christian Education, the M.A. in Cross-cultural Ministries, the M.A. in Media and Communications, and the M.A. (Biblical Studies)
  • a maximum of 45 hours toward the M.A. in Biblical Counseling
  • a maximum of 10 hours toward the D.Min. degree.

An official transcript from the institution attended showing satisfactory course completion is required. Transfer hours are not accepted for nondegree students except for those enrolled in the Certificate of Graduate Studies program. Transferability of credits earned at DTS is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Is Dallas Theological Seminary accredited?

Yes. DTS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award master's and doctoral degrees.

Association of Theological Schools

The Seminary is also an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Other Affiliations

Dallas Seminary is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the Evangelical Training Association (ETA), the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS), and an affiliate member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Dallas Seminary is nondenominational and seeks to serve those of like biblical faith in evangelical Protestantism. The faculty, governing boards, and students are members of various denominational or independent churches.

Am I too Old to Enter Seminary?

Many older students go to seminary with a definite sense of calling to a new career or direction in life. Schools welcome these students because of their maturity, stability, and experience in living the Christian life. If you sense the Lord leading you into ministry, it is never too late to start. Just look at Moses!

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