Frequently Asked Questions
- What classes can I take?
For a complete list of classes currently offered and in development, see the courses page.
Additional classes are planned for future semesters. Online courses are primarily designed to allow students to take graduate-level credit courses equivalent to the courses offered in the classroom at Dallas Theological Seminary which may apply toward a degree program at one of our campus locations. The Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies and the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree can be completed completely online.
- How many online courses can I take?
We encourage students to enroll in a single online course the first time an online course is attempted. Because our online courses mirror our on-campus classes in terms of design and work load, some students benefit by taking only one class. This provides time for adjusting to the demands of online environment. However, you may enroll in more than one course. Feel free to call the Advising Center (214-841-3608) to discuss your options.
- How much do classes cost?
Online classes cost the same as any other master's-level course taken at Dallas Theological Seminary. You can review the financial information in the current catalog.
- Do I have to be a DTS student to take an online class?
Yes. Before you can register for an online class at DTS, you will need to apply and be accepted under normal admission requirements. The requirements include having a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
- What are the technical requirements?
There are three primary technical requirements for DTS online education. First, you must have access to a high-speed internet connection to view streaming video segments which is a required element for online courses. Second, you must install the current version of Macromedia Flash. DTS's online education player will work on Windows, Mac, or Linux on most browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.) as long as Macromedia Flash is installed. Third, a student must have some version of Microsoft Word (version 2003 or higher) in order to submit assignments.
- How does online education differ from traditional classroom education?
All of the elements necessary for truly life-changing theological education are present in our online format: instruction from world-class faculty, challenging assignments, and a strong community experience. In online education, each of these traditional activities has an appropriate online counterpart. Instead of the traditional classroom format, online students watch several video clips each week, specifically tailored for online education. Instead of handing in paper assignments, students submit their papers electronically and receive feedback and grades online. Instead of talking with fellow students on campus before and after class, online students participate in online class discussions.
- What is an online course like?
Online courses are structured in a very similar format to traditional classroom learning. Courses are structured in units (usually 1 to 3 weeks in length) and students are assigned a series of tasks to accomplish before the end of each unit. These tasks include reading, watching video clips of previously captured lecture material, completing and posting written assignments to the online platform, offering feedback on fellow students' work, and participating in online class discussions in an online forum setting.
- How long is a course?
All online courses follow a full fall, spring, and summer semester format. All coursework must be completed within the semester time period. Please consult the Dallas Theological Seminary Student Handbook for more information.
- What if I’m out of town, on vacation, or unavailable while class is in session?
If you have a laptop – or can get online…class can always be in session! That’s the flexibility of online education. However, what if you are away from your computer? Remember, online courses do not meet at a certain time in a given day, but under a given period of days for a particular unit. In other words, since each course is unit driven, flexibility comes in when the work is completed in the given time frame. Like any course, there are due dates for unit projects and unit discussions. In the online community, assignments must simply be posted (i.e “turned in”) by their due dates. Hence, if someone knows they will be out of town when a particular assignment is due, the work must be completed early and posted accordingly. Although discussion is required for each unit, a student may choose not to participate for 10% of the course discussions without penalty. Special arrangements or emergencies are handled with the assigned facilitator, instructor, or professor of record.
- Are courses for credit? Can I audit a course?
All online courses offered through DTS are graduate-level credit courses equivalent to the courses offered in the classroom. Audit enrollment is available for some courses. However, audit enrollment does not fulfill degree requirements. In addition, class involvement and participation is limited for audit students.
- Do online courses apply toward residence requirements at the Dallas campus?
No. Online courses are similiar to extension courses in that they do not count toward Dallas campus residency. Check your degree plan for the number of Dallas campus hours required.