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Educational Model

DTS’s educational model is composed of four major areas of study and formation. To find out how many hours of training each degree has in these areas, please see our degree programs.

1. Biblical Studies

The foundational concern of all courses and degree programs at DTS is to ground students in the Scriptures so that they can become faithful communicators of the Gospel.

Each MA program covers all 66 books of the Bible in classes taught by the Biblical Exposition Department. The ThM program goes even deeper by adding study of the Greek (15 hours) and Hebrew (12 hours) exegesis.

Spiritual Formation
Biblical Studies
Theological Studies
Practical Ministry
 

2. Theological Understanding

Building upon a knowledge of Scripture, students are taught the historic theological interpretation of Scriptures.

Both the MA and ThM programs have at least 18 hours of theological studies including an entire semester on the doctrine of the Trinity. The ThM program adds additional coursework in church history.

Spiritual Formation
Biblical Studies
Theological Studies
Practical Ministry
 

3. Ministry Skills

Rooted in Scripture and theology, students are taught how to communicate these truths in a loving way through various ministry skills.

Each MA program has a unique ministry skill emphasis such as Biblical Counseling, Cross-Cultural Ministry, or Media and Communication. The ThM program deepens these skills by including additional upper level classes in preaching, teaching, and church leadership.

Spiritual Formation
Biblical Studies
Theological Studies
Practical Ministry
 

4. Spiritual Life

Undergirding the biblical, theological, and practical courses is an emphasis on spiritual formation because DTS believes that students will only be as effective in ministry as they are deeply connected to God himself and to the community of faith.

All programs at DTS begin with a course on the spiritual life. The ThM program and many MA programs also include a two year spiritual formation program where students encourage each other to grow in Christ in the context of community.

Spiritual Formation
Biblical Studies
Theological Studies
Practical Ministry

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