What Makes DTS Different?
A Consistent Theological Approach
DTS stands unequivocally committed to God’s inerrant Scriptures. Members of the school’s boards and faculty subscribe to the Seminary’s Doctrinal Statement, which safeguards the school’s unswerving theological stance.
The Seminary’s commitment to the Scriptures leads to a system of doctrine in which the great fundamentals of the Christian faith are affirmed and expounded. The doctrines of evangelical orthodoxy are taught in the framework of premillennial, dispensational theology, derived from a consistent grammatical-historical interpretation of the Bible. Those truths include such essentials as the authority and inerrancy of Scripture, the Trinity, the full deity and humanity of Christ, the spiritual lostness of the human race, the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ, salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, and the physical return of Christ.
The study of the entire Bible is a central characteristic of the DTS curriculum. Every student in a master’s-level program (except Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) studies the 66 books of the Bible in expositional and exegetical courses.
Two and one-half years of Greek and two years of Hebrew enable ThM students to develop exegetical skills basic to their own inductive examination of the written Word.
A DTS education, however, extends beyond the academic pursuit of biblical and theological disciplines to the art of communicating biblical truth effectively. Courses in ministry and communication seek to cultivate in students a sensitivity to spiritual needs, zeal for world missions, fervor in evangelism, and Spirit-filled enthusiasm for effectively communicating the Word of God.
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 450 books.
Not only are DTS faculty known for their competence as biblical scholars, teachers, and communicators, but they are also Spirit-led people of God, who sustain a personal interest in their students.
From its beginning the Seminary has admitted only students who give evidence of being born again. More than just regeneration, however, is needed to fully understand the Word of God. To be properly qualified for seminary instruction, a student must be walking in fellowship with God so that he or she can be taught by the Holy Spirit.
At DTS , the cultivation of the spiritual life is inseparably fused with the scholarly study of biblical and related subjects. All this is designed to prepare students to communicate the Word of God in the power of the Spirit of God.
DTS’s commitment to “teaching truth and loving well” is reflected in a Seminary initiative called the Agape Project. The Agape Project encourages students to move outside the seminary walls and engage compassionately in the communities in which they work and live. Agape Projects are embedded within many of the Seminary’s classes and allow students the opportunity to learn about truth and love by practicing them.
Commitment to Missions
DTS ’s commitment to missions is demonstrated through its programs and conferences, which expose students to the diverse nature of missions and the unique opportunities for vocational service in missions.
Students whose goal is career missions may enroll in the Cross-cultural Ministries emphasis of either the Master of Arts (MA) or the Master of Theology (ThM) degree programs. Those particularly interested in Bible translation should consider the Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics (MA[BEL]) program, offered jointly with the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL). There is also a ThM track offering courses in urban ministries.
Students in most of the Seminary’s master’s-level degree programs are required to take at least one course in the Department of World Missions and Intercultural Studies. A number of elective courses are available to students desiring greater exposure to missions issues in North America or abroad.
The presence of many international students on campus creates a culturally rich environment that reflects the diversity of the global church and the scope of the Great Commission.