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 ThM degree
- a maximum of 6 hours toward the STM degree and the Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies
- a maximum of 30 hours toward the MA in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics, the MA in Christian Education, the MA in Cross-cultural Ministries, the MA in Media and Communications, and the MA (Biblical Studies)
- a maximum of 45 hours toward the MA in Biblical Counseling
- a maximum of 10 hours toward the DMin degree.
An official transcript (must be a hard copy issued by the school, mailed to DTS) from the institution attended. Transfer hours are not accepted for nondegree students except for those enrolled in the Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies program. Transferability of credits earned at DTS is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Some general guidelines we use in evaluating credit for transfer:
- Course work must be from a regionally accredited or ATS accredited institution.
- Course work must be comparable in content and depth of coverage. Survey courses will not be transferred for core classes, but in some cases may be transferred in as electives.
- We can only transfer in half of a completed program from another institution.
- Typically, course work more than 10 years old will not be transferred.
- You must have earned a 'C' or better in the course. Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit courses will not be transferred.
- Course work will be evaluated based on the degree program and Emphasis or Concentration, as noted in the student’s record. (If your program requires a Concentration and you have not chosen one, please do so and report that information to the Registrar's Office. ThM Emphasis selection can be done through the Advising Center.)
In some cases, we will need additional information (such as course syllabi or catalogs) and we will contact you.
Advanced Standing Credit
Students entering Dallas Seminary with a strong background in Bible or theology may want to take proficiency exams to earn advanced standing credit. Exams are available in most courses required in each degree program. (No exams are available in areas of elective credit.) There is a $30 nonrefundable testing fee for each exam. Up to one-fourth of a degree can be earned by advanced standing, except for the CBTS, STM, and the doctoral programs.
New students have three semesters, or one calendar year, from the time they begin taking classes at Dallas Theological Seminary to apply for advanced standing credit.
If a student has completed a college course in a subject required at Dallas Theological Seminary but does not pass the Advanced Standing Exam for that course, the student is encouraged to request permission to substitute another Dallas Theological Seminary class offered by the same department. (This does not apply to DMin applicants.)
Advanced Standing Exam Information