Each of the six professional MA programs has a specific emphasis, while the ThM includes language training and offers emphases preparing godly servant-leaders for a wide variety of full-time ministry positions.

Degree Locations

Name Dallas Houston D.C. Extensions Online
Ministry Master’s Degrees
Master of Theology (ThM) 60%
Master of Divinity* (MDiv) N/A
MA in Biblical Counseling (MA/BC) 46%
MA in Christian Education (MA/CE) 67%
MA in Christian Leadership (MA/CL) 67%
MA in Cross-cultural Ministry (MA/CE) 67%
MA in Media Arts & Worship (MA/MW) 67%
General Academic Programs
MA (Biblical Studies) (MA(BS)) 100%
MA (Biblical Exegesis & Linguistics) (MA(BEL)) 20%
Master of Sacred Theology (STM) N/A
Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies (CBTS) 100%
Doctoral Programs
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) N/A
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) N/A
Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) N/A
DMin en Español (DMin) N/A
Chinese Language Programs
Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) 100%
Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (MA(CS)) 100%

Degrees by Subject

Each bar of color represents the number of hours devoted to that subject

Name Hours Emphasis
Master of Theology (ThM) 120 bible theology languages ministry custom
Master of Divinity* (MDiv) 90 bible theology languages ministry custom
MA in Biblical Counseling (MA/BC) 90 bible theology counseling
MA in Christian Education (MA/CE) 65 bible theology education
MA in Christian Leadership (MA/CL) 62 bible theology leadership
MA in Cross-cultural Ministry (MA/CE) 64 bible theology missions
MA in Media Arts & Worship (MA/MW) 67 bible theology media/worship
MA (Biblical Studies) (MA(BS)) 62 bible theology general
Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies (CBTS) 30 bible theology general

ThM or MDiv?

The ThM program at DTS is a full year longer than other seminaries' MDiv programs. Graduates continually affirm that their outreach is broader and their spiritual life is deeper because of this extra year of study and spiritual formation. Compare ThM to MDiv

66 Books in Every Degree

Every DTS degree includes a core of 20 hours in Bible instruction and 18 hours in theological education. That means you get to study every book of the Bible (including Obadiah!) and you get an entire semester devoted to studying God as Trinity.

Over 30 Degree Options

Eleven ThM tracks with 16 concentrations, and six professional masters degrees, alongside the MA (Biblical Studies) and Master of Sacred Theology.