Questions about DTS
- Why DTS?
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Dallas Theological Seminary and its graduates have been standing strong for the cause of Christ since 1924, all around the globe. Committed to excellence and a careful study of the Scriptures, the Seminary, by God’s grace, will continue to develop graduates who are tender in heart and who hold firm to the faith.
Dallas Theological Seminary is held in high esteem for its:
- Bible-centered curriculum
- Outstanding faculty
- Consistent theological approach
- Dynamic spiritual emphasis
- Strong commitment to missions.
We would be happy to answer any further questions you may have. Give us a call at 800-3-Dallas—and discover how these distinctions can help you find your calling and join the ranks of Dallas grads serving the world over.
- I want to serve the Lord, but I’m not sure if I should go to seminary or continue to serve Him in another vocation. What should I do?
It depends. You will best serve the Lord based on your giftedness and call, and those things may be best used in a church ministry or local business. Ask God to guide you to a decision through prayer, His Word, and the counsel of family, close friends, and spiritual leaders. The primary purpose of seminary is to prepare you for full-time vocational ministry, or to sharpen your ministry skills so that you can impact more effectively the people in your God-given sphere of influence—whatever that may be.
- What if I don’t know exactly what I am going to do after I graduate?
Again, seminary prepares you for ministry, not positions. This is true for both full-time or lay ministry. While you may sense the Lord leading you into ministry, you may or may not know the particular position in which you will eventually serve. However, your interaction with faculty and students will expose you to countless avenues of ministry and will help focus your direction. You can also obtain help from seminary staff and faculty to select a degree program and plan a course schedule.
- If I already have a degree from a Christian college, why go to seminary?
For some ministries, your degree from a good Bible or Christian liberal arts college is sufficient. But if you seek to serve in a leadership position, you will need a greater depth of knowledge or skill; therefore, more training is in order, and most times required. If you have an undergraduate degree in Bible or theology, you can often earn advanced standing by demonstrating proficiency in certain courses.
- Should I go to seminary right after graduating from college, or should I get some experience first?
If you are not sure the Lord is leading you into vocational ministry, additional experience will help you identify your spiritual gifts and clarify your goals. However, if you are being led into a clear vocational ministry, it makes sense to do it as soon as possible. Most seminaries offer internships that enable students to gain ministry experience concurrent with their studies.
- I think I may be too old to enter seminary. Should I even apply?
Many older students go to seminary with a definite sense of calling to a new career or direction in life. Schools welcome these students because of their maturity, stability, and experience in living the Christian life. If you sense the Lord leading you into ministry, it is never too late to go. Just look at Moses!
- What if I did not complete college?
Many schools accept a limited number of students each year who don’t hold a bachelor’s degree. You should expect to supply scores from academic assessment tests (GRE or MAT). Exceptional levels of character references, ministry experience, and ministry potential are essential. Check the seminary you are considering for specifics.
- How will I meet expenses?
It is not uncommon for seminary students to work part-time to pay for their education, and most schools also provide financial aid. If you make your plans known to your pastor, church leaders, and friends, the Lord may use them to help you financially. You may also qualify for scholarships from your denomination, local civic groups, or other organizations.
Many seminaries permit you to spread your tuition payments throughout the year or to defer part or all of your school expenses until after graduation through loan programs. When you put it all together, you probably will realize that what at first seems to be a large cost is actually within reach! Be sure to check out our Financial Aid Calculator to see what you might expect to pay for tuition at DTS.
- Is financial aid available?
Absolutely! Most schools offer some sort of financial assistance, and you should be sure to inquire about their specific programs when choosing a seminary. Financial aid available at Dallas Theological Seminary now totals more than $2 million every year.
- What about my family?
Seminary is a time of preparation for ministry. You and your spouse must have unity in that goal. Just like every endeavor, you must balance your time among family, study, ministry, and work. At times you may need to take a reduced class load to ease schedule, academic, and financial pressures. Most schools will provide specific ministries and activities for spouses as a source of fellowship and to equip them for their future ministries. Taking classes (or auditing them) alongside your spouse is also a good idea.
- Can the rigors of seminary hinder my spiritual life?
As with marriage, a job, or any other calling of God, your spiritual life can be hindered if you let it. Jealously guard your prayer life, your intimacy with Christ, and your Christian walk. And you can help yourself by making the Word of God a “life book” in addition to a textbook. To aid you in growing spiritually, Dallas Theological Seminary incorporates Spiritual Formation groups into many of its programs.
- Can I receive advanced standing and transfer credit?
Yes. Most seminaries will grant you advanced standing credit for your degree program if you pass the appropriate proficiency exams. Inquire about advanced standing and transfer credit from the Admissions department of any school you are considering.
- Should I visit campus before making a decision?
Before moving to a new city you should take advantage of any opportunity to actually visit. Admissions staff also can assist you with ministry career counseling by explaining program requirements, facilitating the application process, and arranging and scheduling meetings with other campus departments. We would love to see you drop by Dallas Theological Seminary!
- What is the seminary’s doctrinal position?
Most seminaries publish their doctrinal statements online or in their academic catalogs. Be sure to examine any school’s doctrinal position fully. You need to have an understanding of the theological stance of any seminary you are considering.