Admissions

Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies (CBTS)

Curriculum

Bible Exposition22
BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
BE102Old Testament History I3
BE103Old Testament History II and Poetry2
BE104Old Testament Prophets3
BE105The Gospels2
BE106Acts and Pauline Epistles3
BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles3
Systematic Theology18
ST101Introduction to Theology3
ST102Trinitarianism3
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
ST104Soteriology3
ST105Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
ST106Eschatology3
Missions & Intercultural Studies16
PM102Evangelism2
SL140Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Ministries Internship2
WM101Introduction to World Missions3
WM205Cultural Dynamics in Ministry3
WM210Intercultural Communication3
WM215Dynamics of Missionary Development3
Electives & Spiritual Formation8
PM101Spiritual Life2
Spiritual Formation (4 semesters)0
MACM Electives6
Total64
64Hours
complete up to42hours online

Purpose

This certificate program provides a flexible course of study for:

  • Christian laypersons who desire a short program of seminary studies to equip them for effective ministry in the local church or elsewhere
  • those who wish to begin seminary studies on a trial basis to help them determine if they desire to pursue a degree program
  • Christian workers with limited time available for seminary studies (Those who intend to enter a professional ministry are encouraged to apply for admission to one of the master's-level degree programs.)
  • missionary candidates who anticipate service in nonprofessional ministries whose mission board requires graduate study in Bible and theology
  • college graduates who want a year of seminary studies as a supplement to their undergraduate work
  • spouses of current DTS students who want to complete a program of graduate seminary studies

Goals

Educational Goals

To enable students to:

  • demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible
  • evidence a general knowledge of premillennial theology and an ability to support their theological views.

Spiritual Goal

To enable students to evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit.

Ministry Goal

To enable students to evidence an interest and involvement in the local church or other ministries with which they are associated.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and application procedures for the Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies program are the same as for all programs of study at the Seminary.

Course Requirements

Thirty hours of coursework are required, consisting of 9 hours in Bible Exposition, 9 hours in Systematic Theology, 2 hours in Pastoral Ministries, and 10 hours of electives. Students are able to take up to 6 additional hours beyond the designated 30 hours without needing to apply to a degree program.

Flexibility in the Bible and theology courses and in the 10 hours of electives allows students to select courses suited to their particular interests and needs. Many, if not all, of these courses may be completed online. Contact the Admissions office or Registrar’s office for more information.

Transfer Credits

Transfer of up to six credit hours from accredited graduate theological schools is allowed toward the Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies.

Students must normally have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in order to be eligible to transfer a course from another institution to Dallas Theological Seminary. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the Registrar’s Office for further information.