Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS)

The Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) in Bible and Theology is a graduate-level certificate offered both in English and Chinese. The CGS in English was formerly the Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies (CBTS). The CGS can be completed fully online or by taking resident classes in Dallas or at any of the seminary’s approved extensions.


Bible Exposition 9
Other Bible Exposition Courses 6
BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
Systematic Theology 9
Other Systematic Theology Courses 6
ST101 Theological Method and Bibliology 3
Pastoral Ministries 2
PM101 Spiritual Life 2
Electives 10
CGS Electives 10
30 Hours
complete 100% online
Dallas Houston DC Ext Sites



The CGS degree is based on the principle that any follower of Christ will benefit from advanced training in biblical and theological studies, becoming a more effective minister of the gospel wherever they serve. This degree is intended for those not planning on vocational ministry training.


Complete 100% Online or at any DTS Location

The CGS can be completed by taking courses online or at one of our eight locations.


The Certificate of Graduate Studies in Bible and Theology 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; and
  • spouses of current DTS students who want to complete a program of graduate seminary studies.

Program Goals

All students in the CGS program will be able to:

  • demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible;
  • evidence a general knowledge of premillennial theology and an ability to support their theological views;
  • evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit; and
  • 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 CGS program are the same as for all programs of study at the seminary (see the Admission section of this catalog).

In a few cases applicants without a bachelor’s degree may be admitted, but such applicants must demonstrate both maturity and adequate educational background. Contact the Admissions office for further details.

Graduates of this certi cate program normally are not recommended by the Alumni and Church Relations of ce for ministry placement. Students in the CGS program are classified as nondegree students.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer of up to 6 credit hours from accredited graduate programs in related elds of study is allowed toward the Certi cate of Graduate Studies.

Students must 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 DTS. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the Registrar’s of ce for further information.

Residence Requirements

While the CGS in Bible and theology can be completed entirely online, most of the courses are also offered as classroom courses on the main Dallas campus and at all of the seminary’s extension campuses. This is to enhance the learning objectives of certain subjects that may be better achieved through a live interactive setting as well as for those who prefer a traditional face-to-face format.

Of the 30 semester hours of coursework required for graduation, a minimum of 24 must be taken through DTS.

Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the certificate.

Admission to Candidacy

Students may be admitted to candidacy by action of the faculty for the CGS in the fall or spring semester prior to the semester/ term of degree conferral or the semester prior to their participation in the Commencement ceremony after these requirements have been met: (1) grade point average of at least 2.0; (2) evidence, to the satisfaction of the faculty, of proven Christian character; and (3) adherence to the following doctrines: 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. Students in the CGS program must also provide a written statement of church involvement from the local church regularly attended while in seminary and a reference form completed by a pastor or spiritual overseer.

Admission to candidacy is normally valid for one year. Students who postpone degree conferral beyond one year from original admission to candidacy or who postpone participation in the Commencement ceremony until the following spring may be required to reapply for admission to candidacy.

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Certi cate of Graduate Studies in Bible and Theology, students must have completed 30 semester hours of coursework with a grade point average of at least 2.0; evidence, to the satisfaction of the faculty, proven Christian character; and adherence to the doctrines stated in the Admission to Candidacy section above.

Certificates will not be released or transcripts issued unless all nancial obligations to the seminary and/or the student loan program are current.

CGS Completion for Nongraduate Alumni

Qualified nongraduate alumni may apply to complete the Certi cate of Graduate Studies at a reduced tuition rate. The program requires readmission to the seminary and completion of all remaining CGS requirements. Interested alumni will need to complete at least one course the semester before graduation, even if all other requirements have been previously met.

CGS in Chinese

The Certi cate of Graduate Studies (CGS) in Chinese is the online Chinese version of the CGS. Interested students may earn the CGS in Chinese through the seminary’s Chinese Online Studies program. Some courses for the Chinese CGS may be taken in residence at the seminary’s Hong Kong extension. Courses in Chinese are also offered on the Dallas campus and at the seminary’s Houston extension. More information on the CGS in Chinese and on online courses in Chinese is available on the seminary’s website at chinese and in the Online Education section of this catalog under Special Programs and Sessions.

神學研究證書(CGS)課程的目的是為裝備 基督徒有效的參與當地教會的服事,或 是日後繼續修讀碩士學位,修課期間無 需離開他們的事工、行業、或家園。修 完三十個所規劃的課程學分後,學生 可獲得神學研究證書(請上網到 www.dts. edu/Chinese 瀏覽詳細介紹)。這三十個 學分可被納入達拉斯神學院任何碩士科 學位。

Course Requirements

Thirty hours of coursework are required for the CGS. Students will complete 9 hours in Bible Exposition, 9 hours in Systematic Theology, 2 hours in Spiritual Life, 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 of ce or Advising Center for more information.

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