First Class Free

DTS and Young Life go back as far as the beginning. Jim Rayburn, the founder of Young Life, graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1940 with the ThM degree. While many things have changed since then, one thing remains true: DTS aims to Teach Truth and Love Well, and we believe Young Life exemplifies this heart.

If you are a full-time Young Life staff member, you can take your first class with DTS free. All you need to do is apply and be approved, and then we’ll help you register for your free class!

Earn up to 12 hours credit for serving on Young Life staff

If you're serving on staff with Young Life at least 25 hours weekly, you may be eligible for DTS's dynamic Ministry Residency program within the MA/CL  and ThM programs. DTS comes alongside you, integrating readings and competencies with your ministry, and you earn up to 12 hours credit. You're already doing the work, why not get credit for it?

Get DTS credit for Young Life training courses

If You Have Taken this YL course It Counts for this DTS Course Toward this Degree Notes
Intro to Youth Ministry World Missions Elective CBTS,
MA(BS)
CBTS available fully online; CBTS, MA(BS), and MA/CL available at all DTS Extension sites
Leadership, or Christian Education credit MA/CE, MA/CL, ThM May fit into other degree programs
Leadership I Christian Education credit CBTS,
MA(BS), MA/CE, ThM
May fit into other degree programs
Leadership, or Christian Education credit MA/CL
Leadership II Christian Education credit CBTS,
MA(BS), ThM
May fit into other degree programs
CE103 – Teaching Process
CE104 – Audiovisual Presentations
MA/CE, MA/CL
Gospels and Acts BE105 – The Gospels
(2 hrs)
Elective credit (1hr)
Any DTS program/degree CBTS available fully online; CBTS, MA(BS), and MA/CL available at all DTS Extension sites
Minister as Person PM101 – Spiritual Life
(2 hrs)
Elective credit (1 hr)
Any DTS program/degree CBTS available fully online; CBTS, MA(BS), and MA/CL available at all DTS Extension sites
Systematic Theology I ST103 – Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology Any DTS program/degree CBTS. available fully online; CBTS, MA(BS), and MA/CL available at all DTS Extension sites


REVISED November 2012

* "Core Training Phase Three" courses transfer in as elective credit. Depending upon degree selection, there may be limited slots for these elective credits within the required curriculum.

** You can meet the yearly YL continuing education requirement (Core Training Phase Three) by completing any accredited course leading to a degree instead. In other words, if you are actively working on a DTS degree, you have fulfilled the YL requirement.


DTS. Everywhere.

And if you want to earn a DTS degree, we have extension sites in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Knoxville, San Antonio, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

On top of that, as a full-time staff member, you qualify for reduced tuition. Your tuition will be approximately 50% less than regular tuition!

To begin the application process, simply:

  1. Begin the online application
  2. For the application fee, select "pay by check"
  3. At the end of the application, you'll see this question:

    Are there any other facts or information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know for evaluation of your application?

    Insert this note as an "answer" to this question:

    I am applying for the "First Class Free" offer. I am full-time Young Life staff. Thank you for waiving the application fee!

If you have any questions, please let us know! You can reach us at admissions@dts.edu or 800-3-Dallas (800-332-5527).