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Lay Institute at DTS

DTS Lay Institute

Founded in 1974, the Lay Institute at DTS (formerly the Center for Biblical Studies or CBS) provides biblical and theological education to adult students. This is accomplished through biblical, theological, spiritual life and ministry skill courses.

General Information

What is the Lay Institute’s purpose?

The Lay Institute helps Christian adults grow in their personal knowledge of and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. As students grow, the Lay Institute equips them for faithful service in their church, family, and occupational settings.

What is the Lay Institute’s relationship to Dallas Theological Seminary?

The Lay Institute is a non-accredited continuing education ministry of Dallas Theological Seminary to adults (17 years and older). The Lay Institute provides courses designed to enhance and enrich the student’s personal faith and walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prospective students wishing to train for professional ministry or to enroll in graduate-level theological education at Dallas Theological Seminary should contact the seminary’s Admissions Department.

When do Lay Institute classes meet?

Lay Institute courses meet on Monday or Tuesday evenings during the fall and spring semesters. At times, Saturday seminars will be offered.

Fall and Spring Semester Schedules

Eight-week courses run for 1 hour per night. Six-week courses run for 1.5 hours per night.

1st course: 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
15-minute break before the 2nd course: 7:45 to 8:00 p.m.
2nd course: 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
6-week course: 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

During the spring semester, the Lay Institute closes the week of spring break.

Who teaches the Lay Institute courses?

The Lay Institute recruits its faculty from graduate-level seminary students enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary. After years of ministry, the Lay Institute program at DTS has developed more than 700 teachers; many of them have contributed to the proclamation of the Gospel and the growth of the church all over the world.

Where do Lay Institute courses meet?

Most Lay Institute courses meet in the Campbell Academic Center or in the Todd Academic Center.

Where should I park at DTS?

After 5 p.m., Lay Institute students may park in any of the well-lighted parking lots on Apple Street (between Live Oak and Swiss Avenue). Follow the orange Lay Institute traffic cones to the Campbell Academic Center (CAC) or to Todd Academic Center.

When can I register for Lay Institute courses?

Registration opens:

Fall Semester: July 31
Spring Semester: January 15
How much will I pay for Lay Institute courses?

Tuition is $40 for the first course and $30 for each course thereafter. It is payable the first day of class. The Lay Institute accepts cash, checks, credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover), and debit cards. Make checks payable to “DTS.” Please avoid mailing cash.

Please email for discounts available for seminary spouses, alumni, and donors.

How do I register for Lay Institute courses?

Students may register through one of these three convenient options: online, by mail or fax, or in person. Go to the Registration Process webpage to review these options.

Will I receive confirmation that you have received my registration?

By registering online, you will receive an automated e-mail confirming your registration. Otherwise, please call the Lay Institute office (214-887-5325 or 214-887-5269) for confirmation.

When is the latest that I can register?

You can register as late as the start of the second session of the course. During the fall and spring semesters, the second session of each course meets the second week of the course.

What if I change my mind about my registration?
Students may drop or add courses through the second class session. For dropped courses, the Lay Institute will refund paid tuition less $5 through the second class session.

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