The mission of Dallas Theological Seminary is to
glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders
for the proclamation of His Word and the
building up of the body of Christ worldwide.
The MBTS is a 36-hour degree designed for working professionals and laypersons who desire to be equipped to serve in the workforce, at home, and in the church. The MBTS gives students an overview of the entire Biblical story, introduces them to key theological concepts, and has 12 customizable elective hours.
The MBTS 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.
The MBTS can be completed by taking courses online or at one of our eight locations.
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This MBTS provides a flexible course of study for:
Students in the MBTS program will be able to:
Admission requirements for the MBTS are the same as for all programs of study at the Seminary. However, since the MBTS is primarily designed for individuals who desire to enhance their biblical and theological foundation for lay ministry in professional contexts, admission to the program will normally be limited to those who meet this purpose.
Transfer of up to 12 hours of credit is allowed toward the MBTS program from accredited graduate theological schools. Students must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for a course to be considered in transfer. 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 information on eligibility for transfer credit.
While the MBTS can be completed entirely online, all 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.
Regardless of mode of delivery (online, or in face-to-face courses in Dallas or at an approved extension), at least fifty percent of the course work required for the degree must be earned through DTS.
Thirty-six semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Nine hours are prescribed in Biblical Exposition courses, 9 are prescribed in Theological Studies courses, 4 are in Pastoral Ministries, and 2 are required for a summative research project. The remaining 12 hours are taken in free electives in courses of interest to the student.
The program normally requires a minimum of two years of study. Some exceptions to the two-year limit apply for those who have previous advanced theological study or prior extensive undergraduate studies in religion and/or other appropriate foundational areas, thus allowing some students to finish the program in as little as one year. Contact the Admissions Office or Advising Center for more information. Students may pursue this degree on a year-round basis or during summers. By taking only one course per term (fall, spring, summer), students can still complete the program in four years. All work leading to the MBTS must, however, be completed within five years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the Credits Committee. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.
Since courses necessary to complete the MBTS are also available in Chinese, interested students may earn the MBTS in Chinese through the seminary’s Chinese Online Studies program and by taking some courses in residence at the seminary’s Hong Kong extension. More information on the MBTS in Chinese and on online courses in Chinese is available in
the Online Education section of this catalog under Special Programs and Sessions, in the Chinese Studies office, or on the seminary’s website at www.dts.edu/about/campuses/chinese.
Note: These curriculum plans are intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.
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