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Residency and Time Limit

Degree Residency Requirements and Time Limits

Degree Time Limit Total
Hours
Minimum
Residency* Hours
Maximum
Non-Residency*
Hours
Locations Where Classes Count as "Residency" 
CBTS 5 Years 30 none 30 All locations, and can be completed completely Online
MA(BS) 7 Years 62 none 62 Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Atlanta, Tampa, Knoxville, Washington, DC, and can be completed completely Online
MA/BEL 7 Years 62 21 41 Dallas
MA/BC 7 Years 90 30 60 Dallas, Houston
MA/CE 7 Years 65 22 43 Dallas, Houston
MA/CM 7 Years 64 22 42 Dallas, Houston
MA/CL 7 Years 62 21 41 Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Atlanta, Tampa, Knoxville, Washington, DC.
MA/MW 7 Years 67 23 44 Dallas
ThM 8 Years 120 48 72 Dallas, Houston
STM 3 Years 32 18 14 Dallas

Residency, Distance, and Online

DTS believes in life-on-life education expressed in both residential and non- residential educational models. Because distance learning may be best for some students DTS is pleased to offer flexible courses in a variety of formats. Most DTS degree programs require at least 1/3 of your courses to be completed in "residency" and up to 2/3 of your courses to be completed through "non-residency" or "distance" learning.

  • Residency Hours consist of hours completed face-to-face in a classroom at a location offering your degree. One important exception is the Ministry Residency Internship which does count as "residency" because it has a classroom component even though much of it may be completed at another location.
  • Non-Residency Hours are classes taken in a variety of formats—online and video- conferencing—or at a variety of locations that don’t offer select degree programs (e.g., if you're in the ThM program, classes in Austin count as "non-residency" according to our accreditors. But if you're in the MA/CL program that same class in Austin counts as "residence"). Non-residency also includes the following: thesis, applied research project, internship (with the exception of SL801 and SL802), advanced standing, transfer credit, and independent study.