Tools and Timelines
Degree Residency Requirements and Time Limits
|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/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.|
|ThM||8 Years||120||40||80||Dallas, Houston|
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. All 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.