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Residency and Time Limit

Degree Residency Requirements and Time Limits

Degree Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Time Limit Total
Residency* Hours
Locations Where Classes Count as "Residency" 
CGS/CBTS 6 hours/year

5 Years Recommended

30 none 30 All locations and online
MBTS 8 hours/year 6 Years 36 none 36 All locations and online
MACS/MA(BS) 10 hours/year 7 Years 62 none 62 All locations and online
MABEL 10 hours/year 7 Years 62 none 62 Courses only offered in Dallas
MABC 13 hours/year 7 Years 90 30 60 Dallas, Houston, DC
MACE 10 hours/year 7 Years 65 22 43 Dallas, Houston, DC
MACM 10 hours/year 7 Years 64 22 42 Dallas, Houston, DC
MACL 10 hours/year 7 Years 62 21 41 Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Atlanta, Tampa, Knoxville, DC
MAMW 10 hours/year 7 Years 65/67* 22/23* 44 Dallas
ThM 16 hours/year 8 Years 120 48 72 Dallas, Houston, DC
STM 12 hours/year 6 Years 32 18 14 Dallas

*Varies by entry year and catalog requirements.

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 location approved for the 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 MACL program that same class in Austin counts as "residence"). Non-residency also includes the following: thesis, applied research project, internship (with the exception of EML801 and EML802), advanced standing, transfer credit, and independent study.