Residency and Time Limit
Degree Residency Requirements and Time Limits
|Degree||Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)||Time Limit||Total
|Locations Where Classes Count as "Residency"|
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.
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- Entering Students
- Degree-Specific Advising