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Master of Theology (ThM)

The Master of Theology degree is designed to produce competent Bible expositors who are qualified to serve God effectively as pastors, missionaries, or leaders in other areas of vocational Christian ministry.

Curriculum

Bible Exposition 21
BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
BE102 Old Testament History I 3
BE103 Old Testament History II and Poetry 2
BE104 Old Testament Prophets 3
BE105 The Gospels 2
BE106 Acts and Pauline Epistles 3
BE107 Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation 3
NT113 New Testament Introduction 2
Systematic Theology 24
HT101 The Church to the Modern Era 3
HT102 The Church in the Modern Era: Europe and America 3
ST101 Theological Method and Bibliology 3
ST102 Trinitarianism 3
ST103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology 3
ST104 Soteriology 3
ST105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology 3
ST106 Eschatology 3
Languages 27
NT101 Elements of Greek 3
NT102 Elements of Greek 2 3
NT103 Intermediate Greek 3
NT104 Introduction to New Testament Exegesis 3
NT105 Exegesis of Romans 3
OT101 Elements of Hebrew I 3
OT102 Elements of Hebrew II 3
OT103 Hebrew Exegesis I 3
OT104 Hebrew Exegesis II and Old Testament Introduction 3
Ministries & Communication 19
BC101 Pastoral Counseling 2
EML101 Educational Process of the Church 3
PM101 Spiritual Life 2
PM102 Evangelism 2
PM103 Expository Preaching I 3
PM104 Expository Preaching II 3
RS101 Orientation and Research Methods 1
WM101 Introduction to World Missions 3
Electives & Spiritual Formation 29
INT105 Master of Theology Internship 3
RS102 Research and Summary of Christian Doctrine 2
Electives: Ministry & Communications 9
Electives: Custom Emphasis 15
Spiritual Formation (4 semesters) 0
120 Hours
earn up to 12 hours in ministry
complete up to 72 hours online

Program Goals

Educational Goals

To enable students to:

  • verbalize a general knowledge of the Bible, including a synthetic understanding of the major books
  • evidence an understanding of the historical development of theology, a knowledge of premillennial theology, and an ability to support their theological views and apply them to contemporary issues
  • demonstrate ability to exegete the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible
  • evidence an understanding of the educational program of the local church and an awareness of the worldwide mission of the church.

Spiritual Goals

To enable students to evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit.

Ministry Goals

To enable students to:

  • communicate the Bible effectively
  • demonstrate skills in various ministries
  • lead a local church or other group by means of biblical exposition, leadership skills, evangelism, and service.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and application procedures for the ThM are the same as for all programs of study at the Seminary. There is an eight year time limit on completing the ThM program.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer credit of up to 60 semester hours is allowed toward the ThM degree from accredited graduate theological schools. (See Admissions for more information.) Consult the Registrar’s office for specific information on transfer of credit.

Accelerated THM

Students entering DTS with a strong background in Bible or theology from an approved Christian university, Bible college, or parachurch ministry may apply for the accelerated ThM program. In place of core courses in the ThM curriculum, accelerated ThM participants take six advanced standing courses (AS101–106). This results in a curricular reduction of the ThM by up to 30 credit hours.

For more information about the accelerated ThM program visit www.dts.edu/advancedstanding.

Curriculum

The prescribed Master of Theology curriculum involves not only extensive preparation in Hebrew, Greek, Bible, and systematic and historical theology, but also preparation in pastoral ministries, Christian education, missions, and ministry leadership. ThM students enroll in Spiritual Formation groups during their first four consecutive fall and spring semesters at either the Dallas campus or the Houston Campus.

Out of the required 120 credit hours in the ThM curriculum, 96 credit hours are predetermined in the curriculum. With the remaining 24 credit hours beyond this core, students are given the flexibility to pursue areas of ministry emphasis and choose electives based on vocational intent and interests.

As part of the 96 core credit hours, all students participate in a 3-hour internship. During the internship, students will complete a portfolio. When students declare their ministry emphasis (no later than at the completion of 60 hours), they should start planning for their internship experience. Students, with an emphasis in the Department of Media Arts and Worship, should consult that department to clarify their apprenticeship requirements.

ThM students are responsible for demonstrating competence in research by satisfactorily completing either (1) a ThM thesis in an academic department of their choosing or (2) a 2-hour research seminar (RS102).

To provide greater opportunity for learning, students may also take up to five courses for credit beyond the 120 hours required for the degree for only a modest fee to cover the cost of materials. Consult the Registrar’s office for more information and limitations on this special program. 

Spiritual Formation

Because Dallas Seminary values character and spiritual maturity, ThM students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation groups each of their first four consecutive fall and spring semesters at either the Dallas campus or Houston Campus.

In the Spiritual Formation curriculum, small groups of five to seven students focus on identity, community, integrity, and delity. The groups also provide an atmosphere for prayer, fellowship, and the integration of learning with ministry. Students participate with the same group during four consecutive semesters; therefore, they should arrange their schedules so they meet on the same day and at the same time each semester. Spiritual Formation is a noncredit, transcripted experience. For all degrees on which is required, Spiritual Formation and completion of half of the student’s DTS course work are the primary prerequisites for internship eligibility.

Agape Project

The Agape Project is an initiative that gives feet to the seminary’s commitment to the concept Teach Truth. Love Well. The Agape Project provides opportunities to put into practice compassionate ministry in often-overlooked settings. ThM students are required to complete two Agape assignments prior to enrolling in their Internship.

Agape assignments are embedded in courses throughout the curriculum and enhance the learning outcomes of those courses. Some courses require Agape assignments, while other courses offer them as optional. Agape assignments require students to engage in an approved ministry setting in the community for approximately 15 hours over the term of a 3-hour course. A nal re ection paper will also be written. Assessment for the Agape Project will take place at the beginning of the student’s ThM program and again during the student’s ThM Internship. For more information, contact the Associate Director of the Agape Project.

Residence Requirements

Of the 120 semester hours of coursework required for graduation, a minimum of 48 must be taken in residence at the Dallas campus or at the Houston Campus. All work leading to the degree must normally be completed within eight years from the time a student begins the program.

Extension beyond the eight years requires approval by the Credits Committee. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.

Admission to Candidacy

Students may be admitted to candidacy by action of the faculty for the Master of Theology degree in the fall or spring semester prior to the semester/ term of degree conferral or the semester prior to their participation in the Commencement ceremony after these requirements have been met: (1) a minimum grade point average of 2.0; (2) satisfactory progress toward meeting ThM Internship requirements, thereby evidencing ability and acceptability in Christian ministry; (3) evidence, to the satisfaction of the faculty, of proven Christian character and adherence to the following doctrines: the authority and inerrancy of Scripture, the Trinity, the full deity and humanity of Christ, the spiritual lostness of the human race, the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ, salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, and the physical return of Christ; (4) provision of a written statement of church involvement from the local church regularly attended while in seminary; and (5) provision of a reference form completed by a pastor or spiritual overseer.

Admission to candidacy is valid for one year. Students who postpone degree conferral beyond one year from original admission to candidacy or who postpone participation in the Commencement ceremony until the following spring will be required to reapply for admission to candidacy.

Ministry Residency

Up to 12 Hours of Credit

DTS believes that preparation for ministry takes place both in the classroom and in the field of service. It is vital to link theory and practice. Instead of learning only in the isolation of the classroom, DTS supports learning happening within the community of faith as the student ministers in a ministry context and reflects on that experience. ThM students now have the option of completing either the twelve credit hour Ministry Residency or a three credit hour Servant Leadership Internship.

Ministry Residency Servant Leadership Internship

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Theology degree must have completed 120 semester hours of coursework, including ThM Internship credits, with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and must evidence, to the satisfaction of the faculty, ability and acceptability in Christian ministry, proven Christian character, and adherence to the doctrines stated in the Admission to Candidacy section.

Diplomas (or certificates) will not be released, transcripts issued, or placement assistance provided unless all financial obligations to the seminary and/or student loan program are current.

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Janet Pope’s Passion for Scripture

Christ Centered to The Core

Meet Dr. John Trent, President of StrongFamilies

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Pastor Tim Hawk's Ambitious Plan of Church Planting

Dr. Ed Condra Launches Biblical Linguistics Center in New Guinea

Will Gough's Wilderness Passage Ministry

Reverend Christopher Simmons revitalizes “war-zone” community

Meet Dr. Imad Shehadeh, President, Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary

Jennie Allen Engages Women’s Hearts for Christ

Dr. Cristian Barbosu brings hope to Romania

Prison Chaplain Lettie Watkins Brings Hope to Inmates

Kyle Lance Martin Pursues City Transformation

Houston Attorney Draws on Her Theological Training to Fight Human Trafficking

Meet Dr. Peter Mitskevich, President of Moscow Theological Seminary

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Dr. Stanley Toussaint, Sr. Professor Emeritus

Degree Overview

Core 91
Biblical Exposition 21
Theological Studies 24
Languages (Greek and Hebrew) 27
Ministry & Communication 19
Custom 29
Internship 3
Thesis (or RS102) 2
Ministry & Communication Electives 9
Emphasis Electives (based on your choice of Th.M. Emphasis) 15
Total 120

Course Descriptions

ThM Ministry Emphases

Each student in the Master of Theology program must select a Ministry Emphasis from the following list prior to beginning their INT105 ThM Ministry Formation Internship. In addition to the 96-hour core curriculum (which includes a 3-hour internship that involves the production of a portfolio), students will customize the remaining 24 elective hours with respect to their ministry goals and areas of interest. Regardless of their Ministry Emphasis, students will take at least 9 of their 24 credit hours in the Ministries and Communication division. A faculty coordinator for each emphasis is available to meet with students. The requirements for each emphasis will vary based on student back- grounds and interests, but each department may require certain courses and hours for the emphases supervised by that department. Academic advising for all Ministry Emphases begins in the Student Advising Center in the Walvoord Student Center. Students may request an emphasis through CampusNet.

Adult Education
This 15-hour emphasis is designed to equip students for ministry with adults in a local church or parachurch context. Courses focus on foundational adult learning theory and practice, the ability to create and lead transformational ministries to adults, and understanding generational, gender, and cultural differences that affect learning.
Apologetics
This emphasis is designed to enhance ministry by focusing on acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for defending Christianity against its various opponents. In so doing, it equips students to respond effectively to intellectual challenges to their faith in a variety of ministerial settings. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the department of theological studies.
Bible Backgrounds
This emphasis is designed to enhance ministry by concentrating on the geographical, cultural, and archaeological background to the Scriptures and the contribution such make to a proper understanding and application of the Bible.
Bible Translation
This emphasis is designed to equip students for the task of Bible translation. All emphasis courses are offered by the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL). GIAL is located at the International Linguistics Center in South Dallas and is associated with the Wycliffe Bible Translators. Because of the unique nature of Bible translation ministry and the needs of Bible translators on the field, the 18 semester hours of courses below are required to complete the Bible Translation emphasis.
Biblical Theology
This emphasis is designed to enhance ministry by focusing on the development of a biblical theology. Biblical theology is that exegetical and synthetic study of a biblical text, texts, or section of the Bible that seeks to determine the theological meaning of that portion as it was written and then explain what that theology means for today.
Children's Education
This emphasis is designed to equip students for ministry with children in a local church or parachurch organization. Elements of foundational education training are combined with courses related to the student’s ability to organize and supervise local church or parachurch ministries to children, including the recruitment and retention of adult staff. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the CE dept.
Educational Administration
This emphasis is designed to equip students for ministry in schools or other educational institutions. Elements of foundational education training are combined with courses related to the student’s ability to equip students for leadership in an educational institution at the elementary, secondary, or higher level. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the CE dept.
Educational Leadership
This emphasis is designed to equip students for educational leadership in a local church or parachurch organization, and includes training both in foundational education and courses related to the student’s ability to design, direct, supervise, and evaluate the overall educational process of a local church or other ministry. This emphasis is not designed for those whose primary ministry will be preaching or pastoral leadership. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the CE dept.
Evangelism and Discipleship
This emphasis is designed to equip students to do the work of evangelism and develop disciples. It combines advanced courses taught in Bible Exposition, Theological Studies, Pastoral Ministries and Christian Education, and World Missions and Intercultural Studies departments.
Exposition of Biblical Books
This emphasis is designed to enhance ministry by concentrating on developing expositional skills (understanding and application) by studying specific biblical books.
Family Life Education
This emphasis is designed to equip students for ministry with families in a local church or parachurch organization. Elements of foundational education training are combined with courses related to the student’s ability to develop and direct a church program of family life education, including family classes, counseling, and discipling relationships. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the CE dept.
General Studies
This emphasis is designed to provide a more generalized ministry preparation course of study for students whose ministry goals are less settled, who want to incorporate elements from multiple courses in various departments, or whose specialized ministry goals are not addressed by other ministry emphases. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the Advising Center.
Hebrew & Cognate Studies
This emphasis broadens skills necessary for advanced work in Hebrew exegesis through introduction to cognate Semitic languages, further development of Hebrew reading ability, and an emphasis on research methods.
Hermeneutics
The emphasis is designed to enhance ministry by helping students to advance in their understanding and practice of a proper approach to the understanding and application of Scripture.
Historical Theology
This emphasis is designed to enhance ministry by focusing on the development of the Christian faith through historical study of its classic sources. This study equips the student to communicate faithfully the teachings of Scripture in continuity with historic orthodoxy in various ministerial settings. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the department of theological studies.
Homiletics
This emphasis, designed to prepare students for pastoral ministry that is centered on biblical exposition, helps students develop their personal preaching styles across multiple biblical genres.
Intercultural Ministries
This emphasis is designed to equip students for evangelistic, church planting, discipleship, and educational ministries in intercultural situations in North America and abroad. It provides training in cultural adaptation, effective mission strategies, religious and cultural contexts, and leadership development. Students may consult with WMIS department professors to construct the most appropriate courses for the ministry context they anticipate.
Jesus Studies
This emphasis is designed to prepare students for a variety of academic, college-campus, and apologetic ministries through additional studies in the biblical, theological, and historical subject of Jesus Christ. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the New Testament Studies department.
Leadership Studies
This emphasis is designed to enhance the student’s ability to provide organizational leadership in a variety of ministry settings by offering additional training in areas such as leadership dynamics, change and resistance in leadership, personal and organizational leadership development, and team leadership. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the Department of Spiritual Formation and Leadership.
Media Arts
This emphasis is designed to equip students to serve the body of Christ in media‐arts vocations such as artists, writers, musicians, directors, and producers in the context of biblically oriented, congregational, and parachurch ministries. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the Department of Pastoral Ministries.
Ministry with Women
This emphasis is designed to equip women to understand women as audience and learners and teach, lead, mentor, shepherd, and care for women in a variety contexts. The Ministry with Women emphasis falls under the oversight of the Department of Christian Education but with course options from several departments. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the CE dept.
New Testament Studies
This emphasis is designed to prepare students for a variety of church, parachurch, or academic ministries through additional studies in exegesis and other New Testament disciplines, such as textual criticism, lexical and literary analysis, use of interpretive tools, exegetical problem- solving, New Testament introduction, grammar, and syntax. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the New Testament Studies department.
New Testament Textual Criticism
This 9-hour emphasis is designed to prepare students for a variety of academic, college campus, church, or apologetic ministries through additional studies in New Testament textual criticism and related sub-disciplines.
Old Testament Studies
This emphasis is designed to enhance ministry by refining skills for Bible interpretation and exposition. It focuses on interpreting the Hebrew text, use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, theological and spiritual formation, and engaging contemporary culture.
Parachurch Ministries
This emphasis, developed jointly by the departments of Christian Education and World Missions and Intercultural Studies, is designed to facilitate ministry training for those currently engaged in or anticipating serving in parachurch ministries either in the United States or overseas. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the CE dept. or the WMIS dept.
Pastoral Theology & Practice
This emphasis, designed to equip students for the multiple challenges of pastoral ministry in the local church, provides students with pastoral theology and a broad exposure to diverse pastoral skills. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the Department of Pastoral Ministries.
Pastoral Care & Counseling
This emphasis is designed to equip students for effective Christian counseling in a nonprofessional environment. Individuals interested in exploring nuances of pastoral counseling, pastoral care, and marriage and family ministry will be served well by this area of emphasis. Courses will be selected in consultation with the Biblical Counseling department.
Philosophy
This emphasis is designed to enhance ministry by focusing on developing and articulating a distinctively Christian philosophy. In so doing, it equips students to engage constructively the broader philosophical milieu in which they find themselves and to use philosophical reflection to serve Christ and His church. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the department of theological studies.
Spiritual Formation
This emphasis is designed to enhance the student’s ability to guide others in spiritual formation in a variety of ministry settings by offering additional training in areas such as spiritual formation in historical perspective, spiritual formation in contemporary culture, and the practice of the spiritual disciplines. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the Department of Spiritual Formation and Leadership.
Systematic Theology
This emphasis is designed to enhance ministry by focusing on articulating the evangelical Christian faith through systematic study of its sources. This study equips the student to engage constructively the issues and implications of theology in various ministerial settings. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the department of theological studies.
Teaching in Christian Institutions
This emphasis seeks to develop skill in the teaching role of educators at the K12 and higher education levels. This will be accomplished with selective, but advanced exploration of learning theory, designing course syllabi and other materials and investigating several prominent Christian school models. Skills will be further developed and honed through modular courses that build on previous study with a view to simulated practice and laboratory exploration.
Textual Criticism
This 9-hour emphasis is designed to prepare students for a variety of academic, college campus, church, or apologetic ministries through additional studies in New Testament textual criticism and related sub-disciplines.
Urban Ministries
This emphasis deals with particular issues arising from urban, culturally diverse ministry. It provides an opportunity for students to focus either on a single ethnic community or multi-ethnic, socioeconomically diverse context.
Worship Studies
This emphasis, as a joint project between Pastoral Ministries and Media Arts, seeks to prepare students to design and lead theologically sound worship experiences in the local church. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the Department of Pastoral Ministries.
Youth Education
*Due to the specialized nature of this ministry, the program layout is unique and completed in conjunction with GIAL.

This emphasis is designed to equip students for ministry with youth in a local church or parachurch organization. Elements of foundational education training are combined with courses related to the student’s abilities in order to better equip the student to organize and supervise an effective program of ministry for adolescents and their families. Courses in this emphasis will be selected in consultation with the CE dept.
 

Ministry Emphases Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages to the new ThM Ministry Emphases?
Customization. Flexibility. Variety. The newly redesigned ThM provides you with the freedom to craft your degree to your gifts, skills, and vision for ministry. Additionally, the ministry emphases provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate competency in a specific area, which should help the student in job placement or further training.
I'm a current ThM student. How does my current Track align with the new ThM Ministry Emphases?
We have many options from which you can choose! You can view all the options, along with their descriptions and course requirements, by downloading the ThM Ministry Emphases document. You will likely find something that aligns with your current Track, and remember, you can select General Studies (for the most flexibility) or two Emphases (for the most specificity) if you wish.
I selected an interdisciplinary track, can I complete two Emphases?
Yes! Your 9 hours of Ministries & Communication, internship, thesis/RS102 paper, and portfolio will count toward both Emphases; you need simply complete each of the Emphasis-specific course requirements.
What is a ministry portfolio?
Throughout your studies and especially during your internship, you will be collecting ministry "artifacts" (class projects, videos of you teaching or preaching, reference letters, lesson plans, your resume, etc.) based on your internship learning goals and your Ministry Emphasis area. Each of the new Ministry Emphasis areas has a specific list of desired artifacts, but you will have a great deal of freedom in how you present these artifacts. For most students, this will be on a personal website. The Spiritual Formation and Leadership Department will work with you craft a unique portfolio in your Ministry Emphasis (or Emphases). This portfolio will actually be something that you take with you as you talk with churches and ministries about future placement.
If I have already completed a 2-hour internship, will I need to complete a third hour of internship if I change to a Ministry Emphasis?
Yes, and this is a great opportunity for you! The third hour will revolve around the development of an online portfolio in your area of Emphasis. This is an exciting new element to the ThM that will benefit both your learning and your future ministry. The portfolio will consist of "artifacts" from your classes and your previous internship experiences that demonstrate your competency for ministry. The Spiritual Formation and Leadership Department will work with you craft a unique portfolio in your Ministry Emphasis (or Emphases). This portfolio will actually be something that you take with you as you talk with churches and ministries about future placement.
What if I am part way through my ThM? Can I graduate with a partial portfolio?
To graduate from the ThM program with an Emphasis, you will need a complete portfolio. However, we understand that you may be well into your studies already. We will work with you to evaluate where you are in the process and what you will need to complete this requirement of the revised ThM Be sure to get in touch with EML sooner than later.
I have not completed an internship or elective hours, what is my next step?
Contact the Advising Center for an appointment to discuss the Emphasis best suited for you. Come by and see us on the first floor of WSC (past the mailboxes), call us (214-841-3608), or email at advising@dts.edu.
What if I do not want to change to the new Ministry Emphasis?
For some, migrating to the new ThM may not be best because a large portion of the ThM has been completed. However, we still strongly encourage you to come discuss your options with an Academic Advisor and how we might best help.
I want to be in General Studies. What is required of me?
To have fun and love your studies! But, seriously, the General Studies Ministry Emphasis permits students to “build your own” ThM Beyond the 90hr core, there is 6 hours related to research and internship, and another 24 hours of free electives that are highly customizable. Of the 24 hours of free electives, 9 hours need to come from the Ministries and Communication division (PM, BC, WM, EML).
Who is my Ministry Emphasis coordinator? When do I meet with him or her?
Your Ministry Emphasis coordinator is assigned when you select a Ministry Emphasis. If you wish to switch from General Studies into a specific Emphasis, simply go to your CampusNet page and select “Ministry Emphasis Change" under Forms and Information to start the process. We’ll help you with each step.
Full Ride Scholarships Available

Last Year Free for ThM Students

The Last Year Free scholarship will apply to the final 24 required hours of credit for Master of Theology (ThM) students enrolled in courses during the fall 2016 or spring 2017 semesters.

Details

Dallas Theological Seminary believes our integrated 4-year Master of Theology (ThM) program offers deeper ministry preparation than a standard 3-year MDiv program. DTS is so committed to this model that we are offering every ThM student enrolled as of fall 2016 or spring 2017 free tuition when they reach their final 24 required hours.

Full Ride Scholarships Available


Full Scholarships for ThM Students

DTS has been blessed with the incredible opportunity to offer a very limited number of full-tuition scholarships for incoming ThM students.

Details

Scholarships will be awarded to incoming ThM applicants for the Dallas campus who have demonstrated excellent scholastic achievement, committed Christian service, and ministry potential. The strength of the application and the Admissions Committee's evaluation play a central role in the selection of the award recipients. Applying for the ThM program automatically enters you as applying for the full-ride scholarship as well.

The scholarships will be credited to the student’s account (as a semester-by-semester award) at the time of registration and will be applied toward tuition and fees.

Requirements

You must apply for admission and be approved prior to being considered for the scholarship, so don't delay! Applicants must have been fully approved by the Admissions Committee by March 15 for consideration. Selection of the award recipients will be made by May 1 for the upcoming Fall semester. (Please note that International Students have separate scholarship opportunities and are not eligible for these specialized scholarships.)

We would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with you, so email Team Admissions or call (800-3-Dallas) anytime!

Note: These curriculum plans are intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.

Four Year Plan

First Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
NT101Elements of Greek3
BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Theological Method and Bibliology3
PM101Spiritual Life2
PM102Evangelism2
WM101Introduction to World Missions OR CE101 Educational Process of the Church)3
SF100-1Spiritual Formation1 
  16

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
SF100-2Spiritual Formation 
NT102Elements of Greek 23
NT113New Testament Introduction22
BE102Old Testament History I3
ST102Trinitarianism3
EML101Educational Process of the Church OR WM101 Intro to World Missions3
RS101Orientation and Research Methods21
  15

Second Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
OT101Elements of Hebrew I3
NT103Intermediate Greek3
BE103Old Testament History II and Poetry2
HT101The Church to the Modern Era3
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
SF100-3Spiritual Formation 
  14

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
OT102Elements of Hebrew II3
NT104Introduction to New Testament Exegesis3
HT102The Church in the Modern Era: Europe and America3
ST104Soteriology3
PM103Expository Preaching I3
SF100-4Spiritual Formation 
  15

Third Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
OT103Hebrew Exegesis I3
BE104Old Testament Prophets3
PM104Expository Preaching II3
Elective(s)33
  12

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
OT104Hebrew Exegesis II and Old Testament Introduction3
NT105Exegesis of Romans3
BE105The Gospels2
Elective(s)36
  14

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE106Acts and Pauline Epistles3
ST105Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
BC101Pastoral Counseling2
INT105Master of Theology Internship43
Elective(s)39
  20

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
ST106Eschatology3
RS102Research and Summary of Christian Doctrine OR Thesis2
Elective(s)36
  14
  1. Students have two calendar years (four consecutive fall/spring semesters) to complete the SF100 spiritual formation requirement. Students who register for SF100 need to keep in mind that the course is a four-semester-long course that will meet at the same day and time each of the four semesters. See the EML Department for more information.
  2. Students have two calendar years (four consecutive fall/spring semesters) to complete the SF100 spiritual formation requirement. Students who register for SF100 need to keep in mind that the course is a four-semester-long course that will meet at the same day and time each of the four semesters. See the EML Department for more information.
  3. RS101 will be offered during the same class session as NT113 each semester. Therefore students should plan to register for RS101 and NT113 concurrently. The remainder of the 3-hour research component of the Th.M. degree program will consist of either RS102 (2 hours) or a thesis (2 hours). Those planning on writing a thesis should register for the thesis in the fall semester of the fourth year (or the year of graduation). Students writing a thesis are advised to begin the process of topic selection the year before the year of graduation.
  4. Students have 24 hours of electives beyond the 96-hour core Th.M. curriculum from which they select a ministry emphasis as well as other elective courses based on vocational intent and interest. Regardless of emphasis, students must take at least 9 hours of the 24 elective hours in the Ministries and Communications division. In many cases, all or part of these 9 hours will have already been taken within the emphasis, but if not, the student must take them within the remainder of the 24-hour elective pool. Emphasis courses are chosen in consultation with an academic department. Students in the Th.M. program may also take up to an additional (over and above the 120 hours required for the degree) five courses for credit for a modest fee to cover the cost of materials. Students may start taking the free classes any time during their program of study, but may take no more than one free class in any term.
  5. Students have one calendar year (three consecutive semesters) to complete the SL105 Master of Theology internship. See the EML Department for more information.

Three Year Plan

First Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
NT101Elements of Greek3
BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Theological Method and Bibliology3
PM101Spiritual Life2
PM102Evangelism2
EML101Educational Process of the Church3
SF100Spiritual Formation1 
  16

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
NT102Elements of Greek 23
NT113New Testament Introduction22
BE102Old Testament History I3
ST102Trinitarianism3
WM101Introduction to World Missions3
SF102Spiritual Formation II (Community) 
RS101Orientation and Research Methods21
  15

Summer School

CodeNameHours
NT103Intermediate Greek3
NT104Introduction to New Testament Exegesis3
HT101The Church to the Modern Era3
  9

Second Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
OT101Elements of Hebrew I3
NT105Exegesis of Romans3
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
PM103Expository Preaching I3
SF103Spiritual Formation III (Integrity) 
Elective(s)3 
  12

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
OT102Elements of Hebrew II3
ST104Soteriology3
SF104Spiritual Formation IV (Ministry) 
Elective(s)3 
  6

Summer School

CodeNameHours
OT103Hebrew Exegesis I3
OT104Hebrew Exegesis II and Old Testament Introduction3
BE103Old Testament History II and Poetry2
HT102The Church in the Modern Era: Europe and America3
  11

Third Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE104Old Testament Prophets3
ST105Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
PM104Expository Preaching II3
INT105Master of Theology Internship43
Elective(s)3 
  12

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
BE105The Gospels2
BC101Pastoral Counseling2
RS102Research and Summary of Christian Doctrine2
Elective(s)3 
  9

Summer School

CodeNameHours
BE106Acts and Pauline Epistles3
ST106Eschatology3
Elective(s)3 
  6
  1. Students have two calendar years (four consecutive fall/spring semesters) to complete the SF100 spiritual formation requirement. Students who register for SF100 need to keep in mind that the course is a four-semester-long course that will meet at the same day and time each of the four semesters. See the Spiritual Formation and Leadership department for more information.
  2. RS101 will be offered during the same class session as NT113 each semester. Therefore students should plan to register for RS101 and NT113 concurrently. The remainder of the 3-hour research component of the Th.M. degree program will consist of either RS102 (2 hours) or a thesis (2 hours). Those planning on writing a thesis should register for the thesis in the fall semester of the fourth year (or the year of graduation). Students writing a thesis are advised to begin the process of topic selection the year before the year of graduation.
  3. Students have 24 hours of electives beyond the 96-hour core Th.M. curriculum from which they select a ministry emphasis as well as other elective courses based on vocational intent and interest. Regardless of emphasis, students must take at least 9 hours of the 24 elective hours in the Ministries and Communications division. In many cases, all or part of these 9 hours will have already been taken within the emphasis, but if not, the student must take them within the remainder of the 24-hour elective pool. Emphasis courses are chosen in consultation with an academic department. Students in the Th.M. program may also take up to an additional (over and above the 120 hours required for the degree) five courses for credit for a modest fee to cover the cost of materials. Students may start taking the free classes any time during their program of study, but may take no more than one free class in any term.
  4. Students have one calendar year (three consecutive semesters) to complete the SL105 Master of Theology internship. See the Spiritual Formation and Leadership department for more information.

ThM Nights Online Weekends

First Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
NT101Elements of Greek3
BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
PM101Spiritual Life2
RS101Orientation and Research Methods21
SF100-1Spiritual Formation1 
  9

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
NT102Elements of Greek 23
BE102Old Testament History I3
ST101Theological Method and Bibliology3
SF100-2Spiritual Formation 
  9

Summer School

CodeNameHours
BE103Old Testament History II and Poetry2
NT113New Testament Introduction22
PM102Evangelism2
  6

Second Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
NT103Intermediate Greek3
EML101Educational Process of the Church Ed. Process of the Church3
HT101The Church to the Modern Era3
SF100-3Spiritual Formation 
  9

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
NT104Introduction to New Testament Exegesis3
ST102Trinitarianism3
HT102The Church in the Modern Era: Europe and America3
SF100-4Spiritual Formation 
  9

Summer School

CodeNameHours
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
WM101Introduction to World Missions3
  6

Third Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
OT101Elements of Hebrew I3
NT105Exegesis of Romans3
BE104Old Testament Prophets3
  9

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
OT102Elements of Hebrew II3
ST104Soteriology3
Elective3
  9

Summer School

CodeNameHours
ST105Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
BC101Pastoral Counseling2
BE105The Gospels2
  7

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
OT103Hebrew Exegesis I3
PM103Expository Preaching I3
BE106Acts and Pauline Epistles3
  9

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
OT104Hebrew Exegesis II and Old Testament Introduction3
PM104Expository Preaching II3
ST106Eschatology3
  9

Summer School

CodeNameHours
BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
Elective33
Min/Com Elective3
  9

Fifth Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
INT105Master of Theology Internship Master of Theology Internship43
Elective33
Min/Com Elective3
  9

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
RS102Research and Summary of Christian Doctrine OR Thesis2
Elective33
  5

Summer School

CodeNameHours
Min/Com Elective3
Elective33
  6
  1. RS101 will be offered during the same class session as NT113 each semester. Therefore students should plan to register for RS101 and NT113 concurrently. The remainder of the 3-hour research component of the Th.M. degree program will consist of either RS102 (2 hours) or a thesis (2 hours). Those planning on writing a thesis should register for the thesis in the fall semester of the fourth year (or the year of graduation). Students writing a thesis are advised to begin the process of topic selection the year before the year of graduation.
  2. Students have two calendar years (four consecutive fall/spring semesters) to complete the SF100 spiritual formation requirement. Students who register for SF100 need to keep in mind that the course is a four-semester-long course that will meet at the same day and time each of the four semesters. See the Spiritual Formation and Leadership department for more information.
  3. Students have two calendar years (four consecutive fall/spring semesters) to complete the SF100 spiritual formation requirement. Students who register for SF100 need to keep in mind that the course is a four-semester-long course that will meet at the same day and time each of the four semesters. See the Spiritual Formation and Leadership department for more information.
  4. Students have 24 hours of electives beyond the 96-hour core Th.M. curriculum from which they select a ministry emphasis as well as other elective courses based on vocational intent and interest. Regardless of emphasis, students must take at least 9 hours of the 24 elective hours in the Ministries and Communications division. In many cases, all or part of these 9 hours will have already been taken within the emphasis, but if not, the student must take them within the remainder of the 24-hour elective pool. Emphasis courses are chosen in consultation with an academic department. Students in the Th.M. program may also take up to an additional (over and above the 120 hours required for the degree) five courses for credit for a modest fee to cover the cost of materials. Students may start taking the free classes any time during their program of study, but may take no more than one free class in any term.
  5. Students have one calendar year (three consecutive semesters) to complete the SL105 Master of Theology internship. See the Spiritual Formation and Leadership department for more information.
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