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Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4501 for questions about the accreditation of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Other than for questions about the seminary’s accredited status, the SACSCOC should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support a significant noncompliance with a SACSCOC requirement or standard. Normal inquiries about the seminary, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the seminary and not to the Commission’s office.

Association of Theological Schools

The seminary is also accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: ThM, STM, MA in Christian Education, MA in Cross-Cultural Ministries, MA in Christian Leadership, MA in Biblical Counseling, MA in Media Arts and Worship, Master of Biblical and Theological Studies, Master of Arts (MA), MA (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics), MA (Christian Studies), DMin, DEdMin, PhD.

The following extension sites are approved as specified:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
    North Point Community Church
    Approved Degrees: MA in Christian Leadership, Master of Biblical and Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Christian Studies)
  • Atlanta, Georgia
    Passion City Church (with Passion Global Institute)
    Approved Degrees: MA in Christian Leadership, Master of Biblical and Theological Studies,
    MA (Christian Studies)
  • Austin, Texas
    Approved Degrees: MA in Christian Leadership, Master of Biblical and Theological Studies, MA (Christian Studies)
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala
    Approved Degrees: DMin
  • Houston, Texas
    Approved Degrees: ThM, MA in Christian Education, MA in Christian Leadership, MA in Biblical Counseling, MA in Cross-Cultural Ministry, Master of Biblical and Theological Studies, MA (Christian Studies), DMin
  • Nashville, Tennessee
    Approved Degrees: MA in Christian Leadership, Master of Biblical and Theological Studies, MA (Christian Studies)
  • Manassas, Virginia (Washington, DC extension)
    Approved Degrees: ThM, MA in Biblical Counseling MA in Christian Education, MA in Christian Leadership, MA in Cross-Cultural Ministries, Master of Biblical and Theological Studies, MA (Christian Studies)
  • San Antonio, Texas
    Approved Degrees: MA in Christian Leadership, Master of Biblical and Theological Studies, MA (Christian Studies)

Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary, New Territories, Hong Kong is approved as an ongoing course-offering site for less than fifty percent of the MA (Christian Studies).

DTS is also approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program.

The Commission contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA
Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu

DTS is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the Evangelical Training Association (ETA), and an affiliate member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

DTS is nondenominational and seeks to serve those of like biblical faith in evangelical Protestantism. The faculty, governing boards, and students are members of various denominational or independent churches.

DTS Programs with CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) Codes

  • THM—39.0602.7
  • STM—39.0601.7
  • MABC—39.0701.7
  • MACE—39.0401.7
  • MACL—39.0699.7
  • MACM—39.0301.7
  • MAMW, MAMC—39.9999.7
  • MABEL—16.1103.7
  • MACS, MABS, MBTS—39.0201.7 
  • CBTS, CGS—39.9999.6
  • DMIN—39.0602.17 
  • PHD (NT&OT)—16.1103.17
  • PHD (BE)—39.0201.17
  • PhD (TS)—39.0601.17

Alaska

Dallas Theological Seminary is exempt from authorization as an online distance delivered program and does not have a physical presence in the state of Alaska.

Arkansas

Dallas Theological Seminary has received a Letter of Exemption from Certification issued by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to offer non-academic or church-related courses and grant non-academic awards or church-related degrees.

Tennessee

Dallas Theological Seminary is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by Dallas Theological Seminary, please visit www.tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.

Credits earned at Dallas Theological Seminary may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Dallas Theological Seminary. You should obtain confirmation that Dallas Theological Seminary will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at Dallas Theological Seminary to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Dallas Theological Seminary prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Dallas Theological Seminary to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at Dallas Theological Seminary if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of Dallas Theological Seminary and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Dallas Theological Seminary before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

Virginia

Dallas Theological Seminary is certified to operate in the state of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Classes meet at McLean Bible Church, (Prince William Campus), 10002 Battleview Parkway, Manassas, VA 20109.

Dallas Theological Seminary is a member of the following bodies:

  • Evangelical Training Association (ETA)
  • Jerusalem University College
  • Institute of Theological Studies (ITS)

In an effort to assess the effectiveness of its educational programs, Dallas Theological Seminary tracks persistence rates, graduation rates, and placement information for all its educational programs. Since the majority of graduate theological institutions track such effectiveness data in a variety of ways, the following information is designed only to give interested individuals and the seminary’s constituents information about the seminary and should not be used as a comparison, either good or bad, to the effectiveness of other seminaries and graduate-level theological institutions.

Persistence

DTS tracks persistence and graduation rates for its master’s-level degree programs. The persistence rates are a measure of the number of students that continue in a seminary degree program three years after initial matriculation into the seminary. Of master’s students initially matriculating from fall 2004 through fall 2014, 66% continued or graduated after three years. Within that group, 75% of Master of Theology (ThM) students (the seminary’s flagship, four-year, ministry-preparation degree program) continued after three years.

Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are a measure of the number of students who actually graduated with a DTS degree within eight years of initial matriculation. Eight years is the upper time-limit within which a student must complete a program of study. Of the master’s-level students initially matriculating from fall 2004 through fall 2009, 57% graduated within eight years. Within that group, 63% of students matriculating into the ThM earned their degree within eight years.

Placement Information

The seminary also tracks the percentage of known graduates who are in various categories of employment within a specified number of months of graduation. Of the graduates in 2017 whose ministry placements are known to the seminary, 49% are working in church ministry, 22% in parachurch ministry, 4% in missions, 10% in education, 13% in secular employment, and 4% are students in doctoral and other programs. Further evidence that graduates of the seminary are prepared for a lifetime of ministry can be seen from a recent canvass of the seminary’s 14,821 living alumni. Of those for whom the seminary has the information, 34% are working in church ministry, 18% in parachurch ministries, 13% in education, 6% in missions, 17% in secular work, and 12% are retired.