The seminary’s commitment to excellence in preparing communicators of the Bible has set it in a place of distinction. What is it that makes DTS different from many other seminaries?
A Consistent Theological Approach
DTS stands unequivocally committed to God’s inerrant Scriptures. This commitment leads to a system of doctrine in which the great fundamentals of the Christian faith are affirmed and expounded. The doctrines of evangelical orthodoxy are taught in the framework of premillennial, dispensational theology, derived from a consistent grammatical- historical interpretation of the Bible.
The study of the entire Bible is a central characteristic of the DTS curriculum. Every student in a professional master’s-level ministry degree program studies the 66 books of the Bible in expositional and exegetical courses.
Two-and-a-half years of Greek and two years of Hebrew enable ThM students to develop exegetical skills basic to their own inductive examination of the written Word.
A DTS education, however, extends beyond the academic pursuit of biblical and theological disciplines to the art of communicating biblical truth effectively. Courses in ministry and communication seek to cultivate in students a sensitivity to spiritual needs, zeal for world missions, fervor in evangelism, and Spirit-filled enthusiasm for effectively communicating the Word of God.
A World Class Faculty
Resident and adjunct faculty collectively hold over 230 graduate degrees from universities and seminaries around the world. Ninety-two percent of the resident faculty have at least one doctorate. Altogether, resident and retired faculty have authored more than 450 books.
Not only are DTS faculty known for their competence as biblical scholars, teachers, and communicators, but they are also Spirit-led people of God who have a personal interest in their students.
A Dynamic Spiritual Emphasis
From its beginning the seminary has admitted only students who give evidence of being born again. More than regeneration, however, a student must understand how the Word of God impacts his or her daily life. To be qualified properly for seminary instruction, a student must be walking in fellowship with God so that he or she can be taught by the Holy Spirit.
At DTS, the cultivation of the spiritual life is inseparably fused with the scholarly study of biblical and related subjects. All of this is designed to prepare students to communicate the Word of God in the power of His Spirit.
DTS’s commitment to “teaching truth and loving well” is reflected in a seminary initiative called the Agape Project. The Agape Project encourages students to move outside the seminary walls and engage compassionately in the communities in which they work and live. Agape Projects are embedded within many of the seminary’s classes and allow students the opportunity to learn about truth and love by practicing them.
A Strong Commitment to Missions
DTS’s commitment to missions is demonstrated through its programs and conferences, which expose students to the diverse nature of missions and the unique opportunities for vocational missionary service.
Students whose goal is career missions may enroll in the Intercultural Ministries emphasis of the Master of Theology (ThM) degree or the MA in Cross-cultural Ministries (MACM). Those particularly interested in Bible translation should consider the Master of Arts (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) (MABEL) program, offered jointly with the Dallas International University (DIU). ThM courses are also offered in urban ministries.
Students in most of the seminary’s master’s-level degree programs are required to take at least one course in the Department of World Missions and Intercultural Studies. A number of elective courses are available to students desiring greater exposure to missions issues in North America or abroad. Each spring semester, DTS hosts the World Evangelization Conference, an annual missions conference which exists to bring glory to God by spurring students on toward the mission of God.
The presence of many international students on campus creates a culturally rich environment that reflects the diversity of the global church and the scope of the Great Commission.