DTS’s educational model is composed of four major areas of study and formation. To find out how many hours of training each degree has in these areas, please see our degree programs.
1. Biblical Studies
The foundational concern of all courses and degree programs at DTS is to ground students in the Scriptures so that they can become faithful communicators of the Gospel.
Each MA program covers all 66 books of the Bible in classes taught by the Biblical Exposition Department. The ThM program goes even deeper by adding study of the Greek (15 hours) and Hebrew (12 hours) exegesis.
2. Theological Understanding
Building upon a knowledge of Scripture, students are taught the historic theological interpretation of Scriptures.
3. Ministry Skills
Rooted in Scripture and theology, students are taught how to communicate these truths in a loving way through various ministry skills.
Each MA program has a unique ministry skill emphasis such as Biblical Counseling, Cross-Cultural Ministries, or Media and Communication. The ThM program deepens these skills by including additional upper level classes in preaching, teaching, and church leadership.
4. Spiritual Life
Undergirding the biblical, theological, and practical courses is an emphasis on spiritual formation because DTS believes that students will only be as effective in ministry as they are deeply connected to God himself and to the community of faith.
All programs at DTS begin with a course on the spiritual life. The ThM program and many MA programs also include a two year spiritual formation program where students encourage each other to grow in Christ in the context of community.