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Master of Arts (MA)

The Master of Arts degree with majors in Old Testament, New Testament, or Theological Studies is designed for persons anticipating advanced research.


Choose from advanced research in Old Testament, New Testament, or Theological Studies

The academic Master of Arts program has been uniquely designed for students who want to supplement previous undergraduate Bible or graduate seminary education or prepare for future doctoral work.

Continue your advanced studies

If you completed Greek, Hebrew, and other advanced theological and Biblical studies, the academic Master of Arts may be your next step in jump-starting an academic calling.

Take an accelerated academic path

Through accelerated seminars, advanced language classes, and a required thesis, become prepared for research, publishing, and teaching.


Accelerated core with depth in your field

Based on your previous work, the MA allows you to take DTS’s accelerated core courses along with advanced language work, and then add courses in the field you choose.

60 Hours
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Accelerated Core 18
AS5101 Seminar on Practical Theology, Hermeneutics, and Research 3
AS5102 Seminar on Educational Process of the Church and World Missions 3
AS5103 Seminar on Old Testament Books 3
AS5104 Seminar on the New Testament 3
AS5105 Seminar on God, Creation, Humanity, and Sin 3
AS5106 Seminar on Salvation, Sanctification, and the Church 3
Theology, Languages, and Research 14
Spiritual Formation
ST5101 Theological Method and Bibliology 3
ST5106 Eschatology 3
XX5103 Third semester Greek or Hebrew 3
XX5104 Fourth semester Greek or Hebrew 3
XX5902 Thesis 2
Academic Discipline 28
Electives in Major 28

Use our Degree Plan Worksheet resource to chart out your MA  degree. For a description of courses offered, please see the catalog



Students in the MA program will be able to:

  • demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible, including a synthetic understanding of major Bible books;
  • evidence a general knowledge of systematic theology from a premillennial framework and an ability to support their theological views and apply them to contemporary issues;
  • demonstrate specific knowledge in the discipline of their selected concentration in the program necessary for advanced research in that discipline;
  • evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit; and
  • demonstrate involvement in their local churches and/or other ministries with which they are associated.

Admissions Requirements

The admission requirements and application procedures for the MA are the same as for all programs of study at the seminary. However, due to the research nature of the MA, admission to the program will be limited to students who have a strong biblical, theological, and ministry-training background. It assumes students admitted to the program meet or exceed the seminary’s Accelerated Advanced Standing requirements. If such prerequisites are not met, leveling work will be required. For more information on the seminary’s Accelerated Advanced Standing Program requirements see or email

Students must submit their application and submit all items of their advanced standing application by July 1st for the fall semester and November 1st for spring admission. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered and students are encouraged to contact Admissions to discuss their options.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer of up to 30 hours of credit is allowed toward the MA program from accredited graduate programs in related fields of study. Students must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for a course to be considered for transfer. Consult the registrar’s office for information on eligibility for transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

While some of the MA courses may be completed online or at one of the seminary’s approved extension locations, the unique nature of the MA will require students to complete the majority of their course work in residence at the Dallas campus. Students in the MA degree program will work with the Advising Center and the department of their intended major on course requirements and scheduling.

Regardless of the mode of delivery (at the Dallas campus, an approved extension, or online), at least fifty percent of the course work required for the degree must be earned through DTS.

All work toward the MA degree must be completed within seven years from the time of initial matriculation. Extension of this time limit requires approval of the Credits Committee. Reinstatement to the MA after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.

Course Requirements

Sixty semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Students may also be required to complete additional leveling work in foundational biblical, theological, and ministry areas as well as in the biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek) if they have not had sufficient background in these disciplines prior to admission. The amount of leveling work required will be determined as part of the admissions process for the degree.

Common Required Core

In addition to any required leveling work, students in the MA, will complete 32 hours of common prescribed courses indicated in the chart on this page, which include advanced Hebrew language study for Old Testament Studies majors or advanced Greek language study for New Testament Studies majors. The core requirements also include a 2-hour thesis in the student’s intended major. In addition to the common 32-hour core, MA students will complete 28 hours in their intended major (Old Testament Studies, New Testament Studies, or Theological Studies). All students in the MA will be required to pass comprehensive exams in their major.

MA Majors

Students in the MA will select a major in Old Testament Studies, New Testament Studies, or Theological Studies. The required thesis listed above in the Common Core for the MA will be written in the department of the student’s major. Students must also pass comprehensive exams in their area of major. Students may contact their major department for more information concerning the exams.

Spiritual Formation

Because DTS values Christlike character and spiritual maturity, MA students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation groups each of their first four consecutive fall and spring semesters. (MA students who are not planning to be in residence in Dallas or Houston for four consecutive fall and spring semesters must contact the Spiritual Formation Office and apply for an alternative program for completing their Spiritual Formation requirement.)

In the Spiritual Formation curriculum, small groups of five to seven students focus on identity, community, integrity, and fidelity. The groups also provide an atmosphere for prayer, fellowship, and the integration of learning with life and ministry.

Because students participate with the same group during four consecutive semesters, they should plan their schedules so they may meet on the same day and at the same time each semester. Spiritual Formation is a noncredit, transcripted experience.


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Over 90% of DTS students graduate without taking on additional educational debt. This is possible because of the generosity of our donors who make over 5 million dollars of scholarship funds available every year.

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What we believe

DTS faculty affirm our full doctrinal statement every year, while our diverse community of students are centered around these seven core doctrines of evangelical faith.

the authority and inerrancy of Scripture
the Trinity
Hypostatic Union
Christ’s full deity and humanity
the spiritual lostness of the human race
Christ’s substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection
salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone
Return of Christ
the physical return of Christ

How to get started

The deadline for fall applications as July 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 1.

Application Steps


1. Submit Application

Begin your online application today. It should take about 2 hours.


2. Send Transcripts and References

Collect college transcripts and references from church and others.


3. Committee Evaluation

DTS will review your application and respond within 2-3 weeks.


4. Register for courses

When you receive your acceptance letter, you can plan your first classes.

Admissions Criteria


You show evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ in your application testimony, and you adhere to the 7 core doctrines.


Your references speak to your character and dependence on the Holy Spirit for life and work.


You are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts and involved in Christian ministry.


Previous education has prepared you for graduate theological education.


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