The Master of Theology (ThM) degree goes beyond the standard MDiv to produce Bible expositors who are qualified to serve God effectively as pastors, missionaries, or leaders in other areas of vocational Christian ministry.
The DTS Master of Theology (ThM) offers a unique 4-year curriculum that takes ministry training of a traditional 3-year MDiv and infuses it with additional depth in Greek, Hebrew, and your chosen area of study.
The Master of Theology (ThM) program is composed of 120 credit hours, 91 of which are predetermined in the curriculum, with the remaining 29 credit hours devoted to a ministry emphasis based on vocational intent and interests.
BE5101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics
BE5102 Old Testament History I
BE5103 Old Testament History II & Poetry
BE5104 Old Testament Prophets
BE5105 The Gospels
BE5106 Acts & Pauline Epistles
BE5107 Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation
NT5110 New Testament Introduction
HT5101 The Church to the Modern Era
HT5102 Church in the Modern Era: Europe and America
ST5101 Theological Method and Bibliology
ST5103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology
ST5105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology
NT5101 Elements of Greek
NT5102 Elements of Greek
NT5103 Intermediate Greek
NT5104 Introduction to New Testament Exegesis
NT5105 Exegesis of Romans
OT5101 Elements of Hebrew I
OT5102 Elements of Hebrew II
OT5103 Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction I
OT5104 Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction II
Ministry and Communication
BC5101 Pastoral Counseling and Ethics
EML5101 Designing and Leading Effective Ministries
PM5101 Christian Life and Witness
PM5103 Expository Preaching I
PM5104 Expository Preaching II
PM5110 Capstone Preaching
MIM5101 Introduction to World Missions
General and Emphasis Courses
Electives – 24 Credits
INT5130 ThM Ministry Formation Internship
RS5102 Senior Research Seminar or Thesis
SF5100 Spiritual Formation
See the many ways students are prepared for a lifetime of fruitful ministry
Last Year Free
All ThM students who begin on or before Summer 2021 will receive full tuition for the final 24 required hours of their program.
Logos Bible Software
Every student at DTS receives a copy of Logos Bible Software customized with additional commentaries and resources, and DTS courses integrate Logos into assignments and learning.
Through our donors and Foundation, we are able to offer hundreds of scholarships to students every year.
Stories from our Community
God has allowed our ThM graduates to serve all over the world as pastors, missionaries, teachers, and leaders. Here are some of their stories:
Children’s Clothing Company Making a Difference
Pastor, teacher, author, speaker, and DTS Doctoral Grad, Dr. Tony Evans
Dr. Daniel Wallace Digitizes Ancient Manuscripts
Details about the program
Match your classes to your calling
The ThM allows students to choose a concentration that aligns with their gifting and future ministry goals.
Apologetics and Philosophy
Students in this concentration will be equipped to respond effectively to intellectual challenges to their faith and to use philosophical reflection to serve Christ and His church.
Students in this concentration will be equipped for a lifetime of study, exposition, and application of the Scriptures.
Students in this concentration will be equipped for the task of Bible translation.
Students in this concentration will be equipped to respond to challenges related to ministry in Chinese communities, whether concerning leadership, inter-generations, or particular geographic regions.
Counseling and Ministry Care
Students in this concentration will be equipped for effective Christian counseling in a nonprofessional environment.
Students in this concentration will be equipped to constructively engage the issues and implications of ministering with persons affected by disability.
Students in this concentration will be equipped for educational ministry and leadership through training in foundational skills related to the design, direction, supervision, and evaluation of various aspects of a local church or parachurch ministry program.
Evangelism and Discipleship
Students in this concentration will be equipped to do the work of evangelism and to develop disciples.
Students in this concentration will be equipped for their particular ministry goals and/or interests through a customized, general course of study.
Students in this concentration will be equipped, through studying the development of the Christian faith, to communicate faithfully the teachings of Scripture in continuity with historic orthodoxy.
Students in this concentration will be equipped to develop their personal preaching styles in order to prepare them for pastoral ministry that is centered on biblical exposition.
Students in this concentration will be equipped for a variety of ministries in international environments through training in cultural dynamics, intercultural communication, missions strategies, applied contextualization, and intercultural spiritual formation.
Students in this concentration will be equipped, through training in areas such as leadership dynamics, change and resistance in leadership, and team leadership, in such a way as to enhance their ability to provide organizational leadership in a variety of ministry settings.
Media Arts and Worship
Students in this concentration will be equipped to serve the Lord in media arts-related positions as worship pastors, artists, writers, musicians, directors, and producers in a variety of vocational contexts.
Ministry with Women
Students in this concentration will be equipped to understand women as an audience and learners and to teach, lead, mentor, shepherd, and care for women in a variety of contexts.
Students in this concentration will be equipped for a variety of ministries in multi-ethnic and culturally diverse environments in North America through training in cultural dynamics, intercultural communication, missions strategies, applied contextualization, and intercultural spiritual formation.
New Testament Studies
Students in this concentration will be equipped for ministry in a variety of settings through advanced studies in the New Testament in such areas as grammatical/textual studies, background studies, Gospel/Jesus studies, and exegetical/theological studies.
Old Testament Studies
Students in this concentration will be equipped in the areas of interpreting the Hebrew text, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, theological and spiritual formation, and engaging contemporary culture.
Pastoral Theology and Practice
Students in this concentration will be equipped for the multiple challenges of pastoral ministry in the local church through training in pastoral theology and broad exposure to diverse pastoral skills.
Students in this concentration will be equipped, through training in areas such as the practice of spiritual disciplines and spiritual formation in historical perspective and in contemporary culture, in such as a way to enhance their ability to guide others in spiritual formation in a variety of ministry settings.
Students in this concentration will be equipped, through systematic study of the sources of the evangelical Christian faith, to constructively engage the issues and implications of theology in various ministerial settings.
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
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.
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
Transfer and Accelerated Options
Transfer of Credit
Transfer credit of up to 60 semester hours is allowed toward the ThM degree from accredited graduate theological schools. Consult the Registrar’s office for specific information on transfer of credit.
Accelerated ThM (Up to 1 Year Off)
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 on the Dallas Campus. In place of core courses in the ThM curriculum, accelerated ThM participants take six advanced standing courses (AS5101–5106). This results in a curricular reduction of the ThM by up to 30 credit hours.