The PhD offers the highest level of academic studies for teaching in universities and seminaries 

The EdD prepares people for administrative leadership in schools and higher education 

The DEdMin develops teachers and educators for biblical rationale and practical strategies 

The DMin offers advanced training for pastors and leaders in biblical and theological oriented ministry 

Distance Learning Options

DTS’s doctoral programs offer low residency options enabling students to earn their doctorate without moving to Dallas. The DMin and DEdMin can be completed entirely remotely. The EdD requires on-campus attendance for the short Orientation course, then the remaining courses have the remote option. For approved students in ministry, the PhD can be completed through video conferencing with a trip to the Dallas campus approximately once each term.

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Video Conferencing

All DTS doctoral programs allow students to join courses remotely through real-time video conferencing, allowing rich interaction and discussion.

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One-Week Intensives

DMin and DEDMin courses take place over 6 months with pre-meeting work, a scheduled one-week intensive (in-person or online), and post-meeting assignments.

Program Comparison

Intended VocationScholars, teachers, and professors in seminaries and universitiesAdministrators and educators in universities and schoolsTeachers and educators in schools, churches, and ministriesPastors and ministry leaders in churches and ministries
Hours36 (Stage 2)483930
Prerequisite DegreeMDiv, ThM, or STMMACE or MEd + LevelingMACE or equivalentMDiv, ThM, STM, or MA + Leveling
Term Schedule15-week courses in Fall and Spring15-week courses in Fall, Spring, and Summer6-month courses with 1-week intensives in Summer and Winter6-month courses with 1-week intensives in Summer and Winter
Distance OptionReal-Time Video and 1 week in-person per term (with approval)Real-Time video and 1 in-person class to start programJoin intensive in-person or remotely (travel encouraged, but not required)Join intensive in-person or remotely (travel encouraged, but not required)
Language/ResearchGerman and FrenchStatistics
Comprehensive ExamsYesYes
Capstone WritingDissertation in biblical, theological, or linguistic studiesDissertation in academic administrationApplied research project in educational settingApplied research project in ministry setting

Application Dates

  • PhD Application Deadlines: January 1 for Fall, September 1 for Spring 
  • EdD Application Deadlines: March 15 for Fall, November 1 for Spring, April 1 for Summer 
  • DMin/DEdMin Deadlines: August 1 for Winter, March 1 for Summer

Contact Info:
Phone: 214-887-5040
Email: [email protected]

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