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If you are a full-time Cru staff member, you can take your first class with DTS free. All you need to do is apply and be approved, and then we’ll help you register for your free class!

Earn up to 12 hours credit for serving on CRU staff

If you’re serving on staff with CRU at least 25 hours weekly, you may be eligible for DTS’s dynamic Ministry Residency program within the MACLMACE, and ThM programs. DTS comes alongside you, integrating readings and competencies with your ministry, and you earn up to 12 hours credit. You’re already doing the work, so why not get credit for it?

Take DTS courses for IBS credit

Taking classes at any of our DTS locations can help you complete your IBS Core Courses requirement. The following classes count towards the IBS Certificate. These are accredited graduate level courses:

If you need this IBS course…take this DTS course
Bible Study MethodsBE5101 – Bible Study Methods
God / Bible / Holy SpiritST5102 – Trinitarianism
Christian Worldview and EthicsST5415 – Theology and World Religions
ST5615 – Ethics
Humanity / Christ / SalvationST5104 – Soteriology
Church HistoryHT5200 – History of Doctrine
HT5101 – The Church to the Modern Era
HT5102 – Church in the Modern Era: Europe and America
Old Testament SurveyBE5102 – Old Testament History I
BE5103 – Old Testament History II
New Testament SurveyBE5106 – Acts and Pauline Epistles
ApologeticsST5605 – Apologetics
Introduction to MissionsWM5101 – Introduction to World Missions
Biblical InterpretationNot Available – IBS Exclusive
Biblical CommunicationNot Available – IBS Exclusive
Doctrine Survey / Intro to Christian TheologyNot Available – IBS Exclusive

Transfer IBS courses to DTS

If you have taken this IBS courseit counts for this DTS coursetoward this degree
Bible Study Methods
Biblical Interpretation
Biblical Communication
Take all three IBS courses to receive credit for
BE5101 – Bible Study Methods
or receive 1 elective credit hour per IBS course
Any Masters degree or CGS
God / Bible / Holy SpiritST5101 – Introduction to Theology
(receive 1 credit hour toward this 3-credit hour course)
Any Masters degree or CGS
Humanity / Christ / SalvationST5104 – Soteriology
(additional work required to complete ST5104, which is a 3-credit course)
Any Masters degree or CGS, except MABEL
Doctrine Survey / Intro to Christian Theology


Church History
HT5200 – History of Doctrine


1 credit toward both HT5101 & HT5102 (both courses are 3-credit courses)
or elective in CGS, MBTS, ThM


HT5101/5102: ThM
or elective in CGS, MACS, MBTS
Old Testament SurveyBible Exposition electiveThM, MBTS, or CGS*
New Testament SurveyBible Exposition electiveThM, MBTS, or CGS*
ApologeticsSystematic Theology electiveThM, MBTS, or CGS*
Leadership TrackEducational Ministry & Leadership creditThM, MACE, MACL, MBTS, or CGS*
Local Leader TrainingEducational Ministry & Leadership creditThM, MACE, MACL, MBTS, or CGS*
Introduction to MissionsWM5101 – Introduction to World MissionsThM, MACM, MACS or elective in MBTS, CGS

*May fit into other degree programs.

Choose from our campuses or extension sites

We have campuses and regional locations across the United States to make it easy for you to earn your degree.

On top of that, as a full-time staff member, you qualify for reduced tuition. Your tuition will be approximately 50% less than regular tuition!

To begin the application process:

  1. Fill out the online application.
  2. On the “Final Items” page of the application, you’ll see a box for an Application Fee Waiver. In that box, please put this phrase: firstclassfree. Also, at the bottom of the same page there’s a box that says, “Who or what prompted you to apply to Dallas Theological Seminary?” Insert this note as an “answer” to that question: I am applying for the “First Class Free” offer. I am full-time CRU staff. Thank you for waiving the application fee! 

If you have any questions, please let us know! You can reach us at or 800-3-Dallas (800-332-5527).