First Class Free

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 MACL,   MACE,  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, why not get credit for it?

Take DTS courses for IBS credit

Taking classes with DTS (online or at one of our seven locations) can help you complete your IBS Core Courses requirement! The following classes count towards the IBS Certificate (download this chart). These are fully accredited graduate level courses:

Need this IBS course? Take this DTS course Online or On Campus
Bible Study Methods BE101 – Bible Study Methods
Drs. Bailey and Hendricks (online)
Various professors (on campus)
God/Bible/Holy Spirit ST102 – Trinitarianism
Dr. Scott Horrell (online)
Various professors (on campus)
Christian Worldview ST415 – Theology and World Religions, Dr. Scott Horrell
ST625 – Philosophy of Religion, Dr. Doug Blount
Dallas, Houston, DC
Humanity/Christ/Salvation ST104 – Soteriology
Dr. Glenn Kreider (online)
Various professors (on campus)
Church History HT200 – History of Doctrine or HT101 or HT102
Dr. John Hannah (HT200 online)
Various professors (on campus)
Old Testament Survey BE102 or 103 – Old Testament History
Dr. James Allman / Dr. Gene Pond (online)
Various professors (on campus)
New Testament Survey BE106 – Acts and Pauline Epistles
Dr. Tom Constable (online)
Various Professors (on campus)
Apologetics ST605 – Apologetics
Various professors (on campus)
Dallas only

And if you want to earn a DTS degree, we have campuses in Dallas, Houston, and Washington, DC and extension sites in Atlanta, Austin, Nashville, and San Antonio. See which IBS courses can count toward a DTS 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, simply:

  1. Begin the online application
  2. For the application fee, select "pay by check"
  3. At the end of the application, you'll see this question:

    Are there any other facts or information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know for evaluation of your application?

    Insert this note as an "answer" to this 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).