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DTS Naming Conventions

Dallas Theological Seminary publications follow the Chicago Manual of Style in almost all instances. Below are some of the common spelling and grammatical rules specific to the seminary.

Seminary Name

Always use the full seminary name—Dallas Theological Seminary—in print, not the shortened form “Dallas Seminary” often used verbally.

  • incorrect: Dallas Seminary (except when speaking)
  • correct: Dallas Theological Seminary
  • correct: DTS (when the full name is visible as well)

Seminary URLs

  • Always include www. before the main DTS website, but never for subdomains
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  • Never include more than one slash when advertising a URL on
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Locations & Campuses

  • For accreditation purposes, Dallas is the only “campus,” and all other locations are “extension sites.”
  • For DTS publications, we use the term “location” as a generic term for any place DTS offers courses. More specifically, a location with resident staff or faculty is a “campus,” a location with regular course offerings is an “extension site,” and a location with temporary course offerings is a “mobile site.”
    • Campuses: Dallas, Houston, Washington, DC (note: we no longer use periods as in D.C.)
    • Extension sites: Atlanta, Austin, Nashville, San Antonio
    • Mobile sites:  Northwest Arkansas and Australasia
    • International sites: Guatemala, Hong Kong, Australasia
  • Use campus, extension, and mobile site appropriately for each location
    • incorrect: the Washington, DC site
    • correct: the Washington, DC  campus
    • incorrect: the Austin campus
    • correct: the Austin extension
    • incorrect: the New York extension
    • correct: the New York mobile site
  • When referring to a location, use the initials DTS with a hyphen (-) and the city name.
    • incorrect: DTS Houston
    • incorrect: DTS/Houston
    • correct: DTS-Houston

Degree Programs

As of 2015, DTS no longer uses any punctuation (including periods, slashes, parentheses) in degree abbreviations. For our two general Master of Arts programs (MABEL and MACS) we continue to format the full name of the degree with parenthesis rather than with “in”.

Professional Ministry Degrees

Full name Abbreviation
Master of Theology ThM
Master of Sacred Theology STM
Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling MABC
Master of Arts in Christian Education MACE
Master of Arts in Christian Leadership MACL
Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Ministry MACM
Master of Arts in Media Arts & Worship MAMW

Professional Ministry Degrees

Full name Abbreviation
Master of Arts (Biblical Exegesis & Linguistics) MABEL
Master of Arts (Christian Studies) MACS
Master of Biblical and Theological Studies MBTS
Certificate of Graduate Studies CGS

Professional Ministry Degrees

Full name Abbreviation
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Doctor of Educational Ministry DEdMin
Doctor of Philosophy PhD

Degrees No Longer Offered (or The Name Has Changed)

Full name Abbreviation
Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) MABS (was MA[BS])
Master of Arts in Media & Communication MAMC (was MA/MC)
Certificate of Biblical and Theological Studies CBTS

Additional DTS Degree Notes

  • When referring to a person, use the correct degree abbreviation and either a space and the 2-digit year without an apostrophe or a comma with the full year and semi-colons to separate degrees.
    • incorrect: John Doe (MABC ’09)
    • incorrect: John Doe (MA/BC 09)
    • correct: John Doe (MABC 2009)
    • correct: John Doe (ThM 2009; PhD 2015)
  • In copy, use the full name above
    • incorrect: master’s degree in Biblical Counseling
    • incorrect: master’s in Biblical Counseling
    • correct: MA in Biblical Counseling
    • correct: Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling