Master of Theology (ThM)
The Master of Theology 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.
An unique degree for a lifetime of 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.
Choose from over 20+ emphases or create your own with electives and a final project crafted to build upon God’s calling on your life.
All 66 Books
Many seminaries only offer survey courses, but DTS’s curriculum immerses you in the entire biblical story.
$14,000 for every ThM student
Every ThM student is eligible to receive free tuition for the final 24 required hours through Last Year Free.
Earn 12 hours in ministry
You can earn credit in your current role as you hone your skills on the job through the Ministry Residency program.
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||3|
|BE5102||Old Testament History I||3|
|BE5103||OT History II & Poetry||2|
|BE5106||Acts & Pauline Epistles||3|
|BE5107||Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation||3|
|NT5110||New Testament Introduction||2|
|HT5101||The Church to the Modern Era||3|
|HT5102||Church in the Modern Era: Europe and America||3|
|ST5101||Theological Method and Bibliology||3|
|ST5103||Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology||3|
|ST5105||Sanctification and Ecclesiology||3|
|NT5101||Elements of Greek||3|
|NT5102||Elements of Greek||3|
|NT5104||Introduction to New Testament Exegesis||3|
|NT5105||Exegesis of Romans||3|
|OT5101||Elements of Hebrew I||3|
|OT5102||Elements of Hebrew II||3|
|OT5103||Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction I||3|
|OT5104||Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction II||3|
|Ministries & Communication||19|
|EML5101||Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership||3|
|PM5101||Christian Life and Witness||3|
|PM5103||Expository Preaching I||3|
|PM5104||Expository Preaching II||3|
|RS5101||Orientation and Research Methods||1|
|WM5101||Introduction to World Missions||3|
|General & Emphasis Courses||29|
|INT5130||ThM Ministry Formation Internship||3|
|RS5102||Senior Research Seminar||2|
Use our Degree Plan Worksheet resource to chart out your ThM degree. For a description of courses offered, please see the catalog.
Avenues for wholistic training
See the many ways students are prepared for a lifetime of fruitful ministry
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.
Sexual Abuse Awareness Training
DTS has partnered with MinistrySafe to offer training on sexual abuse, effective preventative protocols, addressing the needs of abuse survivors, and an appropriate response to abuse allegations arising in ministry environments.
The DTS experience includes life-on-life connection in small groups (Spiritual Formation), on the job training for real world ministry skills (Ministry Formation Internships), and opportunities to serve, pray, and worship in community.
Men and Women using their ThM
God has allowed our ThM graduates to serve all over the world as pastors, missionaries, teachers, and leaders. Here are some of their stories:
Match Your Classes to Your Calling
The ThM allows students to choose a custom emphasis that aligns with their gifting and future ministry goals. The emphasis includes an internship and a research project and includes coursework chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. You can choose from the emphases below or choose General Studies and craft electives around your goals.
Evangelism and Discipleship
Exposition of Biblical Books
Hebrew & Cognate Studies
Media Arts and Worship
Ministry in Multi-Ethnic Communities
Ministry with Women
New Testament Studies
Old Testament Studies
Pastoral Care & Counseling
Pastoral Theology & Practice
More scholarships, less debt
Over 90% of DTS students graduate without taking on additional educational debt. This is possible due to the generosity of our donors who make over 4 million dollars in scholarship available each year.
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.
$60K Seminary Scholarships
DTS offers a limited number of scholarships valued at $60,000 to qualified men and women entering the ThM program.
What we believe
DTS faculty affirm our full doctrinal statement every year, while our diverse community of students are centered around these seven core doctrines of evangelical faith.
How to get started
The deadline for fall applications as July 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 1.
1. Submit Application
Begin your online application today. It should take about 2 hours.
2. Send Transcripts and References
Collect college transcripts and references from church and others.
3. Committee Evaluation
DTS will review your application and respond within 2-3 weeks.
4. Register for courses
When you receive your acceptance letter, you can plan your first classes.
You show evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ in your application testimony, and you adhere to the 7 core doctrines.
Your references speak to your character and dependence on the Holy Spirit for life and work.
You are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts and involved in Christian ministry.
Previous education has prepared you for graduate theological education.