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Applicants can apply for financial aid once an application for admission has been submitted. (Please see the Financial Aid section for scholarship application dates.) To be considered for scholarships, international applicants must submit the completed application, including Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, and be granted initial approval by the Admissions Committee by January 15.

Application Credentials

1. Character references from three individuals. One must be from a pastor. The second should come from a college professor (if currently enrolled in college or recently graduated) or businessperson (supervisor, coworker, or an employer). When an applicant includes the reference’s email in the online application, a reference can submit his or her information electronically. References cannot be related to the applicant. 2. C  hurch Reference. The form should confirm the applicant’s membership or regular participation in good standing. In addition, the form should endorse the applicant’s potential for effective ministry and describe the length and kind of ministry involvement. (Note: This is in addition to the reference from a pastor and can be completed online by the church if an email address is provided.) 3. Demonstration of English proficiency. Applicants for whom English is not their native or birth language must submit a score for the TOEFL. This applies even to applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. (See “International Students” in this section for further information.)

The GRE General Test is administered across the United States and Canada. You can obtain information concerning this examination from the Educational Testing Service at The institutional code for reporting scores to the seminary is R6156. The MAT is administered at colleges and universities throughout the United States. You can obtain information on this exam by reading the information available at

Admission Process

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $75. The following credentials must be submitted.

5. A  ssessment test scores. Certain applicants are required to submit results of assessment tests to supplement their undergraduate academic record. Assessment test scores are required as evidence of academic aptitude when (1) the preseminary GPA is less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or (2) the applicant does not hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Scores from either of two assessments can be used for this purpose: the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Note: On the GRE, only the Verbal and Analytical scores are considered for admissions purposes.

More information about these assessments, including helpful tips, can be found at Please contact the admissions office to discuss which exam to take.

Nonbaccalaureate Admission

Applicants who lack the prerequisite college degree may apply for admission to the ThM, professional MA programs (Biblical Counseling, Christian Education, Christian Leadership,

4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. This includes work beyond the bachelor’s level. Transcripts are not required for schools where less than 12 hours were taken. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript verifying conferral of the qualifying degree. We accept two types of official transcripts: (1) paper copies sent by the school’s registrar in a sealed envelope; and (2) electronic copies sent directly by the institution. We are not able to accept faxed transcripts as official.


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2019-2020 DTS Catalog  

This 2019–2020 catalog contains degree plans, course descriptions, faculty listings, and the doctrinal statement of Dallas Theological Semin...

2019-2020 DTS Catalog  

This 2019–2020 catalog contains degree plans, course descriptions, faculty listings, and the doctrinal statement of Dallas Theological Semin...