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Ministry Emphases

Master of Theology (ThM)

Each student in the Master of Theology program must select a Ministry Emphasis from the following list prior to beginning their INT105 ThM Ministry Formation Internship. In addition to the 96-hour core curriculum (which includes a 3-hour internship involving the production of a portfolio), students customize the remaining 24 elective hours with respect to their ministry goals and areas of interest. Regardless of their Ministry Emphasis, students must complete at least 9 of their 24 elective hours in the Ministries and Communication division. A faculty coordinator for each emphasis is available to meet with students. Departments responsible for particular emphases are noted after each. The requirements for each emphasis vary based on student backgrounds and interests, but each department may require certain courses and hours for the emphases supervised by that department. Academic advising for all Ministry Emphases begins with the Advising Center. Students may request an emphasis through • Apologetics (TS) • Bible Backgrounds (TS) • Bible Translation* (WM) • Biblical Theology (BE) • College Teaching (EML) • Disability Ministry (BE/WM) • Educational Administration (EML) • Educational Ministries (EML) • Evangelism and Discipleship (WM) • Exposition of Biblical Books (BE) • General Studies • Hebrew and Cognate Studies (OT) • Hermeneutics (BE) • Historical Theology (TS) • Homiletics (PM) • Intercultural Ministries (WM) • Leadership Studies (EML) • Media Arts and Worship (MAW) • Ministry in Multi-Ethnic Communities (WM) • Ministry with Women (EML) • New Testament Studies (NT) • Old Testament Studies (OT) • Pastoral Care and Counseling (BC) • Pastoral Theology and Practice (PM) • Philosophy (TS) • Spiritual Formation (EML) • Systematic Theology (TS) * Due to the specialized nature of this ministry, the program layout is unique and completed in conjunction with Dallas Intl.

At the completion of the program, ThM students are assessed by faculty for satisfactory completion of their emphasis requirements. A student’s emphasis is noted on his or her transcript. Those students who do not meet the requirements of their chosen emphasis


will graduate with the General Studies designation. The following descriptions provide the specific purpose and requirements for each emphasis.

Academic Ministry

This 12-hour emphasis is designed to equip students for the teaching ministry in a variety of educational contexts, including grade schools, institutions of higher education, and other formal and non-formal educational institutions. Elements of foundational education training, which include the exploration of learning theory, the practice of curriculum and course design and the investigation of prominent educational models, are combined with courses related to the students’ interests to equip them for leadership in a variety of educational environments. (Note: Most college, universities, and seminaries require an earned doctorate in the teaching discipline. Most seminaries and graduate schools also require an MDiv degree or, in some cases, the ThM/STM degree for admission to doctoral programs).


EML102 History and Philosophy of Christian Education EML103 Teaching Process* EML104 Media Presentations* EML215 Teaching in Christian Higher Education Select an additional 3 hours from the following: EML230 Theological Education in Intercultural Contexts EML320 Christian School Administration EML310 Administration in Christian Higher Education EMLxxx (Other course as approved in consultation with the EML Department) *Students may substitute EML105 for EML103 & EML104.


This 9-hour emphasis is designed to enhance ministry by focusing on acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for defending Christianity against its various opponents. In so doing, it equips students to respond effectively to intellectual challenges to their faith in a variety of ministerial settings.


ST605 Apologetics RS102 Senior Research Seminar Select an additional 6 hours from the following: ST6xx Apologetics and Philosophy electives (Students may also select one of the following courses as part of their 6 elective hours.) HT218 Early Christian Literature ST405 Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Theologies ST410 Theology of Alternative Religious Movements ST415 Theology and World Religions

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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...