University description (as per official university website)
In the fall of 1924 the first student body of Dallas Theological Seminary met to study under the noted Bible teacher, Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer. This class of thirteen students was the result of Dr. Chaferís burden and vision to found a seminary that would emphasize expository preaching and teaching of the Scriptures.
In 1935 the Seminary pioneered the four-year Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree, which is a year longer than the three-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) offered at most other seminaries. The Th.M. gives all the essential theological courses offered in a three-year curriculum with additional emphasis in systematic theology, Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis, Greek and New Testament exegesis, and Bible exposition.
In 1974 the Seminary instituted the two-year Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Biblical Studies for students whose ministries would not require the in-depth language training of the Th.M. program. The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree was begun in 1980 to provide further pastoral training for seminary graduates to meet the changing demands of ministry. In 1982 the Seminary began the M.A. in Christian Education so students could receive specialized training for Christian ministries. In 1987 the M.A. program in Cross-cultural Ministries was inaugurated to give specialized missions training. In 1993 the Seminary launched a three-year M.A. in Biblical Counseling and a two-year M.A. in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics. The latter program is offered jointly with the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics located in south Dallas.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award master's and doctoral degrees.
Association of Theological Schools
The Seminary is also an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Other Accrediting Bodies
Dallas Seminary is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the Evangelical Training Association (ETA), the Jerusalem University College, and the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS).
Dallas Seminary is nondenominational and seeks to serve those of like biblical faith in evangelical Protestantism. The faculty, governing boards, and students are members of various denominational or independent churches.
* Biblical Counseling
* Biblical Exposition
* Christian Education
* Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
* Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
* New Testament Studies
* Old Testament Studies
* Pastoral Ministries
* Spiritual Formation & Leadership
* Theological Studies
* World Missions & Intercultural Studies