Dallas Theological Seminary


Dallas Theological Seminary is an accreditation graduate school offering over 15 degrees on campus and online. Our main campus is located in Dallas, TX but we have branch campuses in Houston and Washington, DC. We also teach at various other sites around the world!

Contact information

Mailing address:
Dallas Theological Seminary
3909 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204-6411

Website: dts.edu

Phone: 800-387-9673

Email: admissions@dts.edu

Organization details

EIN: 750827421

CEO/President: Dr. Mark M. Yarbrough

Chairman: Robert Murchison

Board size: 28

Founder: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Year founded: 1941

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


DTS is a community of men and women of different ages, denominations, ethnicities, countries of origin, and gifting, joined together by our common faith in the triune God and our common calling to make disciples wherever we go.

Mission statement

The mission of DTS as a professional, graduate-level school is to glorify God by equipping godly servant leaders for the proclamation of his word and the building up of the body of Christ worldwide.

Statement of faith


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating557 of 58653 of 53
Fund acquisition rating466 of 58652 of 53
Resource allocation rating554 of 58653 of 53
Asset utilization rating454 of 58625 of 53

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$9,300,389$10,487,691$7,064,485$9,193,927$8,007,098
Short-term investments$29,018,442$25,055,304$23,453,596$23,493,200$22,658,669
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$48,623,043$43,832,656$37,990,174$42,550,848$44,452,877
Long-term investments$4,664,490$5,812,400$6,452,842$7,285,407$5,515,752
Fixed assets$51,009,335$52,663,862$54,071,127$52,597,500$44,968,094
Other long-term assets$516,158$515,145$945,979$984,121$1,011,477
Total long-term assets$56,189,983$58,991,407$61,469,948$60,867,028$51,495,323
Total assets$104,813,026$102,824,063$99,460,122$103,417,876$95,948,200
Payables and accrued expenses$3,556,818$4,622,139$2,993,376$5,605,108$4,519,080
Other current liabilities$2,494,084$2,407,357$1,891,499$1,615,944$1,577,910
Total current liabilities$6,050,902$7,029,496$4,884,875$7,221,052$6,096,990
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$18,587,849$19,605,757$23,897,360$20,194,384$17,402,393
Total long-term liabilities$32,602,617$34,297,353$39,247,625$36,173,267$33,984,754
Total liabilities$38,653,519$41,326,849$44,132,500$43,394,319$40,081,744
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$10,442,581$8,968,330$8,325,429$21,124,766$19,757,840
Permanently restricted$21,798,401$21,195,105$20,502,458$19,422,274$17,381,387
Net assets$66,159,507$61,497,214$55,327,622$60,023,557$55,866,456
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$16,023,956$16,224,341$16,123,544$21,945,258$21,407,891
Program service revenue$23,789,019$23,136,764$21,418,856$21,195,938$20,390,249
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,138,277$1,166,217$655,846$1,608,059$225,865
Other revenue$596,947($73,951)($89,449)$9,064$1,015
Total other revenue$25,524,243$24,229,030$21,985,253$22,813,061$20,617,129
Total revenue$41,548,199$40,453,371$38,108,797$44,758,319$42,025,020
Program services$24,869,022$25,816,210$26,534,650$25,184,839$22,652,060
Management and general$11,272,295$10,430,767$13,352,426$11,890,174$11,030,205
Total expenses$39,393,992$39,216,070$42,181,485$39,462,872$35,788,758
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$2,154,207$1,237,301($4,072,688)$5,295,447$6,236,262
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,154,207$1,237,301($4,072,688)$5,295,447$6,236,262

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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. Chafer's 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 (ThM) degree, which is a year longer than the three-year Master of Divinity (MDiv) offered at most other seminaries. The ThM 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 (MA) program in Biblical Studies for students whose ministries would not require the in-depth language training of the ThM program (name changed to Master of Arts [Christian Studies] MACS in 2015). The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree began in 1980 to provide further pastoral training for seminary graduates to meet the changing demands of ministry. In 1982 the seminary began the MA in Christian Education so students could receive specialized training for Christian ministries. In 1987 the MA program in Cross-cultural Ministries was inaugurated to give specialized missions training. In 1993 the seminary launched a three-year MA in Biblical Counseling (MABC) degree program and a two-year MA in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics (MABEL) degree program. The latter program is offered jointly with the Dallas International University located in south Dallas. In 2005 the seminary launched the MA in Media and Communication (MAMC) degree program for those interested in employing the media arts in ministry (name changed to Master of Arts in Media Arts and Worship in 2013). In 2011 the seminary began offering the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL) degree program. The Master of Biblical and Theological Studies (MBTS) program and the academic Master of Arts degree with majors in Old Testament Studies, New Testament Studies, and Theological Studies began in 2015. Throughout the seminary's history it has steadfastly maintained its allegiance to biblical truth. A doctrinal statement articulates the beliefs of DTS, and each year the faculty and members of the boards reaffirm their agreement with this statement.

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