Diploma in Theological Studies
For those who do not seek a master’s degree, the seminary offers a Diploma in Theological Studies. The DTS is awarded to a regularly admitted student who has earned at least 18 credits at or through the seminary in an approved course of study within a three-year period. Please note that the credit hours listed are a minimum. More may be taken as desired.
This diploma is ideal for those who wish to enrich their knowledge in particular academic areas without being committed to the completion of a master’s degree.
Applicants will complete all items in the application form except for the requirement for the GRE or MAT testing. Appropriate diploma courses may be applied to the master’s degree should the student decide to pursue those studies. Additional admissions requirements may apply.
Prior to being awarded the diploma, a candidate must fully discharge all financial obligations to the seminary and all requirements must be completed within three years from the date of entry into the program.
DTS Program Goals
The curriculum at Seminary of the Southwest follows a path focused on three areas of formation: being, knowing, and doing. The seminary’s foundational attention to academic excellence (knowing) is complemented by attention to character (being) and skill (doing). Each program seeks to produce well-rounded, thoughtful graduates who have become not only competent in a field of study but wise and charitable in its practice.
Graduates of the Diploma in Theological Studies program at Seminary of the Southwest will display integral formation in these areas:
- Being: Acquire the discipline of close reading and critical thinking and develop a curious and generous intellect.
- Knowing: Gain familiarity with the Bible, explore the principle developments in the history of Christian institutions and theology, achieve an understanding of major theological topics and relate them to Christian faith and practice with imagination and creativity.
- Doing: Conduct integrative research within a theological area and demonstrate competency through clear articulation of conceptual and theological ideas by way of regular class writing.