One thing I want to do in this blog is to present real students/graduates from different seminaries, colleges, and universities and have them comment briefly about their degree program and school. The first is Dr. Jerry Hullinger, who is currently a professor at Piedmont International University. He completed his undergrad work at Moody Bible Institute and Colorado Christian University and then underwent the Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology programs at Dallas Theological Seminary. Here are his thought on their Th.D. program:
"As I think back on my time at Dallas Seminary working on the Th.D., I can honestly say that I don't regret one moment of it. I'm sure most people say that about where they attended, but I honestly would not change a thing. After I had finished my Th.M. at Dallas, I wanted to leave and get my doctorate from somewhere else to get a different perspective. However, as I looked at the various programs, I ended up staying at Dallas because of its emphasis on the Scriptural text rather than peripheral topics related to Christianity in general--my feeling was that I wanted to know the Bible as well as humanly I could which is why I don't regret the time invested at DTS.
One of the things which turns people off from Dallas' program is the need to learn, in addition to Hebrew and Greek, French and German. I remember the late Harold Hoehner (who was director of the program when I attended) asking me if I knew I would have to do this as if to try and dissuade me from continuing. I took that as a challenge and was able to survive.
The stated purpose for the program is to produce those who are capable of doing research at the highest level. Though we all have a long way to go, I feel that the program was critical in helping me along that path."
Mark Stevens is a former seminary student himself and currently researches and teaches in the area of theological studies.