If you’re trying to decide if DBTS is a good fit for you, we invite you to take one free course for seminary credit.

  • Take a 1-2 week summer block class or a Fall/Spring semester class free of charge
  • Earn full seminary credit
  • Free housing for out-of-town students

Interested? Contact our seminary and ask about our Test Drive program. Click here to email us.


How do you qualify for the Test Drive?

The program is open to current Juniors and Seniors in college, or to college graduates who are seriously considering DBTS

Which classes can I take for the Test Drive?

For those who do not live in close proximity to the seminary, we recommend you take one of our summer block courses (1 week or 2 weeks in length). If your situation allows for you to take a semester-long class, you are welcome to do so. Visit our class schedule to see which classes are available.

What is involved in taking the class?

Since you are taking the class for full credit, your course work will include attending lectures, taking examinations, and completing reading assignments. Term papers are also required for some courses. For summer classes, reading and papers are generally due later in the summer.

What do I need to do to sign up?

Your first step would be to contact the seminary either by phone or email and express your interest in the Test Drive program. We ask that Test Drive students fill out a full online application, although references and transcripts are not required for the Test Drive program.

Are there any additional fees?

No tuition, library, or student fees will be charged for this course. Any textbook costs, which are kept to a necessary minimum, will be paid by the student.

Is there housing available?

For those who need housing while taking the Test Drive program, we will provide it free of charge by setting you up with a host family.

Will the credits for this class go toward my seminary degree?

Yes. The credit earned will be applied to the student’s transcript at DBTS after his seminary application is officially completed, which includes the receipt of a final transcript stating that the student has received his bachelor’s degree.

What if I take the Test Drive but decide to go elsewhere for seminary?

Although we hope the Test Drive will convince you, the credit you earn can be transferred to another graduate institution, if so desired, after receipt of a final transcript of your bachelor’s degree.

Have more questions? Contact our recruitment director by phone (313.381.0111 ext. 3011) or email ([email protected]) .