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Criswell is a Christian college in Dallas, Texas, offering degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Since its establishment in 1970, the college has played a unique and important role in Baptist and church life. Thankful for that legacy, we continue to build an institution of higher learning, with a diverse community of Christian, evangelical believers, that is devoted to academic excellence and spiritual vitality.

Criswell maintains a credentialed and experienced faculty who are dedicated to ministry and to the church. The college’s relatively small size enables professors not only to instruct but also to mentor, providing students the opportunity to explore theological issues both safely and deeply, and obtain the skills necessary to influence society.

The college is devoted to student development, seeking to shape a student’s character and knowledge in many ways. At the same time our students shape our community with their presence as they test their ideas and challenge and learn from their peers and mentors. We, therefore, choose our students carefully, for we are invested in their academic and spiritual development and the contributions they will offer to society.



Criswell College is located in Old East Dallas, a vibrant and growing community adjacent to Downtown Dallas. Click here to learn more about the area.



75% percent of Criswell’s students are male; 25% percent are female. 38% are African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American.



95% of Criswell’s full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their field, also representing a diversity of disciplines. Click here to learn more about our faculty members.


Student-Faculty Ratio

With a student-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, Criswell is a place where professors personally know and care about their students.


Degree Programs

With an expanding curriculum, Criswell undergraduate students choose from various degree programs. Students interested in a general education grounded in a strong biblical and theological foundation may pursue an Associate of Arts. Students at the baccalaureate level may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Church Planting & Revitalization, Ministry, Psychology, or Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).

Graduate students may choose a Master of Arts program in ministry, counseling, or biblical and theological studies. The Master of Divinity is also available for those pursuing ordained ministry or for those who desire a more comprehensive ministerial education.

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Student Life

Student life at Criswell is exciting and multifaceted. Between ministry opportunities, social activities, study groups, and special events, students never lack for something to do and learn during their time at the college.

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Tuition and Aid

In 2014-2015, full-time beginning undergraduate students paid $7,870 in tuition and fees. 55% of these students received financial aid packages. Click here for more information about tuition and financial aid.



Criswell College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. For more information or questions about the accreditation of Criswell College, please write:

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
Or call 404.679.4500