FAQs


If you have completed prior studies in theology or a related field, you may qualify for recognition of prior learning (RPL). Through RPL, you may be exempted from certain courses, which will reduce the total cost and duration of your programme.

If you believe that your prior learning meets the outcomes for some of the courses on your curriculum, you may apply for RPL. You need to submit a portfolio of evidence to support your application. We charge a fee to assess your portfolio and advise you as to how to proceed. RPL evaluations are valid for a period of three months.

To apply for RPL, please contact Sharon Eagle sharon@sats.edu.za.

You can enrol at SATS at any time of the year. You will commence your studies in the next available term.

One credit equates to approximately 10 hours of time on task. At the undergraduate level, all courses are 12 credits, requiring approximately 120 hours of work; this includes research, writing of the assignment(s), and the examination. Since the courses at SATS run in 13 weeks or 3 months, an average student should study 8-10 hours per week in each course.

If you are familiar with the American system of counting credits, 1 SU credit is equally to approximately 4 South African credits.

You can do an entire degree at SATS without needing to purchase a single textbook! For most courses, we provide you with electronic textbooks and readers; you do not need to purchase textbooks. If you choose to enrol for the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling, you need to purchase four books that you can use throughout the programme.

If you choose to Greek or Hebrew, you need to purchase the prescribed textbooks. A few BTh Honours courses require you to purchase a textbook, but most do not.

Yes! If you wish to take selected courses for self-enrichment without committing to doing a qualification, you are welcome to enrol for them. When you finish, you can request a transcript reflecting the courses passed for non-degree purposes.

Similarly, if you are registered for a programme and wish to take extra courses, in addition to the ones required for your degree, you are welcome to do so. For instance, you might be an MTh student who wishes to take Biblical Hebrew for extra credit. In such cases, the extra courses reflect on your academic record even though they are not required for your degree.

The official language of the Seminary is English. All courses are taught in English and all the instructional documentation of the Seminary is written in English. However, students who are not first-language English speakers are graded in a fair and equitable manner.

MTh and PhD students may be permitted to write their theses and dissertations in French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, or Russian, if their supervisor is proficient in the preferred language. These students must, however, be able to read English proficiently.

SATS tries to accommodate students with disabilities or special needs as much as is practical. Since we teach online, students need not travel to the campus; this averts disabilities that make travel difficult. To date, we have graduated one legally blind student and we have a quadriplegic moving towards graduation.

When medical needs necessitate, we grant students with disabilities extra time and we may allow them to submit oral assignments and examination answers instead of typed ones. Visually impaired students use ‘text-to-speech’ and ‘speech-to-text’ technologies.

There are a number of denominations currently enrolling students at SATS for their theological studies. You will need to contact the head of your denomination in order to find out if the SATS degree meets their denominational requirements. SATS does not ordain ministers.

South African degrees are well respected overseas and, since SATS has the highest level of accreditation in South Africa, most foreign institutions will admit our graduates to further studies (see Accreditation and Registration). However, each institution is sovereign with respect to which applicants it admits, so no institution local or international is obliged to admit a SATS graduate (or, for that matter, a graduate from any other institution).

Yes, we have a small bursary fund for those who cannot afford to study. To apply, please email bursaries@sats.edu.za. Funds permitting, applications are considered three times per year.

Yes. We expect all our students to conduct their academic affairs associated with the Seminary in a way that befits Christ’s disciples. Plagiarism, for example, is unacceptable, as is copying another student’s work or making any defamatory remarks about the seminary, its staff, or fellow students.

The full code of conduct is available on our website and in the Student Handbook.

Should you have reason to query the way in which the assessment of your assignments or examinations has been conducted, or if you wish to lay a complaint against a staff member, or if you have a grievance about any other matter related to your studies, you should follow the procedures laid out in the Student Handbook.

Yes, we have a detailed policy with accompanying procedures to ensure that our campus is safe and secure. Since students do not work on campus, this mostly affects staff. The full policy is available on our website and in the Student Handbook.

The Application Form functions as our registration contract. When you sign the Application Form, you agree to abide by the policies of the Seminary. The Department of Higher Education and Training requires you to sign its ‘Confirmation of Programme’ form when you register.