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Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

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To qualify for admission to the B.Th. Honours, candidates must have maintained an average of at least 60 percent in their undergraduate degree. They must additionally meet one of these admission requirements:

  • Bachelor of Theology or cognate qualification.1
  • Bachelor’s degree in another field accompanied by a Certificate or Diploma in Theology and/or by extensive ministry experience.

Applicants in the second category are required to draw up a  portfolio of evidence that contains a detailed presentation of their prior qualifications and ministry experience. The Admission’s Committee will assess the candidate’s portfolio and, if deemed necessary, either set an admission test or prescribe bridging course-work (typically in the form of undergraduate modules in the discipline).

The Honours curriculum consists of a combination of 12 credit courses and 24 Credit courses, that must total at least 120 Credits:
For a description of each course, please go to the Postgraduate Course Details

Compulsory:

24 Credit Electives (choose any 4 of the following):

12 Credit Electives (choose 1 of the following):

Kindly note all fees paid to SATS are non-refundable. Prices are increased annually in January.

General comments:

  • The courses vary in content and approach, yet all are based on SATS’ core values.
  • Electives are also offered as stand-alone courses.
  • Students have a maximum of six months to complete each 24 credit course and three months to complete each 12 credit course. Where they fail to finish a course in time, additional fees will be charged.
  • Students take an average of three years to finish the B.Th. Honours programme.

To qualify for admission to the B.Th. Honours, candidates must have maintained an average of at least 60 percent in their undergraduate degree. They must additionally meet one of these admission requirements:

  • Bachelor of Theology or cognate qualification.1
  • Bachelor’s degree in another field accompanied by a Certificate or Diploma in Theology and/or by extensive ministry experience.

Applicants in the second category are required to draw up a portfolio of evidence that contains a detailed presentation of their prior qualifications and ministry experience. The Admission’s Committee will assess the candidate’s portfolio and, if deemed necessary, either set an admission test or prescribe bridging course-work (typically in the form of undergraduate modules in the discipline). The curriculum for the B.Th. Hons. consists of five courses of 24 credits each. We are beginning with the 4A series of Honours courses, in which each course presents an introduction to the subject area as a theological discipline and research area.

1 For example, a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Biblical Studies would be deemed cognate.

We are registered as a Section 21 company (Reg. no. 2002/005184/08), a PBO (18/11/13/2403) and an NPO (033-343-NPO. Our accreditation and Department of Higher Education registration provide assurance that the quality of our programmes is of the highest standard. Our programmes are therefore nationally and internationally comparable and the credits earned with us are truly “portable”, i.e. they can be transferred to other accredited, registered institutions. The increasing number of international students confirms the acceptability of our programmes around the world. Recently our MTh and PhD programmes were submitted to two of the most frequently used and highly recommended evaluators in the USA, namely the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (ierf.org) and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ International Education Services (http://ies.aacrao.org), and both confirmed that these degrees represent attainment of a level of education comparable to the equivalent degrees from a regionally accredited university in the United States. Our degrees are also recognised by the German website anabin.kmk.org which provides information about the evaluation of foreign qualifications.
The IQAS (International Qualification Assessment Service) in Alberta, Canada, an independent, secular assessment service used by many Canadian universities to establish the quality of foreign qualifications, has evaluated the SATS B.Th. as the local equivalent of a “three year Bachelor’s degree with a focus in theology”.

Although Honours degrees are entrenched in South Africa’s higher education framework, they are little known in the rest of the world (except for Australia and New Zealand). An Honours degree is a complete qualification that lies between a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. The B.Th. Honours is a fully accredited, fully online degree programme with courses covering the major fields of theological studies. It builds on knowledge and skills obtained through a B.Th., or a B.A. that includes substantial biblical and theological studies. It provides a platform for the Master’s programme, and also serves as an entry point for advanced theological study for students with primary qualifications in other fields of study. The articulation options relevant to the B.Th. Honours programme can be represented as follows:
The following diagram (see below) compares the South African framework with the American. In America, the Bachelor’s degree is four years, and the Master’s is one year. Therefore, our MTh corresponds closely to the American MA, while our BTh and BTh Hons together are approximately equivalent to their BA. (A key difference is that the South African degrees tend to be more narrowly specialised than their American counterparts.) These illustrations are not an exact representation of reality, but they should give you a good idea of the role the BTh Hons plays in the South African framework.

The BTh Hons is deemed to be a postgraduate degree. As such, it is a first research degree, and part of its purpose is to introduce you to theological research and specialised knowledge in theology. However, it is not a full-blown research degree. Our Honours combines extensive foundational reading with the opportunity to develop your research skills by writing 30-page academic papers.

Yes. The BTh Hons is accredited by the Council on Higher Education and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training. The BTh Hons is a complete qualification on level 8 on South Africa’s National Qualifications Framework.

The courses are delivered via our online system, MySats. You will download all your study materials (some courses require you to purchase prescribed textbooks) from the site. You will be able to interact with the lecturer and other students through a forum that is available on the site. You will also submit your assignments and receive your results on MySats. Each Honours course is offered over six months. You are required to complete the readings by the mid-point of the course, and pass the assessment task based on the readings. The second half of the course is devoted to writing your research paper. There are prescribed dates for the submission of each assignment; if you fail to meet one of those dates, you fail the course.

The BTh Hons articulates vertically into an MTh or MA in Theology. If you successfully complete the BTh Hons and maintain an average of 60 per cent for all the courses, you would be readily accepted into a relevant Master’s degree at any other accredited institution in South Africa.

The B.Th. Honours programme comprises of a combination of 24 credit and 12 credit courses, totalling 120 credits for the programme. Students must complete a minimum of 120 Credits to earn the qualification. The programme is offered on the MySATS site.

Pricing
Click here to see the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) pricing

To submit an online application, click here. You will need to submit scanned copies of your identity document and your prior qualifications. Please take extra care when completing the online application form not to use apostrophes, commas, inverted commas, brackets or slashes. Alternatively, an Application Form can be obtained from the Postgraduate Registrar: postgraduate@sats.edu.za. When you have completed it, please email it, together with scanned copies of your identity document and your prior qualifications, to the Postgraduate Registrar at postgraduate@sats.edu.za. If you have any queries, you are welcome to contact the Postgraduate Registrar at postgraduate@sats.edu.za.