Our MTh is a research-based degree that is fully accredited and completely online. The degree takes the form of a substantial research project on a topic that is relevant to your life or ministry. You conduct the research under the guidance of a specialist supervisor.
To be admitted to the MTh, you must have a relevant, accredited four-year Bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor Honours degree, or a BTh Honours.
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, 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”.
The MTh is a research degree that culminates in an original thesis of 40,000-50,000 words. The process is divided into five phases.
Phase 1 begins when you enrol. It consists of a two online courses: GEN4121 Theological Orientation and MRS5240 Research Concept Development.
Phase 2 requires you to draft and submit a formal research proposal, which you do in consultation with your appointed supervisor, a scholar specialising in the field of the research. The phase ends when SATS’ Research Committee approves your research proposal.
Phases 3-4 are where you conduct the research and write the thesis, under the tutelage of your appointed supervisor.
Phase 5 is about examination! You submit your dissertation for internal and external examination, making the required improvements. You must also submit an article based on the thesis.
Our M.Th. programme is extremely popular in the US, with more than 20 students currently enrolled. If you live in the US you will find our programmes extremely affordable by comparison, without compromising quality. Recently our M.Th. and Ph.D. programmes were submitted to two of the most frequently used and highly recommended evaluators in the US, namely the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (http://www.ierf.org/)and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ International Education Services (https://www.aacrao.org/home), 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, as well as by the Brazilian and Argentinian governments.
Successful MTh graduates automatically have access to the Doctoral programmes in related fields at any accredited institution in South Africa , provided they achieve an aggregate of 60 percent for the MTh programme.
The minimum duration is two years, but the average completion time is 3-4 years. You have a maximum of five years to finish.
Please bear the following in mind when assessing the financial
- You pay at the beginning of each phase, so the tuition is spread over 3-4 years (the average completion time).
- The tuition fees are the total cost of the programme. There are no hidden costs, no travel costs, no accommodation costs, and no prescribed books to purchase. For many MTh programmes, these ‘hidden’ costs can easily double or triple the total cost.
Kindly note that all fees paid to SATS are non-refundable and that prices are increased annually.
To access our application form you may contact the Registrar of Postgraduate Studies, Marilyn Schott on firstname.lastname@example.org or simply click on Apply Online.
We look forward to being of assistance to you.
Please take extra care when completing the online application form not to use apostrophes, commas, inverted commas, brackets or slashes.