Our Master of Theology 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.
Do I Qualify?
To be admitted to the Master of Theology, a candidate must have maintained an average of at least 60 percent in their previous degree. Additionally, a candidate must meet one of these admission requirements:
- An accredited four-year Bachelor Honours degree in a theological field.
- An accredited Bachelor Honours degree in another field accompanied by an accredited Diploma or Bachelor in Theology.
If you are unsure whether you qualify, you can apply online.
The Master of Theology is a research degree that culminates in an original thesis of 40,000 – 50,000 words. The process is divided into five phases. The minimum duration is 2 years, but the average completion time is 3 – 4 years. You have a maximum of five years to finish.
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
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.
Access To Further Programmes
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.
How Long Does It Take?
The minimum duration is two years, but the average completion time is 3-4 years. You have a maximum of five years to finish.