South African Theological Seminary Prospectus 2021 – 2022

Welcome to The South African Theological Seminary (SATS), a fully accredited and registered online seminary, focusing on equipping you for ministry in ministry.

Our mission is to provide Biblical, Christocentric distance education and training to Christians, and leaders in particular, within their local church environment, to equip them to be Holy Spirit empowered members of God’s household.

Our passion is to prepare Christ-centred leaders for every church. In addition to our three foundational pillars (Bible-based, Christ-centred, Spirit-led), we hold these core convictions about the nature of theology:

  1. Good theology is God-glorifying: The goal of all theology and all ministry is to bring glory to God.
  2. Good theology is mission-minded: All good theology is inherently missional, being in service of the mission of God. We believe that theology divorced of its missional ethos is unfaithful to the call of God.
  3. Good theology is church-based: Theology must always be anchored in the church and in service of the church.

We chose to carry out our mission through distance education because of a heartfelt belief in church-based training as the preferred approach. We believe in ‘training for ministry in ministry’; we are committed to training God’s servants in the context of their ministry.

SATS stands on a triune doctrinal foundation:

  • The unique authority of the Word of God the Father. We believe that the Bible is the only written revelation of and from God and that it is therefore all we need for faith and life.
  • The lordship and centrality of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son and the full revelation of the Godhead to humanity. He is the head of the church and the Lord of our lives. As a result, we are to base our doctrine and practice on what he said and did.
  • The ministry of the Holy Spirit. We believe that we are to trust and obey God the Holy Spirit and that we are to embrace all that the Scriptures reveal of him and his ministry.

These foundational principles are summed up in our by-line: Bible-based, Christ-centered, Spirit-led.

List of Courses Offered:

SATS offers a range of ministry-oriented theological programmes designed to equip thinking practitioners for faithful and effective service. We teach all our programmes 100 per cent online. You need a computer and a good Internet connection, but you never need to travel to SATS. Although our heart is for ministry, our passion for excellence in life and service undergirds a commitment to high academic standards in honour of the gospel.


We offer seven programmes, suitable for different needs.

  1. Higher Certificate in Christian Life (120 credits, NQF 5). The HCCL is similar to the first year of the BTh. It is ideal for those seeking solid foundations for life and ministry. It doubles as a gateway into tertiary education for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the BTh.
  2. Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling (120 credits, NQF 5). The HCCL is a comprehensive programme for lay and pastoral counsellors.
  3. Bachelor of Theology (360 credits, NQF 7). The BTh is a three-year degree in theology. We presently offer a general BTh, which is ideal for pastors, missionaries, and Bible teachers, and a specialisation in Christian counselling.
  4. Bachelor of Theology Honours (360 credits, NQF 8). The BTh Hons is a first postgraduate degree. It builds on a BTh and prepares students for theological research in the MTh.
  5. Master of Divinity (240 credits, NQF 9). The MDiv is designed to meet the need of pastors for advanced practical training. The programme is ideal for second-career pastors since access does not require that your previous qualifications be in theology.
  6. Master of Theology (180 credits, NQF 9). The MTh is a research degree in which you specialise in a particular field of theological studies. It is ideal for those aspiring to teach theology and is the pathway towards the PhD in theology.
  7. Doctor of Philosophy (360 credits, NQF 10). The PhD is a terminal research degree. Our PhD is dissertation-based,

For more information about the programmes, you can click on the Programmes menu at the top or visit the pages below about Postgraduate (Honours, Master’s and Doctoral levels) or Undergraduate (Bachelor’s and Certificate levels).

  • Bachelor of Theology (Honours) Timetable
  • Bachelor of Theology and HCCL Timetable
  • HCCC Timetable


Name of Bank: First National
Branch: Fourways Mall
Branch Number: 251655
Name of Account: SA Theological Seminary
Account Number: 51321182366

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