We have received accreditation for a Master of Divinity programme. This is a two-year professional master’s degree designed for pastors. Since it does not require a prior degree in theology, it is the ideal gateway into advanced theological and ministerial training for second-career pastors. As with all SATS offerings, the MDiv is 100 percent online, affording busy pastors and leaders the opportunity to receive high-level training within their ministry context.

The SATS MDiv is a 240-credit degree, consisting of 180 credits of coursework and a 60-credit capstone project. To register for the MDiv, you need an accredited four-year degree or equivalent with above-average grades. In South Africa, this means a qualification on NQF level 8 with an average of at least 60 percent. For foreign applicants, we calculate equivalents on a case-by-case basis. You do not need to have any prior studies in theology. Your degree can be in English, Engineering, Education, or any other academic discipline. If you have a three-year degree (NQF 7 in South Africa), we will allow you to do one year of bridging work to gain access to the MDiv.

Please note that the MDiv programme does not grant direct access to the PhD programme; the MDiv grants access to the MTh programme, which in turn grants access to the PhD.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Essentials for Enquirers

SATS is excited to announce the launch of our Master of Divinity programme. We have received full accreditation, and this document will answer most of the questions you may have about the MDiv.


Core Subjects (Compulsory)

Total (96 credits)

Students must take two subjects of their choice from each of the following fields:

Practical Theology (any 2*)

Total (24 credits)

Church and Society (any 2*)

Total (24 credits)

NB! Students must take an additional two subjects from one of the above mentioned fields.

Total (24 credits)

Complete our online application form, or contact us.