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Study at Christ Seminary

Course Structure

The seminary currently offers two programmes: a 360 credit Bachelor Theology; and a 360 credit Diploma in Theology. The Diploma is a three year programme while the Degree is currently a four year programme.

The language of instruction for all courses is solely English.

The Degree programme offers studies in Biblical Hebrew and Greek Grammar and Exegesis. These language classes are compulsory for the Degree qualification.

As part of the seminary’s goal to equip pastors for life-long ministry, the seminary issues course textbooks to each student every semester. These include: expositional and exegetical commentaries; biblical language tools such as Greek and Hebrew Bibles and lexicons; theological textbooks; Old and New Testament survey and introduction books; church history books; Bible dictionaries and atlases; practical ministry books; and more.

By graduation, each student would have personally acquired a library-worth of books useful for research, and preaching and teaching.


Year 1


CAD 100 English Proficiency
CAD 101 Research Methods
CST 100 Bible Overview
CBE 100 Expository Preaching I
CPT 100 Pastoral Ministry I
(Pastor’s Home)


COT 110 OT Survey I
CNT 110 NT Survey I
CEX 110 Hermeneutics I
CST 110 Theology I
CPT 110 Pastoral Ministry II
(Prayer & Worship)
CPT 111 Missiology

Year 2


COT 200 OT Survey II
CNT 200 NT Survey II
CST 200 Theology II
CBL 200 Greek Grammar I
CBE 200 Expository Preaching II
CPT 210  Biblical Counselling I


COT 210 OT Survey III
CST 210 Theology III
CBL 210 Greek Grammar II
CEX 200 Hermeneutics II
CPT 211 Pastoral Theology I

Year 3


CST 300 Theology IV
CPT 401 Biblical Counselling II
CHT 300 Historical Theology I
CBL 300 Greek Exegesis
CBL 301 Hebrew Grammar I
CBE 300 Expository Preaching III


CHT 310 Historical Theology II
CBL 310 Hebrew Grammar II
CTH 310 Baptist Principles
CPT 310 Pastoral Epistles
CPT 311 Contemporary Theology
CBE 310 Practical Preaching

Year 4


CNT 410 Exegesis of Romans
CHT 400 History of Israel
COT 410 Exegesis of Nehemiah
CST 301 Comparative Religions


COT 400 Exegesis of Isaiah
CNT 400 Exposition of Acts
CPT 410 Pastoral Theology II
CPT 411 Biblical Ethics
CBE 410 Advanced Preaching

Fees & Registration


All students are required to pay a fee of R5,000 per annum, subject to annual review.

This fee includes tuition, prescribed textbooks, and accommodation and meals when in session.

This fee may be paid annually before the beginning of the first semester in January. An alternative is to pay half the fee before the beginning of the first semester, and the other half before the beginning of the second semester.

This fee is highly subsidized due to sponsorships from the seminary’s partners.

To note, retake of classes and exams will not attract any subsidy. The total cost of the same will be entirely born by the student.

In case of cancellation or withdrawal before the programme starts, all fees that would have been paid will be refunded in full. But where cancellation or withdrawal occurs when the programme has already started, no fees will be reimbursed for a semester that the student has already undertaken or is currently taking.

In cases where the student would have paid for a semester(s) in advance, the fees for the semester that has not been taken or started will be refunded.

Admission Requirements

All applications must be received by the end of September, each year, as interviews will be scheduled for the month of October.

The admission requirements for both the Degree and Diploma programmes adhere to both the stipulations by the Department of Higher Education (DHET) as certified by Umalusi (the Council for General and Further Education and Training), and the Admissions Policy of the seminary.

For the Degree programme, the applicant must be a holder of a National Senior Certificate (NSC), having passed the grade 12 matriculation examinations. In his NSC qualification, the applicant must have had a minimum of 30% in English. He must have a rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59%) or better in any four other subjects which are classified as 20-credit NSC subjects by Umalusi.

For the Diploma programme, the applicant must be a holder of a National Senior Certificate (NSC), having passed the grade 12 matriculation examinations. In his NSC qualification, the applicant must have had a minimum of 30% in English. He must have a rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in any four other subjects classified as 20-credit NSC subjects by Umalusi.

All applicants must personally attend and pass an oral interview, where the student will validate his Christian testimony. A telephone conference replaces the personal attendance of an interview where the applicant is unable to appear in person due to a valid reason as deemed acceptable by the seminary.

A signed and dated reference letter from the student’s Christian mentor (preferably the senior pastor or an elder of is local church).

Satisfactory completion of the programme’s application form and submission of the same before the application deadline is also mandatory.

The candidate must also demonstrate the ability to pay the tuition and related fees for the duration of the programme; and where partial bursaries are offered, the candidate must demonstrate his ability to pay the remainder of the amount.

For international applicants (non-residents of South Africa), a valid study permit for the duration of the course is required. International applicants should also solicit and confirm that they have found a host church in South Africa where they will live when out of session.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be considered where the applicant does not hold an NSC qualification. This is subject to the applicant applying for and obtaining a certificate of complete or conditional exemption from South Africa’s Matriculation Board.

For courses taken and completed in cognate field at a registered institution with an accredited programme(s) at the same NQF level, awarding the applicant course credits for those courses will be considered by the seminary. Credits awarded will not exceed 50% of the total credits required to complete the programme.

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