12 months
1919 EUR/year
2169 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Divinity in Church Ministry at the Stellenbosch University offers professional theological training to ministers, clergy, pastors, lay workers, pastoral care givers and pastoral therapists for the ministry.


Key facts

After completion of the Master of Divinity programme at the Stellenbosch University you will:

  • have the ability to articulate your own practical theological ecclesiology;
  • be able to describe the role of the church in society;
  • be able to do congregational analyses in different contexts and situations;
  • have an understanding of theoretical insights regarding church history and church polity, systematic ecclesiology and symbolism, homiletics and liturgy, Christian spirituality and the identity of a Christian leader;
  • have developed a number of ministry and communications skills with regard to preaching, pastorate, community development and missionary leadership;
  • have pastoral care and crisis ministry skills; and
  • be able to implement an ecosystemic ministry within a pastoral policy of preventing marital and family problems.

Programme Structure

  • The first semester starts in the middle of January and runs for 21 weeks. The second semester runs for 15 weeks.
  • The different subthemes under the main themes are presented by means of a block approach and the integration of various theological disciplines.
  • For the purpose of this programme, a week starts on a Tuesday and ends on a Monday in order to include the weekend.
  • In May-June all the candidates go on a compulsory combined ecumenical tour of approximately two weeks.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Children's and youth culture 
  • Congregational studies and congregational analysis in African contexts 
  • Gender, culture and the Bible in the life of the church 
  • Practical theological ecclesiology 
  • Church in Africa
  • Church, society and market
  • Ecumenics 
  • Ministry of reconciliation and justice 
  • The church and public life 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Your contract 
  • Student support form (Students with special needs)  
  • Qualification documents - Please ensure that you upload qualification documents for each tertiary qualification obtained and that the documents is official and certified. This implies that your original qualification documents (academic transcript and accompanying degree certificate) which you recieved upon graduation must be stamped and signed by the awarding institution
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • A BDiv degree; or another qualification that is judged by Senate to be equivalent to the four-year BDiv programme, as well as the bible languages requirements regarding the current BDiv degree

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1919 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1919 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • National

    2169 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2169 EUR per year during 12 months.


Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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