Master of Theology Degree (MTh)

GWC’s Master of Theology degree programme is registered under the South African Qualifications Authority ID 101609 , NQF Level 9.


The GWC MTh degree builds on the BThHons degree by providing graduates with the necessary knowledge, research skills and applied competence within a specialised discipline or field of study in theology. Graduates are able to do advanced independent research. The curriculum provides for a choice of coursework or full dissertation variants. The Research Committee will recommend the variant to be followed, having regard to the needs of the student. See Programme Structure below.



This option provides for further consolidation and deepening of knowledge and expertise in three key areas of Christian theology: Old Testament, New Testament and Christian Doctrine. In addition, one further module must be offered as specified by the Research Committee This module will be chosen from Church History, Pastoral Theology, Missiology, Homiletics or Ethics.


A 25.000-word mini-dissertation provides the student with the opportunity to develop further research capacity in a topic of her/his choosing within the College’s focus areas. Prerequisite to the mini-dissertation are modules covering Research Methodology, completion of a Research Proposal, and Specialised Reading.



This option requires students to undertake a major research project, culminating in a dissertation of approximately 50.000 words.


Prior to commencing with the mini-dissertation or dissertation, three modules serve to provide a solid basis for undertaking the chosen research: Research Methodology, the completion of a Research Proposal, and a Specialist Reading module.

Duration of study

Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: Minimum of 3 years


Graduates of the MTh degree will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, research skills and applied competence within a specialised discipline or field of study in theology in order to act as leaders, educators and facilitators in their church denominations and in society at large.

Graduates will, with an advanced level of independence, competence and self-motivation, be able to analyse and interpret relevant primary and secondary Christian sources, critically evaluate and apply Christian theology and ethics in an appropriate manner, participate confidently in discussion and research into relevant issues and problems, and report their findings clearly in written and oral form.

Entrance Requirements

GWC BThHons degree (or equivalent as determined by the Faculty Board).

International applicants require an evaluation of their highest qualification from the SA Qualifications Authority; as well as proof of English language proficiency through the IELTS test (6.5 overall and 6.0 for the written element) or TOEFL (computerised 232/575; internet based 90/91). Applications for exemption from the testing can be made (with appropriate motivation) to the Faculty Board, whose decision is final. Further details may be obtained from the Assistant Registrar.

English Requirement


Foreign students who have English as a second language may be required to complete a TOEFL Test (or similar) to prove proficiency in English at a level suitable for academic study.

English language requirement: You must have an English Language qualification to be accepted onto a course at the University. The minimum acceptable English Language requirement for undergraduate courses is IELTS – 6.0 overall and 5.0 for the written element. This is equivalent to 213 in the computerised TOEFL test, 550 in the written TOEFL test, or 79 – 80 in the internet based TOEFL test.

For postgraduate courses you must have IELTS – 6.5 overall and 6.0 for the written element. This is equivalent to 232 in the computerised TOEFL test, 575 in the written TOEFL test or 90 – 91 in the internet based TOEFL test. Equivalent English language qualifications may be accepted.

The following link will enable you to find out more about the IELTS and TOEFL tests and will enable you to locate a learning and testing centre near to where you live:

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