Students prefer to register at the NWU’s Faculty of Theology mainly due to the high quality of teaching and learning, the theological foundation, and the ethos of the Faculty.


Fast facts

  • Total number of students: 610
  • M students: 111
  • D students: 118
  • M degrees completed 2012: 14
  • D degrees completed 2012: 26
  • Research articles 2012: 95
  • Academic staff: 25
  • % Academic staff with PhD: 84%
  • Administrative staff: 8
  • E-learning Technologist: 1
  • Research professors: 2
  • Extraordinary staff: 81
  • Post-65 Researchers: 4
  • Post-doctoral fellows: 12
  • Open learning centres SA: 20
  • Open learning centres internationally: 7

Management structure
The Faculty comprises three teaching-learning schools (for Ministers’ Training; for Pastoral Counselling and Church Ministry; for Ancient Language and Text Studies), and one Research Unit (the Unit for Reformational Theology and the development of the South African Society), each headed by a director. There is a fifth management unit: the Theology Open Distance Learning Programmes.
Distance students
Of our approximately 600 students, half are distance students. They are primarily persons in full-time professions and thus not in a position to easily relocate to Potchefstroom. The Faculty is geared to make its teaching-learning accessible to these students over any distance, among others through optimal utilisation of teaching-learning technology. Most of these students receive addional teaching and learning support at the 27 open learning centres of the Faculty of Theology across South Africa, in several African countries, and in Europe and the Americas.

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Qualification programmes
The following qualification programmes are offered:
Undergraduate degrees

  • BTh in Bible Languages
  • BTh in Pastoral Counselling
  • BDiv (a four-year professional qualification, commencing in 2015)
  • BA in Biblical Counselling and Psychology
  • BTh in Music Ministry (commencing in 2015)
  • BA in Ancient Languages and Bible Translation (commencing in 2014)

Honours degrees

  • Hons BTh
  • Hons BA in Theology
  • Hons BA in Ancient Languages

Master’s degrees

  • MDiv (Professional master’s degree)
  • MTh in all the Theology subjects
  • MA in all the Theology subjects (discontinued from 2015)
  • MA in Greek, Semitic Languages, or Latin


  • PhD in all the Theology subjects
  • PhD in Greek, Semitic Languages, or Latin

Postgraduate studies
From starting their honours studies, and specifically during their M and D studies, our students are guided to do their studying within one of the sub-programmes of the Research Unit. These sub-programmes are the following:

  1. Moral Renewal of Society, with Prof Riaan Rheeder as leader
  2. Ancient Languages: Text, Context and Reception, with Dr At Lamprecht as leader
  3. Practical-Theological Perspectives, with Dr Hannelie Yates as leader
  4. Ecclesiological Perspectives, with Prof Johannes Smit as leader
  5. Missiological Perspectives, with Prof Henk Stoker as leader
  6. Bibliological and Hermeneutical Perspectives, with Prof Francois Viljoen as leader


Contact Us

Postal Address                                      Physical Address
Internal Box 147                                    Molen Street (between Borcherd and Meyer Street),
Potchefstroom Campus                          Theology Building, K23
North West University                            Potchefstroom
Private Bag X6001