MDiv/MA Preparatory Year

SOTE offers a bridging programme for full-time students who intend to enter our Master of Divinity or Master of Arts programmes.

The purpose of this programme is to provide those who have Polytechnic or equivalent diplomas (minimum three years) but not university degrees an opportunity to make up for the credit deficiencies in a way which prepares them for the graduate level studies in our Master degree programmes. This bridging, preparatory course of studies is offered as a 32 credit hour, full-time programme.

Besides being offered to students with credit deficiencies, the programme is also intended for foreign students who, in spite of possessing a Bachelor’s degree, lack evidence of adequate foundation in academic preparation and/or English language. 

Students in the MPrep programme will be placed on academic probation and will need to attain a minimum cumulative before they are admitted into any Master level programme. If these minimum standards are not attained, they will not be allowed to continue in their studies at SOTE.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission

Academic Requirements

  •  Polytechnic or equivalent diplomas (minimum three years)

English Language Requirements

  • ‘O’Level: B4 
  • TOEFL: 550 (PBT) / 213 (CBT) / 80 (IBT)
  • IELTS: 6.0 

General Requirements

  • At least 24 years old
  • Christian for at least 2 years
  • Evidence of involvement in ministry
  • Evidence of call to ministry and service
  • Endorsement by church leadership

Advancement Requirements

  • Attain a minimal cumulative GPA of 2.8 (B-/B grade) before they are admitted into any Master level programme


Year 1
First Semester Credit Hours
Research and Writing Skills 3
Old Testament Survey 3
Bible Study Methods 3
Doctrine I 3
Spiritual Formation 3
Field Education 1
Second Semester Credit Hours
Life and Teaching of Christ 3
Doctrine II 3
Introduction to Christian Worldview 3
Introduction to World Missions and Evangelism 3
New Testament Survey 3
Field Education 1

Note: Course offerings are subject to change.

Blended Learning at SBC

At SBC, we seek to build up our community through blended learning: designing synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using both physical and online platforms. Students may expect to be enriched with a variety of face-to-face and online learning experiences during their studies at SBC.