1. The development of programs takes place within the Departments of the Institution guided by the directives of the Southern African Bishop’s Conference [SACBC] and Government educational structures. These Departments consist of three, namely: Philosophy, Systematic Theology and Pastoral Theology, each of which is overseen by a Head of Department.
2. The first step is that the various departments take responsibility for the development of the curriculum and the Heads of Department approves it provisionally. To this end, Heads of Departments are answerable directly to the Academic Dean and the Executive Academic Committee.
3. The subject courses with outlines and content together with prescribed books are presented by Lecturers. These requirements are identified and set out at Departmental Meetings, and finally verified at the Executive Academic Committee meetings facilitated by the Academic Dean.
4. The General Academic Assembly / which takes place twice a year i.e. once a semester; discusses the learning programs, on-going development, formulates and finalizes the Academic policies that need to be put in place.
5. Matters of major academic nature are minuted, documented, made into policy and, thereafter, communicated to both staff and students.
Our programs are set up primarily for the purposes of training future priests for the Roman Catholic Church according to norms laid down by the Church for formation. However, this being said, the programs offered at St. John Vianney Seminary are open to persons of any race, creed or gender. The basic programs of Philosophy and Theology, obligatory for priestly training, have been in operation for many years with necessary changes and adaptations. These have been tested satisfactorily by alumni in the practice of ministry.