WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$4,030 /year
Part-time Study:18 Months
Final Award:Master of Commerce
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce, Law & Management
Campus:West Campus
Application Deadline: 30 April 2020
Programme Overview

The Masters degree builds on the Honours in ADE and focuses on development policy debates.

The programme is unique in that it approaches economics from a pluralist point of view. In this context, pluralism comprises three dimensions: theoretical pluralism; methodological pluralism; and dialogue between economics and other social sciences.


The Coursework Masters in Applied Development Economics programme comprises of a Research report (20,000 words maximum) together with a total of 4 courses, namely 3 compulsory and 1 elective as shown below.

Compulsory courses:
– Political Economy of Development
– Microeconomics & Industrial and Trade Policy
– Advanced Macroeconomics for Policy

Students should choose one elective from the ones offered in Economics, or in another school. They should consult with the Programme director when choosing their elective. Below is a list of some of the available electives in Economics:

– The Economics of Competition and Regulation
– Development
– Advanced Institutional Economics
– Political Economy

Note: Please note that the electives on offer in any one year may vary according to the availability of staff.

Due Date for Research Report: The Research Report is expected to be completed alongside the coursework. The research proposal for the Research Report must be approved by the School’s Postgraduate Committee early in the second semester. Therefore, work on the research proposal should commence in the first semester. The completed Research Report (20,000 words maximum) must be submitted by the end of the following February.

Admission Requirements
  • A bachelors degree with honours.

Additional Entry RequirementsApplicants are expected to have achieved an average of at least 65% for Honours in Applied Development Economics. Applicants who have completed other Honours in Economics should also have achieved an average of 65 or higher and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Accepted applicants who have not done the Honours ADE Research methods course will be required to attend and pass this course.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $42

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.
Career Opportunities

The Masters degree in Applied Development Economics prepares students for a career in research and policy-making in the NGO, private and public sectors in the broad field of development. Students who successfully complete this degree can also go on to enrol for the PhD in Applied Development Economics.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $4,030
Tuition Fees for International Students: $4,029

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Dr Nicolas Pons-Vignon
Course Coordinator