WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,523 for the full programme
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts (MA)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Research Report
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The Department of Cultural Policy and Management (CP&M) within the Wits School of Arts offers Masters and Honours degrees, preparing students for entry into a diverse and exciting world of cultural policy, cultural economy, city making, arts management, cultural leadership and activism, cultural administration and arts marketing. The degrees are also aimed at mid-career professionals aiming to consolidate their grasp and practice of the field.


The Masters programme by coursework and research report has a choice of three analytically challenging but practically oriented courses: the foundational course is Cultural Policy and Leadership; Culture, Creativity and Economy or Strategic Planning in the Arts (offered in alternate years) and Marketing Sponsorship and Funding for the Arts.

The focus for the programmes is on interactive seminars, guest lectures on contemporary issues in the cultural sector and excursions to the vibrant arts and culture organisations in the broader Johannesburg area. The course also enables active engagement with the cultural economy in Johannesburg through conferences, meetings, launches and collaborative research between students and leading arts organisations, honing critical skills in research and at the same time networking in and being of service to this community.

The Cultural Policy and Management teaching team is made up of professionals, researchers, experts and practitioners who are actively involved in the world of policy, management, administration, marketing and leadership in the cultural economy.

The Department also offers short courses.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Masters by Coursework and Research Report:

– A bachelor’s degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.

Masters by Dissertation:
– A bachelor’s degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.
– A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application.

Additional Entry Requirements
Additional requirements may apply.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

How to apply
– 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

Graduates from the policy stream Cultural Policy & Management pursue careers in a variety of important positions related to cultural policy-making, cultural organizations leading or cultural projects managing in the public sector (local or national organizations), the private sector(companies and foundations working in the field of culture, consultancy, cultural sponsorship, private-public partnership) or non-governmental organizations

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,523
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,523

*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

Miss Madile Moeketsi
Postgraduate Faculty Officer
Mrs Bonisiwe Mokhabuki
Senior Faculty Officer