WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,980 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Commerce (MCom)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce
Campus:Middle Campus
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Dissertation
Application Deadline: 31 October 2021
Programme Overview

The School of Economics offers a Masters specialising in Economic Development in recognition of the need for a flexible programme structure which allows students to focus on research while choosing a curriculum best suited to their abilities and interests.

The aim is to equip students with essential research skills (both quantitative and writing skills) and knowledge in their chosen area of specialisation. The 120 credit dissertation weighting allows students to qualify for NRF funding.


This programme comprises two compulsory courses‚ two optional courses and a dissertation (ECO5066W). Students taking ECO5046F or ECO5021F or ECO5020F are required to take ECO5011F Quantitative Methods for Economists prior to registering for these courses. It is not–credit-bearing for this program. A candidate will ordinarily complete the prescribed courses in the first year‚ and will be expected to complete the dissertation within the following year. The programme comprises 240 credits.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
An average of at least 65% in an Honours degree and with a three year major in Economics in a Bachelors degree. A candidate shall have completed a quantitative course in Econometrics at 3rd year level‚ or equivalent. Applicants with degrees outside South Africa are encouraged (and in some cases may be required) to submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. A strong performance in the quantitative segment (above the 80th percentile) is expected. Recommendation of acceptance is at the discretion of the programme convenor and the Graduate committee

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $18

How to apply
Postgraduate applications are only possible online and must be submitted at

If you need help in completing your application, or advice about your choice of programme, contact:
Tel: (021) 650-2128 or email:
The Admissions Office is located on Level 4, Masingene Building, Middle
Campus, and will where necessary refer you to a faculty office or department for more details information or advice.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Economist.
– Financial risk analyst.
–  Data analyst.
– Financial planner.
– Accountant.
– Economic researcher.
– Financial consultant.
– Investment analyst.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $1,980
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,980

Please note that fees and payment requirements differ for local and international students. A further distinction is made between international students from the SADC region, international students from elsewhere in Africa, and international students from outside Africa. The following information does not apply to students registering at the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Students must pay the Course Fees for the selected courses, plus an International Admin Service Fee of R4, 000 plus the International Term Fee where applicable
– International Admin Service Fee – R4000
– International Term Fee from outside Africa- R49900
– International Term Fee Non-SADC – R37263
– South Africa and SADC Application fee – R100
– Outside of SADC region – R300

Relevant Contact

Prof. Anthony Black
Programme Convener
Mrs Yasmina Charles
Postrgraduate Administrator