WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,954 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Commerce (MCom)
Start Date:January 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 two-year coursework and dissertation-based Masters in Economic Science degree. The objective of the programme is to prepare students with the theoretical and empirical knowledge required for research in Economics, including doctoral research. It provides training equivalent to the first two years of a good PhD programme at an overseas university.

The coursework content of the first year of the Masters stream is similar to that of the Masters in Economics. In the second year, students are required to complete additional core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and other electives. In addition, students are required to complete a 60 credit dissertation.


The course consists of a number of compulsory courses and optional courses.  The courses may be completed during any stage of the degree. Students are advised to follow the Masters in Economics stream during the first year.  Students are also required to commence with their dissertation (ECO5023W) during the first year.

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 360 credits.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
– An average of at least 65% in an Honours degree in Economics.
– Before admission to the programme a candidate shall have completed quantitative courses in Econometrics at Honours level, or the equivalent.  A candidate who has not completed these courses, or their equivalent, shall be required to complete these as preliminary work whilst registered as a candidate for the degree in addition to the prescribed courses.
– Applicants may be required to undertake a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test.
– Students who have completed equivalent courses at the Master level may apply for an exemption but not credit, from particular courses.
– Recommendation of acceptance is at the discretion of the Graduate Committee of the School of Economics.

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.
– Data Analyst.
– Management Consultant.
– Research Analyst.
– Senior Economist.
– Primary School Teacher.
– Private Equity Investment Analyst.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $1,954
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,954

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

Dr Reza Daniels
Programme Convener
Mrs Yasmina Charles
Postgraduate Administrator