WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,545 for the full programme
Applications Begin:March 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Commerce
Start Date:February 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
Campus:West Campus
Application Deadline:
Programme Overview

The pervasiveness of technology in the knowledge economy has resulted in increasing demand for professionals with a unique blend of analytical, technical, business and communication skills.

In Information Systems, we study what happens when technologies, people, organisations and societies interact. Technology now lies at the heart of a dynamic, information and knowledge-driven world that needs people to point the way, people who “get it”. Our analysts solve “real world” problems, using technology to build systems that allow for quicker and smarter responses to changes in dynamic and complex environments.

It is important to note that we focus on the design of end-to-end solutions of which technology may be an element, and not only on technology for the sake of technology. This is what differentiates us from other disciplines such as Information Technology (IT), Computer Science and Software Engineering.


First year

  • Information Systems IA and IB
  • Accounting I
  • Computational Mathematics I
  • Business Statistics I
  • Economic IA (Microeconomics)
  • Economics IB (Macroeconomics)
  • Economic Theory IA (Microeconomics for Economists)
  • Economics Theory IB (Macroeconomics for Economists)

Second year

  • Information Systems IIA and IIB

A total of 72 credits must be taken from the following courses. At least 48 of these credits must make up the second year level of your second major. Students who wish to pursue a second major in Computer Science must be aware of the prerequisite requirements for this course.

  • Corporate Finance II
  • Investment II
  • Economics IIA and IIB
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Retail Management
  • Principles of Management IIBA and IIB
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Insurance and Risk Management IIA and IIB
  • Human Resources IIA
  • Human Resources IIB (Labour Relations)

Third year

  • Management and Application of Information Systems
  • Information Systems Development Project

A total of 72 credits must be taken from the following courses:

  • Investment and Corporate Finance III
  • Economic Science III
  • Economic Theory III
  • Applied Development Economics III
  • Marketing IIIA and IIIB
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Innovation and Intrapreneurship Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Insurance and Risk Management III
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Human Resource and Individual Performance
  • Human Resources and Organisational Performance
  • Organisational Theory
Admission Requirements

English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5
Level 5
Wait listing
Applicants with an APS of 35-38, as well as English 6 and Mathematics 6, will be wait-listed subject to place availability.

International Students
Once you have been accepted to study at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg you need to meet some requirements:
– Letter of Acceptance from the University, accept the offer on the Student Self Service Portal.
– Valid Passport
– Apply for the Study Visa.  When collecting your Study Visa, check the date of issue and expiry. Ensure that the visa is issued for the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg or any of its variations
– Apply for South African Medical Aid Cover with a registered South African Medical Aid Provider until 31 December (Refer to Medical Aid section under “Immigration Information”)
– Make travel arrangements to come to travel to South Africa
– Arrange for funds for fees and living expenses.  The payment for the tuition fees, related costs and on-campus accommodation (if applicable) must be done in advance
– Arrange for a shuttle transfer to Wits University or place of residence.
– Students should bring their Original School Leaving Certificates and /or Tertiary Qualifications for Matriculation Exemption

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC Students: $7
Application Fees for International Students: $46

The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
– Check the admission requirements for your degree.
– Check if any additional selection requirements apply.
– Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
– Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.

Career Opportunities

The analytical, technical, business and communication skills gained through the BCom with specialisation in IS can lead to a wide range of career choices, including: Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Consultant, Analyst Programmer, Application Developer, Technology Architect, Database Administrator, UX/ UI Designer, IT Auditor, Project Manager, Change Manager, Chief Information Officer.

Graduates are regularly supplie to major professional services and banking organisations, including  ABSA, Accenture, BSG, Deloitte, EY, First National Bank, Investec, Nedbank, PWC, Rand Merchant Bank and Standard Bank;
Technology organisations, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Oracle and SAP; and
Telecommunications organisations, including  Telkom, MTN and Vodacom.

There are also many graduates working internationally.

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $3,545
Tuition Fees for International Students: $7,091

The amounts listed may exclude fees related to textbooks, study notes, excursions and lab fees.
All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay annual local tuition fees and related costs. The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee. This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs. The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students.
This excludes students with Refugee status.
It should be noted that International undergraduate students from outside of SADC pay double the local tuition fees.

Relevant Contact

Patricia Nowlotha
Undergraduate Studies and Enquiries
Sindile Mkhize
Research Administration and Enquiries