WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,215 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:The Bachelor of Economic Science
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
Campus:West Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The BEconSc is a specialist degree that builds strong analytical abilities for graduates wishing to work in fields like economics, actuarial science, or other business and data analytics fields.

You can choose to major in Mathematical Science from Actuarial Science, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Mathematical Statistics.

The entrance requirements for the BEconSc degree are higher than those for the BCom. You should only consider it if you have a strong mathematical ability.

First year

– Business Accounting I
– Economic Theory IA (Microeconomics for Economists)
– Economic Theory IB (Macroeconomics for Economists)
– Algebra I
– Calculus I
AND, one of the following groups:
– Computational and Applied Mathematics I
– Basic Computer Organisation
– Discrete Computational Structures
– Introduction to Algorithms and Programming
– Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms
– Actuarial Science I
– Mathematical Statistics I

Second year
– Economics IIA and IIB

– Basic Analysis II
– Multivariable Calculus
– Abstract Mathematics
– Linear Algebra II
– Transition to Abstract Mathematics II
– Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
AND, one of the following groups:
– Computational and Applied Mathematics II
– Database Fundamentals II
– Mobile Computing II
– Computer Networks II
– Analysis of Algorithms II
– Mathematical Statistics II
– Actuarial Science II

Third year– Economic Science III

AND, one of the following groups provided you have done the equivalent in the second year of study and complied with the pre- and co-requisite courses
– Computational and Applied Maths III
– Software Engineering III
– Software Design III
– Formal Languages and Automata III
– Advanced Analysis of Algorithms III
– Operating Systems and System Programming
– Number Theory III
– Topology III
– Coding and Cryptography III
– Rings and Fields III
– Differential Geometry III
– Leontief Systems III
– Group Theory III
– Real Analysis III
– Complex Analysis III
– Mathematical Statistics III
– Actuarial Science III

Admission Requirements

English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5
Level 6

Wait listing

Applicants with an APS of 39-41, as well as English Level 5 and Mathematics Level 7, will be wait-listed, subject to place availability.
Applicants interested in Actuarial Science require Mathematics Level 7 and English Level 6.

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.
– Local Students pay an application fee of R100 while International Students pay R700
– Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Actuary
– Budget Analyst
– Economist
– Field Marketing Associate
– Financial Analyst
– Industry Analyst
– Management Consultant
– Policy Analyst
– Statistician

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $3,215
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,430

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R48,910
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R97820
(The tuition fees for International students includes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also 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)

International Students should take note:
– 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, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– 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.

Relevant Contact

Mr Sindile Mkhize
For Research Administration and Enquiries
Miss Thandi Chamane
For Academic and Administrative Enquiries