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Tuition Fees:$3,203 for the full programme
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts (MA ICTPR)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Research Report
Specialisations:Policy and Regulation
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The Wits Master of Arts in the field of ICT Policy and Regulation (MA ICTPR) is a formal post-graduate academic qualification that provides the capacity to operate in Africa’s dynamic ICT ecosystem. This degree equips its graduates to deal effectively with policy and regulatory dimensions of the global and African information and communication technology (ICT) sectors.

This degree is designed to meet the needs of policymakers, regulators, operators, communications managers in large and small organisations, user and consumer groups, NGOs, and others involved in or affected by ICT sector policy and regulation.

The degree provides participants with an opportunity to improve their professional skills and/or refocus their expertise through:
– expanding and updating their knowledge of ICT ecosystem policy and regulation
– investigating research problems and exploring new ideas and experiences
– interacting and networking with leading academics and practitioners
– reflecting on their personal goals, values and career paths

This degree is designed for middle-to-senior-level managers and practitioners working in the broad electronic communications and ICT sector across the African continent. The sector includes telecommunications and electronic communications operators; the IT industry; the broadcasting and digital audio-visual content services sector; trade unions; regulatory associations; government policy departments, including communications, trade and industry, science and technology; science councils; university teaching departments; consumer advocates, and development sector entities.

Curriculum

The curriculum comprises three coursework modules (the 50% coursework), including a dedicated 2-week module on research methods; and a compulsory research report of 25,000 to 30,000 words (the 50% research). The research report provides a sound foundation for those students wishing to proceed to PhD studies in this field, as well as for practitioners engaged in research-based decision-making in industry pr government in a range of economic sectors.

Candidates may complete the degree on a part-time basis over a two-year period if they are in full-time employment. A maximum period of study of four years is allowed for completion of the degree. In the first year of study, candidates are expected to complete the three coursework modules, which are each provided in two-week blocks. In the second year of study, candidates are expected to complete the 25,000- to-30,000-word research report.

Fundamental and core courses (compulsory):
Global trends in ICT policy, law, market structures and regulatory reform
ICT infrastructure, technologies, resources, applications and innovation
Research methods in ICT policy and regulation

Research Report (compulsory):
MA ICTPR Research Report

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
The MA ICTPR is a higher degree in policy and regulation. As well as an honour’s degree or equivalent, you will need to have at least three years of relevant work experience. This may be salaried or voluntary but must include organisational experience, either in management or in policy design. RPL (recognition of prior learning) may be requested on an individual basis.
The following criteria are applied in the evaluation of applications for acceptance:
– a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, or post-graduate diploma or equivalent, achieved at a suitable level and preferably related to one of the following fields: information and communications technology (ICT), media studies,  public policy, law, economics, regulation, development theory
– evidence of research writing a Bachelor’s or Bachelor’s-with-Honours level
– at least three years’ working experience in an appropriate field

For South African applicants, and for international applicants who have South African qualifications and who do not require a visa (e.g., from the SADC region), applications close on 30 November.
For applicants with qualifications obtained outside South Africa:
– the closing date for applications is 30 September and applications after that closing date will be considered only if the applicant has a SAQA certificate of verification
– verification of your international qualification(s) must be obtained from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
– the SAQA verification of qualifications must accompany the online application to Wits

For international applicants who have foreign qualifications:
– please note that applications close on 30 September
– you should apply as soon as possible for SAQA verification of your qualifications
– early application to SAQA will enable you to have the application processed by Wits in time for you to apply for a study visa (should a study visa be required)

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

How to apply
Applications for postgraduate studies should be done online at https://www.wits.ac.za/postgraduate/applications/

The degree is offered in the Faculty of Humanities, School of Literature, Language and Media (SLLM). Look under the list of degrees for Master of Arts and choose ICT Policy and Regulation (or Information and Communications Technology Policy and Regulation), whichever is available.
Please upload the following supporting documents:
1. Certificates of all degree qualifications stamped by a Commissioner of Oaths
2. Full academic transcript of the most recent degree qualification
3. SAQA certificate of evaluation if your degree is from a university outside South Africa
4. CV
5. A short note (no more than one page) giving reasons why you wish to study for this degree programme. Please include your possible topic of research and the reasons why you wish to conduct such research.
Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Business Analyst.
– Computer Service Technician.
– Cyber Security Specialist.
– Data Analyst.
– Data Scientist.
– Database Administrator.
– Database Analyst.
– Hardware Engineer.

Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,203
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,203

*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

 
Thabiso Thukani
Programme Convenor
 
Nokhanyo Yolwa
Programme Coordinator