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Finance The Master of Commerce by coursework and research report in the field of Finance is a 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time degree.
Finance The Master of Commerce by coursework and research report in the field of Finance is a 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time degree.

Qualification: MCom

Faculty: Commerce, Law and Management

Duration: 1 - 2 years

School: Economics and Finance

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time


The Coursework Masters in Finance programme comprises a research report (30,000 - 40,000 words) together with 4 courses - 2 compulsory and 2 electives as shown below.

For non-Wits students on the programme the coursework Masters in Finance includes an additional voluntary course in research methods (BUSE4020A) which will aid candidates in completing the research report.

A student will be required to pass four courses (23 credits each) from the list below:

  • Advanced Theory of Investment - Compulsory
  • Advanced Theory of Corporate Finance - Compulsory
  • Portfolio Management – Recommended elective
  • Advanced Theory of Derivatives – Recommended elective
  • Timeā€series Econometrics – Recommended elective
  • Advanced Financial Risk Management - Recommended elective

As well as 50% Dissertation - Compulsory (92 credits).

Masters by coursework and research report:

  •  A bachelors degree with honours

Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of at least 65% for Honours in Finance.

Foreign applicants should note that they must have their prior degrees assessed by the South African Qualifications Authority before making application to the School. 

31 October
  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
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  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

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For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.