Master of Arts

Master’s degree programs combine discipline-specific, advanced coursework with skills like critical thinking, analytic ability, and time management that are easily transferred if your career path changes.


Fields offered:

  • African Languages and Linguistics
  • African Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Drama: Theatre in Education
  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Culture Management
  • Communities and Social Context
  • Critical Diversity Studies
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Development Sociology
  • Development Studies
  • Digital Arts
  • English
  • eScience (with the Faculty of Science)
  • French
  • General Sociology
  • Geography
  • German
  • Heritage Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Human Geography
  • Industrial Sociology
  • International Relations
  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Journalism and Media Studies
  • Labour Policy and Globalisation
  • Media Studies
  • Migration Studies
  • Music
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies
  • Psychology
  • Publishing Studies
  • Sociology
  • Translation
  • Transnational Literary and Cultural Studies

Entry Requirements

Masters by Coursework and Research Report:

  • A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.

Masters by Dissertation:

  • A bachelors  degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application.

Additional entry requirements apply.

University Application Process

  • 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.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • 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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University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

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.