Applied Development Economics

The major in Applied Development Economics will give you insight into the real world application of economic analysis to economic policy from a developmental policy perspective.


This major entails a grounding in real-world application of economic analysis in the field of economic policy from a development perspective; this grounding will be focused on South Africa as we hope to train graduates who can conceptualise effective responses to the country’s many developmental challenges.


  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • South African Development Issues
  • plus one elective: Labour Economics or Public Economics 

Entry Requirements

Entry into ADE course:

The formal entry criteria for this major are the following 2nd-year level Economics courses: comprised of Intermediate Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, International Economics (International Trade and International Finance), Mathematical Economics and Economic Statistics.

Course Application Process

Entry is at third-year level.

University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees website 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. 

The Financial aid office provides information on student funding and scholarships. University-funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Wits Plus applicants: terms of payment are in accordance with University regulations, and students are not eligible for University bursaries/NSFAS or residential accommodation.