Postgraduate studies at Wits

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How to apply for postgraduate study

Step 1

Use the course finder to find the course entry for your programme of study. The entry will contain the requirements and closing dates for your programme of study, or provide a link to the relevant school or department for more information.

Step 2

Apply online at 

Research and PhD applicants, please note that before applying you will need to approach the relevant school or department to discuss your choice of a research topic and the availability of a supervisor.

Step 3

Wits University Application Fee

Pay the application fee of R200. Current Wits students who apply online do not need to pay this fee.

First National Bank (FNB) Wits University - Application Fees.  Account Number 6307 5484 302, Branch code 251905.  (International payment swift code: FIRNJJ). Use only your person/student number as a reference.

Step 4

Certain programmes require additional departmental forms in addition to completing the online application. These will be available on the course finder entry or from the relevant school or department. Please complete and return these forms within the timeframe for submission. Incomplete applications are not considered.

Step 5

Documents are required to be uploaded before submission to the online application.

The application fee and the SAQA certificate of evaluation may be uploaded after submission via the self-service portal. Documents must have been certified within the last 3 months.

Successful applicants will be able to accept an offer without submitting certified hard (physical) copies of academic qualifications. However, the University will verify any information/documents submitted and immediately cancel your registration, record such against your record, and take necessary legal action in the event that any fraudulent document/s and/or other misrepresentation had been provided.

Download the Self Service Document Upload Guide here.
Alternatively, watch the Self-Service Upload Guide here.


Need help?
  • This document provides helpful information about obtaining Digital/Electronic Transcripts and Certificates from different Higher Education Institutions.
  • The checklist explanation document provides more information with regard to application documents. This is a generic list. The specific checklists that apply to you will be communicated via your acknowledgement letter and will appear on your self-service portal.
  • For programmes that require three contactable references, please use this form - References.

Step 6

Once your application is complete, it is referred to the relevant school for assessment.

Each application is considered individually. There is no set time frame for decision-making. Most schools make a final decision at the end of the academic year or at the beginning of the new academic year.

Step 7

Monitor the progress of your application on the self-service portal.


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