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1892 USD/year
2025 USD/year
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Stellenbosch University's Economics programme follows on from the honours programme with the option of a full thesis or coursework.

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Structure: Stellenbosch University 's Economics programme

For the coursework master's option, a minimum period of one year of residence is required, although some students take two years to meet the requirements.The programme covers the fields of economic theory and policy on an advanced level. The taught master's programme is intended for students who aspire to become professional economists with a sound grasp of analytic techniques and a capacity for research. Special attention is also given to the development of writing skills, quantitative econometric skills and the preparation of research reports. The objective of the programme is to train competent professional economists for a working environment typically found in developing countries. The programme is policy-oriented and suited to the needs of private firms, public corporations, government agencies and non-governmental organisations. In addition to the course work, candidates must write a research assignment on a topic selected in consultation with the Department. The course work, evaluated through essays and written examinations, accounts for 67 per cent of the required credits and the research assignment for 33 per cent.

A select number of students may register for a double degree coursework programme between Stellenbosch (MCom in Economics) and Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany (MA in Development Economics). 

For the full thesis option, a minimum period of one year of residence is required, although some students take two years to meet the requirements. A thesis of independent research has to be submitted on a topic approved by the Department and supervised by lecturers in the Department. A detailed research proposal has to be prepared by the candidate and approved by the Department. While the originality of the research and its contribution may enhance the grade awarded, it is not regarded as a requirement.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Assignment 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Microeconomics 
  • Econometrics 
  • Mathematical  Methods for Economics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

An honours degree with Economics as the major component with an average mark of 60%. A minimum of 60% in the intensive statistics course that precedes the formal programme.

Mathematics in the final Senior Certificate (Matric) Examination:

  • Minimum of at least a 5 (60%)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1892 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1892 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    2025 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2025 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National tuition - R34 086
  • SADC - minimum compulsatory initial fee: R30,000; Tuition fee: R0
      • Africa - minimum compulsatory initial fee R30,000; Tuition fee: R0
      • Rest of the World - minimum compulsatory initial fee: R30,000; Tuition fee R32,425

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

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