Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the various IS degrees are provided below.

Bachelor of Commerce (Information Systems)

The Bachelor of Commerce (Information Systems) degree is designed for learners who wish to specialize in one of the computing related disciplines, specifically, Information Systems. 

Admission into the ordinary (three-year) degree is subject to a successful matriculation (NSC prior to 2009) in approved subjects with a bachelors entrance pass, including a D standard grade or an E higher grade in Mathematics as well as English.  Minimum requirements for the new NSC include a level 4 achievement (50 - 59) in Mathematics and English Language with an overall bachelors pass.  However, applicants who have achieved higher achievements, i.e. a higher pass mark in both Mathematics and English Language are given preference in the selection process.  The minimum admission point score (APS) for entry on the NSC is 26 points.  Life Orientation counts a maximum of three points.

Admission into the foundation (four-year) degree is subject to a successful matriculation with a bachelors entrance pass, and meeting the minimum requirements for the new NSC including a level 3 achievement (40 - 49) in both Mathematics (or a level 6 minimum in Mathematics Literacy) and English Language. However, applicants who have achieved higher achievements, i.e. a higher pass mark in both Mathematics (Mathematics Literacy) and English Language will be given preference in the selection process. The minimum admission point score (APS) for entry on the NSC is 26 points. Life Orientation counts a maximum of three points.

These entry requirements are tabled below:

B.Com (IS) Entry Requirements

Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Information Systems)

The Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Information Systems) degree is geared for those learners who wish to pursue their Information Systems studies further. The Department requires a combined 3rd year average pass mark of 60% in the Information Systems modules. Learners who receive less than this mark, or have completed a undergraduate qualification in another computing discipline can still apply. All students who apply will have their suitability for admission to the degree based on the marks obtained at undergraduate, a sample of writing, and an in-depth interview.

The Department has twenty-four (24) places available annually, which are allocated to full-time (one-year) or part-time (two-year) basis. It is the policy of the Department to give preference to full-time over part-time placements.

Master of Commerce (Information Systems) by dissertation

The Master of Commerce (Information Systems) degree is undertaken by those learners who possess good written and analytical skills, and who are interested in researching a specific topical area within the broad field of Information Systems.

This qualification is by dissertation (100% research), either on a full-time or part-time basis. Those with a degree in Information Systems or a cognisant discipline must contact the Department to seek an interview with the Masters Coordinator to determine their eligibility to complete the qualification, and will be advised accordingly. The Department will only consider candidates annually if sufficient supervision capacity exists.

Doctor of Philosophy (Information Systems)

The Doctor of Philosophy (Information Systems) degree by thesis (i.e. 100% research) is offered. The purpose is to equip the student to become an independent researcher in the field of Information Systems.  A successful D.Phil  will provide novel and original research to the existing body of knowledge in the discipline.

The admission requirements are a Masters degree in Information Systems or a cognisant discipline with a pass mark of at least 60% or/and a good Masters with evidence of scholarly contribution (research output).  A research proposal of less than 600 words is also required indicating the topic, introduction, the problem statement, objectives of the study and the methodology.

Prospective candidates must contact the Department to seek an interview with the Research Coordinator to determine their eligibility to complete the programme.  Please note that there are limited places available on the programme.