Admission requirements

Please note that the below admission requirements are subject to change pending selection and possible faculty-specific requirements.

Study information is subject to change and summarises the general fields of study. This information was compiled for introduction and orientation purposes and the North-West University accepts no liability for inaccuracies that may occur in this guide. The official yearbook of the University must in all cases be consulted during the process of compiling a programme for a specific field of study. Download the yearbook here: https://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/yearbooks

Please note that, owing to specific capacity constraints, the University reserves the right to select candidates for admission to certain fields of study. This means that prospective students who comply with the minimum requirements will not automatically be admitted to the courses in question. Because of the capacity limitations and the high demand from students for admission to particular fields of study, students will be selected on the basis of their Grade 12 results for admission to these fields.

Economic and Management Sciences

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Degree

Field

Subjects / Requirements

APS

Campus

Possible Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting (general)

 
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Vanderbijlpark

  • Accountant
  • Cost and management accountant
  • Financial manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Tax practitioner
  • Internal Auditor
  • General manager
  • Teacher (PGCE needed)
  • Lecturer

Bachelor of Commerce in Chartered Accountancy (CA)

 
  • Mathematics level 5 (60-69%) with Accounting, OR Mathematics level 6 (70-79%) without Accounting
  • English/Afrikaans (language of instruction) level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

32

Mahikeng

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Auditor
  • Tax specialist
  • Financial manager / advisor
  • Business / Management consultant
  • Computer auditor
  • Corporate finance specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Academic/training provider

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Chartered Accountancy (CA)

 
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

28

Vanderbijlpark

Mahikeng

  • Auditor
  • Tax specialist
  • Financial manager / advisor
  • Business / Management consultant
  • Computer auditor
  • Corporate finance specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Academic/training provider

Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accountancy (SAIPA)

 
  • Mathematics level 4 (50-59%)
  • English level 4 (language of study)
  • DURATION: 3 years

28

Mahikeng

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Professional accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Cost and management accountant
  • Financial manager
  • Tax practitioner
  • Lecturer

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accountancy (SAIPA)

 
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 7 (80-89%)
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Mahikeng

Vanderbijlpark

  • Professional accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Cost and management accountant
  • Financial manager
  • Tax practitioner
  • Lecturer

Bachelor of Commerce in Forensic Accountancy

 
  • Mathematics level 5  (60-69%) with Accounting, OR Mathematics level 6 (70-79%) without Accounting
  • Language of study level 5 (60-69%)
  • DURATION: 3 years

36

Potchefstroom

  • Private practice
  • Internal forensic divisions at corporates (banks, insurance, etc.)
  • Government institutions and regulatory bodies
  • Forensic divisions of auditing, consulting or legal firms

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Accountancy(CIMA)

 
  • Mathematics level 5 (60-69%)
  • English level 4 (language of study)
  • DURATION: 3 years

30

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Project managers
  • Management consultants
  • Finance directors
  • Chief executives
  • Entrepreneurs

For a more detailed description of a career as a management accountant, visit the CIMAglobal.com website.

Bachelor of Commerce in Operations Research

 
  • Mathematics level 4 (50-59%)
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mahikeng

  • Decision support,
  • Business analytics,
  • Marketing analysis
  • Logistics planning
  • Project management

Bachelor of Commerce in Statistics

 
  • Mathematics level 4 (50-59%)
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mahikeng

Statisticians have the advantage of combining their interest with almost any other field of study, especially in science, business, medicine technology, education, etc. Some of these fields are as follows:

  • Education
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Health Sciences
  • Public health
  • Computer Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Law
  • Population studies
  • Chemistry
  • Agriculture
  • Insurance
  • Sports
  • Banking institutions
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geography
  • Government departments
  • Insurance companies

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Statistics

 
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)  OR Mathematical Literacy Level 4 (50-59%)
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mahikeng

Statisticians have the advantage of combining their interest with almost any other field of study, especially in science, business, medicine technology, education, etc. Some of these fields are as follows:

  • Education
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Health Sciences
  • Public health
  • Computer Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Law
  • Population studies
  • Chemistry
  • Agriculture
  • Insurance
  • Sports
  • Banking institutions
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geography
  • Government departments
  • Insurance companies
Bachelor of Commerce in Business Operations with Logistics Management
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years
24

Mahikeng

Vanderbiljpark

  • Logistician
  • Transportation manager
  • Storage and facilities manager
  • Retail and wholesale buyers
Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Business Operations with Logistics Management
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)    OR Mathematical Literacy level 4  (50-59%)
  • English level 3 (40-49%)
  • DURATION: 4 years
20

Mahikeng

Vanderbiljpark

  • Logistician
  • Transportation manager
  • Storage and facilities manager
  • Retail and wholesale buyers

Bachelor of Commerce in Business Operations

with Transport Economics

  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mahikeng

Vanderbiljpark

  • Logistics management
  • Supply chain manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Freight forwarder
  • Warehousing
  • Stock control
  • Public transport planner/scheduler/modeller
  • Traffic and travel impact assessor
  • National government, provincial, district and local municipality

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Business Operations

with Transport Economics

  • Mathematics level 3  (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 4 (50-59%)
  • English level 3 (40-49%)
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mahikeng

Vanderbiljpark

  • Logistics management
  • Supply chain manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Freight forwarder
  • Warehousing
  • Stock control
  • Public transport planner/scheduler/modeller
  • Traffic and travel impact assessor
  • National government, provincial, district and local municipality

Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Agricultural Economics and Risk Management

  • Mathematics level 4 (50-59%)
  • Language of instruction level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

  • Financial economist
  • Market economists
  • Development economists
  • Resource economists
  • Production economist

Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Econometrics

  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)
  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Mahikeng

  • Budget analyst
  • Economist
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Econometrician
  • Public policy analyst

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with  Econometrics

  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 4 (50-59%)
  • English level 3 (40-49%)
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mahikeng

  • Budget analyst
  • Economist
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Econometrician
  • Public policy analyst

Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with International Trade

  • Mathematics level 4 (50-59%)
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Economist
  • Economic or international trade consultants
  • Any position within the import and export process (e.g. logistics or procurement for retailers such as Shoprite Checkers or Pick n Pay)
  • Government departments such as the Department of Trade and Industry, National Treasury as well as the South African Reserve Bank
  • Positions in banks, financing companies and provincial trade and investment promotion organisations
  • Export credit insurance and risk analysts

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with International Trade

  • Mathematics level 3  (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 6 (70-79%)
  • English level 3 (40-49%)
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Vanderbijlpark

  • Economist
  • Economic or international trade consultants
  • Any position within the import and export process (e.g. logistics or procurement for retailers such as Shoprite Checkers or Pick n Pay)
  • Government departments such as the Department of Trade and Industry, National Treasury as well as the South African Reserve Bank
  • Positions in banks, financing companies and provincial trade and investment promotion organisations
  • Export credit insurance and risk analysts

Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Informatics

  • Mathematics level 4 (50-59%)
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Business Analyst
  • ERP Specialist
  • Web Content Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Application Developer
  • IS Security Manager
  • E-Business Manager
  • Application Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • IT technical support officer
  • IS/IT Auditor
  • Systems Analyst
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Economic Sciences with Information Systems
  • Mathematics level 4 (50-59%)
  • DURATION: 3 years
26 Mahikeng
  • Business Analyst
  • ERP Specialist
  • Web Content Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Application Developer
  • IS Security Manager
  • E-Business Manager
  • Application Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • IT technical support officer
  •  IS/IT Auditor
  • Systems Analyst 
Extended Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Economic Sciences with Information Systems
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 4 (50-59%)

 

  • English level 3 (40-49%)

 

 

  • DURATION: 4 years
20 Mahikeng
  • Business Analyst
  • ERP Specialist
  • Web Content Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Application Developer
  • IS Security Manager
  • E-Business Manager
  • Application Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • IT technical support officer
  •  IS/IT Auditor
  • Systems Analyst 

Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Risk Management

  • Mathematics level 4 (50-59%)
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Bank management
  • Financial risk management
  • Corporative and city treasurer
  • Funds- and asset management
  • SAFEX trade
  • Money-, capital- and stock market
  • Economic advice

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Economic Sciences

with Risk Management

  • Mathematics level 3  (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 6 (70-79%)
  •  English level 4 (40-49%)
  • DURATION: 4 years

24

Vanderbijlpark

  • Bank management
  • Financial risk management
  • Corporative and city treasurer
  • Funds- and asset management
  • SAFEX trade
  • Money-, capital- and stock market
  • Economic advice
Bachelor of Administration in Human Resources

Human Resource Management

  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR

     

    Mathematical Literacy level 4 (50-59%)

  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years
23 Mahikeng
  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution
Extended Bachelor of Administration in Human Resources Human Resource Management
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR

    Mathematical Literacy level 4 (50-59%)

  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years
21 Mahikeng
  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution
Bachelor of Administration in Industrial and Organisational Psychology Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR

    Mathematical Literacy level 4 (50-59%)

  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years
23 Mahikeng
  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution
Extended Bachelor of Administration in Industrial and Organisational Psychology Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR

    Mathematical Literacy level 4 (50-59%)

  • English level 4
  • DURATION: 4 years
21 Mahikeng
  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution

Bachelor of Arts

with Industrial and Organisational Psychology and Labour Relations Management

  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • Mathematics level 4  (50-59%) or Mathematical Literacy level 5 (60-69%)
  • DURATION: 3 years

26

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Human Resource Management
  • Mathematics level 4 (50-59%)
  • DURATION: 3 years
30

Mahikeng

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark
  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and assessment
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Human resource management
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Labour dispute resolution
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)
  • DURATION: 3 years
30

Mahikeng

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark
  • Labour relations specialist/practitioner: The provision of expert advice both in an organisational as well as a consulting capacity. This will include, among others, managing discipline and dismissal, dispute settlement, collective bargaining, dealings with trade unions, CCMA and Labour Court cases, employment conditions, and training and development.
  • Analyst: Students can also study Labour Relations Management to prepare for a career providing insight into market trends as an analyst. These analysts may apply their knowledge of human behaviour to develop marketing strategies.
  • Researcher, teacher or lecturer.

Bachelor of Arts

with Tourism Management

  • DURATION: 3 years

22

Mahikeng

  • Tourism management
  • Tourism marketers
  • Marketers
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers
  • Consultants
  • Guesthouse managers
  • Game farm managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Tourism Management

  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)  OR Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potchefstroom

Although this qualification gives graduates access to the entire tourism industry, BCom qualifications are focused on the management of the industry and businesses. It creates specific access to careers such as:

  • Tourism management
  • Tourism marketers
  • Marketers
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers
  • Consultants
  • Guesthouse managers
  • Game farm managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Tourism and Recreation Skills

  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR mathematical literacy level 6 (70-79%)
  • Language of instruction level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potchefstroom

  • Tourism management
  • Tourism marketers
  • Marketers
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers
  • Consultants
  • Guesthouse managers
  • Game farm managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

BSc Environmental Sciences

with Tourism  

 

with Tourism Management and recreation skills

 

with Tourism and Botany

  • Mathematics level 4 (50-59%)
  • Physical Sciences level 4 (50-59%)

26

 

 

BA Psychology

Tourism Management

  26    

BA Health Science  (health Sciences)

with Recreation Sciences and Tourism Management   24    

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Business Management

  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

Mahikeng

  • A business manager is responsible for the planning and organising of activities and people, as well as the leading and guidance of people. Managers’ main tasks are problem-solving, to lead teams, to facilitate team processes and to regularly communicate with people.
  • The degree gives you access to a wide variety of career opportunities, as management principles are applied in all organisations.

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Business Management

  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 4 (50-59%)
  • English level 3 (40-49%)
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mahikeng

  • A business manager is responsible for the planning and organising of activities and people, as well as the leading and guidance of people. Managers’ main tasks are problem-solving, to lead teams, to facilitate team processes and to regularly communicate with people.
  • The degree gives you access to a wide variety of career opportunities, as management principles are applied in all organisations.

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Communication Management

  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 6 (70-79%)
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Communications managers can work in various types of industries from the educational sector to food and beverage and technical industries.
  • BCom qualifications are focused on the management of the industry and businesses. This degree creates specific access to careers such as: organisation managers, tourism managers, communications managers, marketers, researchers, lecturers, consultants, guesthouse managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Marketing Management

  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%)
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mahikeng

Potchefstroom

Vanderbijlpark

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business manager
  • Research assistant
  • Sales manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Any marketing-related careers
  • Lecturer

Extended Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Marketing Management

  • Mathematics level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy level 4 (50-59%)
  • English level 3
  • DURATION: 4 years

20

Mahikeng

Vanderbijlpark

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Any marketing related careers
  • Lecturer

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Sport and Business Management

  • Mathematics level 3  (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 6 (70-79%)
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Vanderbijlpark

  • Sport business managers
  • Administrators
  • Tertiary institution sport bureau managers
  • School sports managers
  • Provincial sport development officers and managers
  • High-performance institution managers
  • Provincial level sports administrators
  • Local sports club and community center managers
  • National level sport federation managers
  • Professional sport teams managers
  • Sports franchise entity owners and managers
  • Business Manager
  • Business consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Sales Executive
  • Sport Marketer
  • Sport Administrator
  • Recreation Manager
  • Positions in the Hospitality sector

Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences

with Safety Management

  • Mathematics level 3  (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 6 (70-79%)
  • Afrikaans OR English level 4
  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Vanderbijlpark

 

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Management Sciences

with Marketing and Tourism Management
  • Mathematics level 3 (40-49%) OR Mathematical Literacy level 6 (70-79%)

 

  • DURATION: 3 years

24

Mahikeng

Potchefstroom

  • Although this qualification gives graduates access to the entire tourism industry, BCom qualifications are focused on the management of the industry and businesses. It creates specific access to careers such as:
  • Tourism management
  • Tourism marketers
  • Marketers
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers
  • Consultants
  • Guesthouse managers
  • Game farm managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

 

HEQSF alignment

All universities in South Africa were obligated by law to take part in a National Project driven by the regulatory bodies (Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), to align all qualifications with the Higher Education Qualification Sub Framework (HEQSF). The NWU is thus currently in an ongoing process of aligning our qualification and programme offering with the requirements of the HEQSF.


Prospective students must take notice of the fact that NWU qualification names, programme names as well as the composition of curricula may change due to the HEQSF Project, prior to registration for the 2025 academic year. Successful candidates are advised to contact the relevant faculty to ensure that they register for the correct qualification, programme and / or curriculum.