University of South Africa UNISA Postgraduate Application 2020
All applications for second semester 2019 are now closed. Applications for 2020 will open around August 2019.
To accept or decline Unisa’s offer or check your application status, go to www.unisa.ac.za/acceptoffer
We are busy processing applications, so please do not enquire regarding your application status before 10 June 2019.
Applications for admission to master’s & doctoral qualifications for the 2019 academic year
Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission, including first-time Unisa applicants, Unisa students wanting to apply for a new qualification, students in their final year of a qualification wanting to start a master’s or doctoral qualification, and previously registered master’s & doctoral students who did not register for the 2018 academic year and now wish to continue with their studies.
Unisa is known as a provider of fair and equitable access to higher education opportunities. Flowing from its social responsibility to address past inequalities, Unisa has an application and selection process that effectively addresses historical imbalances without sacrificing quality standards.
This process promotes focused attention towards improved student support, and the alignment of our new student intake with the available academic capacity and required infrastructure to maximise all students’ chances of success.
Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission.
first-time Unisa applicants
Unisa students changing to a new qualification
applicants completing an undergraduate qualification who wish to continue with postgraduate studies
You must re-apply for admission if you previously applied for admission and received feedback, but did not register for any reason.
Based on Unisa’s application and selection process, you will not automatically be accepted to study through Unisa in 2019 even if you meet the general academic admission requirements for a qualification.
Unisa will assess your application according to the academic admission requirements for your qualification of choice, your final mark received at undergraduate level and the number of places available for the qualification for which you have applied.
You may apply for a maximum of two qualifications, ranked in order of preference (although you may only register for one should both of your applications be successful).
Unisa will inform you of the outcome of your application. You must accept or decline Unisa’s offer within the prescribed period of time.
If you were previously registered with Unisa, Unisa will send the outcome of your application to your myLife e-mail account. Please check this e-mail account regularly for information. If you have forgotten your myUnisa / myLife password, please go to myUnisa (https://my.unisa.ac.za) to update your password. If you are a first-time Unisa applicant and do not have a myLife e-mail address, Unisa will communicate with you via the e-mail address and cellphone number provided during the application period.
How to Apply
Ways to apply
You can only apply online.
Upload supporting documents
Everyone applying for a new qualification must submit the required documents (all first-time applicants and Unisa students starting a new qualification).
Unisa does not provide scanners or electronic devices. Please ensure that your documents are scanned and uploaded to an electronic device before starting the application process.
Pay the application fee once you’ve received a student number from Unisa
- R105 for online applications
- The application fee is only applicable to students who do not have a formal Unisa student number.
- Use the student number you receive from Unisa AND the application fee reference number (ie STUDENTNUMBER 5370810030)
- Visit www.unisa.ac.za/paymentinfo for banking details and payment information.
This fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa. Unisa does not accept cash at any of its offices.
The due date for the application fee is the closing date for the application period. Any application submitted without an application fee will not be processed. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your proof of payment.
Make sure that your application is complete
If your application for admission to study through Unisa is incomplete, you will have to re-apply during the next application period.