University of South Africa
This institutional profile has been created for use by University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate programs.
Other names: UNISA, Universiteit van Suid Afrika.
First degree/qualification: Bachelor/Diploma/Professional qualification (varies).
Minimum quality for UW-Madison Graduate School admission: 65%
Minimum level for UW-Madison Graduate School admission: 4 year bachelor's degree/education diploma/certificate in theory of accounting; graduate diploma following 3 year bachelor's degrees.
Documents required: Official transcript/academic record; official certification of degree and date awarded.
Description: Instituted in 1873; became federated university l916. Became a correspondence university 1951; the only one in South Africa to offer degrees by correspondence. Usual admission requirements are the matriculation certificate (12 years of education) or certificate of exemption from the Joint Matriculation Board (J.M.B.)
Degrees/subjects can be awarded with "distinction" if average is 75% or better.
Languages of instruction: English and Afrikaans.
Master's: A bachelor's degree with above average performance is required for admission.
Doctorates: Several types of doctorates. A doctor of philosophy degree abbreviated Ph.D. is an earned doctorate with supervised research; awarded 3-4 years after a bachelor's degree. The abbreviation D.Phil. indicates it may be an earned doctorate or it may be awarded for published work based on independent research.
Last updated: May 09, 2005