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Decision Sciences


The Department of Decision Sciences offers courses in two colleges, the College of Economic and Management Sciences (CEMS) and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET). The courses are at the following levels:
  • Undergraduate (three years full time, 4-6 years part time)
  • Honours (one year full time, 2-4 years part time)
  • Master's (two years full time, 2-4 years part time)
  • Doctoral (two years full time, 3-6 years part time)

Undergraduate qualifications

Modules in Decision Sciences can be taken as a major (e.g. Operations Research or Quantitative Management) for the following undergraduate degrees

Honours degrees & postgraduate diplomas

For Honours students, the following brochures should be consulted:

myRegistration @ Unisa - College of Economic and Management Sciences
myRegistration @ Unisa - College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Master's and doctoral qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Research, qualification code: 98598
  • Master of Commerce in Quantitative Management, qualification code: 98701
  • Master of Science in Operations Research, qualification code: 98597

Prospective students may apply for admission to MSc/MCom or PhD programmes through the Unisa online system from Home > Study at Unisa > Master's & doctoral studies on the Unisa website. Please attach all relevant and requested documentation. As of June 2015, we can also accept post-graduate students outside the normal Unisa registration periods.

For pre-application advice regarding Master's and doctoral qualifications and a possible recommendation that could expedite the process, prospective students are advised to study the admission requirements on the Unisa website and then submit the following by e-mail to Professor Petrus H Potgieter for preliminary advice:

  • A comprehensive CV
  • A certified copy of your ID document or passport photo page
  • A full academic record (official transcripts)
  • A copy of the Honours research project (for admission to the Master's) or Master's dissertation (for admission to the PhD)
  • A brief statement of interest (of approximately one page in length) outlining a research topic or topic(s) of interest

Please include any previous Unisa student number(s) in the e-mail and feel free to use any official language of the RSA. The focus areas in Decision Sciences are: Financial Modelling, Computability, Complexity and Randomness in Decision Science (CCRDS), Heuristics, Optimisation and Statistical Modelling as well as Decision Sciences Education. Please read the documents linked to the first three of the four focus areas.