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Decision Sciences

Courses

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(one year 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:

  • Bachelor of Commerce Generic (98314)
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Quantitative Management (98311)
  • Bachelor of Science General (98801)

Honours qualifications

For students that registered prior to 2015:

  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Modelling (0572X)
  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Operations Research (05738)
  • Honours Bachelor of Science in Financial Modelling (05746)
  • Honours Bachelor of Science in Operations Research (0460X)

For students that register as from 2015:

  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Modelling (98350) 2015 new curriculum
  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Operations Research (05738)
  • Honours Bachelor of Science in Operations Research (0460X)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Research (98236) 2015 new curriculum

For Honours students, the following brochures should be consulted:

Master's and doctoral qualifications

We offer the following Master's and Doctoral qualifications:

  • Master of Commerce in Quantitative Management (98701)
  • Doctor of Commerce in Quantitative Management (98702)
  • Master of Science in Operations Research (98597)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Research (98598)

Prospective students may apply for admission to MSc/MCom or PhD/DCom 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.

For pre-application advice 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 full academic record
  • 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.