Master's & doctoral degrees

Application approval

What will Unisa do upon receiving your application?

Unisa will assess your application to ensure that you meet the admission requirements and that you have uploaded all the compulsory supporting documents.

If your application is complete, it will be referred to the relevant academic department, where a selection process will take place during January/February 2023. Applicants will be informed during the first week of March 2023 as to the outcome of their application.

Submitting supporting documents

  • You have 10 days from the date of application to upload your compulsory supporting documents (the 10 days does not apply after the closing date for applications).
  • If your application is declined because it is incomplete (ie you did not upload all the supporting documents), you may re-apply for admission during the application period and upload your compulsory supporting documents, provided that the application period is still open. Alternatively, you will need to wait for the next application period.


What happens next?

  • Successful application: Unisa will confirm this via e-mail and will also provide you with the contact details of a specific member of staff, normally your supervisor, within the relevant academic department. Please remember to register during the prescribed registration period. 
  • Unsuccessful application: Unisa will inform you of this via e-mail and provide you with a reason why your application was unsuccessful. You may appeal the decision by sending an e-mail to The appeal submission must contain a motivation for the request and supporting documents. Please note that not uploading required supporting documents during the application process is not grounds for an appeal.

How will Unisa contact me?

  • 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 you provided during the application period.
  • 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 ( to update your password.
  • Unisa provides all registered students with a free myLife e-mail address. It is your responsibility to activate your myLife e-mail account as soon as your registration is finalised. Your myLife e-mail account will be the only e-mail account recognised by Unisa for official correspondence to and from the university, and will remain the official primary e-mail address on record at Unisa. Click here for Unisa's rules for students.

Last modified: 2023/08/07