How to apply
Stellenbosch University’s academic year follows the calendar year.
Taught postgraduate programmes usually commence in February each year with a limited number of programmes commencing in July. Where a postgraduate programme consists of coursework it is important for candidates who have been admitted to arrive in time for the commencement of the programme. Classes usually commence in late January or early February (or late July). Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.
New registrations for masters (by research) and doctoral programmes must be finalised by the end of March or in some cases by the end of August each year.
► STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAMME OF INTEREST
- Read up on all the postgraduate programmes we offer at Stellenbosch University by visiting What can I study?
Choose your study programme and make sure of the following:
- The requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, which include Postgraduate Diplomas, Honours, Master's and Doctoral degrees, are programme specific. Therefore, you need to meet the minimum admission requirements for yor programme of interest and familiarise yourself with your faculty’s or department's selection criteria. Please see our postgraduate programme offering for more information.
- You are only permitted to apply for one postgraduate programme.
Only if you are not accepted may you request consideration to another programme, provided that there is still place in the programme.
► STEP 2: TAKE NOTE OF THE CLOSING DATES
Application for admission to postgraduate degree programmes for both South African and International candidates are subject to faculty specific closing dates.
To view the closing dates for a specific programme, click here.
► STEP 3: ENSURE YOU KNOW HOW AN APPLICATION IS CONSIDERED AT SU
- Submitting your completed application form and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not necessarily mean that you will be accepted as a student for the programme you apply for. All programmes only allow a limited number of students.
- You can only select one programme choice.
- If you want to change your programme choice, send an e-mail containing your request to the Client Service Centre via email@example.com and use your Stellenbosch University student number as a reference. Please remember that you can only be considered if there are places available in the programme.
► STEP 4: APPLY
- Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as electronic applications opened on 01 March 2017.
- You will need an e-mail address and cellphone number. Please follow the steps as set out in the e-application.
- You must please ensure that the information you provide is correct. If the information is incorrect, the University is entitled to reject your application, terminate your application or cancel your registration immediately.
Click on the red button below to proceed with your online application:
► STEP 5: COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AND UPLOAD THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Your application will be considered as soon as we receive all your admission documents. If we do not receive all your documents by the closing date, your application will unfortunately not be considered. Your signed contract, your application documents (finalised and complete) as well as proof of payment must be uploaded online before the closing date. Remember to put your student number on each application document to ensure that we can identify the documents.
YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:
- Your contract
- Student support form (Students with special needs)
Full academic history
- official academic transcript and degree certificate for every tertiary qualification obtained;
- must not be shorter than 12 months of enrolment.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:
Please note that certain programmes require additional supporting documentation which must accompany your application.
The following programmes require additional supporting documentation, click on the relevant programme to view:
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Economic and Managment Sciences
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Theology
► STEP 6: PAY THE APPLICATION FEE (ONLY APPLICABLE TO SOUTH AFRICAN CANDIDATES)
- Application fees can be paid as part of the online application process.
- Cash payments may also be made in person at the cashiers at the Administration A building (Stellenbosch Campus).
More on payment options.
► STEP 7: RECEIVE YOUR STUDENT NUMBER AND MONITOR YOUR APPLICATION STATUS
- It remains your responsibility to make sure that the University receives these documents in time.
- The University will acknowledge receipt of your application via e-mail.
- You will receive a student number (username) and password.
- With this student number and password you can monitor your application status both for studies and residence (if applicable) and ensure that your application is complete.
► STEP 8: ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS
If you are an international student, you will need to satisfy our English language entry requirements. Proof of English Language proficiency is required from candidates who have obtained their qualifications from tertiary institutions where the medium of instruction was not English. This evidence must accompany your application and serves as part of the supporting documentation required to successfully complete the credential evaluation of an application.
If the results of your English test show you need to improve your English before commencing your studies, you can attend a preparation course at the Unit for English at Stellenbosch University.
The minimum English language proficiency requirements for acceptance to University courses are:
6.5 IELTS band (minimum 6 at all bands)
550 TOEFL paper based / 79 TOEFL iBT / 213 TOEFL CBT
The minimum English language requirements and recognised language tests for admission to Stellenbosch University's postgraduate degree programmes are as follows:
*English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is recommended to students with an IELTS score of 6.5 – 7.5 to be taken concurrently with postgraduate studies.
**Intensive English Programme (IEP) is compulsory for students with an IELTS score lower than 6.5.
Further information on English preparation courses and associated entry requirements can be viewed via the Language Centre.