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    UNISA 2018 Application For Admission Drive Opening Soon

    For those of you wanting to take the plunge...here it is..Now one word of warning...it might take awhile for them to get back to you.

    2018 application for admission drive will be open soon
    • Undergraduate qualifications: 14 Aug – 29 Sept 2017
    • Postgraduate diplomas & honours, master's & doctoral degrees will open 29 Sept – 11 Nov 2017
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    Got a lot to think about when it comes to attending UNISA... I applied to the PhD program but they denied me because I completed my Masters without a dissertation. They said I need to complete a Masters with a dissertation to get admitted to their PhD program :( Not sure I want to complete another Masters degree just to attend UNISA for a PhD....

    Any comments of suggestions on my situation? Is this the Norm ??

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    I tried to apply for UNISA PhD program but was denied because my Masters did not require a dissertation but UNISA requires a Masters with dissertation. UNISA

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    That could be a department decision . I am not sure. I did complete a thesis for my MA in history . I suppose you could appeal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight View Post
    Got a lot to think about when it comes to attending UNISA... I applied to the PhD program but they denied me because I completed my Masters without a dissertation. They said I need to complete a Masters with a dissertation to get admitted to their PhD program :( Not sure I want to complete another Masters degree just to attend UNISA for a PhD....

    Any comments of suggestions on my situation? Is this the Norm ??
    Since their doctoral programs are "dissertation-only" degree, it doesn't seem inappropriate that they'd want to see some indication of your ability to do high level research. I'd also say that this anecdote conflicts with an often expressed sentiment, "Oh, UNISA, anybody can get in there." If the department that interests you has an MPhil program you could apply to that with the idea being that if your research progresses well they could allow you to upgrade your status to the doctoral level and expand your research project accordingly.
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    How do you like attending UNISA ? Do you find it easy to navigate and complete assignments? One of my major concerns is fighting a system for work submitted but not reflected in final grade.. Then having to play catch up, find and fix....

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    I am in the doctoral program in history . There is one class you sign up for each year. It is a research class that is just that, research. You are working on your dissertation. I can only speak on that part. Undergrads have modules. At first, back in 2009, the website was a mess. I had to have a third party help me to pay my tuition. Now it is fine. As I have stated before, you are own your own for 90 percent of the program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tireman 44444 View Post
    I am in the doctoral program in history. There is one class you sign up for each year. It is a research class that is just that, research. You are working on your dissertation. I can only speak on that part. Undergrads have modules. At first, back in 2009, the website was a mess. I had to have a third party help me to pay my tuition. Now it is fine. As I have stated before, you are own your own for 90 percent of the program.
    Since I am nearing the completion of my master's degree program, I have been looking into South African PhD programs, and was wondering if you knew the answer to this, as you are enrolled at UNISA: I read somewhere that UNISA is the only open distance learning institution with university status. They are not the only South African school with "university" in their name, though, so is this true? Or is it something more along the lines of their being a flagship school? Or is it just outright false?
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    You don't need to be enrolled to know it's outright false

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    You don't need to be enrolled to know it's outright false

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...n_South_Africa
    What she said...LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    Since their doctoral programs are "dissertation-only" degree, it doesn't seem inappropriate that they'd want to see some indication of your ability to do high level research. I'd also say that this anecdote conflicts with an often expressed sentiment, "Oh, UNISA, anybody can get in there." If the department that interests you has an MPhil program you could apply to that with the idea being that if your research progresses well they could allow you to upgrade your status to the doctoral level and expand your research project accordingly.
    That leads me to the question of the extent to which Masters degrees without a dissertation or thesis exist at South African universities. Are there any? I ask because I know there are quite a few Continental European countries where such degrees do not exist. It is usual for universities in these countries to require a Masters with a dissertation to get admitted to a PhD program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mintaru View Post
    That leads me to the question of the extent to which Masters degrees without a dissertation or thesis exist at South African universities.
    There are plenty of "taught" Masters degrees at ZA schools. We just never talk about them because they are not DL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    There are plenty of "taught" Masters degrees at ZA schools.

    That's true, but that fact alone is no answer to my question. There are of course taught Master's without any dissertation, but many taught Master's (depending on the country) include a short dissertation, or sometimes a so called research project. I could be wrong, but I think research project is just another word for short dissertation. All South African taught Master's I found so far are of that second type. That does not mean Master's degrees without dissertation do not exist in ZA, but it seems these degrees are relatively rare.

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    You might be right. Aside from being an interesting factoid, is there any special significance to this ?
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    So I got an email response from UNISA, they want me to get my Masters degree evaluated by SAQA because I did not write a dissertation for my degree.

    This is so weird, never have I been questioned like this for my education . I'm thinking it's another way of them getting money.


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    A Master's/ Magister Technologiae Degree in Police Science ; Forensic Investigation; Corrections Management; Security Management; Criminal Justice ; Criminology ; or an appropriate Master's Degree. In addition to the above requirements, applicants must submit a transcript or an academic record, as well as a document describing their intended research. Students will be accepted on the following criteria: Suitability and viability of the intended research; Adequate supervisory capacity and research expertise in the discipline or department. An approved selection procedure which is in line with Unisa's policies on equality and diversity in the discipline or department.
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    I am concerned that his Master’s degree only constituted coursework of 30 hours. If I use our Module Credits (12 or 24) and its translation into notional hours (120 / 240), then I am not convinced that what he did is sufficient to prepare him for a Phd. Especially since he only did coursework modules and there is no min-dissertation/ some form of research product. While he did do Research Methods in Homeland Security it is very narrow in terms of hours spent.
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    I am not sure that he qualifies for entry into the Phd.

    In the meantime, you have to submit your qualification records to be evaluated by SAQA (The*South African Qualifications Authority) because when application opens you need to submit the evaluation done by them.

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    I would do it. What do you have to lose? Just my opinion.
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