Course Guide




BA Social Sciences (Combined Major or Minor)

The Department offers Economics as a subject in combined major (major/major) for BASS and other degrees, and a minor in Economics. Students majoring in other subjects may take courses in Economics provided prerequisites are satisfied.

BA Economics (Single major)

Entry into the BA Economics programme is by invitation to high achieving second year students. Requirements for entry are determined by the Department of Economics Board and may vary from year to year.
For more information consult the Undergraduate Handbook



MA Economics

The programme was launched in August 1991 and has been successfully administered since then.  The Department is a member of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).  Established in 1988, the principal objective of the AERC is to strengthen capacity to conduct research into problems pertinent to the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa.  This is to be achieved through learning-by-doing research and graduate training in economics.  A major part of the training programme is the execution of the Collaborative MA Programme (CMAP) for Anglophone Africa (except Nigeria).  CMAP comprises departments of economics in over 20 universities. The participating departments have been placed into categories A and B.  Category A universities send their students to category B universities because the latter comprise those universities which are deemed to have adequate capacity to offer core courses (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Quantitative Methods) and meet jointly determined and enforced standards.  The University of Botswana belongs to category B. The Department of Economics at University of Botswana thus offers the core programme of CMAP.

Furthermore, in order to maintain the high standards of CMAP, the participating universities collaborate in offering elective courses at a joint facility in Nairobi, Kenya.  Often referred to as the Joint Facility of Electives (JFE), this facility admits about 100 students from the CMAP after the successful completion of the core courses.  The JFE is an intensive three-month teaching of the electives and takes place every year from July to October.  Therefore, the structure of the MA Economics degree programme at UB is as follows.  During the first academic year of full time study, graduate students undertake a core programme.  On completion of the core programme and in any case during the long University vacation (June-October), students are sent to the JFE, where they do two elective courses.  On their return to the Department from the JFE, graduate students then undertake the research for the dissertation. 

MA Applied Economics

Experience has motivated the Department to initiate the full-time M.A. programme in Applied Economics.  This programme is demand driven because discussions with the employers of the economists trained by the Department showed a need for graduate training in Applied Economics. The programme thus focuses on the application of economics in policy analysis and research. The duration of the full-time programme is two years.  In the first year, students do course work in economic theory, quantitative methods and policy analysis.  The second year is devoted to a course in research methods and the MA dissertation.

M. phil Economics

Admission into the M. Phil Economics programme shall be in accordance with Regulation 50.1 of the General Regulations for the Degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Notwithstanding the provisions of General Regulation 50.1, candidates admitted into the MPhil (Economics) programme should have a Masters Degree

Ph. D Economics

Admission into the Ph.D Economics programme shall be in accordance with Regulation 50.2 of the General Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).


For more information consult the Graduate Handbook.

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