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Blended Learning MBA 

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USB’s Blended Learning MBA in a nutshell

International accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
Duration: 2 years. Do 3 study blocks on campus + classes every Wednesday evening (online or on campus)
Contents: 18 compulsory modules and 2 electives
Includes: Personal Leadership Development Journey; International Study Module at foreign business school; Research Assignment

Why do USB's Blended Learning MBA?

USB's Blended Learning MBA over two years has one on-campus study block at the start of the programme and two on-campus blocks during the second year. In between, you attend weekly classes online or on campus. You will be able to start implementing your newly acquired skills at work right from the start. This format offers increased flexibility as it requires the minimum leave from work. It also lowers the opportunity cost to do your MBA at USB as it reduces travel costs. These MBA students will be able to complete their class programme and research assignment within two years.


These are some of the reasons why you should consider the Blended Learning MBA:​

  • Flexibility – study while you work taking the minimum leave: Attend 1 block on campus at the start of the programme and 2 blocks during the second year. In between, you attend weekly classes online or on campus.
  • Lower opportunity cost: Attending classes via any internet-linked device from anywhere in the world reduces travel costs and increases access to USB's MBA.
  • Apply skills immediately: Implement your newly acquired knowledge and skills in your work environment through applied assignments in the work context.


Blended Learning timetable for MBA 2018

Block 1: 15 – 27 January (on campus)

Thereafter: Wednesday evenings from 7 February – 12 December  (online or on campus)


Deadline for applications

  • South African students: 30 November 2017
  • ARPL applicants: 30 October each year
  • Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November 2017
  • Students from rest of world: 15 November 2017


  • Dates for second year of registration: Will be announced later.
  • Study permits for foreign students at USB: Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students.
  • Multiple-entry visas: Students from non-SADC African countries and other countries with visa requirements who need to apply for study visas can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registra​ion at USB. This will help students to obtain multiple-entry study visas in case of modular studies.
  • Timetable changes: USB reserves the right to change dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time.
  • Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date.


The structure and content of the Blended Learning course is identical to that of the Full-time and Modular programmes. The compulsory International Study Module (one week) at a foreign business school (various options) usually takes place during the June-July holiday break.


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