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Modular MBA 

Applications for both MBA Modular Group options have closed. These programmes are now fully subscribed.

USB’s Modular MBA in a nutshell

International accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
Duration: 2 years (9 blocks of 1 week each)
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 Modular MBA? 

USB offers a short-block Modular MBA (various one-week blocks spread over two years) aimed at those who want to study while they work. This allows you to start implementing your newly acquired skills at your place of work right from the start. This format therefore offers flexibility for those who work full-time. Modular students will be able to complete their class programme and research assignment within two years. The Modular MBA has various intakes.

Here are some of the reasons why you should consider our Modular MBA:
  • Flexibility – study while you work: Attend various 1-week blocks spread over 2 ye​ars.
  • Apply skills immediately: Implement your newly acquired knowledge and skills in your work environment through applied assignments in the work context.
  • Study at USB even if you live further afield: You only need to travel to USB a few times a year.

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

Modular MBA timetable for 2018 – Group 1

Block 1: 29 January – 3 February

Block 2: 19 – 24 March

Block 3: 14 – 19 May

Block 4: 30 July – 4 August

Block 5: 1 – 6 October 

Modular MBA timetable for 2018 – Group 2

Block 1: 12 – 17 February

Block 2: 9 – 14 April

Block 3: 28 May – 2 June

Block 4: 20 – 25 August

Block 5: 15 – 20 October


Deadline for applications

Applications for both MBA Modular options have closed. These programme are​ now fully subscribed.


  • 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 registration 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.