Build your career with USB’s internationally accredited postgraduate programmes in business management and leadership.
Business Management and Administration
Shift from manager to responsible leader.
Acquire entrepreneurship skills and an entrepreneurial approach to business, as well as general management skills and an understanding of business in Africa. This programme can also provide access to an MBA. Graduates continuing with USB's MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA. This one-year learn-while-you-earn programme has two formats: a blended learning format which combines on-campus and online classes, and a modular format with five on-campus blocks over the year. Students can choose between two streams: the generalist PGD BMA and the PGD BMA in Higher Education Management. Go to www.usb.ac.za/pgdbma.
USB’s triple accredited MBA gives you an astute understanding of business, enabling you to take up senior management positions in any industry. It also allows you to lead responsibly, function globally, acquire expert decision-making skills, and understand the interlinked roles of organisational departments. You will also build business connections and learn to apply business knowledge to the benefit of society. The programme consists of core modules, electives, a research assignment and an International Study Module at a foreign business school (costs included in fees). Choose between a Full-time MBA (one year), Modular MBA (study blocks over two years) and Blended Learning MBA (online or on campus over two years). Three streams are available: Generalist MBA, MBA stream in Managing International Organisations and MBA stream in Health Care Leadership. Go to www.usb.ac.za/mba.
This doctoral programme focuses on in-depth research to develop knowledge that can be applied directly in the workplace. It is a non-structured programme that allows you to determine your own timing. Choose between full-time or part-time studies. Go to www.usb.ac.za/phd.
Develop Africa where it matters. Implement sustainable, Africa-driven solutions.
This programme is the ideal starting point for junior and mid-level managers interested in a career in Development Finance and the funding of growth initiatives such as roads, telecommunication infrastructure, hospitals and houses. The programme is focused on Africa, but the skills acquired can be applied in any developing economy. This is a modular programme (two on-campus blocks over one year), which allows you to study while you work. Go to www.usb.ac.za/Post-Graduate-Diploma-in-Development-Finance/.
This programme will equip you with the skills and understanding to develop Africa where it matters, to contribute to sustainable development, to shape finance policies and programmes, and to implement Africa-driven solutions. It covers all aspects of development finance, including the theories underpinning development finance, enterprise-level development finance and sustainable growth. This makes the MDevF a critical-skills degree for Africa. The content and case studies are angled towards Africa’s needs, but the skills acquired can be applied in any developing country. This is a two-year modular programme (four blocks of two weeks each on campus). A research assignment must be completed. Go to
The purpose of this PhD is to create research which supports the growth agendas of South Africa and the greater African continent. It is structured into a course-work component and a research component during the second and subsequent years of registration. This is the first specialised PhD of its kind on the African continent. Go to
Understand the forces and trends that shape the future. Help to bring about a more desirable future.
Acquire high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment, while taking into account the unique developmental challenges of Africa and South Africa. Learn to make strategic, long-term decisions in an environment with increasing international competitiveness and volatility. It is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa. It is delivered in one on-campus block (four days) and about 25 weekly blended-learning sessions (on campus or online), allowing you to study while you work. This programme provides access to the MPhil in Futures Studies. Go to
Access to this programme is via USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies. This programme will equip you with techniques and methods to react meaningfully to the growing complexity in the organisational environment and world affairs, especially from an African perspective. These skills include consultation and facilitation capabilities, stakeholder analysis, environmental scanning, designing a futures project, systems simulation and strategic planning. This programme runs over two years, covering five modules and a research assignment. Choose between on campus and online classes for the course-based part of the programme. Go to
Become a specialist in this field by acquiring in-depth knowledge through doctoral research. The programme is aimed at professional futurists, decision makers and strategic planners who would like to distinguish themselves through in-depth research aimed at helping people to bring about a more desirable future. This is the only PhD degree of its kind in Africa. Go to
Grow human capital, enhance performance, build relationships and facilitate cultural transformation.
This programme equips coaches with the theoretical and practical know-how to grow human capital, lead with confidence, enhance the performance of those they manage and work with, discover the coaching style that works for them, and operate in a multicultural environment. It also emphasises work-based management coaching and takes African diversity into account. This two-year programme consists of four one-week modules and a research assignment. Go to
Other areas of specialisation
Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development
Discover your authentic leadership style and grow your leadership skills. This programme acknowledges leadership as the prime differentiator that drives sustainable high performance. It focuses on the development of personal, team, organisation and societal leadership. It is presented in four study blocks over one year. Go to
Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management
This programme focuses on strategic project management and upper management skills to produce project managers who can confidently manage projects and take on managerial positions in any industry. It is presented in six study blocks (one week each) spread over two years. Go to
Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning
This programme fulfils the educational requirements required to become a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP). This learn-while-you-earn programme can be completed in one or two years. Classes are presented at the USB campus twice a week.
USB Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED) offers comprehensive programmes for managers from entry to executive level as well as discipline-specific programmes. These programmes are presented as public programmes or in-house for organisations. Go to
Programmes for visiting groups of students
USB offers custom-designed programmes with case studies for visiting groups of students. These programmes usually focus on the School's African-focused areas of expertise, which include sustainable development, futures research, development finance, ethics and corporate governance, responsible leadership development, management coaching and emerging-country economics. This is supported by research produced by USB’s Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa, Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, Institute for Futures Research and African Centre for Development Finance. This allows us to contextualise business knowledge in terms of Africa. Go to