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Admission requirements

Academic admission requirements

  • At least a relevant Bachelor's or Honours degree
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in a project management position in an organisation
  • Mathematical skills equal to NQF Level 4

​Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning​​

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under ARPL.

In order to be admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma at USB, candidates should be in possession of a relevant degree or National Diploma at NQF level 7.

Candidates who wish to be admitted under the ARPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective students applying for a Postgraduate Diploma at USB have to adhere to the following:

  1. Have at least an NQF 4 qualification.
  2. Have at least TEN years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least FIVE years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  3. Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  4. Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate's managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.
  5. Next, USB's Admissions Committee (head of the programme and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  6. If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the abilities to cope with the demands of the Postgraduate Diploma, he/she may be admitted.
  7. A recommendation of admission is sent via USB's Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification. 


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