MPhil Management Coaching

Acquire credentials to support the growth of others through coaching

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Course Overview
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 249 159 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

This internationally accredited MPhil Management Coaching provides you with the skills to establish your credentials as a management coach. This degree will give you the coaching credentials you need to grow the talent of others, transfer knowledge, build relationships, enhance performance and facilitate cultural transformation. But first, it will ask of you to dig deeply and to find out what it is that drives you as a coach and then to develop your authentic coaching style.

The programme is presented in blended learning format, which means you can start generating an income from coaching almost immediately.

A transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a coach, consultant, manager or corporate leader.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Blended learning format – study while you work: This format enables you to attend class on campus or remotely via an internet-linked laptop. This means you will be able to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 7 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees 2022 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R112 219 R136 940 R249 159 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R116 884 R141 605 R258 489
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R122 099 R146 820 R268 919 Download
International students from the rest of the world R152 124 R176 845 R328 969 Download
​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​​ for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa ​​R16 833
Students from SADC countries R58 442
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R61 049
​International students from the rest of the world R76 062
​​Application fee for 2022
​Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850


  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • Fees for 2024: The fees for the second year of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases.
  • Study materials: Some core textbooks and other study material will be provided to students and the cost thereof is included in the tuition fees. These books become the property of the student.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.



Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).



The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Dates for 2022:

  • Orientation and Block 1 (on campus): 14 – 19 February
  • Block 2 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00 – 20:15): 28 April – 25 May
  • Block 3 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00– 20:15): 13 July – 10 August
  • Block 4 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00 – 20:15): 28 September – 26 October
  • Supervision dates (remote): 16 March 2022; 08 June 2022; 24 August 2022; 16 November 2022; 11 January 2023
  • Professional assessment dates (on campus): 23 – 27 January 2023



The two-year MPhil Management Coaching provides you with the skills to establish your credentials as a management coach.

This is a blended learning programme that allows you to study while you work. This format combines on-campus blocks (one at start of Year 1 and one start of Year 2) with blended learning classes (15 weeks of once-a-week classes spread over Year 1). Year 2 is mostly taken up by the Research Module, which consists of live-streamed lectures and assignments culminating in a research assignment. This allows you to study while you work with minimum time away from work.

This 2-year programme is delivered through a combination of on-campus classes and blended learning classes (see more about blended learning below). This allows you to study while you work with minimum time away from work. You also need to do formative assessments (like quizzes and case studies), essays and assignments, practical coaching, and a final research assignment.

Orientation block and Module 1: Year 1 starts with the orientation block followed directly by Module 1. This means one in-person, on-campus engagement spanning Monday to Saturday morning. This gives 5,5 days of training.

Modules 2, 3 and 4: These modules are delivered in blended learning format (live streaming, no in-class attendance) in a staggered format of one lecture every Wednesday (16:00 to 20:00 to allow working students to attend) over 3 consecutive 5-week periods (i.e. 15 weeks of once-a-week classes during Year 1).

Module 5: This module is delivered on campus at the start of Year 2. It runs from the Monday to the Friday.

Module 6: The Research Module is presented in Year 2 as a series of live-stream lectures and assignments culminating in a research assignment

Programme format

Programme format


Year 1 of studies

Year 2 of studies


2 days

Module 1

3.5 days





Module 4



Module 6



of Coaching






Delivery mode

On campus

On campus




On campus


Programme structure






Lecture programme

  • Attend an on-campus class block at start of Year 1 (Orientation and Module 1) followed by blended learning (online) classes (15 weeks of once-a-week classes spread over Year 1).
  • This phase covers coaching models, allowing you to discover your own particular
    framework for coaching. It also covers coaching practice, case studies and assignments.

Professional assessment

  • This phase takes 1 week on campus at the beginning Year 2.
  • Your coaching competence is assessed in terms of your ability to convey your personal coaching approach and style, and in terms of authentically displaying coaching skills that resonate with your own model.

Research and development

  • Complete a research assignment in Year 2.
  • A research supervisor will guide you through the year-long research journey where you conduct an in-depth study of an aspect of management coaching.

Triad practice, supervision and coaching: A significant part of your journey is to coach and be coached. You must complete 40 hours of coaching and receive 20 hours of coaching. Please note that this is self-funded. Supervision days are virtual events.

The learning philosophy of the MPhil Management Coaching is based on the integration of theory and practice, finding your authentic coaching style, international application with local specialisation, practical experience and extensive support. The programme has a strong ethical and responsibility underpinning, which will enable you to become a values-driven leader through coaching.

You will learn from knowledgeable presenters, and capitalise on the thought leadership of local experts who were pioneers in the field of management coaching in this country. Today, most of these presenters play leading roles in the continued development of coaches worldwide. In addition, only a small number of people worldwide have doctoral degrees in coaching. A number of them facilitate and assess on this degree.

You will also benefit from comprehensive support throughout the programme. The degree emphasises the relevance of work-based coaching competence.

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: An honours degree, OR a four-year professional bachelor’s degree, OR a three-year bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma. Candidates’ previous academic qualifications should be at least on NQF Level 8. If you do not comply with these requirements, please read the How to apply section carefully.
  • Work experience: A minimum of four years of work experience in the field of people management.
  • Psychometric testing: This may also be required.
  • Two essays: Write two essays (see details below).


  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

Write a motivational essay

Write a reflective and comprehensive essay on the following:

  • How does your learning journey to date reflect your personal growth towards becoming a coach?
  • How does this awareness motivate you to do the MPhil Management Coaching?
  • How do you intend to cope with the high volume of learning hours, reading and coaching which you will be required to manage?
  • What do you expect to gain from this learning journey?
  • Why should you be admitted to this programme?

Write a coaching research essay

Do some searching on Google and write an essay describing and comparing any two of the following coaching approaches: solution-focused coaching, cognitive behavioural coaching, and narrative coaching. Which one do you like best and why? The essay must be around 500 words. Please include references.

Recognition of prior learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective students under the RPL policy need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (3-year tertiary qualification in a related field). All school and academic certificates are required.
  • Have at least EIGHT years of working experience in Human Capital Development.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Write an assignment of at least 10 pages (11-point font size with 1.5 spacing) with references about a coaching topic, provided by the programme head. The assignment must contain a signed declaration of own work.
  • Provide Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The Admissions Committee (head of the programme and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the programme, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via the Business School’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

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All those who manage people or who work in the field of human capital development or talent development will benefit from this degree. This includes leaders, managers, learning facilitators, practicing coaches, HR practitioners and learning facilitators. The experience of our students and alumni is that the course is suited to any career that involves managing people.

This programme is presented in Blended Learning format, which combines on-campus classes with online classes (using any internet-linked laptop). Remote students can actively participate in classroom discussions. The lecturers can talk directly to each student, whether they are logging in from an airport in Europe, a boardroom in Africa or an office at home. This allows you to study while you work and to start earning an income from coaching almost immediately. Our use of technology with a strong human touch enables you to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. This format also lowers the opportunity cost to do this programme as it reduces travel costs.

Yes, you can use this postgraduate qualification to find your authentic coaching style, to establish your credentials in management coaching, and to set up your own coaching practice. This programme contains modules such as Business Coaching, Leadership Coaching and Team Coaching – all aimed at providing you with the skills to offer professional coaching services to individuals, teams, and corporates.

Testimonials from our alumni

Linda Manzini, MPhil in Management Coaching, own coaching practice, Johannesburg.

‘I decided to do this programme because of my yearning to remain relevant in the coaching field. What intrigues me about coaching is the ability to actually make a difference in the lives of professional people. I like the fact that I can establish my own coaching model and not be put in a box. I also like the exposure to what is actually relevant in the currently market of coaching.’

Eric Spencer, MPhil in Management Coaching, Head: The PathCare Academy, Cape Town.

‘I chose USB because I wanted an institution with a solid reputation and good accreditation. I also wanted a Master’s programme and not a certificate course. For me, managing people has always been about helping them find their own solutions. So, I have always been a bit of natural coach, but this programme gives me the academic background that I need.’

Saskia Haardt, MPhil Management Coaching (cum laude), USB Top Student 2015 in Management Coaching, Development Advisor, GIZ, Eastern Cape.

‘This programme equipped me with a meaningful approach towards understanding myself and others. I have learnt how to use coaching as a tool to work with the aspirations of people in personal and professional interplay. For me, management coaching provides an opportunity to bring out the strengths of people, especially in the government sector, where one is expected to make an impact in the lives of others whilst being exposed to a very difficult environment of balancing expectations.’