MBA Managing International Organisations​

 

Deadline for Modular Group 2 applications

7 January 2019

  • Modular Group 2
  • Modular Group 1
  • Blended
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes December 2019

USB’s MBA stream in Managing International Organisations has been co-designed by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) to prepare students for management positions in international organisations in the not-for-profit sector. The UNSSC brings with it a wide range of experience, helping to create a course that serves the needs of USB students who wish to work in international not-for-profits, as well as UN staff members (working at the UN or any of its agencies). This programme is completed over two years. The MBA MIO is therefore aimed at those looking for a meaningful career in the international not-for-profits.

Application closes

South African students:  5 December 2019
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2019
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October 2019
Students from rest of world: 31 October 2019

YEAR 1
5 blocks
Block 1
10 – 15 February
Block 2
30 March – 04 April
Block 3
8 – 13 June
Block 4
17 – 22 August
Block 5
19 – 24 October
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes November 2019

The MBA stream in Managing International Organisations from USB has been co-designed by the United Nations System Staff (UNSSC) to prepare students for management positions in international organisations. The UNSSC brings with it a wide range of experience, helping create a course that serves the needs of USB students who wish to work in international organisations, as well as UN staff members. This programme is completed over two years.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2019
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2019
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October 2019
Students from rest of world: 31 October 2019

YEAR 1
5 blocks
Block 1
03 – 08 February
Block 2
23 – 28 March
Block 3
01 – 06 June
Block 4
03 – 08 August
Block 5
12 – 17 October
Course Overview
Course starts January 2020
Application closes November 2019

USB’s MBA stream in Managing International Organisations has been co-designed by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) to prepare students for management positions in international organisations in the not-for-profit sector. The UNSSC brings with it a wide range of experience, helping to create a course that serves the needs of USB students who wish to work in international not-for-profits, as well as UN staff members (working at the UN or any of its agencies). This programme is completed over two years. The MBA MIO is therefore aimed at those looking for a meaningful career in the international not-for-profits.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2019
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2019
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October 2019
Students from rest of world: 31 October 2019

Year 1
1 block
Block 1
20 – 01 February (on campus)
Thereafter
Wednesday evenings 12 February – 09 December (online or on campus)
STREAM COORDINATOR
Dr Nyambura Mwagiru

Dr Nyambura Mwagiru is coordinator of the MBA stream in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO) – a joint initiative of USB and the UN’s System Staff College (UNSSC). She is also coordinator of Academic Programmes at USB’s International Affairs Office. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business, a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Professional Master’s in Tax Law (LLM) from UCT. Her fields of professional and research expertise include exploring the role of institutional dialogue in governance, policy formulation, and leadership development; African regional economic integration; tax law harmonization; peacebuilding, and institutional partnership building.

  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

USB’s MBA stream in Managing International Organisations has been co-designed by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) to prepare students for management positions in international organisations in the not-for-profit sector. The UNSSC brings with it a wide range of experience, helping to create a course that serves the needs of USB students who wish to work in international not-for-profits, as well as UN staff members (working at the UN or any of its agencies). This programme is completed over two years. The MBA MIO is therefore aimed at those looking for a meaningful career in the international not-for-profits.

Core Modules

Year 1 Core Modules

  • Accounting for Decision-making
  • Business Communication
  • Business in Society
  • Contemporary Decision-Making
  • Digital Enterprise Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Operational Excellence
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding

Year 2 Core Modules

  • International Organisations Leadership
  • Finance for Development
  • International Study Module
  • Strategic Management

Electives

Electives are only applicable in year 2. You can choose 2 from the following list of electives:

  • International Ethics
  • Finance and Innovation
  • Perspectives on African Frontiers
  • 25+ electives from USB’s generalist MBA

Research assignment

A research assignment of between 50 and 70 pages and is based on a management-related problem in your work environment or specialisation is required. The purpose of the research assignment is to demonstrate how you can address business challenges through research.

USB’s MBA aims to develop managers, professionals and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. Our MBA is rigorous, as can be expected from a programme with three international accreditations. It balances solid quantitative modules with personal development and leadership skills. Management tools and techniques from disciplines such as strategic management, economics, operations, finance and marketing are important core competencies of the MBA graduate. This is balanced by competencies such as responsible leadership, communication and understanding the role of business in society in order to develop the skills of adaptability, flexibility, self-awareness and contextual awareness – all of which are in high demand in the business environment. One of the key differentiators of USB’s MBA is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of the MBA. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

To apply for the MBA Managing International Organisations programme you must meet the following requirements:

The South African Council on Higher Education has raised the entry requirements of the MBA programme in South Africa. Students applying for the MBA are now required to have one of the following qualifications on NQF level 8:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8) and at least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience
  • OR Honours degree (NQF level 8), plus 3 years of relevant full-time working experience
  • OR 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8) and at least 3 years of relevant working experience

The working experience should preferably be on managerial level. Also note that USB’s one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (NQF level 8 with 120 credits) is aimed at preparing students for the MBA.

Other requirements:

  • Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 3 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience (see below)
  • Satisfactory selection test results for either the SHL or GMAT selection tests

Please note:

  • The 2019 programme tuition fees will be updated in September.
  • The programme fees for the Modular and Blended Learning MBA’s second year of enrolment are higher than for the first year of enrolment because the second year’s fees include the International Study Module at a foreign business school.
  • The amounts marked with an asterisk include the International Study Module fee of US$5000.

Programme tuition fees for 2019

Students from South Africa 2019 2020 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Full-time R319 970* R319 970 Request Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
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MBA Blended Learning R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
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Students from
Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Full-time R324 035* R324 035
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MBA Modular (all groups) R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
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MBA Blended Learning R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
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Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Full-time R328 560* R328 560
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MBA Modular (all groups) R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
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MBA Blended Learning R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
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Students from the rest of world
MBA Full-time R352 420* R352 420
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MBA Modular (all groups) R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
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MBA Blended Learning R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
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Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (full-time) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R162 018
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R164 280
International students from the rest of the world R176 210
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (modular) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R63 351
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R65 614
International students from the rest of the world R77 544
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (blended learning) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R63 351
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R65 614
International students from the rest of the world R77 544
Application fee and SHL tests for 2019
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 900
SHL selection test fee R2 900
GMAT selection test fee $250

Find the perfect course for you

The MBA with modules in Managing International Organisations is aimed at professionals already working in international organisations in the not-for-profit sector, or in the private sector, development agencies, NGOs or global foundations. The programme is also aimed at those interested in expanding their global not-for-profit lens and cross-border agility.

If you are looking for a meaningful career – one of helping others – and if you want to do so by taking up as senior position at an international organisation in the not-for-profit sector, then the MBA MIO will serve you well.

Career options typically include positions at international organisations such as the UN and its specialised agencies (like the World Health Organization, World Tourism Organization and International Fund for Agricultural Development), global organisations like the World Bank, Red Cross, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and global foundations.

The MBA MIO stream equips managers and leaders with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in the global not-for-profit environment. The programme allows insight into international organisations, such as the United Nations and its agencies (like the World Health Organization, World Tourism Organization and International Fund for Agricultural Development), Red Cross and ISO which play a fundamental role in shaping international business, policies, development and society. The programme benefits from UNSSC’s experience and network of senior UN leaders contributing to the delivery of the modules and serving as research supervisors.

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FAQ’s

In your first year of your MBA studies you follow the same 13 core MBA modules of the generalist MBA. Then in your second year you do two stream-specific modules: International Organisations Leadership and Finance for Development. These streams have been designed to equip managers and leaders with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in a complex global environment.

Upon applying for the general MBA, you need to indicate MBA MIO as your preference. After your first year in the programme, you will follow the MIO stream.

If you are looking for a meaningful career – one of helping others – and if you want to do so by taking up as senior position in an international organisation in the not-for-profit sector, then the MBA MIO will serve you well.

This degree with its strong focus on the management of international organisations will enable you to fill a managerial or leadership position at organisations such as the UN (or any of its agencies – like the World Health Organization or International Fund for Agricultural Development), or at an international capacity-building organisation, policy and advocacy organisation, or foundation in the not-for-profit sector.

Students are assessed on a continuous basis. Each module has a minimum number of assessments based on the number of credits for that module. The final performance mark therefore includes, among others, online assessments, class tests, group work, individual and group assignments, class participation and presentations. Tests for Modular MBA students are scheduled in between blocks. Tests for Full-time MBA students are scheduled into the formal programme. Tests for Blended Learning MBA students are scheduled.

Firstly, relevant work experience is a requirement of USB’s international EQUIS accreditation. Secondly, collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – forms an important part of USB’s MBA. The expertise, depth and value that each participant brings to the class depend largely on authentic work experience.

Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight to business problems. Hence, most tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. In the assessment of pre-reading, closed-book tests may be used. In web-based assessments of pre-reading multiple-choice questions are frequently used, but this may not exceed 20% of the grade of a subject. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. USB alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with USB’s Alumni Relations Office and Career Services Office.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

Modular MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and thereafter at the end of every modular block for the following block. Blended Learning MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and at regular intervals thereafter.

Yes. For South African students, 75% of the annual fees are payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. (Foreign students, however, need to pay the full programme fee prior to or upon registration.)

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for foreign applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries.

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.

ARPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge – www.usb.ac.za/bellvista), which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.