MBA

Deadline for applications

30 November

MBA Full-time programme ranked 2nd in Africa
– Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2018 (out of 200 schools)

 

MBA Full time ranked 110th globally
– Top MBA (Only African university in top 120)

  • MBA Full-Time
  • Modular Group 1
  • Modular Group 2
  • Blended
Course Overview
Course starts 16 January 2019
Application closes Application closing dates vary

USB’s MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If you are aiming towards senior management positions and leadership roles, this programme will prepare you for this. The Full-time MBA is completed over one year. It includes two tours: the International Study Module at a business school abroad and the South African Academic Tour – both with company visits and cultural activities. (The Modular and Blended Learning programme only include the International Study Module.)

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2018
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2018 (closed)
Students from SADC countries: 30 November 2018
Students from rest of world: 30 November 2018

YEAR 1
4 terms
Term 1
16 January – 15 March
Term 2
02 April – 14 June
Term 3
09 July – 13 September
Term 4
30 September – 11 October
Elective Week
18 – 23 November
Course Overview
Course starts 04 February 2019
Application closes Application closing dates vary

USB’s MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If you are aiming towards senior management positions and leadership roles, the MBA will prepare you for this. This programme is completed over two years.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2018
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2018 (closed)
Students from SADC countries: 30 November 2018
Students from rest of world: 30 November 2018

YEAR 1
Do 5 blocks
Block 1
04 – 09 February
Block 2
25 – 30 March
Block 3
03 – 08 June
Block 4
12 – 17 August
Block 5
14 – 19 October
Course Overview
Course starts 11 February 2019
Application closes Application closing dates vary

USB’s MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If you are aiming towards senior management positions and leadership roles, this programme will prepare you for this. This programme is completed over two years.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2018
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2018
Students from SADC countries: 30 November 2018
Students from rest of world: 30 November 2018

YEAR 1
Do 5 blocks
Block 1
11 – 16 February
Block 2
01 – 06 April
Block 3
10 – 15 June
Block 4
19 – 24 August
Block 5
21 – 26 October
Course Overview
Course starts 21 January 2019
Application closes Applications are now closed

USB’s MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If you are aiming towards senior management positions and leadership roles, this course will prepare you for this. This programme is completed over two years.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2018 (closed)
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2018 (closed)
Students from SADC countries: 30 November 2018 (closed)
Students from rest of world: 30 November 2018 (closed)

Year 1
Do 1 block followed by weekly classes
Block 1
21 January – 2 February (on campus)
Thereafter
Wednesday evenings 13 February – 11 December (online or on campus)
PROGRAMME HEAD
Martin Butler

Martin Butler is the Programme Head of USB’s MBA. He is passionate about innovation in technology and exposing educators to the benefits of technology in education and learning. He holds an MBA from USB and a BEng (Electronics) from the University of Pretoria. His research interest lies in information systems alignment with organisation strategy, enterprise information systems, project portfolio management and technology futures.

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

Overview

USB’s MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If you are aiming towards senior management positions and leadership roles, the MBA will prepare you for this.

International Study Module

All MBA students need to do the compulsory International Study Module to enhance their international exposure. The cost of this module is included in the MBA study fees at a fixed dollar rate. The aim of this module is to develop managers with a global mind-set, to prepare them for work in a global environment, and to help them understand cultural differences in order to turn cultural competence into a competitive advantage. The module includes company visits and cultural activities.

In 2017, MBA study visits have been arranged to these countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Rwanda & Kenya, Turkey, Singapore, Slovenia, UK and USA.

South African Academic Tour for full-time MBA students

All full-time MBA students go on a week-long South African tour (over and above International Study Module). The purpose of the tour is to expose students to a range of local industries, giving them the opportunity to see first-hand how theory is turned into practice. The tour includes cultural activities as well as engagement with local entrepreneurs and leaders from industry.
The Academic Tour of the 2018 included a bus trip from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, visiting, among others, the Eskom Palmiet plant near Grabouw, Denel Test Range in the Overberg, PetroSA in Mossel Bay, Untouched Adventures at Storms River Mouth, Volkswagen SA in Uitenhage and the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth. From there, the group flew to Johannesburg where they visited Dimension Data, the Ethics Institute of SA in Sandton, and the Cradle of the Humankind in Maropeng.

Core Modules

The 18 core modules are compulsory:

  • Accounting for Decision-Making
  • Business Communication Skills
  • Business in Society
  • Contemporary Decision-Making
  • Corporate Finance
  • Digital Enterprise Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Analysis
  • International Study Module
  • Operational Excellence
  • Perspectives on African Frontiers
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Research Methodology and Assignment
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding
  • Leadership Development

Electives

Choose 2 electives from a list of topics clustered into these themes:

  • Decision Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Finance and Economics
  • Human Resources and Leadership
  • Information and Technology Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Strategic Management

Research assignment

The Research Assignment Module counts for 45 SAQA credits and comprises three distinct activities of learning:

  • MBA with generalist modules: This programme is aimed at those who want to manage the functional areas of any business, in any industry, at senior manage level (career switchers).
  • MBA with modules focused on Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO): This programme is for those who want domain expertise at senior management level in the management of international organisations, including multinational for-profit organisations, development agencies, NGOs and the UN system. This includes professionals or managers who want to expand their cross-border agility and those who want to fast-track their careers in international organisations. The MBA MIO will therefore appeal to private-sector managers looking for employment opportunities with international development organisations or multinational for-profits as well as UN staff looking to strengthen their management skills, either within the UN system or in any international organisation.
  • MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership : This programme is aimed at those who want domain expertise at senior management level in Health Care Leadership to apply in the public or private health care industry. This includes general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government, or those in health care who want to broaden their contextual understanding of business.

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 this course. 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 generalist MBA 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 this programme 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 Masters in Business Administration.

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
  • Satisfactory selection test results for either the SHL or GMAT selection tests
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

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. 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 Masters in Business Administration students have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification.
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the above-mentioned qualification, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
  • 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.
  • Next, USB’s 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 Masters in Business Administration programme, he/she may be admitted.
  • 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.
  • Note that ARPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Please note:

  • These are the 2019 provisional tuition fees.
  • 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
MBA Full-time R319 970* R319 970
MBA Modular (all groups) R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
MBA Blended Learning R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Full-time R324 035* R324 035
MBA Modular (all groups) R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
MBA Blended Learning R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Full-time R328 560* R328 560
MBA Modular (all groups) R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
MBA Blended Learning R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
Students from the rest of world
MBA Full-time R352 420* R352 420
MBA Modular (all groups) R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
MBA Blended Learning R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
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

USB’s Bursary Scheme provides partial bursaries and financial assistance to a number of deserving students who have been admitted to the MBA full-time programme.

  • Only students who have been accepted onto the MBA full-time programme may apply for a bursary.
  • All the bursaries will be awarded on academic merit.
  • Applicants from previously disadvantaged groups (in the case of South Africans) will be given preference.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of financial need and not be recipients of any other form of study sponsorship (e.g. from their companies).
  • Further terms and conditions apply to each bursary.
  • Every application will be treated in the strictest confidence

For more details on how to apply for bursaries, contact Marie Willows on 021 918 4230 or at mba@usb.ac.za.

The closing date for bursary applications is 15 November 2018.

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Completing this MBA programme offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Responsible leadership skills: USB’s Masters in Business Administration is strongly committed to your development as a responsible leader, focusing on personal, relationship and organisational or strategic leadership. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA.
  • Expert decision-making skills: These skills are based on a combination of numeric and qualitative methods to support complex business decisions.
  • The ability to function globally: Acquire business knowledge that you can apply in any industry and in any country.
  • An understanding of the interlinked roles of organisational departments: This will allow you to manage across functional areas to make well-informed decisions.
  • MBA with modules focused on Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO): This MBA is for those who want domain expertise at senior management level in the management of international organisations, including multinational for-profit organisations, development agencies, NGOs and the UN system. This includes professionals or managers who want to expand their cross-border agility and those who want to fast-track their careers in international organisations. The MBA MIO will therefore appeal to private-sector managers looking for employment opportunities with international development organisations or multinational for-profits as well as UN staff looking to strengthen their management skills, either within the UN system or in any international organisation.
  • MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL): This MBA is aimed at those who want domain expertise at senior management level in Health Care Leadership to apply in the public or private health care industry. This includes general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government, or those in health care who want to broaden their contextual understanding of business.
  • MBA with generalist modules: This MBA is aimed at those who want to manage the functional areas of any business, in any industry, at senior manage level (career switchers).

USB’s MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL) is aimed at those who want domain expertise at senior management level in health care leadership to apply in the public or private health care industry. This includes general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government, or those in health care who want to broaden their contextual understanding of business.

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MBA with modules focused on Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO): This MBA is for those who want domain expertise at senior management level in the management of international organisations, including multinational for-profit organisations, development agencies, NGOs and the UN system. This includes professionals or managers who want to expand their cross-border agility and those who want to fast-track their careers in international organisations.

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Relevant Info

USB believes leaders are developed, not born. Therefore, each Masters in Business Administration student follows a bespoke Personal Leadership Development Journey in the Leadership Development Module. This journey focuses on personal leadership, relationship leadership and organisational or strategic leadership to deliver organisational performance. On this journey, you will acquaint yourself with the theory and practice of responsible leadership through:

  • Exploring and enhancing personal authentic leadership
  • Narrative learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Work-based and action learning
  • Reflective learning and confronting myths in the field
  • Leveraging strengths and development potential
  • Cutting-edge research in neuroleadership

As part of the selection process, you need to complete either an SHL or GMAT selection test, which are both internationally recognised. The SHL test can be completed through USB, while the GMAT can be completed through www.mba.com.

SHL

The SHL test consists of four sections:

  • Verbal critical reasoning assessment
  • Numerical critical reasoning assessment
  • Inductive reasoning test
  • Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) on behavioural preferences

No preparation is required and it will take approximately 3 hours to complete. However, you can only take the test after you have begun the MBA application process as you will need a provisional student number to complete the test. The total cost of this process is R4 800 (R2 900 SHL test + R1 900 MBA application fee).

For more information visit www.shl.co.za.

GMAT

The GMAT consists of three timed sections:

  • Analytical writing assessment
  • Quantitative assessment
  • Verbal Assessment

The test will take approximately 4 hours to complete, and will cost $250.

Foreign students will need to contact the Regional Registration Center in The Netherlands on 0931 320 239 593. South African students will need to contact Pearson VUE Professional Centre in Johannesburg on +27 (0)11 784 3093 or 0800 995 044 or at justin.jacobs@pearson.com. More information is available at www.mba.com.

Testimonials from our alumni

Justin Siljeur, MBA alumnus,

 

Salman Kajie, MBA alumnus of Stellenbosch Business School,

    

Set-son Shifidi, Modular MBA, Technical Executive: Lithon Project Consultants, Namibia,

‘USB’s MBA curriculum is well-designed with an optimal balance of subjects and a good focus on leadership development. This qualification has transformed and expanded my thinking horizon, personally, in business and within my community.’

Katherine Persson, Modular MBA, Project Portfolio Manager, Windlab, Cape Town, South Africa,

‘My USB MBA journey was both challenging and inspiring. Alongside gaining many skills that have enabled me to take my career to the next level, the MBA course required deep introspection and encouraged me to be a better person and a stronger leader in business, in my personal life and in society.’

Dr Denise Botha, Full-time MBA, Clinical Executive, Metropolitan Health Group MMI, Cape Town, South Africa,

‘The USB MBA has equipped me with the strategic and business skills required to broaden my career path. However, more than just academic teaching, the MBA played a significant role in my journey towards purpose-driven and effective leadership. Highlights include networking with diverse local and international colleagues; global exposure through the business tour to India and thought-provoking electives at the end of the MBA. These components make it a privilege to be associated with a triple-crowned global business school.’

Dr Michael Datt, Modular MBA, Senior Manager: Chemical Conversions Group, Sasol Research & Technology, Sasolburg, South Africa,

‘The USB MBA has enabled me to have a systemic view of business decisions, problem solving and strategy formulation and provided world class tools and frameworks to help facilitate an holistic view of my global organisation. The Leadership Module was integral in gaining deep personal insight into what drives my decision making and provided excellent practical frameworks that helped me to become a more authentic leader with an immediate positive impact.’

Sivenasen Moodley, Modular MBA, Account Lead, Unilever South Africa, Durban, South Africa,

‘The USB MBA allowed me to explore and find the kind of leader I am and the kind of leader I want to evolve to be. The Leadership Module, International Study Module and electives give USB the edge over other similar programmes and have shaped my perspective on management, leadership and doing business on the continent.’

Dr Renata Schoeman, Modular MBA, Psychiatrist in private practice; Senior lecturer: Leadership, USB, Bellville, South Africa,

‘The USB MBA stimulated and empowered me in so many ways – from someone with a passion and a profession, to a leader with a mission! The excellent curriculum, with an emphasis on leadership development and strategic management and integration, as well as the international exposure through the executive MBA consortium programme, firmly marks USB as a world class institution.’

Seraj Toefy, Modular MBA, Managing Director, Bespoke Media (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, South Africa,

‘The USB MBA was a formulation and confirmation of theories and principles that I had been exposed to through my 15 years’ work experience prior to starting with the programme. The Leadership Module allowed me to be critical of myself and to identify weaknesses that I needed to improve. The USB MBA gave me the confidence to start my own business midway through the programme.’

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FAQ’s

This depends on whether you can take a year off to do the full-time Masters in Business Administration or whether you have to study while you work. Secondly, this depends on where you live – close to the campus or further afield.

The one-year Full-time Masters in Business Administration is aimed at those who want to prepare themselves for a career change and who want to immerse themselves in their studies without the demands of a full-time job. The experience of the Full-time Masters in Business Administration students is fundamentally different from that of the Modular Masters in Business Administration and Blended Learning students. They typically experience more cohesion within the class set-up. They also make optimal use of speaker events, networking events and other opportunities in class and on campus. In 2017, 93% of the Full-time Masters in Business Administration cohort graduated within the one year.

The short-block Modular MBA (various one-week blocks spread over two years) is aimed at those who want to study while they work. This allows you to start implementing your newly acquired skills at work right from the start. This format allows you to study at USB even if you live further afield as you only need to travel to USB a few times a year.

The Blended Learning MBA has one on-campus study block at the start of Year 1 and two on-campus blocks during Year 2. In between, you attend weekly classes online (via any internet-linked device) or on campus. You can immediately start to implement your new skills at work. This format requires minimum leave from work. Also, it lowers the opportunity cost as it reduces travel costs.

All of these tests are recognised internationally, and USB accepts all of them. The tests measure language skills, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and learning potential. The SHL selection test is usually the preferred option for most students who hold a degree recognised by Stellenbosch University. No preparation is required for the SHL.

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. Graduates of this postgraduate diploma continuing with USB’s MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

The focus of the MBA programme is on collaborative learning. Every participant brings certain expertise to the class – some through formal learning, others through informal learning. If the most knowledgeable persons were to be exempted from classes, the learning experience for the whole class will be impaired. Thus, as a general principle, no exemption is granted. In a limited number of special cases, for example where an MBA student transfers from another university to USB, or the content of a USB-ED programme is identical to the MBA content, exemption could be considered. Applications will only be considered after the applicant has registered for the MBA programme. Graduates of USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration who pass at a certain level and who continue with USB’s MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

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.

This will depend on each lecturer and on the subject – as some subjects require a substantial amount of group work, while others require limited group work. The weight varies from 0% (no group work) up to 40%. It is imperative that MBA students can communicate electronically to work on their assignments. There is no need to meet physically.

Full-time MBA students will receive their first batch of study material (books and course outlines) three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and thereafter at the end of every term for the following term.

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.

A limited number of bursaries are available through USB and USB Alumni Association’s Future Fund Trust.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge), 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.