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  • Modular
  • Blended
  • Full-Time
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Focus Areas
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes November 2019

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 2019

ARPL applicants: 31 October 2019

Students from SADC countries: 31

October 2019 Students from rest of world: 31 October 2019

YEAR 1
4 terms
Term 1
15 January – 20 March
Term 2
30 March – 12 June
Term 3
06 July – 11 September
Term 3
28 September – 09 October
Elective Week
28 September – 09 October

Please note:

  • These are the 2020 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 2020

 

Students from South Africa 2020 2021 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R132 460 R218 565* R351 025
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MBA Blended Learning R132 460 R218 565* R351 025
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Students from
Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular (all groups) R136 730 R222 835* R359 565
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MBA Blended Learning R136 730 R222 835* R359 565
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Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular (all groups) R141 500 R227 605* R369 105
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MBA Blended Learning R141 500 R227 605* R369 105
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Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular (all groups) R166 570 R252 675 R419 245
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MBA Blended Learning R166 570 R252 675 R419 245
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Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (modular) for 2020
Students from South Africa R20 970
Students from SADC countries R68 365
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R70 750
International students from the rest of the world R83 285
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (blended learning) for 2020
Students from South Africa R20 970
Students from SADC countries R68 365
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R70 750
International students from the rest of the world R83 285
Application fee and SHL tests for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 000
SHL selection test fee R2 900
GMAT selection test fee $250

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.

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:

  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 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

Highly recommended:

  • Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent
  • Proficiency in English

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.

MBA MIO

USB’s MBA with modules focused on Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO) is aimed those who want domain expertise at senior management level in order to work for an international organisation in the not-for-profit sector.

International organisations include 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 two-year USB MIO has been co-designed by USB and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC). 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. The stream-specific modules and electives are co-delivered by USB and UNSSC.

Are you are looking for a meaningful career at an international organisation in the not-for-profit sector, USB’s MBA MIO will stand you in good stead.

Click here for details about our MBA Managing International Organisations​ Programme.

 

MBA HCL

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.

Click here for details about our MBA Health Care Leadership​ Programme.

  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
Course Overview
Course starts January 2020
Application closes 15 November 2019

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: Applications closed
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

Year 1
Do 1 block followed by weekly classes
Block 1
20 January – 01 February (on campus)
Thereafter
Wednesday evenings 12 February – 09 December (online or on campus)

Blended Fees Content

Overview

USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration is aimed at those who want to undertake supervised research to become an expert in their field. This requires a contribution to new knowledge through rigorous research. With USB’s PhD you will help to find solutions to pressing business problems in the real world. During this process you will develop personal and transferable skills which can be used in a range of applied situations. USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is particularly relevant to African organisations. This forms part of our social responsibility. This degree will stand you in good stead if you want to work in industries focused on research and innovation, or at an academic institution. 

The degree is awarded solely on the successful completion of a research-based dissertation. The minimum period of registration for the PhD is two years.

The preparation of your concept note

Every application must include a concept note, written in scientific language, on your intended research. The concept note serves to demonstrate whether you have a mature approach to high-level research. It also helps us evaluate whether the topic is viable and whether we can provide appropriate supervision and resources. The concept note must cover, among others, the title and an overview of your proposed research, a literature review with an analysis of at least six academic journal articles, a description of the theoretical framework you will be using, the problem statement and research question, an overview of the research method, an explanation of why the study is important and who will benefit from it, and references.

The preparation of your comprehensive research proposal

Once your concept note has been approved, you need to submit a comprehensive research proposal. Your provisional supervisor will guide you in the preparation of your proposal. Your comprehensive research proposal will serve as your road map for the completion of your PhD. You will be formally registered for your PhD once your comprehensive research proposal has been accepted.

Approving your dissertation

Your final dissertation will be evaluated by three examiners. This will be followed by a public oral defence of the dissertation – the viva voce – before your dissertation is finally approved. Upon completion of the PhD, you will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Management and Administration by Stellenbosch University.

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Course Overview
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USB’s full-time MBA discontinued in 2021 as newer MBA formats grow in popularity

USB MBA offered in modular and blended-learning formats as from 2021

The University of Stellenbosch Business School will discontinue its full-time MBA as from next year. The MBA will still be presented in modular format and blended-learning format.

All over the world, and in South Africa, the demand for full-time MBAs has been dwindling. Globally, the primary reason cited for this trend is the high opportunity costs associated with being out of the job market for an entire year – and in South Africa this is all the more pertinent. At the same time, new technology has significantly changed the experience of blended-learning classes.

Going forward, USB will be presenting its triple accredited MBA in two formats. Both run over two years and both allow students to study while they work:

  • Modular MBA: Blocks of on-campus classes spread over time. A block usually runs from Monday to Saturday. Ideal for those who want both in-class experience and flexibility.
  • Blended-learning MBA: This format allows students to join the class in real time in one of two ways: via any internet-linked smart phone, laptop or device, or on campus. The online classes are delivered synchronously with the on-campus classes – usually one evening a week. This means students can attend classes remotely from anywhere in South Africa, or for that matter the world. This offers the flexibility of digital class attendance, with minimum time away from work.

Currently, USB’s MBA students can choose between the generalist MBA and one of two specialisation streams. From 2021 onwards, second-year MBA students will be able to choose between three specialisation streams, namely Health Care Leadership, Managing International Organisations and Project Management.

The world of work is connected – people meet, collaborate and produce outputs in both physical spaces and online. The same is happening with learning at USB. USB’s high-tech class rooms have become exciting learning spaces. They allow the lecturers to see, in real time, the faces of all the online students displayed on the classroom wall. The 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 or a boardroom in Africa, or physically present in class. Also, with the blended MBA, a critical mass of students in one area is no longer needed. The online blended-learning MBA allows us to bring together tribes that are geographically far apart, but cognitively and ideologically close.

The need for a 12-month MBA may still exist, and USB is investigating its feasibility. A separate announcement will follow in this regard.

We invite you to contact us at mba@usb.ac.za should you have any questions.

Full Time Fees Content

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.

USB’s Full-time MBA

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STREAM COORDINATOR
Mr MC Botha

MC Botha is the coordinator of USB’s MBA stream in Project Management and the programme facilitator of USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management. He is also an executive of USB-ED’s Centre for Project Management Intelligence. His research interest is the interface between business and project teams in the capital projects value chain, shared services as organisational architecture in a project environment, and organisational dimensions sustaining project management. He holds an MBA (Specialisation in Project Management) from USB. He consults to a wide range of clients in the private and public sectors.

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Testimonials from our alumni

‘This programme opened my eyes to our role as Africans in achieving development and access to finance and wealth creation for our generation and generations to come. Diverse experiences and expertise in class made learning more interesting and it created a lifelong network for me. This PGDip has changed my life. I now live with a vision for development.’

Mphumleli Dyushu, PGDip in Development Finance, Director: Planning and Reporting, Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform,

‘USB’s PGDip in Development Finance has made me realise the huge gap that African countries have with regard to financial stability and development. We as Africans need to identify innovative ways to finance and grow development. USB’s PGDip in Development Finance helps us with this.’

Chris Peters, PGDip in Development Finance, Post Investment Manager, Small Enterprise Finance Agency, East London,

‘As a young South African woman, I have a role in the development of this continent that I call home. This programme has allowed me to fulfil this role.’

Ritsep Mataboge, PGDip in Development Finance, Manager, Commercial Banking Rest of Africa, Standard Bank, Johannesburg ,

FAQs

USB’s generalist MBA is aimed at those who want to manage the functional areas of any business at senior manage level. USB’s MBA stream with modules in Project Management (MBA PM) is aimed at those who want domain expertise to hone their project leadership skills and project management skills on MBA level because this will help them to create a strategic value chain that gives their companies an edge on competitors.

Project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill. In fact, Fortune Magazine has identified project management as the number one career choice.

During Year 1, you do 13 core modules of the generalist MBA (in Modular or Blended Learning format). During Year 2, which is your specialisation year, you do the 2 stream-specific core modules of the MBA PM (in Blended Learning format), the International Study Module at an overseas business school, two electives and your research assignment.

Traditionally, project management has been associated with the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Now, newer industries such as IT management, health care management, financial services and research also employ project managers.

Students are assessed on an ongoing basis. The final performance mark is based on online assessments, individual and group assignments, class participation, simulations, class presentations and the analysis of case studies. The continuous assessment system implies that there is no opportunity to resubmit assignments to improve grades. Tests take place between block weeks (Modular MBA) or in between classes (Blended Learning MBA), and not during scheduled class times. Tests can be written on campus or via our secure proctoring service from any approved remote location.

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 into business problems. Hence, all tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. These summative assessments simulate real-life situations and the application of the theory and techniques covered in a particular module. In the assessment of pre-reading, multiple-choice questions or reflective essays are often used prior to attending class. 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 Leadership 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. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. 75% of the annual fee is payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international 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 international students. RPL 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.

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