Postgraduate Diploma Development Finance​

Become a development finance practitioner and help Africa grow where it matters

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Course Overview
Modular
Course starts 27 February 2023
Fees R 101,520
Blended
Course starts 16 January 2023
Fees R 101,520
Applications CLOSING DATES: BLENDED: SA & International - 09 December 2022; RPL - 31 October 2022
CLOSING DATES: MODULAR: SA - 20 January 2023; International - 09 December 2022; RPL - 31 October 2022

This internationally accredited PGDip will equip you with the know-how to help design and implement financing interventions for initiatives such as roads, energy plants, dams, schools, houses, hospitals and telecommunication infrastructure. These are crucial skills needed to help unlock Africa’s future.

You will learn how to design and implement African-driven solutions, and how to shape the policies and programmes to make this happen. You will also be exposed to skills that are critical for Africa’s future – such as responsible leadership, the management of risk and uncertainty, and the management of projects.

Although the content of this programme is focused on Africa, the know-how acquired can be applied in any developing country. Over the past five years, students from over 18 countries attended the programme.

This qualification will enable you to work in development finance environments in both the public and private sectors. This PGDip can give you access to the MPhil Development Finance, MBA (generalist and Project Management streams), and MPhil Leadership Coaching.

  • Duration: 1 year or 2 years
  • Choose between 2 formats – both allowing you to study while you work: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process

2023 Tuition Fees

South Africa

 

Tuition fees

Deposit   Application Fee

SHL Fee

Over 1 year

101,520

R12,000 R850

R750

Over 2 years (Year 1)

50,760

R12,000 R850

R750

Over 2 years (Y2)

50,760

R12,000

 

SADC and Non-SADC

  Tuition fees Deposit   Application Fee SHL Fee
Over 1 year

106,185

53,093 R850

R750

Over 2 years (Y1)

55,425

27,713 R850

R750

Over 2 years (Y2)

50,760

TBC

 

Rest of the World

  Tuition fees Deposit   Application Fee SHL Fee
Over 1 year

143,030

71,515 R850

R750

Over 2 years (Y1)

92,270

46,135 R850

R750

Over 2 years (Y2)

50,760

TBC

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students on the 1-year PGDip 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 on the 2-year PGDip can 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).
  • Assessment of international students’ applications: 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 conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. Should the International Affairs Office be unsure about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA. The Business School will only assess your application once we have received your application fee and SHL fee.
  • SHL selection test fees: See Admission requirements for details about this selection test.
  • Study materials: Study fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
  • 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.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate which allows prospective students to apply for a loan of up to R250 000. 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. Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

 TIMETABLES

2023 Blended

16 January (Orientation) Remote. Classes commence 17 January @ 16:00 until 6 December Hyflex

Blended groups run multiple evenings in one week

  • Foundation modules – Tuesday (Blended 1), Wednesdays (Blended 2), Thursdays (Blended 3).
  • Specialisation modules – Wednesdays

2023 Modular (On campus)

  1. 27 February – 3 March (Orientation on the Monday)     –
  2. 22 – 26 May
  3. 14 – 18 August
  4. 30 October – 3 November

Overview

The modules of the PGDip DevFin are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do these 4 foundation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership
  • Term 3: Managing of Projects
  • Term 4: Managing Risk and Uncertainty

You also need to do the 4 specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Financing for Development
  • Term 2: Financial Analysis and Project Appraisal
  • Term 3: Financing Public Sector Projects
  • Term 4: M&E of Development Projects

 

 

Choose between two formats

 

Blended Learning classes Modular classes
 

Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). Classes are presented on Tuesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from 18:00 to 18:15), and for some foundation modules on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from 18:00 to 18:15). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes.

 

Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the one-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Saturday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Saturday).

Advantages
Flexibility: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. Attending regular weekly or fortnightly classes can be likened to running a marathon.

 

Less travel: The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This can also lower the opportunity cost to obtain this qualification as you can attend all classes online.

 

Flexibility: Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies. Think of the modular blocks as sprints.

 

 

 

An immersive experience: Being on campus for a week at a time allows you to focus on your studies without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment adds another dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.

 

 

 

Choose between two duration options

 

 

 

1-year PGDip

 

 

2-year PGDip

Number of modules: 8

 

Number of modules: 8

 

Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

·Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments

·Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)

 

Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

·Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week

·Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

 

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

·Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week

·Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

 

 

Notes:

·Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.

·South African students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

 

This programme provides skills to managers in the development finance environment to enable them implement and manage the design and financing of interventions that will help to grow South Africa as well as the greater Africa. The programme therefore equips entry-level to mid-level managers with the know-how to:

  • Provide financial and operational input in terms of development finance issues
  • Identify development projects or policies
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of structured policies and interventions to finance development needs, especially in Africa.

The value of this programme also lies in the integration of theory and practice, and in global business knowledge with African contextualisation. Students are provided with comprehensive support throughout the programme.

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Finance, Accounting, Commerce or Management OR any other three-year Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of relevant experience OR recognition of prior learning (see elsewhere in brochure).
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay (see below).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Highly recommended: Proficiency in English.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip Development Finance application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgddevfin (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and they are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with Stellenbosch Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. Stellenbosch Business School does not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

Write an essay

An essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below is to be submitted in pdf format:

Stellenbosch Business School aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

 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), we may admit up to 10% of our student body per programme under RPL. In order to be admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma at the Business School, candidates should be in possession of a relevant degree or National Diploma at NQF level 7.

 

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 applying for a Postgraduate Diploma at Stellenbosch Business School need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required)
  • Have at least 10 years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least five years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide the Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Write and submit three motivational essays (specific topics are provided)

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The Business School’s Admissions Committee (programme head 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 Postgraduate Diploma, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via Stellenbosch 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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Course Overview
Blended Learning
Course starts 17 January 2022
Applications SHL AND APPLICATION DEADLINE: 03 December (SA and International) | 1 Oct (RPL)

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance (PGDip DevFin) is particularly suited to help you unlock the skills needed to develop Africa where it matters. It will help you to design and implement African-driven solutions, and show you how to shape the policies and programmes to make this happen. You will also be exposed to skills that are critical for Africa’s future – such as responsible leadership, the management of risk and uncertainty, and the management of projects.

Growth initiatives in this context range from roads and energy plants to dams, schools, houses, hospitals, telecommunication infrastructure and small and medium-sized businesses.

Although the content of this programme is focused on Africa, the know-how acquired can be applied in any developing country. Over the past five years, students from over 18 countries attended the programme.

This qualification will enable you to work in development finance environments in both the public and private sectors. This PGDip can give you access to the MPhil in Development Finance, MBA (generalist and Project Management streams), and MPhil in Management Coaching.

NEW! This PGDip has been redesigned to give you unrivalled flexibility. Among others, you can choose the format (blended learning or modular) and duration (1 year or 2 years), making it easier for you to study while you work. See how USB’s redesigned PGDips can benefit you.

ABOUT BLENDED LEARNING: The blended learning 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. We have been investing in this technology since 2015 and our lecturers are trained in the art of virtual facilitation and teaching. See how blended learning works at USB.

HOW TO APPLY: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process

 

Orientation
17 January
Classes
18 January - 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R86 905 R86 905 R 173 810 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all  students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750
  • 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 doing their PGDip over 2 years can 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 and SHL fee: The application and SHL fee must accompany the application. These fees are non-refundable.
  • Fees for 2023: The fees for the second year of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases. .
  • Study materials: Study fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Financing

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 USB is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through USB’s website. See https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/ for details.

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

Overview

Foundation phase modules and specialisation phase modules

The modules of the PGDip DevFin are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do these 4 foundation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership
  • Term 3: Managing of Projects
  • Term 4: Managing Risk and Uncertainty

 

You also need to do the 4 specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Financing for Development
  • Term 2: Financial Analysis and Project Appraisal
  • Term 3: Financing Public Sector Projects
  • Term 4: M&E of Development Projects

 

Choose between 2 formats: Blended learning and modular

  • Blended Learning classes: Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes. The flexibility of digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This also lowers the opportunity cost to obtain this PGDip as you can attend all classes online.
  • Modular classes: Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the 1-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday). The modular classes are presented on campus, which translates into in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions.

Choose between 2 duration options: 1 year or 2 years

1-year PGDip

2-year PGDip

Number of modules: 8 Number of modules: 8
Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments
  • Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)
Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session once every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session once every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon
Notes:

  • Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.
  • Students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

Overview

Stellenbosch Business School’s Postgraduate Diploma Development Finance was the first of its kind in Africa when we launched it in 2013. After a careful analysis of the needs of the market and engagement with stakeholders, we redesigned the programme in 2022. The newly redesigned PGDip is aimed at providing you with a unique, relevant, and practical learning experience. It blends development finance specific training with knowledge that will equip you with a skill set to thrive in any business environment.

The development finance specific contents focus on the critical skills you need to design and implement financing interventions aimed at unleashing economic development opportunities in South Africa as well as the greater Africa. These initiatives range from roads, energy plants, dams, schools, houses, hospitals and telecommunication infrastructure to small and medium-sized businesses.

The PGDip includes a module on responsible leadership, which forms part of the DNA of all our programmes. This will help to prepare you to take on more responsibilities in the ecosystem in which you operate.

This programme provides skills to managers in the development finance environment to enable them implement and manage the design and financing of interventions that will help to grow South Africa as well as the greater Africa. The programme therefore equips entry-level to mid-level managers with the know-how to:

  • Provide financial and operational input in terms of development finance issues
  • Identify development projects or policies
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of structured policies and interventions to finance development needs, especially in Africa.

The value of this programme also lies in the integration of theory and practice, and in global business knowledge with African contextualisation. Students are provided with comprehensive support throughout the programme.

Who should enrol?

If you are an entry-level or mid-level manager who is interested in a career in development finance, this is the programme you should consider. Graduates typically work in the financial services industry, public institutions, banks, companies, or corporates, and development finance institutions.

Academic qualifications and other admission criteria
The following minimum admission criteria are applicable:

  • Academic qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Finance, Accounting, Commerce or Management OR any other 3-year Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of relevant experience OR recognition of prior learning.
  • Selection test: SHL selection test. This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay.
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Highly recommended: Proficiency in English.

Note:

  • International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

The SHL is not about failing or passing. It is about determining your strengths and growth areas. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, USB needs to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essay(s) required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions. Click here for more information on how we use the SHL to help students.

 

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip BMA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgddevfin (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with USB to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. USB will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. USB does not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with USB during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

Motivational essay

Write an essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below and submit it in PDF format. Please indicate the word count at the end of your essay:

USB aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

Recognition of Prior Learning

USB 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, USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under RPL. RPL candidates need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students.

In addition, prospective RPL candidates applying for a Postgraduate Diploma at USB have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification.
  • Have at least ten years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least five years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide USB with at least two referents who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line managers). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be downloaded on the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • USB’s Admissions Committee (programme head 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 Postgraduate Diploma, 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.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment process
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FAQs

Not necessarily. You need a relevant Bachelor’s degree with 2+ years working experience in order to be considered.

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. South African students doing their PGDip over 2 years can spread their payment over 2 years. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.

Stellenbosch University’s main campus will be in a position to provide you with more information:
http://www0.sun.ac.za/pgstudies/postgraduate-funding-and-support.html

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 Stellenbosch Business School – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 31 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Testimonials from our alumni

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

‘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.’

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

Stellenbosch Business School’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. Stellenbosch Business School’s PGDip in Development Finance helps us with this.’

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

‘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.’