Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies Managing New Technologies

Help to strengthen your organisation’s resilience in a rapidly changing environment

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Course Overview
Modular
Course starts 27 February 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Blended
Course starts 16 January 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

Remain relevant in a world of rapid technology changes:

The skills acquired through this PGDip will serve all managers, not only IT managers. It will help you to become digital and data literate in order to manage new technologies in your environment. It is also aimed at improving the leadership capabilities of all managers regarding the management of new technology. This translates into strengthening your organisation’s resilience amidst the increasing digitisation of services, products, devices and ways of working.

The Futures Studies underpinning of the PGDip will help you understand the forces and trends that shape the future in terms of new technologies. It will help you to make better long-term decisions.

You will learn how to use a framework to deal with current and future technological changes and to respond appropriately to the increasing digitisation of services, products, devices, and ways of working. This will strengthen your organisation’s resilience.

In addition, this PGDip includes a module on responsible leadership, which will help you take your stakeholders along on a journey of technological change.This internationally accredited PGDip is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world. Passed at a certain level, it can give you access to the MPhil Futures Studies.

  • 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.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

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

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip Futures Studies (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip Futures Studies (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip Futures Studies (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip Futures Studies (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip Futures Studies (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip Futures Studies (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip Futures Studies (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip Futures Studies (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R113 760 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

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 on the 1-year PGDip pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due 2 weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

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

What skills will you acquire?

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

You need to do four of the following five foundation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World (compulsory)
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership (compulsory)
  • Term 3: Thinking Frameworks (compulsory)
  • Term 4: Organisational Behaviour OR Managing Risk and Uncertainty

Next, you need to do the four stream-specific specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Management of Technology and Innovation (15 credits)
  • Term 2: The Future of Technology (15 credits)
  • Term 3: New Technologies Taxonomy (15 credits)
  • Term 4: Managing New Technologies Capstone (15 credits)

 

Choose between two formats
Blended Learning classes Modular classes
How it works
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 specialisation modules and core modules alternate weekly. This means one week of specialisation
modules is followed by one week of core modules. The specialisation modules are presented on Wednesday
afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from 18:00 to 18:15), while the core modules are
presented on Tuesday, Wednesday and 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 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).
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.
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.

It is about not being left behind

The PGDip Futures Studies stream in Managing New Technologies is aimed at improving the leadership capabilities of all managers regarding the management of new technology. It is also aimed at improving the organisation’s ability to become more resilient amidst the increasing digitisation of services, products, devices and ways of working.

The skills acquired through this PGDip will serve managers in all functional areas. It will help to break down the fear of change and the fear of being left behind while others are embracing technology. It will help managers on all levels to become digital and data literate in order to manage new technologies in their environments.

This PGDip will provide you with a framework within which you can deal with both current and future technological changes. It includes a module on responsible leadership, which will help you to take your stakeholders along on a journey of technological change.

Why the positioning of MNT within a Futures Studies environment?

Futures Studies will help you understand the forces and trends that shape the future – in this case the continuous development of new technologies. This will enable you to manage long-term organisational strategies aimed at designing the ideal future. The programme will also equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking Africa and South Africa’s developmental challenges into account.

Acquire a unique skill set

This internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world. It will help you to strengthen your organisation’s resilience in the context of changing and disruptive new technologies.

Who should enrol?

This programme is aimed at leaders, managers, strategic planners and consultants involved in companies, divisions, start-ups, projects or networks of gig workers who need to take the management of new technologies into account in longer term planning.

The skill set acquired through this programme will add value to managers in any industry. This includes those working in IT, management and consulting, entertainment or the creative industries, education, and financial services.

If you are involved in long-term decisions regarding the adoption of new technologies for strategic gain, this PGDip will give you a unique advantage. It will also enable you to play a significant role in creating a time horizon of a better future for South Africa and for Africa.

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: An appropriate Bachelor’s degree
  • Work experience: A minimum of two years of experience in strategic management or strategic planning
  • 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.

Important:

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

Write 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?

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 www.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 Futures Study 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 www.usb.ac.za/pgdfutures (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 both are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with the 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: www.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. The 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.

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), Stellenbosch Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective PGDip students under the RPL policy have 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 5 years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV. It must indicate detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide the Business School with at least two persons who can testify about the candidates managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line heads). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Submit the SHL selection test results (if these were not sent directly to the Business School)
  • Write and submit three motivational essays (specific topics are provided).

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The programme head and another academic will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate and make a recommendation about admission.
  • Stellenbosch Business School’s Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • A notice of admission is sent via the Business School’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.
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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts January 2023
Applications Open – enrol now

This internationally accredited PGDip Business Management and Administration will help you unlock the skills you need to set up and run your own business or practice, or to prepare yourself for a managerial position. That is why it covers essential management skills such as business finance, marketing management, and entrepreneurship and innovation. It also includes a module on responsible leadership, and a module on understanding the world, which will give you the bigger picture in terms of the global, African and local ecosystems in which you operate. This PGDip can give you access to an MBA.

A transformative learning pathway awaits you – in particular if you see your future self as a manager, leader, specialist, or entrepreneur.

  • 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.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants
Orientation
17 January
Classes
18 January - 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)

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

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (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

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

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

TIMETABLES

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

Timetable for Modular format
YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: 28 February – 04 March (orientation on the Monday)
Block 2: 09 – 13 May
Block 3: 15 – 19 August
Block 4: 31 October – 4 November

Timetable for Blended Learning format
Orientation: 17 January
Weekly classes thereafter: 18 January – 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00 – 20:15)

Overview

Foundation phase modules and specialisation phase modules

The modules of the PGDip BMA 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 4 of the following 7 foundation phase modules on offer:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership
  • Term 3: Thinking Frameworks OR Business Analytics OR Managing of Projects
  • Term 4: Organisational Behaviour OR Managing Risk and Uncertainty

You also need to do the 4 specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Business Finance
  • Term 2: Marketing Management
  • Term 3: Business Process Management
  • Term 4: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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 postgraduate diploma 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

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 Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with a short break from 18:00 to 18:15), and for some foundation modules on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with a short 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 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).
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.

USB recognised the need of managers and entrepreneurs to obtain a formal business management qualification, but not necessarily an MBA. At the same time, USB also recognised the need of those who wanted to prepare themselves for access to an MBA in order to move to senior level positions.

This led to the design of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA), presented for the first time in 2015, and to its redesign in 2021 to you even more flexibility and to make it even easier for you to study while you work.

The joint design of the PGDip BMA and MBA at USB allows students to experience an unrivalled learning path when doing the two qualifications in succession. However, the PGDip BMA is also an exit-level qualification that will not leave the graduate who does not want to do the MBA feeling short-changed. The PGDip BMA’s unique focus on general management skills, innovation, entrepreneurship and responsible leadership makes this a meaningful qualification on the African continent.

This PGDip will provide you with a transformative learning experience to acquire the leadership skills, thinking frameworks and capabilities you need to find your way forward – regardless of whether you see your future self in an executive, managerial, specialist or entrepreneurial position.

Academic qualifications and other admission criteria

The following minimum admission criteria are applicable:

  • Academic qualifications: A three-year Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma at NQF level 7, or higher.
  • Work experience: A minimum of 2 years of relevant full-time work experience (preferably at managerial level).
  • 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: Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent; 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/pgdbma (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 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 that can be download under the guideline documents in 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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