Postgraduate Diploma Leadership Development for NPOs

Acquire the leadership skills to help professionalise the social sector

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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts 13 February 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

This PGDip Leadership Development for NPOs will equip you with the leadership skills to help professionalise the social sector. The programme serves as a learning journey for those who want to lead non-profit organisations (NPO) towards fulfilling their social purpose. This PGDip taps into Stellenbosch Business School’s well-known legacy of transformative leadership learning where you will learn how to lead self, others and your organisation in ways that are ethical, responsible and sustainable. The programme pays special attention to the unique demands of leading in the face of complex social and environmental issues guided by a clear strategy, maintaining integrity and quality, and practicing accountability to all stakeholders.

All over the world, research confirms that the right kind of leadership makes a difference in organisational performance. This also applies to organisations in the social sector. This programme acknowledges responsible leadership as the prime differentiator that drives sustainable performance, and impact. That is why it focuses on the development of personal leadership, team leadership, organisational leadership and societal leadership.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Blended learning format – study while you work: 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. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click hereto see the 7 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 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R94 000 Download
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R98 665 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R103 880 Download
Students from the rest of the world R133 905 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R49 333
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
Students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee for 2022
Application fee R 850

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees by 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.
  • Payment of full programme fees by 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.
  • Study materials: Fees include books and study materials.
  • 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 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).

 

2023 TIMETABLES

The dates below are the suggested dates for 2023 to serve as a guideline for you. The final dates will be available by 31 August 2022. (The Business School reserves the right to change dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time.)

2023 Blended

Block 1: 13-18 February (On campus)
Block 2: *27 March – 1 April
Block 3: *5 – 10 June
Block 4: *14 – 19 August
Block 5: 23 – 28 October (On campus)
* Remote classes from 08:00-18:15 daily during block 2-4.

Overview

This programme acknowledges responsible leadership as the prime differentiator that drives sustainable high performance. It focuses on the development of personal leadership, team leadership, organisational leadership and societal leadership (me, we, work, world) to strengthen your capability to grow as leader.

This one-year programme is presented in blended learning format. It combines on-campus classes with blended learning sessions, allowing you to study while you work. This also enables you to start applying your newly acquired skills in your workplace right from the start while receiving comprehensive support throughout your studies.

The on-campus block at the start of the programme enables you to meet your lecturers and fellow classmates, allowing for a more immersive experience of the entire year. The on-campus block at the end of programme helps to ensure an integrative experience. (The on-campus blocks will be presented online depending on Covid restrictions.)

The blended learning sessions allow you to join the class via any internet-linked laptop. This format means minimum time away from work. It also lowers the opportunity cost to do this programme at Stellenbosch Business School as it reduces travel costs. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.

1 on-campus or online block in Feb  

⇒ Various online sessions (blended learning format) ⇒

1 on-campus or online block in Nov

 

Core module

Core modules

  • Module 1: Personal Authentic Leadership
  • Module 2: High-impact Leadership and Teaming
  • Module 3: Leading High-performance Organisational Culture
  • Module 4: Leading Strategy in NPOs
  • Module 5: Quality and Integrity in NPOs
  • Module 6: Management Control in NPOs
  • Module 7: Integrated Personal Leadership Development

 

Electives

You need to complete one elective:

Negotiation and Conflict Management: This elective offers comprehensive knowledge and understanding of conflict theory to analyse the origins and manifestations of conflict and conflict behaviour.

Advanced Technology Leadership: This elective enables participants to analyse and describe developments in advanced technologies and their impact on people, relationships, leadership and the organisation.

Leadership and Coaching: This elective is about mastering and applying a range of skills required to coach others, specifically reflective listening, non-directive dialogue, and providing coachees with the capacity to create a personal development programme.

International NPO Leadership: This elective covers the wide range of possibilities of leadership in non-profit organisations globally and an understanding of the influence of the context on these organisations and their leadership.

Important: Electives are confirmed at the beginning of the year and may be different from what has been published prior.

This programme is designed as a learning journey for those who want to improve their understanding of what it takes to lead non-profit organisations (NPOs) towards fulfilling their social purpose. The programme taps into Stellenbosch Business School’s legacy of transformative leadership learning where you will learn how to lead yourself, others and your organisation in an ethical, responsible and sustainable way.

An investment in this programme as an individual, organisation or donor to an NPO is an investment in the development of resilient, resourceful and confident leadership at personal, organisational and societal levels. It is an investment in social impact as NPOs have become our channels for services and support to the causes that we are passionate about. In NPOs we find people from all walks of life working together to take care of the most marginalised in society, to preserve endangered plants, animals and ecosystems, and to fight against corruption, human rights abuses and climate change impact.

Leading in this context is both a noble and challenging act, and for most, a steep learning curve. Indeed, NPOs also need to manage human resources and finances, satisfy legal, compliance and auditing requirements, and report to stakeholders.

If leadership in an NPO context resonates with you then consider this PGDip. The content of this programme is rooted in academic research and internationally benchmarked theory and practices. The learning philosophy of this programme is based on the following:

  • Offering a thriving learning environment – one that is creative, innovative, experimental, relational, peer-based and energising
  • Facilitating transformative and whole person learning – with activities that enhance knowledge, develop skills and nurture personal development
  • Learning about the self through reflection, learning from experts and participants by sharing knowledge and experience, and learning from real-life situations
  • Using the student’s organisation or NPO context as a living case to work with.

Who should enrol?

  • NPO leaders and managers who want to improve their personal leadership competencies
  • Career changers who are in the process of leaving the corporate or government sphere in exchange for a leadership role in the social sector
  • Members of NPO boards who want to improve their understanding of NPOs and their role in society, and who want to ensure that they are sufficiently capacitated and well governed
  • People working at foundations and who have oversight responsibilities over funded NPOs
  • Corporate social investment managers in companies or corporate foundations with a responsibility to work with NPOs
  • People with an interest in establishing a social sector organisation.

What you need to apply

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree, Higher National Diploma or Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Proven relevant working experience of five to seven years

 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.

 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), the 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 students under the RPL policy 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 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 Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be downloaded from the application form.
  • The candidate will also be requested to write an essay motivating why they want to enrol and how this programme will contribute to their leadership journey.

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 programme, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation 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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FAQs

You may know how to manage well. But to lead, calls for a journey of personal development. That is one of the reasons why this postgraduate degree starts with leadership of the self (me). You cannot lead others (we) if you cannot lead yourself (me). You cannot lead society (world) if you do not know how to get smaller groups or teams to work together (work). It is a daily choice to show up as a leader. This requires a level of consciousness, courage, discipline and strong values. As one PGDip Leadership alumnus said, “Taking this one year to really get to know your own leadership strengths, and where they come from, will bring a sense of clarity and groundedness that nobody will be able to take away from you.”

This one-year programme combines on-campus classes with blended learning classes, allowing you to study while you work. This also enables you apply your newly acquired skills in your workplace right from the start. It is better to work consistently and to manage your time well. To keep up and really enrich your experience of the PGDip Leadership Development you should be doing between 10 and 12 hours of work a week. The blended learning sessions will also set some time free as it allows you to join the class via any internet-linked laptop. This means no travelling to the campus, and minimum time away from work. Like with all worthwhile things in life, what you put in is what you will get out. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.

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