Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration

Acquire managerial and entrepreneurial skills to start your own business

  • Modular
  • Blended
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Focus Areas
Course Overview
Course starts 01 February 2021
Application closes 13 December 2020

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA) is particularly suited to help you unlock the skills you need to set up and run your own business or practice. It covers essential management skills, entrepreneurship and innovation, and digital literacy. The one-year programme is presented in two formats: Modular and Blended Learning. Both formats are aimed at those who want to study while they work.

This is the ideal start-your-own-business programme. Passed at a certain level, this one-year PGDip can give you access to an MBA.

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 13 December (SHL and application deadline)
RPL applicants: 31 October each year
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 13 December
Applicants from the rest of the world: 13 December

Year 1
5 blocks, each of which lasts one working week
Block 1
1 – 6 February 2021
Block 2
12 – 17 April 2021
Block 3
21 – 26 June 2021
Block 4
13 – 18 September 2021
Block 5
22 – 27 November 2021

Time to learn?

Take advantage of USB’s fee relief for the PGDip in Business Management and Administration, and get access to the skills needed to rebuild the economy.

Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R89 885 Download
Students from the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R94 385 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R99 415 Download
Students from the rest of the world R127 915 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2021
Students from South Africa R13 060
Students from the SADC countries R50 395
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R53 450
Students from the rest of the world R53 450
Application fee for 2021
Application fee R850
SHL selection test
Applicable to all students R2 950
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • Travelling, accommodation and meals are for students’ own accounts.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Overview

USB’s one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration is aimed at working professionals who want to acquire general management skills underpinned by an entrepreneurial approach to business. These skills can be applied in any type of business and in any industry.

The programme includes a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship knowledge, innovation, and the digital processes and tools of today’s workplace. This will enable you to confidently start up and manage a business in today’s work environment.

The programme is structured into 12 core modules (compulsory) and 3 electives (from various on offer).

Core modules

This PGDip in Business Management and Administration is made up of 12 core modules:

  • Digital Quotient
  • Economics for Managers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Systems Principles
  • Innovation Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Principles of Operations
  • Sustainable Enterprise
  • Systems Methods

Electives

You need to choose 3 of the following electives:

  • Business Strategy
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Futures Studies
  • Innovation Management
  • International Business
  • Manager as Coach
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Technology Management
  • Project Management

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.

The joint design of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration 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 do not want to do the MBA feeling short-changed. The PGDip BMA’s unique focus on general management skills, innovation, entrepreneurship and strong grounding in technology, both in terms of the delivery process and content, makes this a meaningful qualification on the African continent.

The golden thread of entrepreneurship and innovation runs through all the functional modules. By applying the learning in their own work environment students see the return on their investment while studying. The unique delivery method of the blended learning option in particular significantly lowers opportunity cost and turns the student cohort into a diverse community that enhances the learning experience beyond the content conveyed by faculty.

Academic qualifications

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 two years of relevant full-time work experience (preferably at a managerial level).
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online. Please note that you will need submit your SHL test results to the USB admissions office before the application closing date.
  • 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 SAQA evaluation to evaluate your degree according to South African standards.  USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge.  Please complete an online application, upload all certificates to your application. The international office will conduct an in-house credential evaluation, after we received your submission and application fee, as part of the process.

SHL selection test
 The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the PGDip BMA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number).
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail shl@usb.ac.za.
  • Additional information: Go to shldirect.com.

Please note that your SHL test results form part of your application package, thus the results must be available to the USB admissions office before the closing date.

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 for 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 provided by USB.

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.

SHL selection test

You need to do the SHL selection test as part your application process. The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the PGDip BMA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number). For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgdbma. See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail shl@usb.ac.za.
  • Additional information: Go to shldirect.com.
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Selection test
Course Overview
Course starts 18 January 2021
Application closes 30 November 2020

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA) is particularly suited to help you unlock the skills you need to set up and run your own business or practice. It covers essential management skills, entrepreneurship and innovation, and digital literacy. The programme is presented in two formats: Modular and Blended Learning. Both formats are aimed at those who want to study while they work.

This is the ideal start-your-own-business programme. Passed at a certain level, this one-year PGDip can give you access to an MBA.

Blended learning: Attend class from anywhere in the world
The blended learning format allows you 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.

USB’s high-tech class rooms allow the lecturers to see, in real time, the faces of all the online students portrayed onto a screen. This virtual environment enables you to actively participate in classroom discussions. The lecturers can talk directly to each student, whether they are logging in from an airport in Europe, a boardroom in Africa or an office at home, or physically present in the class. See how blended learning works at USB.

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November  (SHL and application deadline)
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 30 November

Initial on-campus block
18 - 23 January 2021 (including orientation)
Thereafter
Every Wednesday evening from 16:00-20:15
Block 2
22 – 27 November 2021

Time to learn?

Take advantage of USB’s fee relief for the PGDip in Business Management and Administration, and get access to the skills needed to rebuild the economy.

Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R89 885 Download
Students from the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R94 385 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R99 415 Download
Students from the rest of the world R127 915 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2021
Students from South Africa R13 060
Students from the SADC countries R50 395
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R53 450
Students from the rest of the world R53 450
Application fee for 2021
Application fee R850
SHL selection test
Applicable to all students R2 950
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • Travelling, accommodation and meals are for students’ own accounts.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Overview

USB’s one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration is aimed at working professionals who want to acquire general management skills underpinned by an entrepreneurial approach to business. These skills can be applied in any type of business and in any industry.

The programme includes a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship knowledge, innovation, and the digital processes and tools of today’s workplace. This will enable you to confidently start up and manage a business in today’s work environment.

The programme is structured into 12 core modules (compulsory) and 3 electives (from various on offer).

Core modules

This PGDip in Business Management and Administration is made up of 12 core modules:

  • Digital Quotient
  • Economics for Managers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Systems Principles
  • Innovation Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Principles of Operations
  • Sustainable Enterprise
  • Systems Methods

Electives

You need to choose 3 of the following electives:

  • Business Strategy
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Futures Studies
  • Innovation Management
  • International Business
  • Manager as Coach
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Technology Management
  • Project Management

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.

The joint design of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration 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 do not want to do the MBA feeling short-changed. The PGDip BMA’s unique focus on general management skills, innovation, entrepreneurship and strong grounding in technology, both in terms of the delivery process and content, makes this a meaningful qualification on the African continent.

The golden thread of entrepreneurship and innovation runs through all the functional modules. By applying the learning in their own work environment students see the return on their investment while studying. The unique delivery method of the blended learning option in particular significantly lowers opportunity cost and turns the student cohort into a diverse community that enhances the learning experience beyond the content conveyed by faculty.

Academic qualifications

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 two years of relevant full-time work experience (preferably at a managerial level).
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online. Please note that you will need submit your SHL test results to the USB admissions office before the application closing date.
  • 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 SAQA evaluation to evaluate your degree according to South African standards.  USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge.  Please complete an online application, upload all certificates to your application. The international office will conduct an in-house credential evaluation as part of the process. The international office will conduct an in-house credential evaluation, after we received your submission and application fee, as part of the process.

SHL selection test
 The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the PGDip BMA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number).
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail shl@usb.ac.za.
  • Additional information: Go to shldirect.com.

Please note that your SHL test results form part of your application package, thus the results must be available to the USB admissions office before the closing date.

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 for 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 provided by USB.

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.

SHL selection test

You need to do the SHL selection test as part your application process. The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the PGDip BMA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number). For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgdbma. See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail shl@usb.ac.za.
  • Additional information: Go to shldirect.com.

USB’s PGDip BMA – Ranked 2nd in Africa in the General Management category – Eduniversal

PROGRAMME HEAD
Tasneem Motala

Tasneem Motala is a senior lecturer in Operations Management and Process Innovation at USB. Her research interests include the impact of operational interventions (such as automation) on organisational behaviour, process optimisation, blue-collar employee motivation and service excellence. With a background in engineering, she brings a wealth of professional and practical experience to her teaching role. Prior to joining USB as a faculty member in 2016, she worked in the petrochemical industry for nine years. Here, she specialised in process control and optimisation. She holds a cum laude MBA from USB and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Programme Ambassadors

These programme ambassadors are current students and alumni who support prospective students in their new stage of life and share their personal experience about studying at USB.

albert brand BMA

Albert Brand 
Portfolio Optimisation Specialist at Jumo World

brand.albert@gmail.com

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  • Who should enrol?
  • What are the benefits?
  • Managers who wish to complete an MBA but who do not qualify for entry directly into a Master’s programme
  • Managers who want to broaden their management skills, but who do not necessarily want to enrol for an MBA and/or who do not want to do the research component of the MBA
  • Managers and leaders who work full-time, who cannot afford long periods of time away from work and/or who prefer to do most of their learning off-campus
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) candidates who want to gain access to an MBA

This is what you will gain from your studies:

  • An entrepreneurial approach to business: Acquire the skills to turn your ideas into a profitable business.
  • Essential management skills: Gain an understanding of all the management functions – from finances and operations to information systems and marketing – to confidently manage a business in today’s work environment.
  • Strong focus on innovation: This will help to give you a competitive advantage.
  • An understanding of business in Africa: Gain insight into the continent’s specific challenges and opportunities.
  • The ability to embrace the digital world: The unique Digital Quotient module will show you how to use the digital processes and tools of the modern workplace.
  • Leadership skills: Learn to lead responsibly, to hold yourself to a higher standard as custodian of a business, and to make a positive impact in society.

Testimonials from our alumni

   

 

Rushana Hartnick, Current Student,

“This programme has inspired me to become a catalyst for change in the entrepreneurial sector of our country. It has encouraged me to become an effective leader and it challenges any traditional thinking.”

Cecilia van der Walt, PGDip in Business Management and Administration, Asset Finance Consultant, Bidvest Bank,

“The experience on USB’s PGDip in Business Management and Administration has already begun to transform my life. USB has made the transition from the office to the business school very pleasant. The networking on the programme is incredible.”

Deshan Raidoo, PGDip in Business Management and Administration, Plant Manager: Iron Making, ArcelorMittal South Africa,

“I enrolled for the PGDip in Business Management and Administration to gain insight into what the MBA entails as I would like to do my MBA as well. I cannot always attend the class sessions because I work on sites locally and internationally, but through the accessibility of learning, this programme allows me to continue with my education from anywhere in the world as long as I have internet connection.”

Phemelo Mitchell, 2015 PGDip in Business Management and Administration, Contracts Engineer, Actom: John Thompson,

FAQs

Yes, the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration provides access to our MBA. Graduates will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

No. This learn-while-you-earn programme has two formats: a blended learning format which combines on-campus and online classes, and a modular format covered in five on-campus blocks over the year.​​

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.

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.

Being fully prepared for each class session is extremely important. This starts with the compulsory reading and completion of online work prior to the contact sessions on campus. When you make time available to spend with the learning material prior to each block you will not fall into a pattern of playing catch-up at the time. This will help you to enjoy your studies, contribute in class and succeed in your studies.

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.

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