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

USB’s MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If you are aiming towards senior management positions and leadership roles, the MBA will prepare you for this. This programme is completed over two years.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2019

ARPL applicants: 31 October 2019

Students from SADC countries: 31

October 2019 Students from rest of world: 31 October 2019

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

Please note:

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.
  • The programme fees for the Modular and Blended Learning MBA’s second year of enrolment are higher than for the first year of enrolment because the second year’s fees include the International Study Module at a foreign business school
  • The amounts marked with an asterisk include the International Study Module fee of US$5000.

 

Programme tuition fees for 2020

 

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

Overview

USB’s MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If you are aiming towards senior management positions and leadership roles, the MBA will prepare you for this.

International Study Module

All MBA students need to do the compulsory International Study Module to enhance their international exposure. The cost of this module is included in the MBA study fees at a fixed dollar rate. The aim of this module is to develop managers with a global mind-set, to prepare them for work in a global environment, and to help them understand cultural differences in order to turn cultural competence into a competitive advantage. The module includes company visits and cultural activities.

In 2017, MBA study visits have been arranged to these countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Rwanda & Kenya, Turkey, Singapore, Slovenia, UK and USA.

Core Modules

The 18 core modules are compulsory:

  • Accounting for Decision-Making
  • Business Communication Skills
  • Business in Society
  • Contemporary Decision-Making
  • Corporate Finance
  • Digital Enterprise Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Analysis
  • International Study Module
  • Operational Excellence
  • Perspectives on African Frontiers
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Research Methodology and Assignment
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding
  • Leadership Development

Electives

Choose 2 electives from a list of topics clustered into these themes:

  • Decision Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Finance and Economics
  • Human Resources and Leadership
  • Information and Technology Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Strategic Management

Research assignment

The Research Assignment Module counts for 45 SAQA credits and comprises three distinct activities of learning:

  • MBA with generalist modules: This programme is aimed at those who want to manage the functional areas of any business, in any industry, at senior manage level (career switchers).
  • MBA with modules focused on Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO): This programme is for those who want domain expertise at senior management level in the management of international organisations, including multinational for-profit organisations, development agencies, NGOs and the UN system. This includes professionals or managers who want to expand their cross-border agility and those who want to fast-track their careers in international organisations. The MBA MIO will therefore appeal to private-sector managers looking for employment opportunities with international development organisations or multinational for-profits as well as UN staff looking to strengthen their management skills, either within the UN system or in any international organisation.
  • MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership: This programme is aimed at those who want domain expertise at senior management level in Health Care Leadership to apply in the public or private health care industry. This includes general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government, or those in health care who want to broaden their contextual understanding of business.

USB’s MBA aims to develop managers, professionals and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society.

Our MBA is rigorous, as can be expected from a programme with three international accreditations. It balances solid quantitative modules with personal development and leadership skills. Management tools and techniques from disciplines such as strategic management, economics, operations, finance and marketing are important core competencies of the MBA graduate. This is balanced by competencies such as responsible leadership, communication and understanding the role of business in society in order to develop the skills of adaptability, flexibility, self-awareness and contextual awareness – all of which are in high demand in the business environment.

One of the key differentiators of USB’s MBA is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

To apply for the generalist MBA programme you must meet the following requirements:

The South African Council on Higher Education has raised the entry requirements of the MBA
programme in South Africa. Students applying for this programme are now required to have one of the
following qualifications on NQF level 8:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8) and at least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience
  • OR Honours degree (NQF level 8), plus 3 years of relevant full-time working experience
  • OR 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8) and at least 3 years of relevant working experience

The working experience should preferably be on managerial level. Also note that USB’s one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (NQF level 8 with 120 credits) is aimed at preparing students for the Masters in Business Administration.

Other requirements:

  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience
  • Satisfactory selection test results for either the SHL or GMAT selection tests
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

Highly recommended:

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

Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under ARPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the ARPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective Masters in Business

Administration students have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification.
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the above-mentioned qualification, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.
  • Next, USB’s Admissions Committee (head of the programme and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the Masters in Business Administration programme, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • Note that ARPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

MBA MIO

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

International organisations include the UN and its specialised agencies (like the World Health Organization, World Tourism Organization and International Fund for Agricultural Development), global organisations like the World Bank, Red Cross, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and global foundations.

The two-year USB MIO has been co-designed by USB and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC). The programme benefits from UNSSC’s experience and network of senior UN leaders contributing to the delivery of the modules and serving as research supervisors. The stream-specific modules and electives are co-delivered by USB and UNSSC.

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

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

 

MBA HCL

USB’s MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL) is aimed at those who want domain expertise at senior management level in health care leadership to apply in the public or private health care industry. This includes general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government, or those in health care who want to broaden their contextual understanding of business.

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

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

USB’s MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If you are aiming towards senior management positions and leadership roles, this course will prepare you for this. This programme is completed over two years.

Application closes

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

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

Blended Fees Content

Overview

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

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

The preparation of your concept note

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

The preparation of your comprehensive research proposal

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

Approving your dissertation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Time Fees Content

USB’s MBA aims to develop managers, professionals and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society.

Our MBA is rigorous, as can be expected from a programme with three international accreditations. It balances solid quantitative modules with personal development and leadership skills. Management tools and techniques from disciplines such as strategic management, economics, operations, finance and marketing are important core competencies of the MBA graduate. This is balanced by competencies such as responsible leadership, communication and understanding the role of business in society in order to develop the skills of adaptability, flexibility, self-awareness and contextual awareness – all of which are in high demand in the business environment.

One of the key differentiators of USB’s MBA is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

USB’s Full-time MBA

Ranked 1st in Africa
– Eduniversal

USB’s Part-time MBA

Ranked 2nd globally
– Eduniversal

STREAM COORDINATOR
Mr MC Botha

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

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Testimonials from our alumni

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

Firstly, relevant work experience is a requirement of USB’s international EQUIS accreditation. Secondly, collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – forms an important part of USB’s MBA. The expertise, depth and value that each participant brings to the class depend largely on authentic work experience.

Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight into business problems. Hence, all tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. These summative assessments simulate real-life situations and the application of the theory and techniques covered in a particular module. In the assessment of pre-reading, multiple-choice questions or reflective essays are often used prior to attending class. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. USB alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with USB’s Alumni Relations Office and Career Leadership Office.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

Modular MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and thereafter at the end of every modular block for the following block.

Blended Learning MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and at regular intervals thereafter.

Yes. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. 75% of the annual fee is payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge – www.usb.ac.za/bellvista), which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.

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USB MBA PM

MBA Project Management

MBA Project Management

Deadline for Modular Group 2 applications

07 January 2019

  • Modular Group 1
  • Modular Group 2
  • Blended
Course overview
Course starts February 2021
Application closes November 2020

MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM)

Project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill. Proficient project managers are in high demand. It is therefore completely understandable that Fortune Magazine has identified project management as the number one career choice.

Companies are looking for professionals who are proficient in both project management fundamentals and key business disciplines such as strategy, finance, operations management and marketing. These highly skilled professionals offer a unique value proposition as they are able to bridge the understanding between the project management and business management elements of the entity. Traditionally, project management has been associated with the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Now, newer industries such as IT management, health care management, financial services and research also employ project managers.

By honing your project leadership skills and project management skills on MBA level, you will help to create a strategic value chain that gives your company an edge on competitors.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience) and the blended learning (digital class attendance) format for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.
  • Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. See how blended learning works at USB. usb.ac.za/blended-learning/

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

DATES
These are the 2020 dates for the generalist MBA in modular format (first intake). The dates for 2021 will be similar, and will be added once they have been finalised.

Year 1
5 blocks
Block 1
03 – 08 February
Block 2
23 – 28 March
Block 3
01 – 06 June
Block 4
03 – 08 August
Block 5
12 – 17 October
Course overview
Course starts February 2021
Application closes November 2020

MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM)
Project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill. Proficient project managers are in high demand. It is therefore completely understandable that Fortune Magazine has identified project management as the number one career choice.

Companies are looking for professionals who are proficient in both project management fundamentals and key business disciplines such as strategy, finance, operations management and marketing. These highly skilled professionals offer a unique value proposition as they are able to bridge the understanding between the project management and business management elements of the entity. Traditionally, project management has been associated with the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Now, newer industries such as IT management, health care management, financial services and research also employ project managers.

By honing your project leadership skills and project management skills on MBA level, you will help to create a strategic value chain that gives your company an edge on competitors.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience) and the blended learning (digital class attendance) format for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.
  • Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. See how blended learning works at USB.

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

DATES
These are the 2020 dates for the generalist MBA in modular format (second intake). The dates for 2021 will be similar, and will be added once they have been finalised.

Year 1
5 blocks
Block 1
10 – 15 February
Block 2
30 March – 04 April
Block 3
8 – 13 June
Block 4
17 – 22 August
Block 5
19 – 24 October
Course overview
Course starts January 2021
Application closes November 2020

MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM)
Project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill. Proficient project managers are in high demand. It is therefore completely understandable that Fortune Magazine has identified project management as the number one career choice.

Companies are looking for professionals who are proficient in both project management fundamentals and key business disciplines such as strategy, finance, operations management and marketing. These highly skilled professionals offer a unique value proposition as they are able to bridge the understanding between the project management and business management elements of the entity. Traditionally, project management has been associated with the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Now, newer industries such as IT management, health care management, financial services and research also employ project managers.

By honing your project leadership skills and project management skills on MBA level, you will help to create a strategic value chain that gives your company an edge on competitors.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience) and the blended learning (digital class attendance) format for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.
  • Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. See how blended learning works at USB. usb.ac.za/blended-learning/

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

DATES
These are the 2020 dates for the generalist MBA in blended learning format. The dates for 2021 will be similar, and will be added once they have been finalised.

Year 1
1 block
Block 1
20 January – 01 February (on campus)
Thereafter
Wednesday evenings 12 February – 09 December (online or on campus)
STREAM COORDINATOR
Mr MC Botha

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

  • Structure & content
  • Learning philosophy
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees

Overview

  • Year 1: Students who want to specialise in Project Management start with either the Modular MBA (blocks of classes spread over the year) or Blended Learning MBA (orientation block plus weekly classes online or on campus).
  • Year 2: During their specialisation year, MBA PM students attend one on-campus block at the beginning of the year, followed by Blended Learning classes on Wednesdays (16:00 – 20:20) and one on-campus electives block towards the end of the year.

Core modules

Year 1 Core Modules

 

  • Accounting for Decision-making
  • Business Communication
  • Business in Society
  • Contemporary Decision-Making
  • Digital Enterprise Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Operational Excellence
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding

 Year 2 Core Modules 

  • Project Portfolio Finance
  • Project Portfolio Management
  • Project Management Innovations

Electives

Electives are only applicable in year 2. You can choose 2 from the following list of electives:

  • Number of Project Management electives
  • The electives from USB’s generalist MBA

Research assignment

You need to compile a research assignment of between 50 and 70 pages on a management-related problem in your work environment or specialisation. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate how you can address business challenges through a robust research process. This experience will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level in the workplace.

USB’s MBA aims to develop managers, professionals and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society.

Our MBA is rigorous, as can be expected from a programme with three international accreditations. It balances solid quantitative modules with personal development and leadership skills. Management tools and techniques from disciplines such as strategic management, economics, operations, finance and marketing are important core competencies of the MBA graduate. This is balanced by competencies such as responsible leadership, communication and understanding the role of business in society in order to develop the skills of adaptability, flexibility, self-awareness and contextual awareness – all of which are in high demand in the business environment.

One of the key differentiators of USB’s MBA is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

This is what you need to apply for an MBA at USB:

Academic qualifications

The South African Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of the following qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience, preferably on managerial level
  • Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent is highly recommended
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays, showing your level of motivation and working experience
  • Satisfactory selection test results

About the fees:

  • These are the 2020 tuition fees. Programme fees for 2021 will be published once this information becomes available.
  • The programme fees for the Modular and Blended Learning MBA’s second year of enrolment are higher than for the first year of enrolment because the second year’s fees include the International Study Module at a foreign business school.
  • The amounts marked with an asterisk include the International Study Module fee of US$5000.

Programme tuition fees for 2019

Students from South Africa 2019 2020 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
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MBA Blended Learning R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
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Students from
Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular (all groups) R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
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MBA Blended Learning R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
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Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular (all groups) R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
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MBA Blended Learning R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
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Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular (all groups) R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
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MBA Blended Learning R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
Request Quote
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R164 280
International students from the rest of the world R176 210
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (modular) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R63 351
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R65 614
International students from the rest of the world R77 544
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (blended learning) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R63 351
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R65 614
International students from the rest of the world R77 544
Application fee and SHL tests for 2019
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 900
SHL selection test fee R2 900
GMAT selection test fee $250

Find the perfect course for you

  • Project managers looking to transition into senior business manager roles or senior project manager roles (such as a Chief Project Officer)
  • Project or business managers looking to transition into programme or portfolio manager roles
  • Project managers looking to move into a different industry
  • Project managers who want to become (or who are) independent consultants
  • Business managers wishing to improve their understanding of project management in the business context
  • MBA candidates who want to develop their project management competencies
  • USB Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management graduates who wish to further their careers in this field

  1. Relevance: New learning will challenge your thinking and change your behaviour. USB’s MBA is particularly suited to help you unlock the skills you need to navigate this new world, reinvent your business and rebuild the economy.
  2. Responsible leadership skills: USB’s MBA is strongly committed to your development as a responsible leader, focusing on personal, relationship and organisational or strategic leadership, ultimately leading to organisational performance. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA.
  3. Expert decision-making skills: These skills are based on a combination of numeric methods and qualitative techniques.
  4. The ability to function globally: The competencies acquired can be applied in any industry and in any country. Project management, specifically, is a scare skill all over the world. Fortune Magazine identified project management as the number one career choice.
  5. An understanding of the interlinked roles in organisations: This will allow you to manage across functional areas, gain insight into the workings of the organisation and make well-informed decisions.
  6. Domain expertise in project management: This knowledge – on MBA level – will enable you to combine project leadership skills with project management skills. This will give you the ability to bridge the understanding between project management and business management. You will therefore contribute directly to the strategic value chain that gives your company an edge on competitors.

Testimonials from our alumni

Sadia Murray, 2018 MBA stream in Health Care Leadership,

‘An MBA offers a completely different skill set for me. I wanted to stretch myself and attain skills that could benefit me in my future endeavours. Also, working in the public health care system, there is so much that I feel that I want to do and I hope that the MBA will give me the skills that I need to affect positive change in the public health sector.’

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FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

Firstly, relevant work experience is a requirement of USB’s international EQUIS accreditation. Secondly, collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – forms an important part of USB’s MBA. The expertise, depth and value that each participant brings to the class depend largely on authentic work experience.

Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight into business problems. Hence, all tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. These summative assessments simulate real-life situations and the application of the theory and techniques covered in a particular module. In the assessment of pre-reading, multiple-choice questions or reflective essays are often used prior to attending class. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. USB alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with USB’s Alumni Relations Office and Career Leadership Office.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

Modular MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and thereafter at the end of every modular block for the following block.

Blended Learning MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and at regular intervals thereafter.

Yes. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. 75% of the annual fee is payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge – www.usb.ac.za/bellvista), which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.


phd in business administration

PhD in Business Management and Administration

PhD in Business Management
and Administration

Find solutions to real-world business problems through in-depth research

  • Research
Course overview
Course starts Dependent on application
Application closes Rolling intake

USB’s internationally accredited PhD in Business Management and Administration is aimed at those who want to undertake supervised research to become an expert in their field. This requires a contribution to new knowledge through rigorous research. With USB’s PhD in Business Management, you will help to find solutions to pressing business problems in the real world. USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is particularly relevant to African organisations.

This degree will stand you in good stead if you want to establish yourself as an expert in a particular field, and if you want to work in industries focused on research and innovation, or at an academic institution.

We are particularly seeking students who are interested in exploring topics in:
1. Coaching
2. Corporate governance
3. Health care leadership
4. Dispute settlement

Multi-year programme

At least 2 years of registration

PROGRAMME HEAD
Dr Lara Skelly

Dr Lara Skelly’s career at USB began as a research manager in 2015, and the role of the head of USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration was added in June 2017. She has a special interest in how to increase the impact of research.

 

 

  • Structure & content
  • Learning philosophy
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees

Overview

USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration is awarded solely on the successful completion of a research-based dissertation. This dissertation must contribute to and enrich the academic knowledge and understanding of theory and professional practice. The minimum period of registration for the PhD is two years.

The thesis may be written as a single whole, or may be by publication, where a number of articles and/or chapters are presented together with an introduction and conclusion that draws the parts into the whole.

The preparation of your pre-proposal

Every application must include a pre-proposal, written in scientific language, on your intended research. The pre-proposal serves to demonstrate whether you have a mature approach to high-level research. It also helps us evaluate whether the topic is viable and whether we can provide appropriate supervision and resources. The world count of the pre-proposal is approximately 4 000 words (excluding references). This is what the pre-proposal must cover:

  • Title: Provide the title of your proposed research.
  • Introduction: Give a brief introduction to your intended research.
  • Literature review: Analyse at least six academic journal articles relevant to topic, looking in which ways they support or contest one another, and relating it back to your study.
  • Research methodology: Include a section on data and on ethical considerations.
  • Potential contribution of the research: Describe why your study is important and who will benefit from it, in terms of theory and practice.
  • References: Your references must be in APA 7th edition style and include the page numbers of the sources you have consulted.

The dissertation pre-proposal will also help USB to determine whether you have thought through your interest in and commitment to the programme, and whether you are suitable for admission to the USB PhD programme.

The preparation of your comprehensive research proposal

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

Approving your dissertation

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

The PhD in Business Management and Administration is a combination of scientific rigour and managerial relevance. To develop applicable knowledge underpinned by theory and practice, PhD students need to conduct research on real-world problems, and develop personal and transferable skills which can be used in a range of applied situations. ​USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is relevant to South African organisations, and from there to beyond our borders. This forms part of our social responsibility to strengthen our country to the benefit of all those involved.

To apply for the PhD in Business Management and Administration, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A relevant master’s degree in a management-related area. The major part of the master’s degree must consist of a written thesis. You must have achieved an average pass mark of 65% for the master’s degree and 65% for the research module. A high standard Preparation of Pre-proposal is also a requirement for this. Once the pre-proposal has been approved you will be assigned a provisional supervisor.
  • A minimum period of registration of two years.
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.
 Programme tuition fees for 2020 2020 (1st year) 2021 (2nd year) Total
Students from South Africa R49 125 R49 925 R99 850
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R54 195 R54 195 R108 390
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries) R58 965 R58 965 R117 930
​International students from the rest of the world R58 965 R58 965 R117  930
​​​​​​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​ for 2020
​​​​Students from South Africa R11 900
​​​​Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R27 098
International students from the rest of Africa
(non-SADC countries)
R29 483
​International students from the rest of the world R29 483
​​​​​​​Application fee​ for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R800

 

Class Profile 2018

3-6 years
7-11 years
12 years or more
Black African
Indian
White
Arts & Humanities
Commerce
Law
Unknown
Under 25
31-36 years
37 years and older

  • Those who want to find solutions to real-world business problems through in-depth research
  • Business managers and leaders who want to become experts in their field through research on PhD level

  • Acquire a globally acknowledged PhD: USB is a triple accredited business school (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA). In addition, USB is a member of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative’s (GRLI’s) Global Doctoral Alliance (GDA), which holds benefits for USB’s doctoral students.
  • Engage in meaningful research: As a signatory to the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative’s Global Doctoral Alliance, USB is committed to incorporating the societal dimension of business and sustainability in its PhD research.
  • Join a research community: At USB, various people are involved in your research – not only your supervisor. This leads to input and support from a diverse group of academics in a multidisciplinary environment. USB’s Research Colloquia provides a platform to engage with other PhD candidates and other scholars. This also gives you the opportunity to present your research to this select audience and to gain insight from their questions and comments.

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MBA Health Care

MBA Health Care Leadership

MBA Health Care Leadership​

Deadline for Modular Group 2 applications

07 January 2019

  • Modular Group 1
  • Modular Group 2
  • Blended Learning
Course overview
Course starts February 2021
Application closes November 2020

USB’s MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership is aimed at high achievers who want to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. The knowledge and skills acquired on this stream can be applied in the public and private health care industry.

The two-year MBA HCL covers all the functional areas of management while giving you a contextual understanding of the principles of health care governance and current health care reform programmes such as National Health Insurance, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. The stream-specific modules and electives focus on the challenges of finance and funding in health care, taking cognisance of the limited-resource context in South Africa and in Africa.

If you want to play in role in professionalising leadership in the health care industry, this MBA stream will serve you well.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience) and the blended learning (digital class attendance) format for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.
  • Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. See how blended learning works at USB.

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

DATES
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

Year 1
5 blocks
Block 1
03 – 08 February
Block 2
23 – 28 March
Block 3
01 – 06 June
Block 4
03 – 08 August
Block 5
12 – 17 October
Course overview
Course starts February 2021
Application closes November 2020

USB’s MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership is aimed at high achievers who want to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. The knowledge and skills acquired on this stream can be applied in the public and private health care industry.

The two-year MBA HCL covers all the functional areas of management while giving you a contextual understanding of the principles of health care governance and current health care reform programmes such as National Health Insurance, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. The stream-specific modules and electives focus on the challenges of finance and funding in health care, taking cognisance of the limited-resource context in South Africa and in Africa.

If you want to play in role in professionalising leadership in the health care industry, this MBA stream will serve you well.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience) and the blended learning (digital class attendance) format for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.

Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. See how blended learning works at USB.

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

DATES
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

Year 1
5 blocks
Block 1
10 – 15 February
Block 2
30 March – 04 April
Block 3
8 – 13 June
Block 4
17 – 22 August
Block 5
19 – 24 October
Course overview
Course starts January 2021
Application closes November 2020

The MBA stream in Health Care Leadership provides professionals in the healthcare industry the skills they need to manage and lead while also taking into account clinical governance and health care reform programmes, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. It also tackles the challenges of finance and funding in health care that exist in the African and South African context.

USB’s MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership is aimed at high achievers who want to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. The knowledge and skills acquired on this stream can be applied in the public and private health care industry.

The two-year MBA HCL covers all the functional areas of management while giving you a contextual understanding of the principles of health care governance and current health care reform programmes such as National Health Insurance, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. The stream-specific modules and electives focus on the challenges of finance and funding in health care, taking cognisance of the limited-resource context in South Africa and in Africa.

If you want to play in role in professionalising leadership in the health care industry, this MBA stream will serve you well.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience) and the blended learning (digital class attendance) format for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.

Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. See how blended learning works at USB.

South African students: 15 November 2019
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

DATES
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

Year 1
1 block
Block 1
20 January – 01 February (on campus)
Thereafter
Wednesday evenings 12 February – 09 December (online or on campus)
STREAM COORDINATOR
Prof Renata Schoeman

Prof Renata Schoeman is a senior lecturer in Leadership at USB and coordinator of the MBA stream in Health Care Leadership. Her fields of expertise include neuroleadership, cognition, and mood disorders. She holds MBChB and MMed (Psychiatry) degrees, as well as an MBA and PhD. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of SA and the UK’s General Medical Council. She is a member of industry bodies such as the SA Society of Psychiatrists, the Association for NeuroPsychoEconomics, the World Federation of Biological Society and the American Psychiatric Association. She serves on the advisory boards of various pharmaceutical companies.

  • Structure & content
  • Learning philosophy
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees

Overview

  • Year 1: Students who want to specialise in Health Care Leadership start with either the Modular MBA (blocks of classes spread over the year) or Blended Learning MBA (orientation block plus weekly classes online or on campus).
  • Year 2: During their specialisation year, MBA HCL students attend one on-campus block at the beginning of the year, followed by Blended Learning classes on Wednesdays (16:00 – 20:20) and one on-campus electives block towards the end of the year.

Core modules

Year One Core Modules

  • Accounting for Decision-making
  • Business Communication/li>
  • Business in Society
  • Contemporary Decision-Making
  • Digital Enterprise Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Operational Excellence
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding

Year 2 Core Modules

  • Health Care Finance and Governance
  • Health Care Systems and Policy
  • Value-Based Health Care

Electives

Electives are only applicable in year 2. You can choose 2 from the following list of electives:

  • Innovation in Health Care
  • Health Care Information Management
  • Electives from USB’s generalist MBA

Research assignment

You need to compile a research assignment of between 50 and 70 pages on a management-related problem in your work environment or specialisation. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate how you can address business challenges through a robust research process. This experience will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level in the workplace.

USB’s MBA aims to develop managers, professionals and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society.

Our MBA is rigorous, as can be expected from a programme with three international accreditations. It balances solid quantitative modules with personal development and leadership skills. Management tools and techniques from disciplines such as strategic management, economics, operations, finance and marketing are important core competencies of the MBA graduate. This is balanced by competencies such as responsible leadership, communication and understanding the role of business in society in order to develop the skills of adaptability, flexibility, self-awareness and contextual awareness – all of which are in high demand in the business environment.

One of the key differentiators of USB’s MBA is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

This is what you need to apply for an MBA at USB:

Academic qualifications
The South African Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of the following qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience, preferably on managerial level
  • Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent is highly recommended
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays, showing your level of motivation and working experience
  • Satisfactory selection test results

About the fees:

  • These are the 2020 tuition fees. Programme fees for 2021 will be published once this information becomes available.
  • The programme fees for the Modular and Blended Learning MBA’s second year of enrolment are higher than for the first year of enrolment because the second year’s fees include the International Study Module at a foreign business school.
  • The amounts marked with an asterisk include the International Study Module fee of US$5000.

Programme tuition fees for 2019

Students from South Africa 2019 2020 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
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MBA Blended Learning R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
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Students from
Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular (all groups) R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
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MBA Blended Learning R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular (all groups) R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
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MBA Blended Learning R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
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Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular (all groups) R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
Request Quote
MBA Blended Learning R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
Request Quote
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R164 280
International students from the rest of the world R176 210
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (modular) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R63 351
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R65 614
International students from the rest of the world R77 544
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (blended learning) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R63 351
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R65 614
International students from the rest of the world R77 544
Application fee and SHL tests for 2019
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 900
SHL selection test fee R2 900
GMAT selection test fee $250

Find the perfect course for you

  • Clinicians and general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government
  • General practitioners who wish to broaden their contextual understanding of business
  • Managers and professionals in private-sector and public-sector health care delivery systems and institutions, in pharmaceutical or health technology businesses, in regulatory, oversight and other organisations (such as SAMA, HPCSA, HASA, SAIHCM), or in public-sector positions (such as Deputy Director-General, CEO or Superintendent)
  • Senior nurses in public or private hospitals who lead large teams and operate on senior level with high-impact responsibilities
  • Health insurance specialists, medical aid specialists, underwriters and claims processing team leaders and managers

  1. Relevance: New learning will challenge your thinking and change your behaviour. USB’s MBA is particularly suited to help you unlock the skills you need to navigate this new world, reinvent your business and rebuild the economy.
  2. Responsible leadership skills: USB’s MBA is strongly committed to your development as a responsible leader, focusing on personal, relationship and organisational or strategic leadership, ultimately leading to organisational performance. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA.
  3. Expert decision-making skills: These skills are based on a combination of numeric methods and qualitative techniques.
  4. The ability to function globally: The competencies acquired can be applied in any industry and in any country.
  5. An understanding of the interlinked roles in organisations: This will allow you to manage across functional areas, gain insight into the workings of the organisation and make well-informed decisions.
  6. Domain expertise in health care leadership: This knowledge will enable you to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. If you want to play in role in professionalising leadership in the health care industry, this MBA stream will serve you well.

Testimonials from our alumni

Sadia Murray, 2018 MBA stream in Health Care Leadership,

‘An MBA offers a completely different skill set for me. I wanted to stretch myself and attain skills that could benefit me in my future endeavours. Also, working in the public health care system, there is so much that I feel that I want to do and I hope that the MBA will give me the skills that I need to affect positive change in the public health sector.’

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FAQs

Health care is a dynamic area where scientific knowledge, skills and technologies, behavioural, social and financial paradigms, people in need and resources closely interact. Superimposed on this is rapid change in terms of knowledge, technology, delivery mechanisms and systems, user knowledge, health interfaces and fierce competition for funding. This dynamic field needs a new generation of senior-level leaders who are skilled in health care as well as the functional areas of management – such as strategy, innovation, financial management and people management.

USB’s generalist MBA is aimed at those who want to manage the functional areas of any business at senior manage level. USB’s MBA stream with modules in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL) is aimed at those who want domain expertise to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. If you want to play in role in professionalising leadership in the health care industry, this MBA stream will serve you well.

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

This MBA stream in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL) is aimed at high achievers who want to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. The knowledge and skills acquired through this stream can be applied in the public and private health care industry. This includes hospitals, group practices in the private sector, various government departments, pharmaceutical companies, health technology businesses, health insurance companies, and regulatory or oversight organisations (such as SAMA, HPCSA, HASA, SAIHCM).

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

Firstly, relevant work experience is a requirement of USB’s international EQUIS accreditation. Secondly, collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – forms an important part of USB’s MBA. The expertise, depth and value that each participant brings to the class depend largely on authentic work experience.

Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight into business problems. Hence, all tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. These summative assessments simulate real-life situations and the application of the theory and techniques covered in a particular module. In the assessment of pre-reading, multiple-choice questions or reflective essays are often used prior to attending class. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. USB alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with USB’s Alumni Relations Office and Career Leadership Office.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

Modular MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and thereafter at the end of every modular block for the following block.

Blended Learning MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and at regular intervals thereafter.

Yes. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. 75% of the annual fee is payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge – www.usb.ac.za/bellvista), which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.


mba in international business management

MBA MIO

MBA Managing International Organisations​

 

Deadline for Modular Group 2 applications

7 January 2019

  • Modular Group 1
  • Modular Group 2
  • Blended Learning
Course overview
Course starts February 2021
Application closes November 2020

The MBA focal area in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO) has been co-designed by USB and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), and the focal-area modules and electives are co-delivered by USB and UNSSC.

The two-year MBA MIO equips you with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in international organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of international developments in politics, business and society.

International organisations include the UN and its agencies, funds and programmes (such as the World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). International organisations also include global organisations like the World Bank, Red Cross, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and global foundations.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international organisation, USB’s MBA MIO will stand you in good stead.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience) and the blended learning (digital class attendance) format for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.
  • Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. See how blended learning works at USB. usb.ac.za/blended-learning/

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

Dates

These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

YEAR 1
5 blocks
Block 1
03 – 08 February
Block 2
23 – 28 March
Block 3
01 – 06 June
Block 4
03 – 08 August
Block 5
12 – 17 October
Course overview
Course starts February 2021
Application closes December 2020

The MBA focal area in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO) has been co-designed by USB and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), and the focal-area modules and electives are co-delivered by USB and UNSSC.

The two-year MBA MIO equips you with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in international organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of international developments in politics, business and society.

International organisations include the UN and its agencies, funds and programmes (such as the World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). International organisations also include global organisations like the World Bank, Red Cross, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and global foundations.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international organisation, USB’s MBA MIO will stand you in good stead.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience) and the blended learning (digital class attendance) format for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.
  • Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. See how blended learning works at USB. usb.ac.za/blended-learning/

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

Dates
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

YEAR 1
5 blocks
Block 1
10 – 15 February
Block 2
30 March – 04 April
Block 3
8 – 13 June
Block 4
17 – 22 August
Block 5
19 – 24 October
Course overview
Course starts January 2021
Application closes November 2020

The MBA focal area in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO) has been co-designed by USB and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), and the focal-area modules and electives are co-delivered by USB and UNSSC.

The two-year MBA MIO equips you with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in international organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of international developments in politics, business and society.

International organisations include the UN and its agencies, funds and programmes (such as the World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). International organisations also include global organisations like the World Bank, Red Cross, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and global foundations.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international organisation, USB’s MBA MIO will stand you in good stead.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience) and the blended learning (digital class attendance) format for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.
  • Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. See how blended learning works at USB. usb.ac.za/blended-learning/

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

Dates
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

Year 1
1 block
Block 1
20 – 01 February (on campus)
Thereafter
Wednesday evenings 12 February – 09 December (online or on campus)
STREAM COORDINATOR
Prof Arnold Smit

Prof Arnold Smit’s teaching and research focus on the contextualisation and integration of ethics, responsibility and sustainability in management education and organisational practice. His fields of expertise include responsible leadership, corporate sustainability, multi-stakeholder process facilitation and spirituality. He holds an Honours in Philosophy and Doctoral degree in Theology from Stellenbosch University. He is a member of the Board of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), the PRME Advisory Committee, and USB-ED’s International Advisory Board. He is also head of USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development.

  • Structure & content
  • Learning philosophy
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees

Overview

  • Year 1: Students who want to specialise in Managing International Organisations start with either the Modular MBA (blocks of classes spread over the year) or Blended Learning MBA (orientation block plus weekly classes online or on campus).
  • Year 2: During their specialisation year, MBA MIO students attend one on-campus block at the beginning of the year, followed by Blended Learning classes on Wednesdays (16:00 – 20:20) and one on-campus electives block towards the end of the year.

Core modules

Year 1 Core Modules

  • Accounting for Decision-making
  • Business Communication
  • Business in Society
  • Contemporary Decision-Making
  • Digital Enterprise Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Operational Excellence
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding

Year 2 Core Modules

  • International Organisations Leadership
  • Finance for Development

Electives

Electives are only applicable in year 2. You can choose 2 from the following list of electives:

  • MIO electives (focused on topics such as international ethics, finance and innovation)
  • Electives from USB’s generalist MBA

Research assignment

You need to compile a research assignment of between 50 and 70 pages on a management-related problem in your work environment or specialisation. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate how you can address business challenges through a robust research process. This experience will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level in the workplace.

USB’s MBA aims to develop managers, professionals and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society.

Our MBA is rigorous, as can be expected from a programme with three international accreditations. It balances solid quantitative modules with personal development and leadership skills. Management tools and techniques from disciplines such as strategic management, economics, operations, finance and marketing are important core competencies of the MBA graduate. This is balanced by competencies such as responsible leadership, communication and understanding the role of business in society in order to develop the skills of adaptability, flexibility, self-awareness and contextual awareness – all of which are in high demand in the business environment.

One of the key differentiators of USB’s MBA is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

This is what you need to apply for an MBA at USB:

Academic qualifications

The South African Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of the following qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience, preferably on managerial level
  • Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent is highly recommended
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays, showing your level of motivation and working experience
  • Satisfactory selection test results

About the fees:

  • These are the 2020 tuition fees. Programme fees for 2021 will be published once this information becomes available.
  • The programme fees for the Modular and Blended Learning MBA’s second year of enrolment are higher than for the first year of enrolment because the second year’s fees include the International Study Module at a foreign business school.
  • The amounts marked with an asterisk include the International Study Module fee of US$5000.

Programme tuition fees for 2019

Students from South Africa 2019 2020 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
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MBA Blended Learning R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
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Students from
Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular (all groups) R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
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MBA Blended Learning R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
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Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular (all groups) R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
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MBA Blended Learning R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
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Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular (all groups) R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
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MBA Blended Learning R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
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International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R164 280
International students from the rest of the world R176 210
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (modular) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R63 351
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R65 614
International students from the rest of the world R77 544
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (blended learning) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R63 351
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R65 614
International students from the rest of the world R77 544
Application fee and SHL tests for 2019
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 900
SHL selection test fee R2 900
GMAT selection test fee $250

Find the perfect course for you

  • Professionals or managers working in international organisations, development agencies, and foundations or NGOs, and who want to fast-track their careers
  • Managers from private and public sector institutions who want to expand their cross-sector agility
  • Professionals who want to transition to working in international organisations
  • UN staff who want to enhance their managerial strengths within an international organisation, development agency or, specifically, the UN system

  1. Relevance: New learning will challenge your thinking and change your behaviour. USB’s MBA is particularly suited to help you unlock the skills you need to navigate this new world, reinvent your business and rebuild the economy.
  2. Responsible leadership skills: USB’s MBA is strongly committed to your development as a responsible leader, focusing on personal, relationship and organisational or strategic leadership, ultimately leading to organisational performance. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA.
  3. Expert decision-making skills: These skills are based on a combination of numeric methods and qualitative techniques.
  4. The ability to function globally: The competencies acquired can be applied in any industry and in any country.
  5. An understanding of the interlinked roles in organisations: This will allow you to manage across functional areas, gain insight into the workings of the organisation and make well-informed decisions.

Domain expertise in the management of international organisations: This knowledge will enable you to lead in international organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of international developments in politics, business and society.

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FAQs

USB’s generalist MBA is aimed at those who want to manage the functional areas of any business at senior manage level. USB’s MBA stream with modules in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO) is aimed at those who want domain expertise to lead in international organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of international developments in politics, business and society. This includes international organisations like the UN, development agencies and global foundations.

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

Upon applying for the general MBA, you need to indicate MBA MIO as your preference. After your first year in the programme, you will follow the MIO stream.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international organisation, USB’s MBA MIO will stand you in good stead.

The MBA MIO will provide you with the domain expertise – at MBA level – to successfully lead in international organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of international developments in politics, business and society.

International organisations include the UN and its agencies, funds and programmes (such as the World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). International organisations also include global organisations like the World Bank, Red Cross, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and global foundations.

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

Firstly, relevant work experience is a requirement of USB’s international EQUIS accreditation. Secondly, collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – forms an important part of USB’s MBA. The expertise, depth and value that each participant brings to the class depend largely on authentic work experience.

Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight into business problems. Hence, all tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. These summative assessments simulate real-life situations and the application of the theory and techniques covered in a particular module. In the assessment of pre-reading, multiple-choice questions or reflective essays are often used prior to attending class. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. USB alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with USB’s Alumni Relations Office and Career Leadership Office.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

Modular MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and thereafter at the end of every modular block for the following block.

Blended Learning MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and at regular intervals thereafter.

Yes. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. 75% of the annual fee is payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge – www.usb.ac.za/bellvista), which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.


MBA Students

MBA

MBA

Acquire the business skills to lead responsibly in uncertain times

Applications are closing for SA students:

MBA Modular Group 2 | 10 January 2020

  • Modular Group 1
  • Modular Group 2
  • Blended Learning
  • Focus areas
Course overview
Course starts February 2021
Application closes November 2020

USB’s triple accredited Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, exceptional decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If your career path is pointing towards senior management positions and leadership roles, the MBA will help you to confidently take on these responsibilities. It is still the most widely-recognised business management degree in the world. The programme includes a research assignment, and an International Study Module at an overseas business school.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Advantage of modular format: Flexibility. Study while you work, with in-class experience.
  • 4 streams: Generalist, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management.

Application closing date
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

DATES
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

YEAR 1
Do 5 blocks
Block 1
03 – 08 February
Block 2
23 – 28 March
Block 3
01 – 06 June
Block 4
03 – 08 August
Block 5
12 – 17 October
Course overview
Course starts February 2021
Application closes December 2020

USB’s triple accredited Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, exceptional decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If your career path is pointing towards senior management positions and leadership roles, the MBA will help you to confidently take on these responsibilities. It is still the most widely-recognised business management degree in the world. The programme includes a research assignment, and an International Study Module at an overseas business school.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Advantage of modular format: Flexibility. Study while you work, with in-class experience.
  • 4 streams: Generalist, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management.

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November

DATES
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

YEAR 1
Do 5 blocks
Block 1
10 – 15 February
Block 2
30 March – 04 April
Block 3
08 – 13 June
Block 4
17 – 22 August
Block 5
19 – 24 October
Course overview
Course starts January 2021
Application closes November 2020

USB’s triple accredited Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, exceptional decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society. If your career path is pointing towards senior management positions and leadership roles, the MBA will help you to confidently take on these responsibilities. It is still the most widely-recognised business management degree in the world. The programme includes a research assignment, and an International Study Module at an overseas business school.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Advantage of blended learning format: Flexibility. Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. See how blended learning works at USB.
  • 4 streams: Generalist, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management.

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 31 October
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November

DATES
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

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

Four streams to choose from

USB’s MBA offers a generalist stream, for those who want to manage the functional areas of any business at senior manage level, and three focal-area MBAs, for those who want senior-level business management expertise in Health Care Leadership, Managing International Organisations or Project Management:

  • MBA with generalist modules, which can be applied in businesses ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations in any business sector
  • MBA stream with modules in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO), which can be applied in international organisations – like the UN, development agencies and global foundations
  • MBA stream with modules in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL), which can be applied in the public and private health care industry.
  • MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM), which can be applied in any industry to ensure the successful delivery of projects in a competitive environment based on a thorough understanding of the business management of projects.

The stream-specific modules are offered during the second year of enrolment in the Blended Learning format, irrespective of the format chosen for their first year of study (i.e. Modular or Blended Learning). All students will graduate with an MBA from Stellenbosch University.

MBA stream in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO)
The MBA focal area in Managing International Organisations equips you with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in international organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of international developments in politics, business and society.

International organisations include the UN and its agencies, funds and programmes (such as the World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). International organisations also include global organisations like the World Bank, Red Cross, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and global foundations.

This MBA has been co-designed by USB and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), and the focal-area modules and electives are co-delivered by USB and UNSSC.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international organisation, USB’s MBA MIO will stand you in good stead.

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

MBA stream in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL)
USB’s MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership is aimed at high achievers who want to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. The knowledge and skills acquired on this stream can be applied in the public and private health care industry.

The MBA HCL covers all the functional areas of management while giving you a contextual understanding of the principles of health care governance and current health care reform programmes such as National Health Insurance, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. The stream-specific modules and electives focus on the challenges of finance and funding in health care, taking cognisance of the limited-resource context in South Africa and in Africa.

If you want to play in role in professionalising leadership in the health care industry, this MBA stream will serve you well.

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

NEW: MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM)
Project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill. Proficient project managers are in high demand. It is therefore completely understandable that Fortune Magazine has identified project management as the number one career choice.

Companies are looking for professionals who are proficient in both project management fundamentals and key business disciplines such as strategy, finance, operations management and marketing. These highly skilled professionals offer a unique value proposition as they are able to bridge the understanding between the project management and business management elements of the entity. Traditionally, project management has been associated with the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Now, newer industries such as IT management, health care management, financial services and research also employ project managers.

By honing your project leadership skills and project management skills on MBA level, you will help to create a strategic value chain that gives your company an edge on competitors.

Click here for details about our MBA Project Management.

PROGRAMME HEAD
Dr Jako Volschenk

Dr Jako Volschenk is the Programme Head of USB’s MBA. He has a special interest in how companies can thrive by addressing big sustainability issues. His bottom line: “No business should exist if it does not make the world a better place.”

  • Fees
  • Structure & content
  • Learning philosophy
  • Admission requirements

About the fees:

  • These are the 2020 tuition fees. Programme fees for 2021 will be published once this information becomes available.
  • The programme fees for the Modular and Blended Learning MBA’s second year of enrolment are higher than for the first year of enrolment because the second year’s fees include the International Study Module at a foreign business school.
  • The amounts marked with an asterisk include the International Study Module fee of US$5000.

Programme tuition fees for 2020

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

Overview

The MBA consists of 18 compulsory modules (including the International Study Module, the flagship Leadership Development Module and the Research Assignment) and two electives. You can customise up to 30% of your MBA, depending on which electives and International Study Module you select, and on the topic of your Research Assignment. The research part will add depth to your learning experience as it provides you with a structured method and rigorous process to answer a question or solve a real-life challenge. It will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level.

International Study Module – develop a global mindset

All MBA students travel to global destinations for the compulsory International Study Module (ISM). The aim of this academic and cultural immersion is to develop managers with a global mind-set, to prepare you for work in a global environment, and to help you turn cultural competence into a competitive advantage. The module includes company visits and cultural activities. The cost of the ISM is included in the MBA study fees at a fixed dollar rate.

In 2020, MBA study visits have been arranged to the UK (Managing around the World: International Roundtables for Practicing Managers), Ireland (International Healthcare Management), USA (Bentley: Creativity and Innovation, or Berkeley: Innovation and Entrepreneurship), South Korea (Innovation and Technology in Operations Management), Brazil (Innovation for Sustainability in Emerging Markets), Mexico (Strategy and International Business in Emerging Markets), Finland (High-performance Leadership), Austria (Managing International Organisations) and France (Innovation). You can also opt to do your International Study Module on Global Business Innovation at an EMBA consortium business school in Italy, Brazil, UK, India, Japan, Russia, Turkey and the USA.

Core modules

The 18 core modules are compulsory:

  • Accounting for Decision-Making (8 credits)
  • Business Communication Skills (4 credits)
  • Business in Society (8 credits)
  • Contemporary Decision-Making (12 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (12 credits)
  • Digital Enterprise Management (8 credits)
  • Economics for Managers (8 credits)
  • International Study Module (8 credits)
  • Leadership Development (16 credits)
  • Managerial Accounting (8 credits)
  • Managerial Statistics (8 credits)
  • Operational Excellence (8 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour (8 credits)
  • Perspectives on African Frontiers (8 credits)
  • Research Methodology and Assignment (45 credits)
  • Strategic Analysis (8 credits)
  • Strategic Management (12 credits)
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding (8 credits)

Electives

Choose 2 electives from a list of topics clustered into these themes:

  • Decision Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Finance and Economics
  • Human Resources and Leadership
  • Information and Technology Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Strategic Management

Research assignment

Concurrent with the latter part of the MBA, you need to compile a Research Assignment of 50 to 70 pages on a management-related problem. This assignment may be based on a problem in your work environment. Results obtained from the research could therefore benefit both you and your employer.

The research assignment will add depth to your learning experience as it provides you with a structured method to answer a question or solve a real-life challenge. This assignment therefore serves as an example of how to handle business challenges by following a robust research process.

This experience will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level in the workplace.

USB’s MBA aims to develop managers, professionals and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society.

Our MBA is rigorous, as can be expected from a programme with three international accreditations. It balances solid quantitative modules with personal development and leadership skills. Management tools and techniques from disciplines such as strategic management, economics, operations, finance and marketing are important core competencies of the MBA graduate. This is balanced by competencies such as responsible leadership, communication and understanding the role of business in society in order to develop the skills of adaptability, flexibility, self-awareness and contextual awareness – all of which are in high demand in the business environment.

One of the key differentiators of USB’s MBA is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

This is what you need to apply for an MBA at USB:

Academic qualifications
The South African Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of the following qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience, preferably on managerial level
  • Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent is highly recommended
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays, showing your level of motivation and working experience
  • Satisfactory selection test results

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 (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body 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 MBA students under the RPL policy have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Exemption to this rule is available for outstanding applicants who hold a Senior Certificate (NQF 4) and who have provided evidence of high performance and likely success on the MBA through admission selection scores that are at least 20% higher than the average scores achieved by USB MBA students (currently SHL score > 7; GMAT score > 650) and relevant work experience of 10 years. The approval for such RPL candidates requires the head of the department’s support in addition to the RPL Committee’s decision on the application.
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned in the first bullet point, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or a related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating, in detail, areas of responsibility in the work environment as well as 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) on forms provided by USB.
  • Submit the SHL/GMAT selection test results.
  • Write and submit three motivational essays (specific topics are provided).
  • Conduct an in-depth interview with the Head of the MBA and one other USB academic staff member constituting the RPL Committee.

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.
  • USB’s Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

89%

The percentage of USB’s alumni rating the quality of the lecturers on USB’s core courses as excellent.
– Financial Mail, 2019

Most improved abilities after an MBA at USB?

• To think strategically: 92%
• To think critically: 89%
• To solve problems: 88%
• To work as a team member: 85%

– Financial Mail, 2019

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MBA with generalist modules

  • Those who want senior-level business management expertise to apply in businesses ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations in any business sector.
  • Managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs who want to acquire responsible leadership skills, exceptional decision making skills, strategic thinking skills, effective communication skills and an understanding of the role of business in society.

MBA stream with modules in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO)

  • Professionals or managers working in international organisations, development agencies, and foundations or NGOs, and who want to fast-track their careers
  • Managers from private and public sector institutions who want to expand their cross-sector agility
  • Professionals who want to transition to working in international organisations
  • UN staff who want to enhance their managerial strengths within an international organisation, development agency or, specifically, the UN system

MBA stream with modules in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL)

  • Clinicians and general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government
  • General practitioners who wish to broaden their contextual understanding of business
  • Managers and professionals in private-sector and public-sector health care delivery systems and institutions, in pharmaceutical or health technology businesses, in regulatory, oversight and other organisations (such as SAMA, HPCSA, HASA, SAIHCM), or in public-sector positions (such as Deputy Director-General, CEO or Superintendent)
  • Senior nurses in public or private hospitals who lead large teams and operate on senior level with high-impact responsibilities
  • Health insurance specialists, medical aid specialists, underwriters and claims processing team leaders and managers

MBA stream in Project Management(MBA PM)

  • Project managers looking to transition into senior business manager roles or senior project manager roles (such as a Chief Project Officer)
  • Project or business managers looking to transition into programme or portfolio manager roles
  • Project managers looking to move into a different industry
  • Project managers who want to become (or who are) independent consultants
  • Business managers wishing to improve their understanding of project management in the business context
  • MBA candidates who want to develop their project management competencies
  • USB Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management graduates who wish to further their careers in this field
  • Entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the growth in the project management domain

    1. Relevance: New learning will challenge your thinking and change your behaviour. USB’s MBA is particularly suited to help you unlock the skills you need to navigate this new world, reinvent your business and rebuild the economy.
    2. Responsible leadership skills: USB’s MBA is strongly committed to your development as a responsible leader, focusing on personal, relationship and organisational or strategic leadership, ultimately leading to organisational performance. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA.
    3. Expert decision-making skills: These skills are based on a combination of numeric methods and qualitative techniques.
    4. The ability to function globally: The competencies acquired can be applied in any industry and in any country.
    5. An understanding of the interlinked roles in organisations: This will allow you to manage across functional areas, gain insight into the workings of the organisation and make well-informed decisions.

Additional information

You need to do a selection test as part your application process. USB accepts the SHL and GMAT selection tests. These tests are recognised internationally. Arrange with USB to do the SHL selection test online, or contact GMAC at www.gmac.com for the GMAT.

SHL
The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test, and Occupational Personality Questionnaire on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: About 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.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or at shl@usb.ac.za.
  • Additional information: Go to www.shl.co.za

GMAT
The GMAT consists of three timed sections: an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative assessment and a verbal assessment.

  • Duration: About 4 hours.
  • When and where: This test is not administered by USB. International students need to contact the Regional Registration Centre in the Netherlands on 0931 320 239 593 or go to https://accounts.gmac.com/Account/Register. SA students need to contact Pearson VUE Professional Centre in Johannesburg on +27 (0)11 784 3093 or 0800 995 044 or at justin.jacobs@pearson.com. A copy of the results will be forwarded to USB.
  • Additional information: Go to gmac.com.

USB believes leaders are developed, not born. Therefore, each MBA student follows a bespoke Personal Leadership Development Journey in the Leadership Development Module. This journey focuses on personal leadership, relationship leadership and organisational or strategic leadership to deliver organisational performance. On this journey, you will acquaint yourself with the theory and practice of responsible leadership through:

  • Exploring and enhancing personal authentic leadership
  • Narrative learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Work-based and action learning
  • Reflective learning and confronting “knowledge” that is “not true”
  • Leveraging strengths and development potential
  • Cutting-edge research in neuroleadership

Testimonials from our alumni

Justin Siljeur, MBA alumnus,

 

Salman Kajie, MBA alumnus of Stellenbosch Business School,

    

Set-son Shifidi, Modular MBA, Technical Executive: Lithon Project Consultants, Namibia,

‘USB’s MBA curriculum is well-designed with an optimal balance of subjects and a good focus on leadership development. This qualification has transformed and expanded my thinking horizon, personally, in business and within my community.’

Katherine Persson, Modular MBA, Project Portfolio Manager, Windlab, Cape Town, South Africa,

‘My USB MBA journey was both challenging and inspiring. Alongside gaining many skills that have enabled me to take my career to the next level, the MBA course required deep introspection and encouraged me to be a better person and a stronger leader in business, in my personal life and in society.’

Dr Denise Botha, Full-time MBA, Clinical Executive, Metropolitan Health Group MMI, Cape Town, South Africa,

‘The USB MBA has equipped me with the strategic and business skills required to broaden my career path. However, more than just academic teaching, the MBA played a significant role in my journey towards purpose-driven and effective leadership. Highlights include networking with diverse local and international colleagues; global exposure through the business tour to India and thought-provoking electives at the end of the MBA. These components make it a privilege to be associated with a triple-crowned global business school.’

Dr Michael Datt, Modular MBA, Senior Manager: Chemical Conversions Group, Sasol Research & Technology, Sasolburg, South Africa,

‘The USB MBA has enabled me to have a systemic view of business decisions, problem solving and strategy formulation and provided world class tools and frameworks to help facilitate an holistic view of my global organisation. The Leadership Module was integral in gaining deep personal insight into what drives my decision making and provided excellent practical frameworks that helped me to become a more authentic leader with an immediate positive impact.’

Sivenasen Moodley, Modular MBA, Account Lead, Unilever South Africa, Durban, South Africa,

‘The USB MBA allowed me to explore and find the kind of leader I am and the kind of leader I want to evolve to be. The Leadership Module, International Study Module and electives give USB the edge over other similar programmes and have shaped my perspective on management, leadership and doing business on the continent.’

Dr Renata Schoeman, Modular MBA, Psychiatrist in private practice; Senior lecturer: Leadership, USB, Bellville, South Africa,

‘The USB MBA stimulated and empowered me in so many ways – from someone with a passion and a profession, to a leader with a mission! The excellent curriculum, with an emphasis on leadership development and strategic management and integration, as well as the international exposure through the executive MBA consortium programme, firmly marks USB as a world class institution.’

Seraj Toefy, Modular MBA, Managing Director, Bespoke Media (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, South Africa,

‘The USB MBA was a formulation and confirmation of theories and principles that I had been exposed to through my 15 years’ work experience prior to starting with the programme. The Leadership Module allowed me to be critical of myself and to identify weaknesses that I needed to improve. The USB MBA gave me the confidence to start my own business midway through the programme.’

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FAQs

You can choose the Modular MBA or the Blended Learning MBA, both running over two years. Both formats are aimed at those who want to study while they work.

Advantages of the Modular MBA
The Modular MBA consists of blocks of classes spread over two years. Each block runs from the Monday to the Saturday. This allows you to implement your newly acquired skills at work from the start. You can therefore study at USB even if you live further afield as you only need to travel to USB a few times a year.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Advantage: Flexibility. Study while you work, with in-class experience.

Advantages of the Blended Learning MBA
The Blended Learning MBA has one on-campus study block at the start of Year 1 and two on-campus blocks during Year 2. In between, you attend weekly classes online or on campus. This format requires the minimum leave from work. It also lowers the opportunity cost to do an MBA at USB as it reduces travel costs. This format is popular with students from the greater Cape Town area who can attend classes on campus one evening a week, as well as with students from further afield, including other African countries and beyond, who can attend one evening class per week via any internet-connected device.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Advantage: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work.
  • See how blended learning works at USB.

All of these tests are recognised internationally, and USB accepts all of them. The tests measure language skills, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and learning potential. The SHL selection test is usually the preferred option for most students who hold a degree recognised by Stellenbosch University. No preparation is required for the SHL.

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

Firstly, relevant work experience is a requirement of USB’s international EQUIS accreditation. Secondly, collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – forms an important part of USB’s MBA. The expertise, depth and value that each participant brings to the class depend largely on authentic work experience.

Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight into business problems. Hence, all tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. These summative assessments simulate real-life situations and the application of the theory and techniques covered in a particular module. In the assessment of pre-reading, multiple-choice questions or reflective essays are often used prior to attending class. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

Yes. Graduates of USB’s PGDip in Business Management and Administration who continue with USB’s MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA if they continue with the MBA within 5 years of completing the PGDip.

Short courses done via executive education cannot be presented as prior learning for credit recognition in the South African education system. However, for RPL students, any previous short courses will have a positive impact on the assessment of their application.

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.

This will depend on each lecturer and on the subject – as some subjects require a substantial amount of group work, while others require less group work. The weight varies from 0% (no group work) up to 40%. It is imperative that MBA students can communicate electronically to work on their assignments. There is no need to meet physically.

Modular MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and thereafter at the end of every modular block for the following block.

Blended Learning MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and at regular intervals thereafter.

Yes. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. 75% of the annual fee is payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge), which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.


Post graduate diploma in business administration

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration

Acquire managerial and entrepreneurial skills to start your own business

Applications are closing for SA students:

PGDip BMA Blended | 30 November
PGDip BMA Modular | 13 December

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

  • Blended Learning
  • Modular
Course overview
Course starts January 2021
Application closes 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: 15 November each year (SHL and application deadline)
RPL applicants: 31 October each year
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November each year
Applicants from rest of world: 15 November each year

Dates
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

YEAR 1
3 blocks of varying length
Initial on-campus block
13 - 18 January 2020 (including orientation)
Wednesdays
22 January to 18 November 2020
Elective block
21 – 28 November 2020
Course overview
Course starts January 2021
Application closes 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: 15 November each year (SHL and application deadline)
RPL applicants: 31 October each year
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November each year
Applicants from rest of world: 15 November each year

Dates
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

YEAR 1
5 blocks, each of which lasts one working week
Block 1
27 January – 01 February 2020
Block 2
30 March – 04 April 2020
Block 3
08 – 13 June 2020
Block 4
31 August – 05 September 2020
Elective block
21 – 28 November 2020
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.

  • Fees
  • Structure & content
  • Learning philosophy
  • Admission requirements
  • Selection test

These are the provisional tuition fees for 2020. Programme fees for 2021 will be published once this information becomes available.

Programme tuition fees for 2020 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R98 165 Request Quote
Students from the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R102 435 Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R107 205 Request Quote
Students from the rest of the world R159 485 Request Quote
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from the SADC countries R51 218
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R53 603
Students from the rest of the world R79 743
Application fee for 2020
Application fee R800
SHL selection test
Applicable to all students R2 900

 

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.
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Highly recommended: Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent; proficiency in English.

 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 30 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.

Class Profile 2018

Less than 2 years
3-6 years
7-11 years
12 years or more
Arts & Humanities
Other
Engineering
Commerce
Agriculture & Forestry
Information Technology
Education
Law
Natural & Physical Science
Health Sciences
Under 25 years
25-30 years
31-36 years
37 years or older
Black African
Coloured
Indian
White
Asian
  • 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,

   

 

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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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 PGDip BMA) or in between classes (Blended Learning PGDip BMA), and not during scheduled class times.

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 Services 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.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge – www.usb.ac.za/bellvista), which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.