Business Management and Administration

phd in business administration

PhD in Business Management and Administration

PhD in Business Management
and Administration

  • Research
Course Overview
Course starts Dependent on application
Application closes Rolling Admissions

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 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 work in industries focused on research and innovation, or at an academic institution. This is a multi-year programme.

We are particularly seeking students who are interested in exploring topics in:
1. Coaching
2. Corporate governance
3. Healthcare 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 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.

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 Concept Note is also a requirement for this. Once the concept note 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

PhD in Business Management and Administration will help you to become an expert in your field of specialisation through in-depth research. You will be adding to the field of business knowledge while contributing to society as a whole.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes November 2019

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.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2019
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

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 2020
Application closes December 2019

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.

Application closes

South African students: 06 December 2019
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November 2019
Students from rest of world: 15 November 2019

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 2020
Application closes November 2019

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.

Application closes

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

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 Manie de Klerk

Prof Manie de Klerk is stream coordinator of the MBA in Health Care Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He has worked in various health care sectors in South Africa, both as worker bee and as leader, senior manager and executive manager of, among others, a district health authority and two hospitals. He has also worked in the broader health insurance industry. He has influenced health care legislation, facilities planning, patient care plans, healthcare benefits and quality in the health insurance industry. His interests range from clinical care and leadership to the planning and management of budgets, data, genetics and health futures. He is a qualified Family Physician and holds an M Fam Med and DCH. He is also an MBA graduate of USB.

  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

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.

 

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
  • International Study Module
  • Strategic Management

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
  • 25+ electives from USB’s generalist MBA

Research assignment

A research assignment of between 50 and 70 pages and is based on a management-related problem in your work environment or specialisation is required. The purpose of the research assignment is to demonstrate how you can address business challenges through research.

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 the MBA. 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 MBA Health Care Leadership 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 the MBA 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 MBA.

Other requirements:

  • Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 3 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience (see below)
  • Satisfactory selection test results for either the SHL or GMAT selection tests

Please note:

  • The 2019 programme tuition fees will be updated in September.
  • 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 Full-time R319 970* R319 970 Request Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
Request Quote
MBA Blended Learning R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
Request Quote
Students from
Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Full-time R324 035* R324 035
Request Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
Request Quote
MBA Blended Learning R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Full-time R328 560* R328 560
Request Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
Request Quote
MBA Blended Learning R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
Request Quote
Students from the rest of world
MBA Full-time R352 420* R352 420
Request Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
Request Quote
MBA Blended Learning R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
Request Quote
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (full-time) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R162 018
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

If you work in the field of healthcare and want to become an individual who can drive positive change within this industry, this stream will equip you with the management skills you need to achieve your goals.

The MBA stream in Health Care Leadership covers all the functional areas of management while giving you a contextual understanding of the principles of clinical governance and current health care reform programmes such as National Health Insurance, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care.

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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FAQ’s

Yes. Health 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 aggressive competition for funding. This dynamic field needs special people to lead and to be practical in the application of their strategic, innovative, financial and management skills.

In your first year of your MBA studies you follow the same 13 core MBA modules of the generalist MBA. Then in your second year you do two stream-specific modules: Health Care Finance and Governance and Health Care Systems and Policy.

Students are assessed on a continuous basis. Each module has a minimum number of assessments based on the number of credits for that module. The final performance mark therefore includes, among others, online assessments, class tests, group work, individual and group assignments, class participation and presentations. Tests for Modular MBA students are scheduled in between blocks. Tests for Full-time MBA students are scheduled into the formal programme. Tests for Blended Learning MBA students are scheduled.

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 to business problems. Hence, most tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. In the assessment of pre-reading, closed-book tests may be used. In web-based assessments of pre-reading multiple-choice questions are frequently used, but this may not exceed 20% of the grade of a subject. 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.

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. For South African students, 75% of the annual fees are payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. (Foreign students, however, need to pay the full programme fee prior to or upon registration.)

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for foreign 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 foreign students.

ARPL 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 2
  • Modular Group 1
  • Blended
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes December 2019

USB’s MBA stream in Managing International Organisations has been co-designed by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) to prepare students for management positions in international organisations in the not-for-profit sector. The UNSSC brings with it a wide range of experience, helping to create a course that serves the needs of USB students who wish to work in international not-for-profits, as well as UN staff members (working at the UN or any of its agencies). This programme is completed over two years. The MBA MIO is therefore aimed at those looking for a meaningful career in the international not-for-profits.

Application closes

South African students:  6 December 2019
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November 2019
Students from rest of world: 15 November 2019

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 February 2020
Application closes November 2019

The MBA stream in Managing International Organisations from USB has been co-designed by the United Nations System Staff (UNSSC) to prepare students for management positions in international organisations. The UNSSC brings with it a wide range of experience, helping create a course that serves the needs of USB students who wish to work in international organisations, as well as UN staff members. This programme is completed over two years.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2019
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

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 January 2020
Application closes November 2019

USB’s MBA stream in Managing International Organisations has been co-designed by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) to prepare students for management positions in international organisations in the not-for-profit sector. The UNSSC brings with it a wide range of experience, helping to create a course that serves the needs of USB students who wish to work in international not-for-profits, as well as UN staff members (working at the UN or any of its agencies). This programme is completed over two years. The MBA MIO is therefore aimed at those looking for a meaningful career in the international not-for-profits.

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2019
ARPL applicants: 31 October 2019
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October 2019
Students from rest of world: 31 October 2019

Year 1
1 block
Block 1
20 – 01 February (on campus)
Thereafter
Wednesday evenings 12 February – 09 December (online or on campus)
STREAM COORDINATOR
Dr Nyambura Mwagiru

Dr Nyambura Mwagiru is coordinator of the MBA stream in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO) – a joint initiative of USB and the UN’s System Staff College (UNSSC). She is also coordinator of Academic Programmes at USB’s International Affairs Office. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business, a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Professional Master’s in Tax Law (LLM) from UCT. Her fields of professional and research expertise include exploring the role of institutional dialogue in governance, policy formulation, and leadership development; African regional economic integration; tax law harmonization; peacebuilding, and institutional partnership building.

  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

USB’s MBA stream in Managing International Organisations has been co-designed by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) to prepare students for management positions in international organisations in the not-for-profit sector. The UNSSC brings with it a wide range of experience, helping to create a course that serves the needs of USB students who wish to work in international not-for-profits, as well as UN staff members (working at the UN or any of its agencies). This programme is completed over two years. The MBA MIO is therefore aimed at those looking for a meaningful career in the international not-for-profits.

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
  • International Study Module
  • Strategic Management

Electives

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

  • International Ethics
  • Finance and Innovation
  • Perspectives on African Frontiers
  • 25+ electives from USB’s generalist MBA

Research assignment

A research assignment of between 50 and 70 pages and is based on a management-related problem in your work environment or specialisation is required. The purpose of the research assignment is to demonstrate how you can address business challenges through research.

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 the MBA. 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 MBA Managing International Organisations 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 the MBA 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 MBA.

Other requirements:

  • Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 3 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience (see below)
  • Satisfactory selection test results for either the SHL or GMAT selection tests

Please note:

  • The 2019 programme tuition fees will be updated in September.
  • 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 Full-time R319 970* R319 970 Request Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
Request Quote
MBA Blended Learning R122 637 R195 333* R317 970
Request Quote
Students from
Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Full-time R324 035* R324 035
Request Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
Request Quote
MBA Blended Learning R126 702 R199 398* R326 100
Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Full-time R328 560* R328 560
Request Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
Request Quote
MBA Blended Learning R131 227 R203 923* R335 150
Request Quote
Students from the rest of world
MBA Full-time R352 420* R352 420
Request Quote
MBA Modular (all groups) R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
Request Quote
MBA Blended Learning R155 087 R227 783 R382 870
Request Quote
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission (full-time) for 2019
Students from South Africa R19 240
Students from SADC countries R162 018
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

The MBA with modules in Managing International Organisations is aimed at professionals already working in international organisations in the not-for-profit sector, or in the private sector, development agencies, NGOs or global foundations. The programme is also aimed at those interested in expanding their global not-for-profit lens and cross-border agility.

If you are looking for a meaningful career – one of helping others – and if you want to do so by taking up as senior position at an international organisation in the not-for-profit sector, then the MBA MIO will serve you well.

Career options typically include positions at international organisations such as 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 MBA MIO stream equips managers and leaders with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in the global not-for-profit environment. The programme allows insight into international organisations, such as the United Nations and its agencies (like the World Health Organization, World Tourism Organization and International Fund for Agricultural Development), Red Cross and ISO which play a fundamental role in shaping international business, policies, development and society. 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.

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FAQ’s

In your first year of your MBA studies you follow the same 13 core MBA modules of the generalist MBA. Then in your second year you do two stream-specific modules: International Organisations Leadership and Finance for Development. These streams have been designed to equip managers and leaders with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in a complex global environment.

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 – one of helping others – and if you want to do so by taking up as senior position in an international organisation in the not-for-profit sector, then the MBA MIO will serve you well.

This degree with its strong focus on the management of international organisations will enable you to fill a managerial or leadership position at organisations such as the UN (or any of its agencies – like the World Health Organization or International Fund for Agricultural Development), or at an international capacity-building organisation, policy and advocacy organisation, or foundation in the not-for-profit sector.

Students are assessed on a continuous basis. Each module has a minimum number of assessments based on the number of credits for that module. The final performance mark therefore includes, among others, online assessments, class tests, group work, individual and group assignments, class participation and presentations. Tests for Modular MBA students are scheduled in between blocks. Tests for Full-time MBA students are scheduled into the formal programme. Tests for Blended Learning MBA students are scheduled.

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 to business problems. Hence, most tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. In the assessment of pre-reading, closed-book tests may be used. In web-based assessments of pre-reading multiple-choice questions are frequently used, but this may not exceed 20% of the grade of a subject. 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.

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. For South African students, 75% of the annual fees are payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. (Foreign students, however, need to pay the full programme fee prior to or upon registration.)

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for foreign 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 foreign students.

ARPL 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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MBA Modular Group 2 | 10 January 2020

  • MBA Full-Time
  • Modular Group 1
  • Modular Group 2
  • Blended
  • Focus Areas
Course Overview
Course starts January 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, this programme will prepare you for this. The Full-time MBA is completed over one year. It includes two tours: the International Study Module at a business school abroad and the South African Academic Tour – both with company visits and cultural activities. (The Modular and Blended Learning programme only include the International Study Module.)

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
4 terms
Term 1
15 January – 20 March
Term 2
30 March – 12 June
Term 3
06 July – 11 September
Term 4
28 September – 09 October
Elective Week
16 – 21 November
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: Applications closed
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

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 2020
Application closes December 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 programme will prepare you for this. This programme is completed over two years.

Application closes

South African students: 10 January 2020
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

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 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)

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.

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
  • Bursary

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 Full-time R351 025* R351 025 Request 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 Full-time R355 295* R355 295
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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 Full-time R360 065* R360 065
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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 Full-time R385 135* R385 135
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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 (full-time) for 2020
Students from South Africa R20 970
Students from SADC countries R177 648
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R180 033
International students from the rest of the world R192 568
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.

South African Academic Tour for full-time MBA students

All full-time MBA students go on a week-long South African tour (over and above International Study Module). The purpose of the tour is to expose students to a range of local industries, giving them the opportunity to see first-hand how theory is turned into practice. The tour includes cultural activities as well as engagement with local entrepreneurs and leaders from industry.
The Academic Tour of the 2018 included a bus trip from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, visiting, among others, the Eskom Palmiet plant near Grabouw, Denel Test Range in the Overberg, PetroSA in Mossel Bay, Untouched Adventures at Storms River Mouth, Volkswagen SA in Uitenhage and the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth. From there, the group flew to Johannesburg where they visited Dimension Data, the Ethics Institute of SA in Sandton, and the Cradle of the Humankind in Maropeng.

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.

USB’s Bursary Scheme provides partial bursaries and financial assistance to a number of deserving students who have been admitted to the MBA full-time programme.

  • Only students who have been accepted onto the MBA full-time programme may apply for a bursary.
  • All the bursaries will be awarded on academic merit.
  • Applicants from previously disadvantaged groups (in the case of South Africans) will be given preference.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of financial need and not be recipients of any other form of study sponsorship (e.g. from their companies).
  • Further terms and conditions apply to each bursary.
  • Every application will be treated in the strictest confidence

The closing date for bursary applications is 30 November 2019.

Bursary and scholarship applications are now closed for 2020.

USB’s Full-time MBA – Ranked 1st in Africa
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USB’s MBA Part-time – Ranked 2nd globally
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Completing this MBA programme offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Responsible leadership skills: USB’s Masters in Business Administration is strongly committed to your development as a responsible leader, focusing on personal, relationship and organisational or strategic leadership. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA.
  • Expert decision-making skills: These skills are based on a combination of numeric and qualitative methods to support complex business decisions.
  • The ability to function globally: Acquire business knowledge that you can apply in any industry and in any country.
  • An understanding of the interlinked roles of organisational departments: This will allow you to manage across functional areas to make well-informed decisions.

  • MBA with modules focused on Managing International Organisations (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.
  • MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL): This MBA 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.
  • MBA with generalist modules: This MBA is aimed at those who want to manage the functional areas of any business, in any industry, at senior manage level (career switchers).

Relevant Info

USB believes leaders are developed, not born. Therefore, each Masters in Business Administration 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 myths in the field
  • Leveraging strengths and development potential
  • Cutting-edge research in neuroleadership

As part of the selection process, you need to complete either an SHL or GMAT selection test, which are both internationally recognised. The SHL test can be completed through USB, while the GMAT can be completed through www.mba.com.

SHL

The SHL test consists of four sections:

  • Verbal critical reasoning assessment
  • Numerical critical reasoning assessment
  • Inductive reasoning test
  • Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) on behavioural preferences

No preparation is required and it will take approximately 3 hours to complete. However, you can only take the test after you have begun the MBA application process as you will need a provisional student number to complete the test. The total cost of this process is R3 900 (R2 900 SHL test + R1 000 MBA application fee).

For more information visit www.shl.co.za.

GMAT

The GMAT consists of three timed sections:

  • Analytical writing assessment
  • Quantitative assessment
  • Verbal Assessment

The test will take approximately 4 hours to complete, and will cost $250.

Foreign students will need to contact the Regional Registration Center in The Netherlands on 0931 320 239 593. South African students will 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. More information is available at www.mba.com.

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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FAQ’s

This depends on whether you can take a year off to do the full-time Masters in Business Administration or whether you have to study while you work. Secondly, this depends on where you live – close to the campus or further afield.

The one-year Full-time Masters in Business Administration is aimed at those who want to prepare themselves for a career change and who want to immerse themselves in their studies without the demands of a full-time job. The experience of the Full-time Masters in Business Administration students is fundamentally different from that of the Modular Masters in Business Administration and Blended Learning students. They typically experience more cohesion within the class set-up. They also make optimal use of speaker events, networking events and other opportunities in class and on campus. In 2017, 93% of the Full-time Masters in Business Administration cohort graduated within the one year.

The short-block Modular MBA (various one-week blocks spread over two years) is aimed at those who want to study while they work. This allows you to start implementing your newly acquired skills at work right from the start. This format allows you to study at USB even if you live further afield as you only need to travel to USB a few times a year.

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 (via any internet-linked device) or on campus. You can immediately start to implement your new skills at work. This format requires minimum leave from work. Also, it lowers the opportunity cost as it reduces travel costs.

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 a continuous basis. Each module has a minimum number of assessments based on the number of credits for that module. The final performance mark therefore includes, among others, online assessments, class tests, group work, individual and group assignments, class participation and presentations. Tests for Modular MBA students are scheduled in between blocks. Tests for Full-time MBA students are scheduled into the formal programme. Tests for Blended Learning MBA students are scheduled.

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 to business problems. Hence, most tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. In the assessment of pre-reading, closed-book tests may be used. In web-based assessments of pre-reading multiple-choice questions are frequently used, but this may not exceed 20% of the grade of a subject. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

Yes. Graduates of this postgraduate diploma continuing with USB’s MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

The focus of the MBA programme is on collaborative learning. Every participant brings certain expertise to the class – some through formal learning, others through informal learning. If the most knowledgeable persons were to be exempted from classes, the learning experience for the whole class will be impaired. Thus, as a general principle, no exemption is granted. In a limited number of special cases, for example where an MBA student transfers from another university to USB, or the content of a USB-ED programme is identical to the MBA content, exemption could be considered. Applications will only be considered after the applicant has registered for the MBA programme. Graduates of USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration who pass at a certain level and who continue with USB’s MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

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.

This will depend on each lecturer and on the subject – as some subjects require a substantial amount of group work, while others require limited 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.

Full-time MBA students will receive their first batch of study material (books and course outlines) three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and thereafter at the end of every term for the following term.

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. For South African students, 75% of the annual fees are payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. (Foreign students, however, need to pay the full programme fee prior to or upon registration.)

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for foreign 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 foreign students.

ARPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

A limited number of bursaries are available through USB and USB Alumni Association’s Future Fund Trust.

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

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 2020
Application closes November 2019

USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration is a one-year programme that aims to develop your entrepreneurial and key management skills, helping you grow a profitable and successful business. This includes entrepreneurship knowledge, innovative thinking and the digital processes and tools of today’s workplace. The programme is completed over one year and is available in two formats: Modular and Blended Learning. The programme content is covered in 12 core modules and 4 electives.

About the Blended Learning format

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration blended learning format allows you to join the class in real time on any internet-linked device from anywhere in the world. You can also attend the class on the USB campus. The mobile app or browser-based online classes are delivered synchronously with the on-campus classes. This enables you to actively take part in classroom and group discussions.

Application closing dates

South African students: 30 November 2019
ARPL candidates: Applications closed
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

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 2020
Application closes December 2019

USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration is a one-year programme that aims to develop your entrepreneurial and key management skills, helping you grow a profitable and successful business. This includes entrepreneurship knowledge, innovative thinking and the digital processes and tools of today’s workplace. The programme is completed over one year and is available in two formats: Modular and Blended Learning. The programme content is covered in 12 core modules and 4 electives.

Application closing dates

South African students: 13 December 2019
ARPL candidates: 31 October 2019
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October 2019
Students from rest of world: 31 October 2020

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 2020 provisional tuition fees.

 

 

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

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration is a one-year programme that aims to develop your entrepreneurial and key management skills, helping you grow a profitable and successful business. It will also provide you with access to an MBA thanks to its NQF level 8 rating, the equivalent of an Honours level degree.

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration Core Modules

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration  programme is made up of 12 core modules:

  • Digital Quotient
  • Economics for Managers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Capital Management
  • Information Systems Principles
  • Innovation Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Marketing Management
  • 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 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 unrivaled learning path when doing the two qualifications in succession. However, the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration is also an exit-level qualification that will not leave the graduate who do not want to do the MBA feeling short-changed. The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration’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.

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: The SHL and GMAT test are done online. (See information under Selection Tests tab).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience. Two essays (max 500 words each) – one on your external development and one your personal development.
  • Highly recommended: Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent; proficiency in English.
  • 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

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.

In order to be admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma at USB, candidates should be in possession of a relevant degree or National Diploma at NQF level 7.

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 students 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.
  • 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 abilities 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.
  • Note that ARPL candidates need to apply early to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.​

As part of the selection process, you need to complete either an SHL or GMAT selection test, which are both internationally recognised. The SHL test can be completed through USB, while the GMAT can be completed through www.mba.com.

SHL

The SHL test consists of four sections:

  • Verbal critical reasoning assessment
  • Numerical critical reasoning assessment
  • Inductive reasoning test
  • Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) on behavioural preferences

No preparation is required and it will take approximately 3 hours to complete. However, you can only take the test after you have begun the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration application process as you will need a provisional student number to complete the test.
The total cost of this process is R3 700 (R2 900 SHL test + R800 PGDip BMA application fee).

For more information visit www.shl.co.za.

GMAT

The GMAT consists of three timed sections:

  • Analytical writing assessment
  • Quantitative assessment
  • Verbal Assessment

The test will take approximately 4 hours to complete, and will cost $250.

International students will need to contact the Regional Registration Center in The Netherlands on 0931 320 239 593. South African students will 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. More information is available at www.mba.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

  • You will develop yourself as a responsible leader
  • It will enhance key management skills, improving your ability to launch and grow a business
  • It will develop your entrepreneurship skills so that you can contribute to economic growth
  • It will allow you to engage with the business world on a global scale while understanding business in Africa
  • It will help you to create relevant and strategic solutions through strategic thinking
  • You will acquire expert decision-making skills
  • It will enable you to manage across departments, understanding the functional role each has to play in overall growth
  • You will gain an innovative approach to business

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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FAQ’s

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.​​

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 a continuous basis. Each module has a minimum number of assessments based on the number of credits for that module. The final performance mark therefore includes, among others, online assessments, class tests, group work, individual and group assignments, class participation and presentations.

Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight to business problems. Hence, most tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. In the assessment of pre-reading, closed-book tests may be used. In web-based assessments of pre-reading multiple-choice questions are frequently used, but this may not exceed 20% of the grade of a subject. 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. For South African students, 75% of the annual fees are payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. (Foreign students, however, need to pay the full programme fee prior to or upon registration.)

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for foreign 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 foreign students.

ARPL 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.