Executive Programmes

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
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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

  • 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.