Masters

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.


MBA Students

MBA

MBA

Applications are closing for SA students:

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
– Eduniversal

 

USB’s MBA Part-time – Ranked 2nd globally
– Eduniversal 

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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.


Management Coaching Degree USB

MPhil in Management Coaching

MPhil in Management Coaching

Applications close 30 November

USB’s MPhil in Management Coaching – Ranked 1st in Human Resources category
– Eduniversal

  • Modular
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes November 2019

The MPhil in Management Coaching provides you with the skills to establish your credentials as a management coach.

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

Dates for supervision for 2020

18 April 2020
27 June 2020
12 September 2020
9 January 2021

Orientation
5 – 7 February 2020
Module 1
23 – 27 March 2020
Module 2
25 May – 29 May 2020
Module 3
3 – 7 August 2020
Module 4
26 October – 30 October 2020
Module 5
25 – 29 January 2021 (professional assessment)
PROGRAMME HEAD
Dr Nicky Terblanche

Dr Nicky Terblanche’s areas of expertise include career transitions, transformational coaching, behavioural change, systems thinking, complexity theory and IT software development. He holds a PhD and MPhil in Management Coaching (cum laude) from USB. He is also involved in software development for various companies and he has his own coaching practice focusing on senior executives.

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

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.
Programme tuition fees 2020 2020 2021 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R102 760 R126 050 R228 810 Request Quote
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R107 030 R130 320 R237 350​ Request Quote
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R111 800 R135 090 R246 890 Request Quote
International students from the rest of the world R136 870 R160 160 R297 030 Request Quote
​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​​ for 2020
Students from South Africa ​​R15 380
Students from SADC countries R53 515
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R55 900
​International students from the rest of the world R68 430
​​Application fee for 2020
​Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R1 000​​

 

Overview

The MPhil in Management Coaching provides you with the skills to establish your credentials as a management coach.

Core Modules

This modular programme runs over two years. Apart from a two-day introduction, you are required to attend four class contact blocks (of a week each) on campus during the first year and complete the final block and research assignment during the second year.

  • Phase 1 – class programme: You have to attend four blocks of one week each on the USB campus during Year 1. Five modules are covered during these blocks. You will be exposed to various models to discover your own particular framework for coaching. Coaching practice, case studies and assignments form part of this phase of the programme.
  • Phase 2 – professional assessment: Your coaching competence is assessed in terms of your ability to convey your personal coaching approach and style, and to authentically display your coaching skills. This phase takes one week at the beginning of Year 2.
  • Phase 3 – research and development: During year 2 you will complete a research project. You will be assigned a research supervisor to guide you through the process. From 2020 a gated approach will be followed whereby a student will submit a number of mini research assignments throughout the year, building up to the final research report. Blended lectures (with the option of attending in person or virtually) will be given preceding each hand-in gate.
  • Throughout – triad practice, supervision and coaching: A significant part of the your journey is to coach and be coached. You must complete 40 hours of coaching and receive 20 hours of coaching (all of which is self-funded).

Programme Structure

This work-based, modular programme (block release programme) runs over two years. Apart from a two-day introduction, participants are required to attend four class contact blocks (of a week each) on campus during the first year and complete the final block and a research assignment during the second year. This will allow students to work full-time while they study. It will also enable working professionals from all over South Africa and beyond its borders to register for the programme.

The learning philosophy is based on the integration of theory and practice, finding your authentic coaching style, international application with local specialisation, practical experience and extensive support.

To apply for the MPhil in Management Coaching you must meet the following requirements:

  • An honours degree, OR
  • A four-year professional bachelor’s degree, OR
  • A three-year bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma
  • A minimum of four years of work experience in the field of People Management
  • Psychometric testing may be required
  • Previous academic qualifications should be at least on NQF Level 8
  • 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 Master’s programme at USB, candidates should be in possession of a relevant NQF 8 qualification, such as an Honours degree, 4-year in-depth Bachelor’s degree or a postgraduate diploma.

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 MPhil in Management Coaching students have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (3-year tertiary qualification in a related field).
  • Have at least EIGHT years of working experience in Human Capital Development.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Write an assignment of at least 10 pages (11-point font size with 1.5 spacing) with references about a coaching topic, provided by the programme head. The assignment must contain a signed declaration of own work.
  • 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 MPhil in Management Coaching 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.

Class Profile 2018

3–6 years
12 years & more
7-11 years
25–30 years
31–36 years
37 years & older
Black African
Coloured
Indian
White
Arts & Humanities
Commerce
Engineering
Health Sciences
Law
Natural & Physical Science
Other

Management coaching is aimed at those who want to become professional management coaches. This includes managers, leaders, human capital development experts and learning facilitators in all industries, those working with the human aspect of transferring knowledge and others who support and facilitate growth, performance, relationship-building and teamwork.

  • Establishing your credentials as a management coach
  • Acquiring the ability to development human capital or learning in any industry
  • First understanding the various coaching frameworks and models, and then establishing your signature presence as coach
  • Acquiring the skills to challenge people’s personal beliefs and help them grow
  • Knowing how to facilitate knowledge transfer, talent development and organisational effectiveness
  • Knowing how to support growth, performance, relationship-building and teamwork
  • Gaining the competence to move into a senior management position
  • Gaining new perspectives on the development of yourself and others
  • Helping to create a more ethical and responsible society

For coaching to grow as a profession, scientific research is essential. Research allows coach practitioners to base their interventions on empirically peer-reviewed findings and not mere intuition. At USB we are serious about contributing to the professionalisation of coaching by conducting internationally relevant research on the nature and efficacy of coaching.

Here is a list of coaching research published by our faculty and students in peer-reviewed academic journals.

We also published the first ever African Coaching Practice survey here.

Read more on how management coaching can strengthen your leadership career.

Testimonials from our alumni

Linda Manzini, MPhil in Management Coaching, own coaching practice, Johannesburg,

‘I decided to do this programme because of my yearning to remain relevant in the coaching field. What intrigues me about coaching is the ability to actually make a difference in the lives of professional people. I like the fact that I can establish my own coaching model and not be put in a box. I also like the exposure to what is actually relevant in the currently market of coaching.’

Eric Spencer, MPhil in Management Coaching, Head: The PathCare Academy, Cape Town,

‘I chose USB because I wanted an institution with a solid reputation and good accreditation. I also wanted a Master’s programme and not a certificate course. For me, managing people has always been about helping them find their own solutions. So, I have always been a bit of natural coach, but this programme gives me the academic background that I need.’

Saskia Haardt, MPhil Management Coaching (cum laude), USB Top Student 2015 in Management Coaching, Development Advisor, GIZ, Eastern Cape,

‘This programme equipped me with a meaningful approach towards understanding myself and others. I have learnt how to use coaching as a tool to work with the aspirations of people in personal and professional interplay. For me, management coaching provides an opportunity to bring out the strengths of people, especially in the government sector, where one is expected to make an impact in the lives of others whilst being exposed to a very difficult environment of balancing expectations.’

FAQ’s

Not at all. The experiences of our students is that the course is suited to any career that involves managing people.

There are four modules plus a research assignment.

Students are required to attend all classes on campus. This work-based, modular programme (block release programme) runs over two years.

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.


Masters in future studies

MPhil in Futures Studies

MPhil in Futures Studies

Applications close 12 December

  • Blended
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes December 2019

The MPhil in Futures Studies is a 2-year programme that will grow your knowledge and understanding of futures concepts and tools so that you are able to perform your duties as a professional futurist responsible for strategising and planning. You will acquire the skills to understand local and global issues, and also understand their impact on your and your clients’ strategies.

Application closes

South African students: 12 December 2019
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

 

CLASSES
6 February – 1 October 2020 (Thursday evenings)
YEAR 1
Complete 5 core modules on-campus or via online classes
YEAR 2
Complete the research assignment
PROGRAMME HEAD
Professor André Roux

Professor André Roux is the programme head of USB’s Futures Studies programmes. His areas of expertise are Management Economics and Futures Studies. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University. He lectures on Economics and Futures Thinking at USB, in other African countries and in Europe. In 2016 and 2017, he won the Best Lecturer Award in Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

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

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.

 

Programme fees for 2020 2020 (1st year) 2021 (2nd year) Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R96 085 R77 058 R173 143 Request Quote
Students from Southern African
Development Community (SADC) countries
R100 355 R81 328 R181 683 Request Quote
International students from the
rest of Africa (non-SADC)
R105 125 R86 098 R191 223 Request Quote
International students from
the rest of the world
R130 195 R111 168 R241 363 Request Quote
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from SADC countries R50 178
International students
from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
R52 563
International students
from the rest of the world
R65 098
Application fee for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable;
applicable to all students)
R800

 

Overview

The MPhil in Futures Studies builds on the concepts introduced in the Postgraduate Diploma. The content of the programme is aligned with the professional and intellectual skills required of futurists. You will, among others, acquire consultation and facilitation capabilities, and learn how to manage projects and do stakeholder analysis, environmental scanning, scenario planning and strategic planning.

Core Modules

This programme consists of 5 modules:

  • Scanning the Environment
  • Demography
  • Technology Futures
  • Applied Futures Studies
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Futures Studies Methods

Research assignment

You need to complete a research assignment during the second year of enrolment which counts for 80 of your total course credits. This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a field of your choice.

USB’s internationally accredited MPhil in Futures Studies builds on the School’s Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies to deepen your understanding of futures concepts and futures tools. It is aimed at anyone who wants to bring about a more desirable future by equipping decision makers and strategic planners with the essential skills to make strategic long-term decisions. This will allow them to deal with rapid and complex changes both locally and internationally.

Complete and pass USB‘s Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies with an average of at least 65%.

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

Class Profile 2018

Less than 2 years
3-6 years
Unknown
25-30 years
31-36 years
37 years and older
Commerce
Arts & Humanities
Engineering
Natural & Physical Science
Unknown
Law
Information Technology
Black African
Coloured
Indian
White

Futures Studies will typically benefit strategic planners, decision makers, managing directors, CEOs and others involved in long-term planning. These programmes will prepare you for senior-level positions in public and private corporations, in government, financial institutions and global institutions.

  • You will significantly enhance your decision-making and strategy-setting skills because you will have an understanding of the forces and trends that shape the future.
  • You will enhance your understanding of the complexity of global change, including its rapid pace and impact on Africa, and also on your or your clients’ organisations.
  • You will acquire the professional and intellectual skills needed to become a professional futurist.
  • You will be able to build a career path leading to senior management positions in a range of private and public sector institutions.

Testimonials from our alumni

Liz Hillock, Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies 2014, has subsequently completed her MPhil in Futures Studies,

‘I found the PGDip in Futures Studies incredibly rewarding. Although it is part of the Business School, the course itself is interdisciplinary. It not only helped me in aspects of my job but, more importantly, it has enabled me to see the world at large with fresh eyes.’

Isaac Nkama, Director at Facilitation Africa, PGDip and MPhil in Futures Studies,

‘In a rapidly changing world, the ability to interpret and influence your environment can make the difference between securing your relevance in tomorrow’s world – or an irreversible error for your organisation’s future. This multidisciplinary programme is for those who recognise that the globalised and highly dynamic world is no longer business as usual, and who want to stay ahead by strategically shaping today’s developments for tomorrow’s success.’

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FAQ’s

If you play a role in the direction of a business, the decisions you make must be aligned with where the business world is going. Futures Studies will enhance your understanding of possible changes in the long-term future and equip you with the correct methods to respond accordingly.

This programme is conducted over a two year period.

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.

The course content is presented through a series of lectures and workshops, delivered in blended learning format. With blended learning you can choose between on-campus classes and online classes. This makes the programme convenient and accessible for busy business people and executives. It also means you can study while you work. Students have to be thoroughly prepared for blended learning lectures so as to extract optimal benefit from contact sessions.

For the course-based part of the programme, you can choose between attending weekly classes (4-hour classes) on campus or, alternatively, downstreaming the classes by logging in and participating online using your own computer or device.


masters in development finance

MPhil in Development Finance

MPhil in Development Finance​

Applications close 15 November

  • MPhil in Development Finance Intake 1
  • MPhil in Development Finance Intake 2
Course Overview
Course starts March 2020
Application closes November 2019

If you want to make it your life’s work to help unlock Africa’s growth potential, the MPhil in Development Finance will equip you with critical skills to become a specialist in this area. You will gain an understanding – on a Master’s level – of the complexities of the different development finance resources available to poor countries, especially in Africa. You will also acquire the skills to help formulate and implement policies in this field. This will enable you to take on senior positions in the financial industry and in policy-making and regulatory institutions.

Application closes

South African students: 15 November 2019
ARPL candidates: Applications closed
Students from SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

YEAR 1
2 blocks
Block 1
02 – 14 March 2020
Block 2
24 August – 5 September 2020
Course Overview
Course starts 23 March 2020
Application closes November 2019

If you want to make it your life’s work to help unlock Africa’s growth potential, the MPhil in Development Finance will equip you with critical skills to become a specialist in this area. You will gain an understanding – on a Master’s level – of the complexities of the different development finance resources available to poor countries, especially in Africa. You will also acquire the skills to help formulate and implement policies in this field. This will enable you to take on senior positions in the financial industry and in policy-making and regulatory institutions.

Application closes

South African students: 15 November 2019
ARPL candidates: Applications closed
Students from SADC countries: Applications closed
Other international students: Applications closed

YEAR 1
2 blocks
Block 1
23 March – 04 April 2020
Block 2
28 September 2019 – 10 October 2020
PROGRAMME HEAD
Professor Michael Graham

Professor Michael Graham received his PhD from the University of Vaasa, Finland, and was an Associate Professor of Finance at Stockholm Business School in Sweden before being appointed as Professor in Finance at USB. His research interests are in corporate finance, corporate governance and financial markets.

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

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.
Programme fees for 2020 2020 2021 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R91 220 R91 220 R182 440 Request Quote
Students from the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) countries
R95 490 R95 590 R190 980 Request Quote
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R100 260 R100 260 R200 520 Request Quote
International students from the rest of the world R125 330 R125 330 R250 660 Request Quote
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from the SADC countries R47 745
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R50 130
Students from the rest of the world R62 665
Application fee for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R800

 

Overview

If you want to make it your life’s work to help unlock Africa’s growth potential, this MPhil in Development Finance will equip you with critical skills to become a specialist in this area. You will gain an understanding – on Master’s level – of the complexities of the different development finance resources available to poor countries, especially in Africa. You will also acquire the skills to help formulate and implement policies in this field. This will enable you to take on senior positions in the financial industry and in policy-making and regulatory institutions.

Core Modules

The six core modules are compulsory:

  • Economic Development Perspectives in Africa
  • Issues in Banking and Finance
  • Microfinance
  • Project Finance
  • Public Policy and Leadership
  • Research Methods in Development Finance

Electives

The elective modules have been grouped together in specialization streams and students are expected to choose an elective from each group. Select any 3 electives from the following groups:

 

Group A: Environmental Finance; Infrastructure Finance; Public Sector Finance; Structured Finance

 

Group B: Agricultural Policy and Finance; Business Forecasting & Econometrics; Corporate Governance & Ethics; Food Security and Development in Africa; Leadership Development; Small Scale Enterprise Development

 

Group C: Development Project Management; Economic Diplomacy; Financial Sector Regulation and Development; Investment Promotion

Research assignment

Write a research assignment of 15 000 – 25 000 words on a development finance topic, preferably one that is of direct professional interest to you. You can work on your research assignment while you are doing your course work and electives.

The aim of this degree is to offer an internationally recognised academic qualification with content that is relevant in terms of Africa’s development needs. This critical-skills degree is designed to:

  • Fill the skills gaps in the financial industry and in policy-making and regulatory institutions in the development finance environment
  • Better understand the complexities of and manage the different development finance resources available to poor countries, especially in Africa
  • Understand the special problems of finance in developing countries and Africa in particular, and to acquire the skills to operate successfully and to make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation in this field.

To apply for the MPhil Development Finance you must meet the following requirements:

  • An appropriate Honours degree (the first postgraduate degree after a Bachelor’s degree) or a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, economics, accounting or commerce; OR
  • A 3-year Bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma (120 SAQA credits) from a university or a university of technology in business, finance, economics, accounting or commerce; OR
  • A postgraduate degree in any discipline and appropriate experience in the area of development economics and/or finance; AND
  • A sound understanding of quantitative analysis – a good pass/grade for school-leaving mathematics is an advantage.
  • 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

IMPORTANT: The Bachelor’s or Honours degree must be on a level that is equivalent to the South African qualification. Local and foreign academic qualifications have to be at the NQF 7 level (old) or NQF 8 level (new). This implies that the qualification includes a module in Research Methodology and an individual research paper.

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 Master’s programme at USB, candidates should be in possession of a relevant NQF 8 qualification, such as an Honours degree, 4-year in-depth Bachelor’s degree or a postgraduate diploma.

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 Master’s degree at USB have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification.
  • Have at least SIXyears of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned in 1, 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.
  • Write an assignment of 10 to 15 pages (11-point font size with 1.5 spacing) on a topic supplied by the programme head. The assignment must contain a signed declaration of own work.
  • Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional 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 MDevF 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. ​
  • ARPL candidates need to apply by 30 September each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Class Profile 2018

Under 25 years
25-30 years
31-36 years
37 years and older
Less than 2 years
2 years
3–6 years
7–11 years
12 years and more
Unknown
Black African
White
Coloured
Indian
Commerce
Law
Information Technology
Arts & Humanities
Engineering
Natural & Physical Science
Education
Unknown

If you work on a managerial level in a financial services environment, you should consider this qualification. This MPhil holds value for people like financial analysts and policy makers in the private or public sector who engage with macro, enterprise and sectoral finance and financial management issues with a focus on developing countries and emerging markets.

  • You will be able to become a development finance practitioner and develop Africa where it matters.
  • You will be able to implement the design and financing of growth initiatives ranging from roads and energy plants to houses and hospitals.
  • You will gain an understanding of the structure of African economies and how financial markets contribute to development.
  • You will acquire the skills to make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation in this field.
  • You will be able to work in financial institutions such as banks and development finance corporations, and in policy-making institutions, governments, public and private corporations, and also global organisations.

Testimonials from our alumni

Rutendo Change, 2015 MPhil Development Finance, Associate Consultant, ZIMBISA, Harare, Zimbabwe,

‘As a future policy maker, I needed a programme that would stimulate critical thinking about the continent’s development challenges and act as a platform for the exchange of ideas and solutions to improve opportunities for all Africans. I have started building networks in Southern, West and East Africa, a tribe of Africa’s future leaders committed to the advancement of the continent and its people. No other development finance programme is as committed to Africa as USB’s MDevF.’

Iesrafeel Jakoet, 2015 MPhil Development Finance, Chief Financial Officer, OIM Group, Cape Town, South Africa,

‘With USB’s rating as one of the top three business schools in Africa, it was the obvious choice for me. I chose the MDevF to challenge myself on a professional and personal level. It broadened my knowledge base and gave me a different perspective on the challenges faced by the African continent. I’ve met some extraordinary people on this programme and it has made me realise the importance of a strong network of leaders who, together, can deal with the unique challenges of our continent.’

Elton Jangale, 2015 MDevF, Partner, PFI Partnerships (Public-Private Partnership Practitioners), Blantyre, Malawi; Board Director, Malawi Stock Exchange; Board Director, Malawi Revenue Authority,

‘I enrolled on MDevF to enhance my skills as a PPP practitioner. The MDevF, its experienced professors and diverse students challenged me to take a broader view of Africa’s sustainable economic development. I have now become a Development Practitioner playing various roles in promoting the economic development of Malawi and SADC.’

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FAQ’s

Not necessarily. The Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance is a natural feeder to the MPhil. In extreme situations we accept exceptional candidates as RPL candidates.

Yes, you can apply through Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (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 students applying for a Master’s degree at USB have to adhere to the following:

  1. Have at least an NQF 6 qualification.
  2. Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned in 1, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  3. Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
  4. Write an assignment of 10 to 15 pages (11-point font size with 1.5 spacing) on a topic supplied by the programme head. The assignment must contain a signed declaration of own work.
  5. Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former ine 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.
  6. Next, USB’s Admissions Committee (head of the programme and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  7. If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the abilities to cope with the demands of the MDevF programme, he/she may be admitted.
  8. 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.  
  9. Note that ARPL candidates need to apply by 30 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

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.

USB supports the principle of recognition of prior academic learning, although this is only applied in very selective instances, because group work and collaborative learning are cornerstones of the USB MBA. To obtain an MBA degree at USB, a student must be registered at Stellenbosch University for at least two years and at least 50% of the credits have to be obtained at this University. A student who has been admitted to the MBA programme may apply for accreditation of prior learning, provided that it was obtained on another MBA programme. Students wanting to apply for accreditation of credits obtained elsewhere need to supply:

  • An application which includes full course outlines, number of SAQA credits, learning outcomes, number of class contact hours, prescribed textbooks, method and weights of assessment, and outcomes or topics per class session.
  • Additional work or assessments may be required.

Study Loans for students from West Africa: Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, has partnered with the USB to provide loan facilities for tuition expenses to USB students in West Africa. The MaxAdvance facility is a time loan or term loan that aims to meet a range of personal needs for students.