Postgraduate Diploma Leadership Development

Leadership for NPOs

Postgraduate Diploma in
Leadership Development for NPOs

Applications close 10 January 2020

  • Modular
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes 10 January 2020

The Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development with a focus area in NPOs is a modular programme that takes place over one year. It is a learning journey uniquely designed for those who want to improve their ability to lead NPOs in the fulfilment of their social purpose by building personal, team and organisational leadership competencies


Application closes

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


5 Blocks
Block 1
3 – 8 February 2020
Block 2
30 March – 4 April 2020
Block 3
8 – 13 June 2020
Block 4
17 – 22 August 2020
Block 5
19 – 24 October 2020
Associate Professor: Arnold Smit

Arnold Smit is Associate Professor of Business in Society at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. His work focuses mainly on the integration of ethics, responsibility and sustainability in management education and organisational practice. He is a member of the Board of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, a past president of the Business Ethics Network of Africa, a trustee of SEED Educational Trust and Programme Director of the USB-ED Africa Directors’ Programme. During his early career, he was a parish minister, a human resources executive at a financial services company, and a leadership and organisational development consultant.

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

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees
Programme tuition fees for 2020 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R114 735 Request Quote
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R119 005 Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R123 775 Request Quote
Students from the rest of the world R176 055 Request Quote
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R59 503
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R61 888
Students from the rest of the world R88 028
Application fee for 2020
Application fee R 800



This programme is related to the PGDip in Leadership Development. Participants in the PGDip Leadership Development with a focus area in NPOs will follow modules 1, 2, 3 and 7 with the participants of the PGDip in Leadership Development. For modules 4, 5, and 6 the NPO participants will follow the design of the focal programme. This programme is done at a NQF level 8 rating, the equivalent of an Honours level degree.

Core Modules

This programme is made up of seven core modules

  1. Personal authentic leadership
  2. High impact leadership and teaming
  3. High performance organisational culture
  4. Leading strategy in NPOs
  5. Quality and integrity in NPOs
  6. Management Control in NPOs
  7. Integrated personal leadership development


You need to choose one of the following electives:

  • Negotiation and conflict management
  • Advanced technology leadership
  • Leaders coaching leaders
  • International NPO leadership

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  • The programme offers a thriving learning environment, one that is creative, innovative, experimental, relational, peer-based and energising.
  • The learning philosophy of this programme is one of transformative and whole person learning. The learning journey contains activities that enhances knowledge, develops skills, and nurtures personal development.
  • The learning mode, is one of learning about self through reflection, learning from experts and participants through sharing of knowledge and experience, and learning in real life from situations in practice.
  • The programme is designed in such a way that the benefit of the learning is supposed to translate into leadership development in the organisations of the participants. Every participant’s organisation will therefore count as a living case to work with.

To apply for the PGDip in Leadership Development with a focus area in NPOs  you must meet the following requirements:

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or demonstrated Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • Proven relevant working experience of five to seven years
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at

Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under ARPL.

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

Candidates who wish to be admitted under the ARPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective students applying for a Postgraduate Diploma at USB have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification.
  • Have at least TEN years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least FIVE years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.
  • Next, USB’s Admissions Committee (head of the programme and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the abilities to cope with the demands of the Postgraduate Diploma, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.

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Class Profile 2018

2 years
3-6 years
7-11 years
12 years & more
25-30 years
31-36 years
37 years & older
Black African
Natural & Physical Sciences
Information Technology
Health Sciences
Arts & Humanities
  • People with an interest in establishing an NPO
  • Leaders and managers of NPOs with a desire to improve their personal leadership and leadership development competencies
  • Career changers who are in the process of leaving the corporate or government sphere in exchange for a leadership role in the social sector
  • Members of NPO boards with a desire to improve their understanding of NPOs, their role in society and what is needed to ensure that they are sufficiently capacitated and well-governed
  • People working at foundations and who have oversight responsibilities over funded NPOs
  • Corporate social investment managers in companies or corporate foundations with a responsibility to work with NPOs
  • Lead as a resilient, resourceful and confident person
  • Organisational health and well-being
  • Public value and social impact
  • Social return on investment
  • Network knowledge and peer learning skills

Testimonials from our alumni

George Martin, PGDip in Leadership Development, Business Development Manager, Mutual & Federal,

‘This PGDip has challenged me and my view on leadership. Through the diverse content and insightful lectures I gained the necessary knowledge and experience to ultimately shift my paradigm and become a more influential leader.’

Charlton August, PGDip in Leadership Development, Offshore Exploration Manager, Namdeb Diamond Corporation,

‘This unique programme allows me to understand my authentic leadership style and how it impacts my personal life, work and the world around me. The programme does not only focus on the latest principles of leadership but also provides practical guidance that will positively impact your role as a leader.’

Natalie Damonze, PGDip in Leadership Development, Financial Analyst, Indigo Brands Pty Ltd,

‘I chose this programme as a stepping stone to an MBA. I want to understand my role as a leader, and how I could make a difference now and in future. This programme has taught me to look within myself, but also to consider the dynamics and the diversity of individuals. I know I will walk away with greater insight into what it means to be a great leader.’

Marliese Berndt, PGDip in Leadership Development, Director, UPP Consulting, Stellenbosch, South Africa,

‘This programme strengthened my leadership qualities and skills. It led me on an exhilarating journey of discovery to qualities and skills that were either dormant – or ones that I did not know I possessed. I walked away a confident, energised and highly skilled leader with the ability to transfer those skills and do what all good leaders should do: Develop new leaders for a world in need of courageous leaders.’


You will qualify to apply, however you still need to meet the additional entrance requirements in order to be accepted for an MBA.

This is a one year programme on campus.

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.

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