Stellenbosch Business School’s MBA develops responsible leaders, managers, professionals and entrepreneurs through well-grounded business education and research.

The advantages of studying an MBA

Studying an MBA at USB will help you:

Grow your leadership skills so that you can lead responsibly

Operate on senior management level

Gain the skills to perform on a global stage

Acquire expert strategy and decision-making skills

Understand the relationships between organisational departments

Pursue a general MBA or two specialist paths

The MBA path will appeal to a number of candidates, such as managers, and professionals seeking employment at international organisations, or clinicians and senior nurses, depending on whether you want to pursue a generalist MBA or one of the specialist streams.

Each of these paths offers specific benefits to the MBA student including providing you with additional skills that enhance your leadership skills, help you perform on a global stage, improve your decision-making and strategic thinking, function on a senior management level and understand how the roles of different organisational departments are linked.

One year programme – Immerse yourself in the MBA programme

Deadline for applications

  • South African students: 15 November 2018
  • ARPL applicants: 31 October 2018
  • Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October 2018
  • Students from rest of world: 31 October

Additional information

  • The early application deadline for foreign students is due to the length of time it takes to obtain a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities once a place has been offered at USB, which can be up to 12 weeks.
  • Students who require a study visa (including those from non-SADC countries) can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registration at USB. This will help them obtain multi-entry study visas in case of modular studies.
  • USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Dates for second year of registration will be announced later.


MBA Programmes

Relevant Info

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

  • Exploring and enhancing personal authentic leadership
  • Narrative learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Work-based and action learning
  • Reflective learning and confronting myths in the field
  • Leveraging strengths and development potential
  • Cutting-edge research in neuroleadership

Students will be exposed to the international context by completing part of the programme at a foreign business school. This will allow you to learn about relevant models and frameworks that are specifically applicable to the target country, how to identify and take advantage of business, how culture and society impact business, and how this all relates to the global business arena.

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


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 R4 800 (R2 900 SHL test + R1 900 MBA application fee).

For more information visit, or contact USB on 021 918 4239 or [email protected] to arrange a booking.


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 [email protected]. More information is available at