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MBA Project Management

MBA Project Management

Become proficient in the business management of projects

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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts Beginning 2023
Fees R 293 380 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

Project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill, and proficient project managers are in high demand. It is therefore completely understandable that Fortune Magazine has identified project management as the number one career choice.

Companies are looking for professionals who are proficient in both project management fundamentals and key business disciplines such as strategy, finance, operations management and marketing. These highly skilled professionals offer a unique value proposition as they are able to bridge the understanding between the project management and business management elements of the entity. Traditionally, project management has been associated with the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Now, newer industries such as IT management, health care management, financial services and research also employ project managers.

At Stellenbosch Business School, you will also benefit from our association with the USA-based Project Management Institute’s South Africa Chapter. This gives you access to workshops, conferences, speaker events, research and collaboration, and outreach activities – all aimed at enriching your learning journey.

By honing your project leadership skills and project management skills on MBA level, you will help to create a strategic value chain that gives your company an edge on competitors.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience – blocks of classes spread over the year) and the blended learning format (digital class attendance) for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.
  • Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process.

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)*  R148 838  R144 541  R293 380 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)* R153 503  R149 206 R302 710 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)* R158 718 R154 421 R313 140 Download
Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular and Blended(excludes ISM)* R188 743 R184 446 R373 190 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R22 326
Students from SADC countries R76 752
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R79 359
International students from the rest of the world R94 372
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 050
SHL selection test fee R2 950
GMAT selection test fee $250

*Fees exclude our compulsory International Study module of $6920 invoiced in year two.

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • Fees for 2024: The fees for the second year of enrolment (Modular MBA as well as Blended Learning MBA) will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases. 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.
  • International Study Module: The fees of the International Study Module are included in the total programme fees for the MBA. The cost of the International Study Module amounts to US$5900 (2021 fee). This is linked to the rand-dollar exchange rate. Note that the fees for the 2024 International Study Module may have to be adjusted based on the exchange rate.
  • Study materials: Study fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

Loans

Certain banks grant loans at favourable interest rates. You may also contact FUNDI at https://www.fundi.co.za/.

Study loans for students from West Africa

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, has partnered with the Business School to provide loan facilities for tuition expenses to our 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. https://www.gtbank.com/personal-banking/loans/maxadvance.

 

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format (general MBA)

YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: 07 – 12 February
Block 2: 28 March – 02 April
Block 3: 06 – 11 June
Block 4: 15 – 20 August
Block 5: 10 – 15 October

Timetable for Blended Learning format for general MBA

YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: Do 1 block followed by weekly classes 24 January – 05 February (on campus)
Weekly classes thereafter: 8 February – 09 December (every Wednesday from 16:00-20:15)

Timetable for Blended Learning format for MBA Health Care Leadership, MBA Project Management, MBA Managing International Organisations

YEAR 1 (2022):
1 on-campus block: 18 – 30 January (Block on campus)
Weekly classes thereafter: 9 February – 10 December (every Tuesday from 16:00-20:15)

Overview

Proficient project managers are in high demand. In the post-Covid19 era in particular, managers are facing increasingly complex challenges, having to contend with rapid changes stemming from new business paradigms. The MBA with Project Management as a focal area will equip you with the skills to understand the business management of projects, enabling you to fill senior roles in organisations investing in major projects.

  • Year 1: Students who want to specialise in Project Management start with either the Modular MBA (blocks of classes spread over the year) or Blended Learning MBA (orientation block plus weekly classes online or on campus).
  • Year 2: During their specialisation year, MBA PM students attend one on-campus block at the beginning of the year, followed by Blended Learning classes on Tuesdays (16:00 – 20:20) and one on-campus electives block towards the end of the year.

Core modules

Year 1: Core Modules

  • Accounting for Decision-making
  • Business Communication
  • Business in Society
  • Contemporary Decision-Making
  • Digital Enterprise Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Operational Excellence
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding
  • Year 2: Stream-specific Core Modules
  • Project Portfolio Finance
  • Project Portfolio Management
  • Project Management Innovations

Year 2: Electives

You need to do two electives in Year 2: the stream-specific elective Strategic Agile Portfolio Management, and one from the generalist MBA’s list of electives.

Research assignment

You need to compile a research assignment of between 50 and 70 pages on a management-related problem in your work environment or specialisation. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate how you can address business challenges through a robust research process. This experience will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level in the workplace.

Who should enrol?

  • Project managers looking to transition into senior business manager roles
  • Project managers looking to transition into a senior project manager role, such as a Chief Project Officer
  • Project or business managers looking to transition into programme or portfolio manager roles
  • Project managers looking to move into a different industry
  • Project managers who intend to become (or who are) independent consultants
  • Business managers wishing to improve their understanding of project management in the business context
  • MBA candidates with a keen interest to develop their competencies and understanding of project management
  • Postgraduate Diploma Project Management graduates who wish to further their careers in this field
  • Entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the growth in the project management domain

Note: There is an additional admission requirement for students enrolling for the MBA stream in Project Management. Over and above the other admission requirements, they also need to have done a Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required electives.

Overview

Stellenbosch Business School’s MBA aims to develop you into a responsible leader, expert decision maker, strategic thinker, effective communicator and steward 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 our 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 another key feature of our MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

You can customise up to 30% of your MBA depending on which electives, International Study Module and stream (General, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management) you select, and on the topic of your Research Assignment.

Our MBA provides you with a transformative learning experience to acquire the leadership skills, thinking frameworks and capabilities you need to find your way forward.

Who should enrol?

MBA with generalist modules:

  • Those who want senior-level business management expertise to apply in businesses ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations in any business sector.
  • Managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs who want to acquire responsible leadership skills, exceptional decision-making skills, strategic thinking skills, effective communication skills and an understanding of the role of business in society.

MBA stream with modules in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO):

  • Professionals or managers working in international organisations, development agencies, and foundations or NGOs, and who want to fast-track their careers
  • Managers from private and public sector institutions who want to expand their cross-sector agility, especially by improving their skills for leadership in complex and conflict-ridden multi-stakeholder contexts
  • Professionals who want to transition to working in international development organisations or in organisations with a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) agenda

MBA stream with modules in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL):

  • Clinicians and general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government
  • General practitioners who wish to scale up and broaden their contextual understanding of business
  • Managers and professionals in private-sector and public-sector health care delivery systems and institutions, in pharmaceutical or health technology businesses, in regulatory, oversight and other organisations (such as SAMA, HPCSA, HASA, SAIHCM), or in public-sector positions (such as Deputy Director-General, CEO or Superintendent)
  • Senior nurses in public or private hospitals who lead large teams and operate on senior level with high-impact responsibilities
  • Health insurance specialists, medical aid specialists, underwriters and claims processing team leaders and managers
  • Those who would like to prepare themselves for a career in in health care leadership, even if they do not have a background in health care.

MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM):

  • Project managers looking to transition into senior business manager roles
  • Project managers looking to transition into a senior project manager role, such as a Chief Project Officer
  • Project or business managers looking to transition into programme or portfolio manager roles
  • Project managers looking to move into a different industry
  • Project managers who intend to become (or who are) independent consultants
  • Business managers wishing to improve their understanding of project management in the business context
  • MBA candidates with a keen interest to develop their competencies and understanding of project management
  • Stellenbosch Business School’s PGDip Project Management graduates who wish to further their careers in this field
  • Entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the growth in the project management domain

What you need to apply

The SA Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of these qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for the MBA stream in Project Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required electives

Important:

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL): The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements as set out under Recognition of prior learning elsewhere in this brochure.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.
  • Obtaining a qualification to enrol for an MBA: One of the qualifications that can give access to our MBA is a postgraduate diploma on NQF level 8. We offer a range of redesigned PGDips which can give you access to our MBA or MPhil degrees. The preferred one is the PGDip Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA). Graduates of our PGDip BMA who continue with our MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience, preferably on managerial level
  • Mathematics at NSC (Grade 12) level or equivalent is highly recommended
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience (see below)
  • Satisfactory selection test results (see below)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for MBA stream in Project Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required elective.

Writing the two essays

You need to write two essays on the topics indicated below. The essays serve two purposes. First, they provide us with additional information about your personal and professional background. Second, they provide us with additional insight into your writing ability, a skill that is critical in completing the MBA degree.

Each essay must be between 300 and 500 words. (Please indicate the word count at the end of each essay, and submit one PDF document containing both essays.

  • External development perspective: Summarise your development as a leader with emphasis on the individuals, processes and institutions that have played a major part in your development. Conclude with your reasons for choosing Stellenbosch Business School, and why it fits your criteria as an institution at which you can continue your career development.
  • Personal development perspective: Summarise your personal development, the challenges you have experienced, how you have dealt with these challenges, what you have learned from this and the insight that you have gained about yourself and your role in business and society. Conclude with your current developmental needs and why this programme is important for your development given your desired future.

Selection tests

You need to do a selection test as part your application process. We accept the SHL and GMAT selection tests. These tests are recognised internationally.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test, and Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) on behavioural preferences, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

The SHL is about determining your strengths and growth areas. It is not about failing or passing. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, we need to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essays required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See www.shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your MBA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see www.usb.ac.za/mba (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and they are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with the Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: www.shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop, and assessments need to take this into account. We do not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

GMAT selection test

The GMAT consists of three timed sections, namely an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative assessment and a verbal assessment. A copy of the results will automatically be forwarded to the Business School.

  • Duration: About 4 hours.
  • When and where: This test is not administered by Stellenbosch Business School. International students need to contact the Regional Registration Centre in the Netherlands on 0931 320 239 593 or go to https://accounts.gmac.com/Account/Register. SA students need to contact Pearson VUE Professional Centre in Johannesburg on +27 (0)11 784 3093 or 0800 995 044 or at [email protected]
  • Cost: $250 (2021). Find more information at www.gmac.com.

Recognition of Prior Learning

We provide wider access to our programmes through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education, we may admit up to 10% of our student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective MBA students under the RPL policy need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Exemption to this rule is available for outstanding applicants who hold a Senior Certificate (NQF 4) and who have provided evidence of high performance and likely success on the MBA through admission selection scores that are at least 20% higher than the average scores achieved by MBA students (currently SHL score > 7; GMAT score > 650) and relevant work experience of 10 years. The approval for such RPL candidates requires the head of the department’s support in addition to the RPL Committee’s decision on the application.
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned in the first bullet point, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or a related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating, in detail, areas of responsibility in the work environment as well as activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Submit the SHL/GMAT selection test results.
  • Write and submit two motivational essays (specific topics are provided).
  • Conduct an in-depth interview with the Head of the MBA programme and one other academic staff member constituting the RPL Committee.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The programme head and another academic will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate and make a recommendation about admission.
  • The Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • A notice of admission is sent via the Business School’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October of each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

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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.’


MPhil Management Coaching

MPhil Management Coaching

Acquire credentials to support the growth of others through coaching

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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 249 159 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

This internationally accredited MPhil Management Coaching provides you with the skills to establish your credentials as a management coach. This degree will give you the coaching credentials you need to grow the talent of others, transfer knowledge, build relationships, enhance performance and facilitate cultural transformation. But first, it will ask of you to dig deeply and to find out what it is that drives you as a coach and then to develop your authentic coaching style.

The programme is presented in blended learning format, which means you can start generating an income from coaching almost immediately.

A transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a coach, consultant, manager or corporate leader.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Blended learning format – study while you work: This format enables you to attend class on campus or remotely via an internet-linked laptop. This means you will be able to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 7 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees 2022 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R112 219 R136 940 R249 159 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R116 884 R141 605 R258 489
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International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R122 099 R146 820 R268 919 Download
International students from the rest of the world R152 124 R176 845 R328 969 Download
​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​​ for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa ​​R16 833
Students from SADC countries R58 442
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R61 049
​International students from the rest of the world R76 062
​​Application fee for 2022
​Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • Fees for 2024: The fees for the second year of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases.
  • Study materials: Some core textbooks and other study material will be provided to students and the cost thereof is included in the tuition fees. These books become the property of the student.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-creditsolution/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

 

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Dates for 2022:

  • Orientation and Block 1 (on campus): 14 – 19 February
  • Block 2 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00 – 20:15): 28 April – 25 May
  • Block 3 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00– 20:15): 13 July – 10 August
  • Block 4 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00 – 20:15): 28 September – 26 October
  • Supervision dates (remote): 16 March 2022; 08 June 2022; 24 August 2022; 16 November 2022; 11 January 2023
  • Professional assessment dates (on campus): 23 – 27 January 2023

Overview

Overview

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

This is a blended learning programme that allows you to study while you work. This format combines on-campus blocks (one at start of Year 1 and one start of Year 2) with blended learning classes (15 weeks of once-a-week classes spread over Year 1). Year 2 is mostly taken up by the Research Module, which consists of live-streamed lectures and assignments culminating in a research assignment. This allows you to study while you work with minimum time away from work.

This 2-year programme is delivered through a combination of on-campus classes and blended learning classes (see more about blended learning below). This allows you to study while you work with minimum time away from work. You also need to do formative assessments (like quizzes and case studies), essays and assignments, practical coaching, and a final research assignment.

Orientation block and Module 1: Year 1 starts with the orientation block followed directly by Module 1. This means one in-person, on-campus engagement spanning Monday to Saturday morning. This gives 5,5 days of training.

Modules 2, 3 and 4: These modules are delivered in blended learning format (live streaming, no in-class attendance) in a staggered format of one lecture every Wednesday (16:00 to 20:00 to allow working students to attend) over 3 consecutive 5-week periods (i.e. 15 weeks of once-a-week classes during Year 1).

Module 5: This module is delivered on campus at the start of Year 2. It runs from the Monday to the Friday.

Module 6: The Research Module is presented in Year 2 as a series of live-stream lectures and assignments culminating in a research assignment

Programme format

Programme format

 

Year 1 of studies

Year 2 of studies

Orientation

2 days

Module 1

3.5 days

Module

2

Module

3

Module 4

Module

5

Module 6

Module

Orientation

Fundamentals
of Coaching

Management
Coaching

Leadership
Coaching

Team
Coaching

Professional
Assessment

Research

Delivery mode

On campus

On campus

Blended
Learning

Blended
Learning

Blended
Learning

On campus

Blended
Learning

Programme structure

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

PHASE 1

PHASE 2

PHASE 3

Lecture programme

  • Attend an on-campus class block at start of Year 1 (Orientation and Module 1) followed by blended learning (online) classes (15 weeks of once-a-week classes spread over Year 1).
  • This phase covers coaching models, allowing you to discover your own particular
    framework for coaching. It also covers coaching practice, case studies and assignments.

Professional assessment

  • This phase takes 1 week on campus at the beginning Year 2.
  • Your coaching competence is assessed in terms of your ability to convey your personal coaching approach and style, and in terms of authentically displaying coaching skills that resonate with your own model.

Research and development

  • Complete a research assignment in Year 2.
  • A research supervisor will guide you through the year-long research journey where you conduct an in-depth study of an aspect of management coaching.

Triad practice, supervision and coaching: A significant part of your journey is to coach and be coached. You must complete 40 hours of coaching and receive 20 hours of coaching. Please note that this is self-funded. Supervision days are virtual events.

The learning philosophy of the MPhil Management Coaching is based on the integration of theory and practice, finding your authentic coaching style, international application with local specialisation, practical experience and extensive support. The programme has a strong ethical and responsibility underpinning, which will enable you to become a values-driven leader through coaching.

You will learn from knowledgeable presenters, and capitalise on the thought leadership of local experts who were pioneers in the field of management coaching in this country. Today, most of these presenters play leading roles in the continued development of coaches worldwide. In addition, only a small number of people worldwide have doctoral degrees in coaching. A number of them facilitate and assess on this degree.

You will also benefit from comprehensive support throughout the programme. The degree emphasises the relevance of work-based coaching competence.

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: An honours degree, OR a four-year professional bachelor’s degree, OR a three-year bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma. Candidates’ previous academic qualifications should be at least on NQF Level 8. If you do not comply with these requirements, please read the How to apply section carefully.
  • Work experience: A minimum of four years of work experience in the field of people management.
  • Psychometric testing: This may also be required.
  • Two essays: Write two essays (see details below).

Important:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

Write a motivational essay

Write a reflective and comprehensive essay on the following:

  • How does your learning journey to date reflect your personal growth towards becoming a coach?
  • How does this awareness motivate you to do the MPhil Management Coaching?
  • How do you intend to cope with the high volume of learning hours, reading and coaching which you will be required to manage?
  • What do you expect to gain from this learning journey?
  • Why should you be admitted to this programme?

Write a coaching research essay

Do some searching on Google and write an essay describing and comparing any two of the following coaching approaches: solution-focused coaching, cognitive behavioural coaching, and narrative coaching. Which one do you like best and why? The essay must be around 500 words. Please include references.

Recognition of prior learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective students under the RPL policy need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (3-year tertiary qualification in a related field). All school and academic certificates are required.
  • 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 Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The 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 programme, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via the Business School’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Stellenbosch Business School’s MPhil in Management Coaching –
Ranked 1st in Human Resources category – Eduniversal

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FAQs

All those who manage people or who work in the field of human capital development or talent development will benefit from this degree. This includes leaders, managers, learning facilitators, practicing coaches, HR practitioners and learning facilitators. The experience of our students and alumni is that the course is suited to any career that involves managing people.

This programme is presented in Blended Learning format, which combines on-campus classes with online classes (using any internet-linked laptop). Remote students can actively participate in classroom discussions. The lecturers can talk directly to each student, whether they are logging in from an airport in Europe, a boardroom in Africa or an office at home. This allows you to study while you work and to start earning an income from coaching almost immediately. Our use of technology with a strong human touch enables you to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. This format also lowers the opportunity cost to do this programme as it reduces travel costs.

Yes, you can use this postgraduate qualification to find your authentic coaching style, to establish your credentials in management coaching, and to set up your own coaching practice. This programme contains modules such as Business Coaching, Leadership Coaching and Team Coaching – all aimed at providing you with the skills to offer professional coaching services to individuals, teams, and corporates.

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.’


MPhil in Futures Studies

MPhil Futures Studies

Learn how to make strategic long-term decisions to create a desired future

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  • FEES & TIMETABLES
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 184 630 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

This internationally accredited MPhil Futures Studies will equip you with strategic foresight to make long-range decisions, mitigate risk and sense opportunities – essential competencies for strategists and senior leaders. You will learn how to respond to change and to make the right decisions to thrive as a result of change.

As the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world, it will equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking Africa and South Africa’s unique developmental challenges into account.

A transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, consultant or corporate leader.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Format: Year 1 comprises 5 core modules delivered in 25 weekly sessions (on campus or online). Year 2 comprises the research assignment. This allows you to study while you work. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 7 steps of the application process
  • Deadlines for applications: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world

 

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme fees for 2022 2022 (1st year) 2023 (2nd year) Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R102 577 R82 053 R184 630 Download
Students from Southern African
Development Community (SADC) countries
R107 242 R86 718 R193 960 Download
International students from the
rest of Africa (non-SADC)
R112 457 R91 933 R204 390 Download
International students from
the rest of the world
R142 482 R121 958 R264 440 Download
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission for 2022
Students from South Africa R15 387
Students from SADC countries R53 621
International students
from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
R56 229
International students
from the rest of the world
R71 241
Application fee for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable;
applicable to all students)
R850

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: South African students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over two years. Fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme. Fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • Fees for 2024: The fees for the second year of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases.
  • Study materials: Some core textbooks and other study material will be provided to students and the cost thereof is included in the tuition fees. These books become the property of the student.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

 

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Year 1 (2022): Weekly classes: 03 February – 08 September (Thursday evenings from 16:00 – 20:15)

Overview

Overview

The content of MPhil Futures Studies 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.

This programme runs over two years, covering five modules and a research assignment.

Study while you work:

  • Year 1: Do five core modules delivered via on-campus or online classes: The course content is presented through a series of lectures and workshops. This is presented in blended learning format. This is where you can choose between on-campus classes and online classes (subject to Covid-19 regulations). The weekly on-campus classes (4 hours per session) are presented at the Business School’s campus. The online classes, delivered synchronously with the on-campus classes, can be followed via an internet-linked laptop from anywhere in the world. The modules are Scanning the Environment; Demography; Technology Futures; Applied Futures Studies; and Quantitative and Qualitative Futures Studies Methods. (Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.)
  • Year 2: 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.

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.

It’s about gaining strategic foresight

The two-year MPhil Futures Studies equips you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking into account the unique developmental challenges facing Africa and South Africa. These challenges typically include health deficits, education deficits, global participation, and human security.

You will develop long-range decision-making competencies allowing you to design to future you want for your organisation. This will include the ability to mitigate risks and make the most of opportunities based on your ability to see in which way the world is growing.

This is the only programme of its kind presented on Master’s level in Africa, and one of only a few in the world. If you are a strategist, managing director, CEO or a manager or specialist involved in strategic planning, the MPhil Futures Studies will give you a unique advantage in your industry. It will also benefit you if you want to play a role in creating a better future for South Africa and for Africa.

A transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, consultant or corporate leader.

Who should enrol?

Futures Studies serves the needs of individuals, groups, organisations and governments that wish to gain an understanding of possible changes in their long-term future and to respond accordingly. This is particularly important in the light of Africa’s and South Africa’s imperative to raise the quality of life. The programme is therefore aimed at:

  • Strategic planners, managing directors, CEOs and anybody involved in strategic planning over five to 20 years and longer
  • Anyone who wants to play a role in creating a better future for South Africa and for Africa.

This programme will prepare you for senior-level positions in public and private corporations, in government, financial institutions and global institutions.

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies, with an average of at least 65%.
  • Additional requirements: All modules must be passed for the degree to be conferred.

Important:

  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

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FAQs

Futures Studies is about acquiring strategic foresight to make long-range decisions in order to mitigate risk and identify opportunities. You will gain an understanding how various futures will unfold so that you can make better decisions. Futures Studies analyses the interaction between a wide range of variables or forces, and distils from these forces those issues that will affect the future of a country, government, entity or individual. It studies the world of economics, politics, technology, demography, social values and other subject fields, both locally and globally. It therefore equips decision makers with ways to deal with change and to make the right decisions to survive but preferably thrive in a changing world.

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 will enable you to make better use of opportunities and also to contain risks more effectively.

The programme is therefore aimed at strategic planners, managing directors, CEOs and anybody involved in strategic long-term planning, and also to anyone who wants to play a role in creating a better future for South Africa and for Africa. 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. This prepares you for senior-level positions in public and private corporations, in government, financial institutions and global institutions.

This programme runs over two years.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at Stellenbosch Business School – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 31 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 businesspeople and executives. It also means you can study while you work. Students need 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.

Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.

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.’


masters in development finance

MPhil Development Finance​

MPhil Development Finance​

Specialise in development finance to help unlock Africa’s growth potential

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Course Overview
Modular
Course starts March 2023
Fees R 194 419 (2022)
Blended
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 194 419 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

If you want to make it your life’s work to help unlock Africa’s growth potential, the MPhil 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 acquire the skills to help formulate and implement policies to make this happen. You will also be exposed to skills that are crucial for Africa’s future – such as economic development, project finance, and responsible leadership.

A transformative learning pathway awaits you – in particular if you see your future self in senior positions in the financial services industry and in policy-making and regulatory institutions.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Choose between 2 formats – both allowing you to study while you work: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • Modular programme: Attend 3 on-campus blocks (2 weeks each) over 2 years, and complete a research assignment. Classes are presented at the Business School’s campus in the Tyger Valley business district in northern Cape Town. (The on-campus blocks will be delivered online in case of Covid-19 restrictions.)
  • Blended Learning programme: Attend weekly blended learning classes (using an internet-linked laptop) in Year 1, and one on-campus block (which covers the electives) in Year 2.
  • How to apply: Click hereto see the 7 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

 

FEES

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme fees for 2022 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R97 221 R97 198 R194 419 Download
Students from the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) countries
R101 886 R101 863 R203 749 Download
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R107 101 R107 078 R214 179 Download
International students from the rest of the world R137 126 R137 103 R274 229 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022
Students from South Africa R14 583
Students from the SADC countries R50 493
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R53 551
Students from the rest of the world R68 563
Application fee for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
  • Important:
    • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: South African students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over two years. Fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
    • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme. Fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
    • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
    • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
    • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
    • Fees for 2024: The fees for the second year of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases.
    • Study materials: Some core e-textbooks and other study material will be provided to students and the cost thereof is included in the tuition fees. These books become the property of the student.
    • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
    • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

     

    FINANCING

    Capitec’s credit for education solution

    Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-creditsolution/.

    Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

     

    TIMETABLES

    The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

     

    Timetable for Modular format

    YEAR 1 (2022) – 2 blocks on campus:

    Block 1: 07 – 19 March

    Block 2: 15 – 27 August

     

    Timetable for Blended Learning format

    2 blocks (all classes remote in the first year, electives in 2nd year will be on campus)

    YEAR 1 (2022):

    Block 1 (remote): 14 – 18 February (orientation on 14 February)

    Thereafter: Every Monday evening from 16:00 – 20:15 until 30 November (remote)

Overview

This MPhil Development Finance offers an internationally recognised academic qualification with content that is relevant in terms of Africa’s development needs. This critical-skills degree is designed as a coherent programme of study at postgraduate level to train you 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 thoroughly the special problems of finance in developing countries in general and Africa in particular, and acquire the skills to operate successfully and make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation in this field.
  • Demonstrate appreciation of the emerging financial technologies and their application in the financial services industry.

Do 6 compulsory modules

  • Economic Development Perspectives in Africa
  • Issues in Banking and Finance
  • Small Business Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Financial Technologies and Innovative Finance
  • Entrepreneurship

Choose 3 of the following electives – one from each block

Block 1

  • Environmental Finance
  • Infrastructural Finance
  • Public Policy and Finance
  • Structured Finance
  • Trade Policy and Finance

Block 2

  • Agricultural Policy & Finance
  • Business Forecasting and Econometric Analysis
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Small Scale Enterprise Development
  • Sustainable Finance

Block 3

  • Development Project Management
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Financial Sector Regulation and Development
  • Investment Promotion

Research assignment

The research assignment forms an integral part of this MPhil and carries a total of 60 credits, representing one-third of the credit requirements of the programme. The research assignment is usually between 15 000 and 25 000 words on a topic of your choice. You are encouraged to base your research assignment on a topic of direct professional interest to you. The research assignment is supervised by a member of the academic staff.

Core Modules

The six core modules are compulsory:

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

Electives

You need to choose 3 of the following electives – one from each block:

Block 1

  • Environmental Finance
  • Infrastructural Finance
  • Public Sector Finance
  • Structured Finance

Block 2

  • Agricultural Policy & Finance
  • Business Forecasting and Econometric Analysis
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Small Scale Enterprise Development

Block 3

  • Development Project Management
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Financial Sector Regulation and Development
  • Investment Promotion

Research assignment

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

  • Identify and describe a research problem and goal in the field of development finance
  • Become acquainted with relevant literature in this field
  • Critically to apply research methods and techniques
  • Present your material in a logical, clear and systematic way
  • Show your capacity for independent, self-managed learning and critical reflection on the research process.

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.
  • Demonstrate appreciation of the emerging financial technologies and their application in the financial services industry.

This MPhil can give you access to a PhD Development Finance, which will allow you to become an expert in the field of development finance.

 

Who should enrol?

The programme is aimed at graduates in both the public and private sector who are involved with macro, sectoral and enterprise-level finance, and financial management issues in the context of developing countries and emerging markets.

Graduates typically work in financial institutions such as central banks, commercial banks, non-bank financial institutions, and development finance institutions such as the DBSA, industrial development corporations and the African Development Bank. They are often senior project managers or middle to senior management-level financial analysts.

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.

Note:

  • International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under RPL. 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 RPL 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 (all school and academic certificates are required)
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned above, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or related professional position
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating, in detail, 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 referents who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line managers). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be downloaded on the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • USB’s Admissions Committee (programme head 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 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. ​
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.
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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts 14 February
Applications 03 December (SA and International) | 31 Oct (RPL)

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 Master’s level – of the complexities of the different development finance resources available to poor countries, especially in Africa. You will acquire the skills to help formulate and implement policies to make this happen. You will also be exposed to skills that are crucial for Africa’s future – such as economic development, project finance, and responsible leadership.

This will enable you to take on senior positions in the financial industry and in policy-making and regulatory institutions.

  • Blended Learning: Study while you work. Attend weekly blended learning classes (using an internet-linked laptop) in Year 1, and one on-campus block (which covers the electives) in Year 2. (The on-campus block will be delivered online in case of Covid-19 restrictions.) See how blended learning works at USB.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 7 steps of the application process.

 

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme fees for 2022 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R97 221 R97 198 R194 419 Download
Students from the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) countries
R101 886 R101 863 R203 749 Download
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R107 101 R107 078 R214 179 Download
International students from the rest of the world R137 126 R137 103 R274 229 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022
Students from South Africa R14 583
Students from the SADC countries R50 493
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R53 551
Students from the rest of the world R68 563
Application fee for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
  • Important:
    • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: South African students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over two years. Fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
    • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme. Fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
    • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
    • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
    • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
    • Fees for 2024: The fees for the second year of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases.
    • Study materials: Some core e-textbooks and other study material will be provided to students and the cost thereof is included in the tuition fees. These books become the property of the student.
    • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
    • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

     

    FINANCING

    Capitec’s credit for education solution

    Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-creditsolution/.

    Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

     

    TIMETABLES

    The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

     

    Timetable for Modular format

    YEAR 1 (2022) – 2 blocks on campus:

    Block 1: 07 – 19 March

    Block 2: 15 – 27 August

     

    Timetable for Blended Learning format

    2 blocks (all classes remote in the first year, electives in 2nd year will be on campus)

    YEAR 1 (2022):

    Block 1 (remote): 14 – 18 February (orientation on 14 February)

    Thereafter: Every Monday evening from 16:00 – 20:15 until 30 November (remote)

Overview

This MPhil Development Finance offers an internationally recognised academic qualification with content that is relevant in terms of Africa’s development needs. This critical-skills degree is designed as a coherent programme of study at postgraduate level to train you 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 thoroughly the special problems of finance in developing countries in general and Africa in particular, and acquire the skills to operate successfully and make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation in this field.
  • Demonstrate appreciation of the emerging financial technologies and their application in the financial services industry.

Do 6 compulsory modules

  • Economic Development Perspectives in Africa
  • Issues in Banking and Finance
  • Small Business Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Financial Technologies and Innovative Finance
  • Entrepreneurship

Choose 3 of the following electives – one from each block

Block 1

  • Environmental Finance
  • Infrastructural Finance
  • Public Policy and Finance
  • Structured Finance
  • Trade Policy and Finance

 

Block 2

  • Agricultural Policy & Finance
  • Business Forecasting and Econometric Analysis
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Small Scale Enterprise Development
  • Sustainable Finance

 

Block 3

  • Development Project Management
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Financial Sector Regulation and Development
  • Investment Promotion

 

Research assignment

The research assignment forms an integral part of this MPhil and carries a total of 60 credits, representing one-third of the credit requirements of the programme. The research assignment is usually between 15 000 and 25 000 words on a topic of your choice. You are encouraged to base your research assignment on a topic of direct professional interest to you. The research assignment is supervised by a member of the academic staff.

Core modules

The six core modules are compulsory:

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

Electives

You need to choose 3 of the following electives – one from each block:

Block 1

  • Environmental Finance
  • Infrastructural Finance
  • Public Sector Finance
  • Structured Finance

Block 2

  • Agricultural Policy & Finance
  • Business Forecasting and Econometric Analysis
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Small Scale Enterprise Development

Block 3

  • Development Project Management
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Financial Sector Regulation and Development
  • Investment Promotion

Research assignment

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

  • Identify and describe a research problem and goal in the field of development finance
  • Become acquainted with relevant literature in this field
  • Critically to apply research methods and techniques
  • Present your material in a logical, clear and systematic way
  • Show your capacity for independent, self-managed learning and critical reflection on the research process.

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.
  • Demonstrate appreciation of the emerging financial technologies and their application in the financial services industry.

This MPhil can give you access to a PhD Development Finance, which will allow you to become an expert in the field of development finance.

 

Who should enrol?

The programme is aimed at graduates in both the public and private sector who are involved with macro, sectoral and enterprise-level finance, and financial management issues in the context of developing countries and emerging markets.

Graduates typically work in financial institutions such as central banks, commercial banks, non-bank financial institutions, and development finance institutions such as the DBSA, industrial development corporations and the African Development Bank. They are often senior project managers or middle to senior management-level financial analysts.

What you need to apply

  • An appropriate Honours degree (the first postgraduate degree after a Bachelor’s degree) or a four-year Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, economics, accounting or commerce; OR
  • A three-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.

 

Important:

  • Admission criteria: 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.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. In order to be admitted to a Master’s programme at the Business School, 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 RPL 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 Stellenbosch Business School have to adhere to the following:

 

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required)
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned above, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or related professional position
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating, in detail, 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 Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The Business School’s Admissions Committee (programme head 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 programme, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via the Business School’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification. ​
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

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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.’

FAQs

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

Yes. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. 75% of the annual fee is payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme. South African students on a two-year programme can spread their payment over 2 years.

Study loans for students from West Africa: Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, has partnered with Stellenbosch Business School to provide loan facilities for tuition expenses to Stellenbosch Business School 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.


MBA MIO

MBA Managing International Organisations

Learn how to apply responsible leadership in an international development context

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Course Overview
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Course starts Beginning 2023
Fees R 293 380 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

The MBA focal area in Managing International Organisations (MIO) will equip you with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in international development organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of global sustainable development at the interface of international politics, business and society.

International development 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), the African Union, the World Economic Forum, the International Labour Organisation, and the broad spectrum of global philanthropic foundations. It also includes organisations working in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) contexts, such as the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and the Global Reporting Initiative, and organisations with global sustainability agendas.

The stream-specific modules of the MBA MIO, which are offered during the second year of enrolment, will enable you to integrate and apply your learning from the MBA core modules within the context of international organisations. Some of these lectures will be presented by senior UN leaders from the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) who have co-designed the MBA MIO with Stellenbosch Business School.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international development organisation, the MBA MIO will stand you in good stead.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience – blocks of classes spread over the year) and the blended learning format (digital class attendance) for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.
  • Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)*  R148 838  R144 541  R293 380 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)* R153 503  R149 206 R302 710 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)* R158 718 R154 421 R313 140 Download
Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular and Blended(excludes ISM)* R188 743 R184 446 R373 190 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R22 326
Students from SADC countries R76 752
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R79 359
International students from the rest of the world R94 372
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 050
SHL selection test fee R2 950
GMAT selection test fee $250

*Fees exclude our compulsory International Study module of $6920 invoiced in year two.

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • Fees for 2024: The fees for the second year of enrolment (Modular MBA as well as Blended Learning MBA) will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases. 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.
  • International Study Module: The fees of the International Study Module are included in the total programme fees for the MBA. The cost of the International Study Module amounts to US$5900 (2021 fee). This is linked to the rand-dollar exchange rate. Note that the fees for the 2024 International Study Module may have to be adjusted based on the exchange rate.
  • Study materials: Study fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

Loans

Certain banks grant loans at favourable interest rates. You may also contact FUNDI at https://www.fundi.co.za/.

Study loans for students from West Africa

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, has partnered with the Business School to provide loan facilities for tuition expenses to our 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. https://www.gtbank.com/personal-banking/loans/maxadvance.

 

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format (general MBA)

YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: 07 – 12 February
Block 2: 28 March – 02 April
Block 3: 06 – 11 June
Block 4: 15 – 20 August
Block 5: 10 – 15 October

Timetable for Blended Learning format for general MBA

YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: Do 1 block followed by weekly classes 24 January – 05 February (on campus)
Weekly classes thereafter: 8 February – 09 December (every Wednesday from 16:00-20:15)

Timetable for Blended Learning format for MBA Health Care Leadership, MBA Project Management, MBA Managing International Organisations

YEAR 1 (2022):
1 on-campus block: 18 – 30 January (Block on campus)
Weekly classes thereafter: 9 February – 10 December (every Tuesday from 16:00-20:15)

Overview

The MBA focal area in Managing International Organisations (MIO) will equip you with the managerial and leadership skills to fulfil a role in international development organisations that shape the trajectory of sustainable development at the interface of international politics, business and society.

Year 1: Students who want to specialise in Managing International Organisations start with either the Modular MBA (blocks of classes spread over the year) or Blended Learning MBA (orientation block plus weekly classes online or on campus).

Year 2: During their specialisation year, MBA MIO students attend one on-campus block at the beginning of the year, followed by Blended Learning classes on Tuesdays (16:00 – 20:20) and one on-campus electives block towards the end of the year.

Core modules

Year 1: Core modules

  • Accounting for Decision-making
  • Business Communication
  • Business in Society
  • Contemporary Decision-Making
  • Digital Enterprise Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Operational Excellence
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding

Year 2: Stream-specific Core Modules and electives

  • International Organisations Leadership
  • Diplomacy in Complex Systems
  • Finance for Development

You also need to do two electives from the MIO electives and/or general MBA electives.

Research assignment

You need to compile a research assignment of between 50 and 70 pages on a management-related problem in your work environment or specialisation. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate how you can address business challenges through a robust research process. This experience will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level in the workplace.

Who should enrol?

  • Professionals or managers working in international organisations, development agencies, and foundations or NGOs, and who want to fast-track their careers
  • Managers from private and public sector institutions who want to expand their cross-sector agility, especially by improving their skills for leadership in complex and conflict-ridden multi-stakeholder contexts
  • Professionals who want to prepare themselves to work in international development organisations or in organisations with a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) agenda

Overview

Stellenbosch Business School’s MBA aims to develop you into a responsible leader, expert decision maker, strategic thinker, effective communicator and steward 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 our 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 another key feature of our MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

You can customise up to 30% of your MBA depending on which electives, International Study Module and stream (General, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management) you select, and on the topic of your Research Assignment.

Our MBA provides you with a transformative learning experience to acquire the leadership skills, thinking frameworks and capabilities you need to find your way forward.

Who should enrol?

MBA with generalist modules:

  • Those who want senior-level business management expertise to apply in businesses ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations in any business sector.
  • Managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs who want to acquire responsible leadership skills, exceptional decision-making skills, strategic thinking skills, effective communication skills and an understanding of the role of business in society.

MBA stream with modules in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO):

  • Professionals or managers working in international organisations, development agencies, and foundations or NGOs, and who want to fast-track their careers
  • Managers from private and public sector institutions who want to expand their cross-sector agility, especially by improving their skills for leadership in complex and conflict-ridden multi-stakeholder contexts
  • Professionals who want to transition to working in international development organisations or in organisations with a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) agenda

MBA stream with modules in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL):

  • Clinicians and general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government
  • General practitioners who wish to scale up and broaden their contextual understanding of business
  • Managers and professionals in private-sector and public-sector health care delivery systems and institutions, in pharmaceutical or health technology businesses, in regulatory, oversight and other organisations (such as SAMA, HPCSA, HASA, SAIHCM), or in public-sector positions (such as Deputy Director-General, CEO or Superintendent)
  • Senior nurses in public or private hospitals who lead large teams and operate on senior level with high-impact responsibilities
  • Health insurance specialists, medical aid specialists, underwriters and claims processing team leaders and managers
  • Those who would like to prepare themselves for a career in in health care leadership, even if they do not have a background in health care.

MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM):

  • Project managers looking to transition into senior business manager roles
  • Project managers looking to transition into a senior project manager role, such as a Chief Project Officer
  • Project or business managers looking to transition into programme or portfolio manager roles
  • Project managers looking to move into a different industry
  • Project managers who intend to become (or who are) independent consultants
  • Business managers wishing to improve their understanding of project management in the business context
  • MBA candidates with a keen interest to develop their competencies and understanding of project management
  • Stellenbosch Business School’s PGDip Project Management graduates who wish to further their careers in this field
  • Entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the growth in the project management domain

What you need to apply

The SA Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of these qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for the MBA stream in Project Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required electives

Important:

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL): The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements as set out under Recognition of prior learning elsewhere in this brochure.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.
  • Obtaining a qualification to enrol for an MBA: One of the qualifications that can give access to our MBA is a postgraduate diploma on NQF level 8. We offer a range of redesigned PGDips which can give you access to our MBA or MPhil degrees. The preferred one is the PGDip Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA). Graduates of our PGDip BMA who continue with our MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience, preferably on managerial level
  • Mathematics at NSC (Grade 12) level or equivalent is highly recommended
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience (see below)
  • Satisfactory selection test results (see below)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for MBA stream in Project Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required elective.

Writing the two essays

You need to write two essays on the topics indicated below. The essays serve two purposes. First, they provide us with additional information about your personal and professional background. Second, they provide us with additional insight into your writing ability, a skill that is critical in completing the MBA degree.

Each essay must be between 300 and 500 words. (Please indicate the word count at the end of each essay, and submit one PDF document containing both essays.

  • External development perspective: Summarise your development as a leader with emphasis on the individuals, processes and institutions that have played a major part in your development. Conclude with your reasons for choosing Stellenbosch Business School, and why it fits your criteria as an institution at which you can continue your career development.
  • Personal development perspective: Summarise your personal development, the challenges you have experienced, how you have dealt with these challenges, what you have learned from this and the insight that you have gained about yourself and your role in business and society. Conclude with your current developmental needs and why this programme is important for your development given your desired future.

Selection tests

You need to do a selection test as part your application process. We accept the SHL and GMAT selection tests. These tests are recognised internationally.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test, and Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) on behavioural preferences, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

The SHL is about determining your strengths and growth areas. It is not about failing or passing. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, we need to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essays required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See www.shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your MBA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see www.usb.ac.za/mba (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and they are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with the Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: www.shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop, and assessments need to take this into account. We do not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

GMAT selection test

The GMAT consists of three timed sections, namely an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative assessment and a verbal assessment. A copy of the results will automatically be forwarded to the Business School.

  • Duration: About 4 hours.
  • When and where: This test is not administered by Stellenbosch Business School. International students need to contact the Regional Registration Centre in the Netherlands on 0931 320 239 593 or go to https://accounts.gmac.com/Account/Register. SA students need to contact Pearson VUE Professional Centre in Johannesburg on +27 (0)11 784 3093 or 0800 995 044 or at [email protected]
  • Cost: $250 (2021). Find more information at www.gmac.com.

Recognition of Prior Learning

We provide wider access to our programmes through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education, we may admit up to 10% of our student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective MBA students under the RPL policy need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Exemption to this rule is available for outstanding applicants who hold a Senior Certificate (NQF 4) and who have provided evidence of high performance and likely success on the MBA through admission selection scores that are at least 20% higher than the average scores achieved by MBA students (currently SHL score > 7; GMAT score > 650) and relevant work experience of 10 years. The approval for such RPL candidates requires the head of the department’s support in addition to the RPL Committee’s decision on the application.
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned in the first bullet point, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or a related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating, in detail, areas of responsibility in the work environment as well as activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Submit the SHL/GMAT selection test results.
  • Write and submit two motivational essays (specific topics are provided).
  • Conduct an in-depth interview with the Head of the MBA programme and one other academic staff member constituting the RPL Committee.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The programme head and another academic will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate and make a recommendation about admission.
  • The Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • A notice of admission is sent via the Business School’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October of each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

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MBA Health Care Leadership​

MBA Health Care Leadership

Professionalise leadership in the health care industry

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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts Beginning 2023
Fees R 293 380 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

The MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership is aimed at high achievers who want to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. The knowledge and skills acquired on this stream can be applied in the public and private health care industry.

The MBA HCL covers all the functional areas of management while giving you a contextual understanding of the principles of health care governance and current health care reform programmes such as National Health Insurance, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. The stream-specific modules and electives focus on the challenges of finance and funding in health care, taking cognisance of the limited-resource context in South Africa and in Africa.

If you want to play in role in professionalising leadership in the health care industry, this MBA stream will serve you well.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience – blocks of classes spread over the year) and the blended learning format (digital class attendance) for the core modules of the generalist MBA during your first year. This means you can study while you work.
  • Format for stream-specific modules in Year 2: The specialisation modules during your second year are presented in blended learning format. Digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process.

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)*  R148 838  R144 541  R293 380 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)* R153 503  R149 206 R302 710 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)* R158 718 R154 421 R313 140 Download
Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular and Blended(excludes ISM)* R188 743 R184 446 R373 190 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R22 326
Students from SADC countries R76 752
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R79 359
International students from the rest of the world R94 372
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 050
SHL selection test fee R2 950
GMAT selection test fee $250

*Fees exclude our compulsory International Study module of $6920 invoiced in year two.

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • Fees for 2024: The fees for the second year of enrolment (Modular MBA as well as Blended Learning MBA) will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases. 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.
  • International Study Module: The fees of the International Study Module are included in the total programme fees for the MBA. The cost of the International Study Module amounts to US$5900 (2021 fee). This is linked to the rand-dollar exchange rate. Note that the fees for the 2024 International Study Module may have to be adjusted based on the exchange rate.
  • Study materials: Study fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

Loans

Certain banks grant loans at favourable interest rates. You may also contact FUNDI at https://www.fundi.co.za/.

Study loans for students from West Africa

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, has partnered with the Business School to provide loan facilities for tuition expenses to our 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. https://www.gtbank.com/personal-banking/loans/maxadvance.

 

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format (general MBA)

YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: 07 – 12 February
Block 2: 28 March – 02 April
Block 3: 06 – 11 June
Block 4: 15 – 20 August
Block 5: 10 – 15 October

Timetable for Blended Learning format for general MBA

YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: Do 1 block followed by weekly classes 24 January – 05 February (on campus)
Weekly classes thereafter: 8 February – 09 December (every Wednesday from 16:00-20:15)

Timetable for Blended Learning format for MBA Health Care Leadership, MBA Project Management, MBA Managing International Organisations

YEAR 1 (2022):
1 on-campus block: 18 – 30 January (Block on campus)
Weekly classes thereafter: 9 February – 10 December (every Tuesday from 16:00-20:15)

Overview

Year 1: Students who want to specialise in Health Care Leadership start with either the Modular MBA (blocks of classes spread over the year) or Blended Learning MBA (orientation block plus weekly classes online or on campus).

Year 2: During their specialisation year, MBA HCL students attend one on-campus block at the beginning of the year, followed by Blended Learning classes on Tuesdays (16:00 – 20:20) and one on-campus electives block towards the end of the year.

Core modules

Year 1: Core modules

  • Accounting for Decision-making
  • Business Communication
  • Business in Society
  • Contemporary Decision-Making
  • Digital Enterprise Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Operational Excellence
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding

Year 2: Stream-specific Core Modules and electives

  • Health Care Finance and Governance
  • Health Care Systems and Policy
  • Value-Based Health Care

You also need to do two of these electives:

  • Innovation in Health Care
  • Health Care Information Management
  • Electives from the generalist MBA

Research assignment

You need to compile a research assignment of between 50 and 70 pages on a management-related problem in your work environment or specialisation. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate how you can address business challenges through a robust research process. This experience will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level in the workplace.

Who should enrol?

  • Clinicians and general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government
  • General practitioners who wish to scale up and broaden their contextual understanding of business
  • Managers and professionals in private-sector and public-sector health care delivery systems and institutions, in pharmaceutical or health technology businesses, in regulatory, oversight and other organisations (such as SAMA, HPCSA, HASA, SAIHCM), or in public-sector positions (such as Deputy Director-General, CEO or Superintendent)
  • Senior nurses in public or private hospitals who lead large teams and operate on senior level with high-impact responsibilities
  • Health insurance specialists, medical aid specialists, underwriters and claims processing team leaders and managers
  • Those who would like to prepare themselves for a career in in health care leadership, even if they do not have a background in health care.

Overview

Stellenbosch Business School’s MBA aims to develop you into a responsible leader, expert decision maker, strategic thinker, effective communicator and steward 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 our 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 another key feature of our MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

You can customise up to 30% of your MBA depending on which electives, International Study Module and stream (General, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management) you select, and on the topic of your Research Assignment.

Our MBA provides you with a transformative learning experience to acquire the leadership skills, thinking frameworks and capabilities you need to find your way forward.

Who should enrol?

MBA with generalist modules:

  • Those who want senior-level business management expertise to apply in businesses ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations in any business sector.
  • Managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs who want to acquire responsible leadership skills, exceptional decision-making skills, strategic thinking skills, effective communication skills and an understanding of the role of business in society.

MBA stream with modules in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO):

  • Professionals or managers working in international organisations, development agencies, and foundations or NGOs, and who want to fast-track their careers
  • Managers from private and public sector institutions who want to expand their cross-sector agility, especially by improving their skills for leadership in complex and conflict-ridden multi-stakeholder contexts
  • Professionals who want to transition to working in international development organisations or in organisations with a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) agenda

MBA stream with modules in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL):

  • Clinicians and general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government
  • General practitioners who wish to scale up and broaden their contextual understanding of business
  • Managers and professionals in private-sector and public-sector health care delivery systems and institutions, in pharmaceutical or health technology businesses, in regulatory, oversight and other organisations (such as SAMA, HPCSA, HASA, SAIHCM), or in public-sector positions (such as Deputy Director-General, CEO or Superintendent)
  • Senior nurses in public or private hospitals who lead large teams and operate on senior level with high-impact responsibilities
  • Health insurance specialists, medical aid specialists, underwriters and claims processing team leaders and managers
  • Those who would like to prepare themselves for a career in in health care leadership, even if they do not have a background in health care.

MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM):

  • Project managers looking to transition into senior business manager roles
  • Project managers looking to transition into a senior project manager role, such as a Chief Project Officer
  • Project or business managers looking to transition into programme or portfolio manager roles
  • Project managers looking to move into a different industry
  • Project managers who intend to become (or who are) independent consultants
  • Business managers wishing to improve their understanding of project management in the business context
  • MBA candidates with a keen interest to develop their competencies and understanding of project management
  • Stellenbosch Business School’s PGDip Project Management graduates who wish to further their careers in this field
  • Entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the growth in the project management domain

What you need to apply

The SA Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of these qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for the MBA stream in Project Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required electives

Important:

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL): The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements as set out under Recognition of prior learning elsewhere in this brochure.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.
  • Obtaining a qualification to enrol for an MBA: One of the qualifications that can give access to our MBA is a postgraduate diploma on NQF level 8. We offer a range of redesigned PGDips which can give you access to our MBA or MPhil degrees. The preferred one is the PGDip Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA). Graduates of our PGDip BMA who continue with our MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience, preferably on managerial level
  • Mathematics at NSC (Grade 12) level or equivalent is highly recommended
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience (see below)
  • Satisfactory selection test results (see below)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for MBA stream in Project Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required elective.

Writing the two essays

You need to write two essays on the topics indicated below. The essays serve two purposes. First, they provide us with additional information about your personal and professional background. Second, they provide us with additional insight into your writing ability, a skill that is critical in completing the MBA degree.

Each essay must be between 300 and 500 words. (Please indicate the word count at the end of each essay, and submit one PDF document containing both essays.

  • External development perspective: Summarise your development as a leader with emphasis on the individuals, processes and institutions that have played a major part in your development. Conclude with your reasons for choosing Stellenbosch Business School, and why it fits your criteria as an institution at which you can continue your career development.
  • Personal development perspective: Summarise your personal development, the challenges you have experienced, how you have dealt with these challenges, what you have learned from this and the insight that you have gained about yourself and your role in business and society. Conclude with your current developmental needs and why this programme is important for your development given your desired future.

Selection tests

You need to do a selection test as part your application process. We accept the SHL and GMAT selection tests. These tests are recognised internationally.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test, and Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) on behavioural preferences, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

The SHL is about determining your strengths and growth areas. It is not about failing or passing. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, we need to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essays required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See www.shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your MBA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see www.usb.ac.za/mba (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and they are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with the Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: www.shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop, and assessments need to take this into account. We do not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

GMAT selection test

The GMAT consists of three timed sections, namely an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative assessment and a verbal assessment. A copy of the results will automatically be forwarded to the Business School.

  • Duration: About 4 hours.
  • When and where: This test is not administered by Stellenbosch Business School. International students need to contact the Regional Registration Centre in the Netherlands on 0931 320 239 593 or go to https://accounts.gmac.com/Account/Register. SA students need to contact Pearson VUE Professional Centre in Johannesburg on +27 (0)11 784 3093 or 0800 995 044 or at [email protected]
  • Cost: $250 (2021). Find more information at www.gmac.com.

Recognition of Prior Learning

We provide wider access to our programmes through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education, we may admit up to 10% of our student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective MBA students under the RPL policy need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Exemption to this rule is available for outstanding applicants who hold a Senior Certificate (NQF 4) and who have provided evidence of high performance and likely success on the MBA through admission selection scores that are at least 20% higher than the average scores achieved by MBA students (currently SHL score > 7; GMAT score > 650) and relevant work experience of 10 years. The approval for such RPL candidates requires the head of the department’s support in addition to the RPL Committee’s decision on the application.
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned in the first bullet point, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or a related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating, in detail, areas of responsibility in the work environment as well as activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Submit the SHL/GMAT selection test results.
  • Write and submit two motivational essays (specific topics are provided).
  • Conduct an in-depth interview with the Head of the MBA programme and one other academic staff member constituting the RPL Committee.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The programme head and another academic will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate and make a recommendation about admission.
  • The Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • A notice of admission is sent via the Business School’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October of each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

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Modular
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 293 380 (2022)
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With our MBA, a transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a leader, manager, specialist, or entrepreneur. This triple accredited MBA with its strong focus on responsible leadership has been designed to turn you into an exceptional decision maker, strategic thinker, effective communicator, and steward of society.

If your career path is pointing towards senior management and leadership roles, this MBA will help you to confidently take on these responsibilities. In fact, we feel so strongly about leadership development that this module spans the entire two-year programme.

Over and above leadership competencies and quantitative skills, our MBA focuses on contemporary decision-making skills, strategic thinking, cross-cultural skills, digital enterprise management, and gaining a global perspective with unique African contextualisation. You also need to do a research assignment and attend an International Study Module at a foreign business school.

The programme is offered in two convenient formats, both allowing you to study while you work. The Blended Learning format enables you to attend class on campus or remotely via an internet-linked laptop. Our use of technology with a strong human touch enables you to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. This means less travel and less time away from work. The Modular format enables you to attend blocks of on-campus classes spread over time, providing you with in-class experience and focused studies. Also, you only need to travel to campus a few times a year.

The MBA is still the most widely recognised business management degree in the world.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Choose between 2 formats: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • Choose from 4 streams: Generalist, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)*  R148 838  R144 541  R293 380 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)* R153 503  R149 206 R302 710 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)* R158 718 R154 421 R313 140 Download
Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular and Blended(excludes ISM)* R188 743 R184 446 R373 190 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R22 326
Students from SADC countries R76 752
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R79 359
International students from the rest of the world R94 372
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 050
SHL selection test fee R2 950
GMAT selection test fee $250

*Fees exclude our compulsory International Study module of $6920 invoiced in year two.

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • Fees for 2024: The fees for the second year of enrolment (Modular MBA as well as Blended Learning MBA) will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases. 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.
  • International Study Module: The fees of the International Study Module are included in the total programme fees for the MBA. The cost of the International Study Module amounts to US$5900 (2021 fee). This is linked to the rand-dollar exchange rate. Note that the fees for the 2024 International Study Module may have to be adjusted based on the exchange rate.
  • Study materials: Study fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

Loans

Certain banks grant loans at favourable interest rates. You may also contact FUNDI at https://www.fundi.co.za/.

Study loans for students from West Africa

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, has partnered with the Business School to provide loan facilities for tuition expenses to our 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. https://www.gtbank.com/personal-banking/loans/maxadvance.

 

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format (general MBA)

YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: 07 – 12 February
Block 2: 28 March – 02 April
Block 3: 06 – 11 June
Block 4: 15 – 20 August
Block 5: 10 – 15 October

Timetable for Blended Learning format for general MBA

YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: Do 1 block followed by weekly classes 24 January – 05 February (on campus)
Weekly classes thereafter: 8 February – 09 December (every Wednesday from 16:00-20:15)

Timetable for Blended Learning format for MBA Health Care Leadership, MBA Project Management, MBA Managing International Organisations

YEAR 1 (2022):
1 on-campus block: 18 – 30 January (Block on campus)
Weekly classes thereafter: 9 February – 10 December (every Tuesday from 16:00-20:15)

Overview

The MBA degree consists of 18 compulsory modules (including the International Study Module, the flagship Leadership Development Module, and the Research Assignment) and two electives. You can customise up to 30% of your MBA degree, depending on which electives and International Study Module you select, and on the topic of your Research Assignment. The research part will add depth to your learning experience as it provides you with a structured method and rigorous process to answer a question or solve a real-life challenge. It will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level.

The 18 compulsory MBA modules

  • Accounting for Decision-Making (8 credits)
  • Business Communication Skills (4 credits)
  • Business in Society (8 credits)
  • Contemporary Decision-Making (12 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (12 credits)
  • Digital Enterprise Management (8 credits)
  • Economics for Managers (8 credits)
  • International Study Module (8 credits)
  • Leadership Development (16 credits)
  • Managerial Accounting (8 credits)
  • Managerial Statistics (8 credits)
  • Operational Excellence (8 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour (8 credits)
  • Perspectives on African Frontiers (8 credits)
  • Research Methodology and Assignment (45 credits)
  • Strategic Analysis (8 credits)
  • Strategic Management (12 credits)
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding (8 credits)

Choose electives to acquire areas of specialisation

You need to do two electives (modules) from this list of specialisation areas below. The electives differ from year to year. These are examples of electives presented recently:

  • Finance and Economics (with modules such as Digital Finance and the Fintech Revolution; Portfolio Management; and Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies, and Smart Contracts)
  • Leadership and Human Resources (with modules such as Negotiation Skills; Power and Politics in Organisations; Game your Organisation; and Diplomacy in Complex Systems)
  • Marketing Management (with modules such as Strategies to Manage the Reputation of Corporate Brands in a Digital World; and Global Marketing Management)
  • Ethics, Governance and Sustainability (with modules such as the Nature of Business and Business of Nature; and Comparative Corporate Governance)
  • Decision Science and Digital Transformation (with modules such as Data and Digital Strategies for Management; Cyber Resilience; and Managing Innovation in the Digital Era)
  • Strategic Management (with modules such as International Business Management in Africa; Managing Corporate Turnarounds; and Capstone Business Simulation)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (with modules such as Entrepreneurial Mindset and Practices; Design Thinking and Innovation; and Future Focused Innovation Management)
  • United Nations (UNSSC) Electives (with modules such as Strategic Leadership in the UN: People & Vision; and Managing for Results)

Use the International Study Module to expand your global mind-set

All MBA students travel to global destinations for the compulsory International Study Module (ISM) (depending on Covid-related travel restrictions). The aim of this academic and cultural immersion is to develop managers with a global mind-set, to prepare you for work in a global environment, and to help you understand cultural differences in order to turn cultural competence into a competitive advantage. The module includes company visits and cultural activities. The cost of the ISM is included in the MBA study fees at a fixed dollar rate.

In 2021, all the ISMs were virtual as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’s travel restrictions. The MBA study visits included the UK (Managing around the World: International Roundtables for Practicing Managers), Ireland (International Healthcare Management), USA (Bentley: Creativity and Innovation, or Berkeley: Innovation and Entrepreneurship), South Korea (Innovation and Technology in Operations Management), Brazil (Innovation for Sustainability in Emerging Markets), Mexico (Strategy and International Business in Emerging Markets), Finland (High-performance Leadership), Austria (Managing International Organisations), and France (Innovation).

You can also opt to do your International Study Module on Global Business Innovation at one of these EMBA consortium business schools: Italy (Bologna Business School), Brazil (Coppead Graduate School of Business), UK (Cranfield School of Management), USA (Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University, or the Lucas Graduate School of Business at San José State University), Germany (Munich Business School), Japan (Keio Business School), Peru (ESAN Business School), Poland (Kozminski University) or Russia (Moscow International Higher Business School – Mirbis). Read more about the EMBA consortium below.

Note: Students in the HCL, MIO and PM streams may be restricted in the ISM destinations from which that they can choose.

Research assignment

Concurrent with the latter part of the MBA, you need to compile a Research Assignment of 50 to 70 pages on a management-related problem. This assignment may be based on a problem in your work environment. Results obtained from the research could therefore benefit both you and your employer.

The research assignment will add depth to your learning experience as it provides you with a structured method to answer a question or solve a real-life challenge. This assignment therefore serves as an example of how to handle business challenges by following a robust research process.

This experience will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level in the workplace.

Overview

Stellenbosch Business School’s MBA aims to develop you into a responsible leader, expert decision maker, strategic thinker, effective communicator and steward 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 our 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 another key feature of our MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

You can customise up to 30% of your MBA depending on which electives, International Study Module and stream (General, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management) you select, and on the topic of your Research Assignment.

Our MBA provides you with a transformative learning experience to acquire the leadership skills, thinking frameworks and capabilities you need to find your way forward.

Who should enrol?

MBA with generalist modules:

  • Those who want senior-level business management expertise to apply in businesses ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations in any business sector.
  • Managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs who want to acquire responsible leadership skills, exceptional decision-making skills, strategic thinking skills, effective communication skills and an understanding of the role of business in society.

MBA stream with modules in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO):

  • Professionals or managers working in international organisations, development agencies, and foundations or NGOs, and who want to fast-track their careers
  • Managers from private and public sector institutions who want to expand their cross-sector agility, especially by improving their skills for leadership in complex and conflict-ridden multi-stakeholder contexts
  • Professionals who want to transition to working in international development organisations or in organisations with a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) agenda

MBA stream with modules in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL):

  • Clinicians and general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government
  • General practitioners who wish to scale up and broaden their contextual understanding of business
  • Managers and professionals in private-sector and public-sector health care delivery systems and institutions, in pharmaceutical or health technology businesses, in regulatory, oversight and other organisations (such as SAMA, HPCSA, HASA, SAIHCM), or in public-sector positions (such as Deputy Director-General, CEO or Superintendent)
  • Senior nurses in public or private hospitals who lead large teams and operate on senior level with high-impact responsibilities
  • Health insurance specialists, medical aid specialists, underwriters and claims processing team leaders and managers
  • Those who would like to prepare themselves for a career in in health care leadership, even if they do not have a background in health care.

MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM):

  • Project managers looking to transition into senior business manager roles
  • Project managers looking to transition into a senior project manager role, such as a Chief Project Officer
  • Project or business managers looking to transition into programme or portfolio manager roles
  • Project managers looking to move into a different industry
  • Project managers who intend to become (or who are) independent consultants
  • Business managers wishing to improve their understanding of project management in the business context
  • MBA candidates with a keen interest to develop their competencies and understanding of project management
  • Stellenbosch Business School’s PGDip Project Management graduates who wish to further their careers in this field
  • Entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the growth in the project management domain

What you need to apply

The SA Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of these qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for the MBA stream in Project Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required electives

Important:

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL): The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements as set out under Recognition of prior learning elsewhere in this brochure.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.
  • Obtaining a qualification to enrol for an MBA: One of the qualifications that can give access to our MBA is a postgraduate diploma on NQF level 8. We offer a range of redesigned PGDips which can give you access to our MBA or MPhil degrees. The preferred one is the PGDip Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA). Graduates of our PGDip BMA who continue with our MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience, preferably on managerial level
  • Mathematics at NSC (Grade 12) level or equivalent is highly recommended
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience (see below)
  • Satisfactory selection test results (see below)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for MBA stream in Project Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required elective.

Writing the two essays

You need to write two essays on the topics indicated below. The essays serve two purposes. First, they provide us with additional information about your personal and professional background. Second, they provide us with additional insight into your writing ability, a skill that is critical in completing the MBA degree.

Each essay must be between 300 and 500 words. (Please indicate the word count at the end of each essay, and submit one PDF document containing both essays.

  • External development perspective: Summarise your development as a leader with emphasis on the individuals, processes and institutions that have played a major part in your development. Conclude with your reasons for choosing Stellenbosch Business School, and why it fits your criteria as an institution at which you can continue your career development.
  • Personal development perspective: Summarise your personal development, the challenges you have experienced, how you have dealt with these challenges, what you have learned from this and the insight that you have gained about yourself and your role in business and society. Conclude with your current developmental needs and why this programme is important for your development given your desired future.

Selection tests

You need to do a selection test as part your application process. We accept the SHL and GMAT selection tests. These tests are recognised internationally.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test, and Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) on behavioural preferences, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

The SHL is about determining your strengths and growth areas. It is not about failing or passing. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, we need to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essays required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See www.shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your MBA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see www.usb.ac.za/mba (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and they are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with the Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: www.shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop, and assessments need to take this into account. We do not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

GMAT selection test

The GMAT consists of three timed sections, namely an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative assessment and a verbal assessment. A copy of the results will automatically be forwarded to the Business School.

  • Duration: About 4 hours.
  • When and where: This test is not administered by Stellenbosch Business School. International students need to contact the Regional Registration Centre in the Netherlands on 0931 320 239 593 or go to https://accounts.gmac.com/Account/Register. SA students need to contact Pearson VUE Professional Centre in Johannesburg on +27 (0)11 784 3093 or 0800 995 044 or at [email protected]
  • Cost: $250 (2021). Find more information at www.gmac.com.

Recognition of Prior Learning

We provide wider access to our programmes through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education, we may admit up to 10% of our student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective MBA students under the RPL policy need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Exemption to this rule is available for outstanding applicants who hold a Senior Certificate (NQF 4) and who have provided evidence of high performance and likely success on the MBA through admission selection scores that are at least 20% higher than the average scores achieved by MBA students (currently SHL score > 7; GMAT score > 650) and relevant work experience of 10 years. The approval for such RPL candidates requires the head of the department’s support in addition to the RPL Committee’s decision on the application.
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned in the first bullet point, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or a related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating, in detail, areas of responsibility in the work environment as well as activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Submit the SHL/GMAT selection test results.
  • Write and submit two motivational essays (specific topics are provided).
  • Conduct an in-depth interview with the Head of the MBA programme and one other academic staff member constituting the RPL Committee.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The programme head and another academic will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate and make a recommendation about admission.
  • The Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • A notice of admission is sent via the Business School’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October of each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Four streams to choose from

Our MBA offers a generalist stream, for those who want to manage the functional areas of any business at senior manage level, and three focal-area MBAs, for those who want senior-level business management expertise in Health Care Leadership, Managing International Organisations or Project Management:

  • MBA with generalist modules, which can be applied in businesses ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations in any business sector
  • MBA stream with modules in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO), which can be applied in international development organisations – like the UN, development agencies and global foundations
  • MBA stream with modules in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL), which can be applied in the public and private health care industry.
  • MBA stream with modules in Project Management (MBA PM), which can be applied in any industry to ensure the successful delivery of projects in a competitive environment based on a thorough understanding of the business management of projects.

The stream-specific modules of the MBA MIO, MBA HCL and MBA PM are offered during the second year of enrolment in the Blended Learning format, irrespective of the format chosen for the first year of study (i.e. Modular or Blended Learning).

All students will graduate with an MBA from Stellenbosch University. If the student followed a focal area – i.e. Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, or Project Management – this will be displayed on their MBA degree certificates.

 

MBA stream in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO)
The MBA focal area in Managing International Organisations (MIO) equips students with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in international development organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of global sustainable development at the interface of international politics, business and society.

International development 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), the African Union, the World Economic Forum, the International Labour Organisation, and the broad spectrum of global philanthropic foundations. It also includes organisations working in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) contexts.

The stream-specific modules of the MBA MIO, which are offered during the second year of enrolment, will enable students to integrate and apply their learning from the MBA core modules within the context of international organisations. Some of these lectures will be presented by senior UN leaders from the UN System Staff College who have co-designed the MBA MIO with Stellenbosch Business School.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international development organisation, the MBA MIO will stand you in good stead.

Click here for details about our MBA Managing International Organisations​ Programme.

 

MBA stream in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL)
The MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership is aimed at high achievers who want to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. The knowledge and skills acquired on this stream can be applied in the public and private health care industry.

The MBA HCL covers all the functional areas of management while giving you a contextual understanding of the principles of health care governance and current health care reform programmes such as National Health Insurance, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. The stream-specific modules and electives focus on the challenges of finance and funding in health care, taking cognisance of the limited-resource context in South Africa and in Africa.

If you want to play in role in professionalising leadership in the health care industry, this MBA stream will serve you well.

Click here for details about our MBA Health Care Leadership​ Programme.

 

MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM)
Project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill. Proficient project managers are in high demand. It is therefore completely understandable that Fortune Magazine has identified project management as the number one career choice.

Companies are looking for professionals who are proficient in both project management fundamentals and key business disciplines such as strategy, finance, operations management and marketing. These highly skilled professionals offer a unique value proposition as they are able to bridge the understanding between the project management and business management elements of the entity. Traditionally, project management has been associated with the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Now, newer industries such as IT management, health care management, financial services and research also employ project managers.

By honing your project leadership skills and project management skills on MBA level, you will help to create a strategic value chain that gives your company an edge on competitors.

Click here for details about our MBA Project Management.

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Blended
Course starts January 2023
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With our MBA, a transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a leader, manager, specialist, or entrepreneur. This triple accredited MBA with its strong focus on responsible leadership has been designed to turn you into an exceptional decision maker, strategic thinker, effective communicator, and steward of society.

If your career path is pointing towards senior management and leadership roles, this MBA will help you to confidently take on these responsibilities. In fact, we feel so strongly about leadership development that this module spans the entire two-year programme.

Over and above leadership competencies and quantitative skills, our MBA focuses on contemporary decision-making skills, strategic thinking, cross-cultural skills, digital enterprise management, and gaining a global perspective with unique African contextualisation. You also need to do a research assignment and attend an International Study Module at a foreign business school.

The programme is offered in two convenient formats, both allowing you to study while you work. The Blended Learning format enables you to attend class on campus or remotely via an internet-linked laptop. Our use of technology with a strong human touch enables you to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. This means less travel and less time away from work. The Modular format enables you to attend blocks of on-campus classes spread over time, providing you with in-class experience and focused studies. Also, you only need to travel to campus a few times a year.

The MBA is still the most widely recognised business management degree in the world.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Choose between 2 formats: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • Choose from 4 streams: Generalist, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

These are the dates for 2022.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: SHL AND APPLICATION:

South African applicants: 10 December
RPL applicants: 31 October each year
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 10 December
Applicants from rest of world: 10 December

Year 1
Do 1 block followed by weekly classes
Block 1
24 January – 05 February (On campus)
Thereafter
8 February – 09 December (every Wednesday from 16:00-20:15)

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)*  R148 838  R144 541  R293 380 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)* R153 503  R149 206 R302 710 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular and Blended (excludes ISM)* R158 718 R154 421 R313 140 Download
Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular and Blended(excludes ISM)* R188 743 R184 446 R373 190 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R22 326
Students from SADC countries R76 752
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R79 359
International students from the rest of the world R94 372
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 050
SHL selection test fee R2 950
GMAT selection test fee $250

*Fees exclude our compulsory International Study module of $6920 invoiced in year two.

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • Fees for 2024: The fees for the second year of enrolment (Modular MBA as well as Blended Learning MBA) will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases. 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.
  • International Study Module: The fees of the International Study Module are included in the total programme fees for the MBA. The cost of the International Study Module amounts to US$5900 (2021 fee). This is linked to the rand-dollar exchange rate. Note that the fees for the 2024 International Study Module may have to be adjusted based on the exchange rate.
  • Study materials: Study fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

Loans

Certain banks grant loans at favourable interest rates. You may also contact FUNDI at https://www.fundi.co.za/.

Study loans for students from West Africa

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, has partnered with the Business School to provide loan facilities for tuition expenses to our 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. https://www.gtbank.com/personal-banking/loans/maxadvance.

 

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format (general MBA)

YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: 07 – 12 February
Block 2: 28 March – 02 April
Block 3: 06 – 11 June
Block 4: 15 – 20 August
Block 5: 10 – 15 October

Timetable for Blended Learning format for general MBA

YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: Do 1 block followed by weekly classes 24 January – 05 February (on campus)
Weekly classes thereafter: 8 February – 09 December (every Wednesday from 16:00-20:15)

Timetable for Blended Learning format for MBA Health Care Leadership, MBA Project Management, MBA Managing International Organisations

YEAR 1 (2022):
1 on-campus block: 18 – 30 January (Block on campus)
Weekly classes thereafter: 9 February – 10 December (every Tuesday from 16:00-20:15)

Overview

The MBA degree consists of 18 compulsory modules (including the International Study Module, the flagship Leadership Development Module, and the Research Assignment) and two electives. You can customise up to 30% of your MBA degree, depending on which electives and International Study Module you select, and on the topic of your Research Assignment. The research part will add depth to your learning experience as it provides you with a structured method and rigorous process to answer a question or solve a real-life challenge. It will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level.

The 18 compulsory MBA modules

  • Accounting for Decision-Making (8 credits)
  • Business Communication Skills (4 credits)
  • Business in Society (8 credits)
  • Contemporary Decision-Making (12 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (12 credits)
  • Digital Enterprise Management (8 credits)
  • Economics for Managers (8 credits)
  • International Study Module (8 credits)
  • Leadership Development (16 credits)
  • Managerial Accounting (8 credits)
  • Managerial Statistics (8 credits)
  • Operational Excellence (8 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour (8 credits)
  • Perspectives on African Frontiers (8 credits)
  • Research Methodology and Assignment (45 credits)
  • Strategic Analysis (8 credits)
  • Strategic Management (12 credits)
  • Strategic Marketing and Branding (8 credits)

Choose electives to acquire areas of specialisation

You need to do two electives (modules) from this list of specialisation areas below. The electives differ from year to year. These are examples of electives presented recently:

  • Finance and Economics (with modules such as Digital Finance and the Fintech Revolution; Portfolio Management; and Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies, and Smart Contracts)
  • Leadership and Human Resources (with modules such as Negotiation Skills; Power and Politics in Organisations; Game your Organisation; and Diplomacy in Complex Systems)
  • Marketing Management (with modules such as Strategies to Manage the Reputation of Corporate Brands in a Digital World; and Global Marketing Management)
  • Ethics, Governance and Sustainability (with modules such as the Nature of Business and Business of Nature; and Comparative Corporate Governance)
  • Decision Science and Digital Transformation (with modules such as Data and Digital Strategies for Management; Cyber Resilience; and Managing Innovation in the Digital Era)
  • Strategic Management (with modules such as International Business Management in Africa; Managing Corporate Turnarounds; and Capstone Business Simulation)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (with modules such as Entrepreneurial Mindset and Practices; Design Thinking and Innovation; and Future Focused Innovation Management)
  • United Nations (UNSSC) Electives (with modules such as Strategic Leadership in the UN: People & Vision; and Managing for Results)

Use the International Study Module to expand your global mind-set

All MBA students travel to global destinations for the compulsory International Study Module (ISM) (depending on Covid-related travel restrictions). The aim of this academic and cultural immersion is to develop managers with a global mind-set, to prepare you for work in a global environment, and to help you understand cultural differences in order to turn cultural competence into a competitive advantage. The module includes company visits and cultural activities. The cost of the ISM is included in the MBA study fees at a fixed dollar rate.

In 2021, all the ISMs were virtual as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’s travel restrictions. The MBA study visits included the UK (Managing around the World: International Roundtables for Practicing Managers), Ireland (International Healthcare Management), USA (Bentley: Creativity and Innovation, or Berkeley: Innovation and Entrepreneurship), South Korea (Innovation and Technology in Operations Management), Brazil (Innovation for Sustainability in Emerging Markets), Mexico (Strategy and International Business in Emerging Markets), Finland (High-performance Leadership), Austria (Managing International Organisations), and France (Innovation).

You can also opt to do your International Study Module on Global Business Innovation at one of these EMBA consortium business schools: Italy (Bologna Business School), Brazil (Coppead Graduate School of Business), UK (Cranfield School of Management), USA (Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University, or the Lucas Graduate School of Business at San José State University), Germany (Munich Business School), Japan (Keio Business School), Peru (ESAN Business School), Poland (Kozminski University) or Russia (Moscow International Higher Business School – Mirbis). Read more about the EMBA consortium below.

Note: Students in the HCL, MIO and PM streams may be restricted in the ISM destinations from which that they can choose.

Research assignment

Concurrent with the latter part of the MBA, you need to compile a Research Assignment of 50 to 70 pages on a management-related problem. This assignment may be based on a problem in your work environment. Results obtained from the research could therefore benefit both you and your employer.

The research assignment will add depth to your learning experience as it provides you with a structured method to answer a question or solve a real-life challenge. This assignment therefore serves as an example of how to handle business challenges by following a robust research process.

This experience will also give you the ability to make a value judgement on research presented at managerial level in the workplace.

Overview

Stellenbosch Business School’s MBA aims to develop you into a responsible leader, expert decision maker, strategic thinker, effective communicator and steward 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 our 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 another key feature of our MBA. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

You can customise up to 30% of your MBA depending on which electives, International Study Module and stream (General, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management) you select, and on the topic of your Research Assignment.

Our MBA provides you with a transformative learning experience to acquire the leadership skills, thinking frameworks and capabilities you need to find your way forward.

Who should enrol?

MBA with generalist modules:

  • Those who want senior-level business management expertise to apply in businesses ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations in any business sector.
  • Managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs who want to acquire responsible leadership skills, exceptional decision-making skills, strategic thinking skills, effective communication skills and an understanding of the role of business in society.

MBA stream with modules in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO):

  • Professionals or managers working in international organisations, development agencies, and foundations or NGOs, and who want to fast-track their careers
  • Managers from private and public sector institutions who want to expand their cross-sector agility, especially by improving their skills for leadership in complex and conflict-ridden multi-stakeholder contexts
  • Professionals who want to transition to working in international development organisations or in organisations with a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) agenda

MBA stream with modules in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL):

  • Clinicians and general practitioners who want to take on managerial and leadership roles in the health care industry, group practices or government
  • General practitioners who wish to scale up and broaden their contextual understanding of business
  • Managers and professionals in private-sector and public-sector health care delivery systems and institutions, in pharmaceutical or health technology businesses, in regulatory, oversight and other organisations (such as SAMA, HPCSA, HASA, SAIHCM), or in public-sector positions (such as Deputy Director-General, CEO or Superintendent)
  • Senior nurses in public or private hospitals who lead large teams and operate on senior level with high-impact responsibilities
  • Health insurance specialists, medical aid specialists, underwriters and claims processing team leaders and managers
  • Those who would like to prepare themselves for a career in in health care leadership, even if they do not have a background in health care.

MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM):

  • Project managers looking to transition into senior business manager roles
  • Project managers looking to transition into a senior project manager role, such as a Chief Project Officer
  • Project or business managers looking to transition into programme or portfolio manager roles
  • Project managers looking to move into a different industry
  • Project managers who intend to become (or who are) independent consultants
  • Business managers wishing to improve their understanding of project management in the business context
  • MBA candidates with a keen interest to develop their competencies and understanding of project management
  • Stellenbosch Business School’s PGDip Project Management graduates who wish to further their careers in this field
  • Entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the growth in the project management domain

What you need to apply

The SA Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of these qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for the MBA stream in Project Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required electives

Important:

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL): The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements as set out under Recognition of prior learning elsewhere in this brochure.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.
  • Obtaining a qualification to enrol for an MBA: One of the qualifications that can give access to our MBA is a postgraduate diploma on NQF level 8. We offer a range of redesigned PGDips which can give you access to our MBA or MPhil degrees. The preferred one is the PGDip Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA). Graduates of our PGDip BMA who continue with our MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience, preferably on managerial level
  • Mathematics at NSC (Grade 12) level or equivalent is highly recommended
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience (see below)
  • Satisfactory selection test results (see below)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for MBA stream in Project Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required elective.

Writing the two essays

You need to write two essays on the topics indicated below. The essays serve two purposes. First, they provide us with additional information about your personal and professional background. Second, they provide us with additional insight into your writing ability, a skill that is critical in completing the MBA degree.

Each essay must be between 300 and 500 words. (Please indicate the word count at the end of each essay, and submit one PDF document containing both essays.

  • External development perspective: Summarise your development as a leader with emphasis on the individuals, processes and institutions that have played a major part in your development. Conclude with your reasons for choosing Stellenbosch Business School, and why it fits your criteria as an institution at which you can continue your career development.
  • Personal development perspective: Summarise your personal development, the challenges you have experienced, how you have dealt with these challenges, what you have learned from this and the insight that you have gained about yourself and your role in business and society. Conclude with your current developmental needs and why this programme is important for your development given your desired future.

Selection tests

You need to do a selection test as part your application process. We accept the SHL and GMAT selection tests. These tests are recognised internationally.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test, and Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) on behavioural preferences, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

The SHL is about determining your strengths and growth areas. It is not about failing or passing. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, we need to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essays required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See www.shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your MBA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see www.usb.ac.za/mba (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and they are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with the Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: www.shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop, and assessments need to take this into account. We do not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

GMAT selection test

The GMAT consists of three timed sections, namely an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative assessment and a verbal assessment. A copy of the results will automatically be forwarded to the Business School.

  • Duration: About 4 hours.
  • When and where: This test is not administered by Stellenbosch Business School. International students need to contact the Regional Registration Centre in the Netherlands on 0931 320 239 593 or go to https://accounts.gmac.com/Account/Register. SA students need to contact Pearson VUE Professional Centre in Johannesburg on +27 (0)11 784 3093 or 0800 995 044 or at [email protected]
  • Cost: $250 (2021). Find more information at www.gmac.com.

Recognition of Prior Learning

We provide wider access to our programmes through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education, we may admit up to 10% of our student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective MBA students under the RPL policy need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Exemption to this rule is available for outstanding applicants who hold a Senior Certificate (NQF 4) and who have provided evidence of high performance and likely success on the MBA through admission selection scores that are at least 20% higher than the average scores achieved by MBA students (currently SHL score > 7; GMAT score > 650) and relevant work experience of 10 years. The approval for such RPL candidates requires the head of the department’s support in addition to the RPL Committee’s decision on the application.
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned in the first bullet point, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or a related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating, in detail, areas of responsibility in the work environment as well as activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Submit the SHL/GMAT selection test results.
  • Write and submit two motivational essays (specific topics are provided).
  • Conduct an in-depth interview with the Head of the MBA programme and one other academic staff member constituting the RPL Committee.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The programme head and another academic will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate and make a recommendation about admission.
  • The Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • A notice of admission is sent via the Business School’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October of each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Four streams to choose from

Our MBA offers a generalist stream, for those who want to manage the functional areas of any business at senior manage level, and three focal-area MBAs, for those who want senior-level business management expertise in Health Care Leadership, Managing International Organisations or Project Management:

  • MBA with generalist modules, which can be applied in businesses ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations in any business sector
  • MBA stream with modules in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO), which can be applied in international development organisations – like the UN, development agencies and global foundations
  • MBA stream with modules in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL), which can be applied in the public and private health care industry.
  • MBA stream with modules in Project Management (MBA PM), which can be applied in any industry to ensure the successful delivery of projects in a competitive environment based on a thorough understanding of the business management of projects.

The stream-specific modules of the MBA MIO, MBA HCL and MBA PM are offered during the second year of enrolment in the Blended Learning format, irrespective of the format chosen for the first year of study (i.e. Modular or Blended Learning).

All students will graduate with an MBA from Stellenbosch University. If the student followed a focal area – i.e. Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, or Project Management – this will be displayed on their MBA degree certificates.

 

MBA stream in Managing International Organisations (MBA MIO)
The MBA focal area in Managing International Organisations (MIO) equips students with the tools, theories and frameworks to lead successfully in international development organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of global sustainable development at the interface of international politics, business and society.

International development 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), the African Union, the World Economic Forum, the International Labour Organisation, and the broad spectrum of global philanthropic foundations. It also includes organisations working in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) contexts.

The stream-specific modules of the MBA MIO, which are offered during the second year of enrolment, will enable students to integrate and apply their learning from the MBA core modules within the context of international organisations. Some of these lectures will be presented by senior UN leaders from the UN System Staff College who have co-designed the MBA MIO with Stellenbosch Business School.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international development organisation, the MBA MIO will stand you in good stead.

Click here for details about our MBA Managing International Organisations​ Programme.

 

MBA stream in Health Care Leadership (MBA HCL)
The MBA with modules focused on Health Care Leadership is aimed at high achievers who want to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. The knowledge and skills acquired on this stream can be applied in the public and private health care industry.

The MBA HCL covers all the functional areas of management while giving you a contextual understanding of the principles of health care governance and current health care reform programmes such as National Health Insurance, the policy landscape and health systems for value-based care. The stream-specific modules and electives focus on the challenges of finance and funding in health care, taking cognisance of the limited-resource context in South Africa and in Africa.

If you want to play in role in professionalising leadership in the health care industry, this MBA stream will serve you well.

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MBA stream in Project Management (MBA PM)
Project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill. Proficient project managers are in high demand. It is therefore completely understandable that Fortune Magazine has identified project management as the number one career choice.

Companies are looking for professionals who are proficient in both project management fundamentals and key business disciplines such as strategy, finance, operations management and marketing. These highly skilled professionals offer a unique value proposition as they are able to bridge the understanding between the project management and business management elements of the entity. Traditionally, project management has been associated with the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Now, newer industries such as IT management, health care management, financial services and research also employ project managers.

By honing your project leadership skills and project management skills on MBA level, you will help to create a strategic value chain that gives your company an edge on competitors.

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MBA STREAM IN MANAGING INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
https://www.usb.ac.za/course/mba-managing-international-organisations/

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The percentage of Stellenbosch Business School’s alumni rating the quality of the lecturers on Stellenbosch Business School’s core courses as excellent. – Financial Mail, 2019

Most improved abilities after an MBA at Stellenbosch Business School?

  • 92%To think strategically
  • 89%To think critically
  • 88%To solve problems
  • 85%To work as a team member

– Financial Mail, 2019

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You can choose the Modular MBA degree or the Blended Learning MBA, both running over two years. Both formats are aimed at those who want to study while they work.

Advantages of the Modular MBA: The Modular degree consists of blocks of classes spread over two years. Each block runs from the Monday to the Saturday. This allows you to implement your newly acquired skills at work from the start. You can therefore study at the Business School even if you live further afield as you only need to travel to the campus a few times a year. The advantages include:

  • Focused studies: Use the immersive, in-class experience to your advantage.
  • An immersive experience: Being on campus for a week at a time allows you to focus on your studies without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment adds another dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.
  • Less travel: You can study at the Business School even if you live further afield as you only need to travel to campus a few times a year.

Advantages of the Blended Learning MBA
The Blended Learning degree 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 or on campus. This format requires the minimum leave from work. It also lowers the opportunity cost to do an MBA at Stellenbosch Business School as it reduces travel costs. This format is popular with students from the greater Cape Town area who can attend classes on campus one evening a week, as well as with students from further afield, including other African countries and beyond, who can attend one evening class per week via any internet-connected laptop. The advantages include:

  • Flexibility: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. This allows you to implement your newly acquired skills at work from the start.
  • Less travel: The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. It also lowers the opportunity cost to do an MBA with us as it reduces travel and accommodation costs. This format is popular with students from the greater Cape Town area who can attend classes on campus one evening a week, as well as with students from further afield, who can attend one evening class per week via any internet-connected device. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.

Both formats of the MBA – i.e. Modular and Blended Learning – allow you to study while you work. However, you need to be aware of the time demand of MBA and you need to arrange study time with your employer and family beforehand. Here is a rough guideline: For every 1 hour spent in class, you need to set aside 3 hours for preparation and self-study (reading, assignments, group work, etc.). The MBA class programme takes up around 448 hours. This makes prioritisation crucial.

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 multiple individual assessments and often a group assessment component. Tests for Blended Learning MBA students are scheduled on Monday evenings between classes. Tests for Modular MBA students are scheduled on Monday evenings between blocks.

Firstly, relevant work experience is a requirement of Stellenbosch Business School’s international EQUIS accreditation. Secondly, collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – forms an important part of our MBA. The expertise, depth and value that each participant brings to the class depend largely on authentic work experience.

Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight into business problems. Hence, all tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. These summative assessments simulate real-life situations and the application of the theory and techniques covered in a particular module. In the assessment of pre-reading, multiple-choice questions or reflective essays are often used prior to attending class. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

Yes. Graduates of Stellenbosch Business School’s PGDip Business Management and Administration who continue with the Business School’s MBA will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA if they continue with the MBA within 5 years of completing the PGDip.

Short courses done via executive education cannot be presented as prior learning for credit recognition in the South African education system. However, for RPL students, any previous short courses will have a positive impact on the assessment of their application.

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. Stellenbosch Business School alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with the Alumni Relations Office and Career Leadership Office.

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

Modular 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 students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and at regular intervals thereafter.

Yes. South African student can spread their payment over 2 years (fees for the second year of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases). South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. 75% of the annual fee is payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at Stellenbosch Business School – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 31 October each year. Applications must be fully completed (all documents uploaded and SHL test completed) by the stipulated closing date.

You will improve your chances of selection by making an effort with your application and essays. Also make sure that you meet the basic requirements – such as work experience. Submit a fully completed and accurate application pack. An incomplete application pack leads to unnecessary delays and referrals.

Being fully prepared for each class session is extremely important. This starts with the compulsory reading and completion of online work prior to the contact sessions on campus. When you make time available to spend with the learning material prior to each block you will not fall into a pattern of playing catch-up at the time. This will help you to enjoy your studies, contribute in class and succeed in your studies.

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.’