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MBA Project Management

MBA Project Management

Become proficient in the business management of projects

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Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 15 Nov (SA and international) | 31 Oct (RPL)

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

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

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

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Format for Year 1: Choose between the modular format (in-class experience – 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. See how blended learning works at USB.

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Application deadlines

  • South African applicants: 15 November each year (SHL and application deadline)
  • RPL applicants: 31 October each year
  • Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November each year
  • Applicants from rest of world: 15 November each year
Year 1
Do 1 block followed by weekly classes
Block 1
18 – 30 January (Block on campus)
Thereafter
9 February – 10 December (every Tuesday from 16:00-20:15)

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

Programme tuition fees for 2021

Students from South Africa 2021 2022 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Blended (excludes ISM)** R141 280 R137 200 R278 480 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Blended (excludes ISM)** R145 780* R141 700* R287 480* Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Blended (excludes ISM)** R150 810* R146 730* R297 450* Download
Students from the rest of world
MBA Blended (excludes ISM)** R214 210* R146 730* R360 940* Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission (blended) for 2021
Students from South Africa R21 740
Students from SADC countries R72 890*
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R75 405*
International students from the rest of the world R107 105*
Application fee and SHL tests for 2021
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 050
SHL selection test fee R2 950
GMAT selection test fee $250

*Provisional international fees for 2021.

**Fees exclude our compulsory International Study module of $5900 invoiced in year two.

 

Overview

  • 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 

  • Project Portfolio Finance
  • Project Portfolio Management
  • Project Management Innovations

Electives

Electives are only applicable in year 2. You can 2 choose from the following list of electives:

  • The electives from USB’s generalist MBA

Research assignment

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

USB’s MBA degree 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 USB’s MBA degree is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA degree. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

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 – regardless of whether you see your future self in an executive, managerial, specialist or entrepreneurial position.

This is what you need to apply for an MBA at USB:

Academic qualifications
The South African Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of the following qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)

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 we have received your submission and application fee. Please enquire at [email protected].
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

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 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

SHL selection test
 The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the MBA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number). For fees, please see usb.ac.za/mba. See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as a reference.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail [email protected]
  • Additional information: Go to shldirect.com.

Note: Your SHL test results form part of your application package. The results must therefore be available to the USB Admissions Office before the closing date for applications.

STREAM COORDINATOR
Mr MC Botha

MC Botha is the coordinator of USB’s MBA stream in Project Management and the programme facilitator of USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management. His research interest is the interface between business and project teams in the capital projects value chain, shared services as organisational architecture in a project environment, and organisational dimensions sustaining project management. He holds an MBA (Specialisation in Project Management) from USB. He consults to a wide range of clients in the private and public sectors.

Find the perfect course for you

  • Who should enrol?
  • What will you gain?
  • 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
  • USB Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management graduates who wish to further their careers in this field
  • Entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the growth in the project management domain
  • Responsible leadership skills: You will explore personal, relationship and organisational or strategic leadership, ultimately leading to organisational performance. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA.
  • The ability to operate on senior management level: You will gain an astute understanding of all aspects of business, enabling you to operate at senior management level in any industry. You will know how to design and implement strategies, solve complex problems, operate in a global environment, and understand the role of business in society.
  • The ability to function globally: The competencies acquired can be applied in any industry and in any country. You will also attend an International Study Module at an international business school and touch base with global companies.
  • Expert decision-making skills: You will acquire decision-making skills based on a combination of numeric methods and qualitative techniques. This will enable you to analyse and contextualise information, and to support complex business decisions.
  • Strategic thinking: You will learn how to analyse a business environment and to formulate suitable strategies or strategic solutions. You will also learn how to apply cross-cultural skills and a global understanding in your business interactions.
  • An understanding of the interlinked roles of organisational departments: This will allow you to manage across functional areas, gain insight into the workings of the organisation and make well-informed decisions.
  • Domain expertise in project management: This knowledge – on MBA level – will enable you to combine project leadership skills with project management skills. This will give you the ability to bridge the understanding between project management and business management. You will therefore contribute directly to the strategic value chain that gives your company an edge on competitors.

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MPhil in Management Coaching

MPhil in Management Coaching

Acquire credentials to support the growth of others through coaching

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Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 15 December (SA) / 15 November (International)

USB’s internationally accredited MPhil in 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.

This MPhil degree will provide you with a transformative learning experience to find your way forward – particularly if you see your future self as a coach, consultant, manager or corporate leader.

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

ABOUT BLENDED LEARNING: 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. We have been investing in this technology since 2015 and our lecturers are trained in the art of virtual facilitation and teaching. See how blended learning works at USB.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Format: Blended learning

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

Application deadlines

  • South African students: 15 December
  • RPL applicants: 31 August
  • Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
  • Students from the rest of the world: 15 November
Orientation and Block 1 (On campus)
15 – 20 February
Block 2 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)
28 Apr – 26 May
Block 3 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00-20:15
14 Jul – 11 Aug
Block 4 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)
29 Sep – 27 Oct
Supervision
17 March 2021; 09 June 2021; 25 August 2021; 17 November 2021; 12 January 2022

These are the fees for 2021. The fees for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

Programme tuition fees 2021 2021 2022 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R106 520 R129 990 R236 510  Download
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R111 020 R134 490 R245 510​ Download
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R116 050 R139 520 R255 570 Download
International students from the rest of the world R116 050 R139 520  R255 570 Download
​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​​ for 2021
Students from South Africa ​​R15 590
Students from SADC countries R55 510
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R58 025
​International students from the rest of the world R58 025
​​Application fee for 2021
​Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R1 050
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • Travelling, accommodation and meals are for students’ own accounts.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Overview

The two-year MPhil in 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.

Core Modules

Programme structure

Modules

The modules (class programme) will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, case studies, assignments, practical work and independent research. The class programme covers the following:

  • Orientation: During this module, students will be introduced to the orientation, flow and rigour of the programme. The various learning elements will be introduced with a focus on what is expected for successful completion. Students also set up coaching triads (for purposes of practising their newly learnt coaching skills during the year, organised by themselves) and get their first assignment for the year, a book review.
  • Module 1 – Fundamentals of Coaching: Orientation to Coaching; Learning Theory and Learning Styles; Adult Learning and Self-organised Learning; Psychological Underpinnings of Coaching; Ethics in Coaching; Continuous Professional Development (The Art of Reflection); Integral Coaching Model; Skills Practice and Supervision.
  • Module 2 – Business Coaching: Coaching Frameworks; The Business Coaching Process; Coaching for Performance; Experiential Models of Coaching; Continuous Professional Development, Assignment, Case Studies, Skills Practice and Supervision.
  • Module 3 – Leadership Coaching: Coaching for Organisational Alignment; Leadership and Transformation; An Integral Approach to Coaching Existentially in a World Characterised by Multiculturalism; Reflective practice; Assignment, Skills Practice and Supervision.
  • Module 4 – Team Coaching: Team Coaching; Ubuntu Coaching (African perspective on coaching); Personal Construct Psychology Coaching; An Experiential Approach to Coaching; Skills Practice.
  • Module 5 – Professional Assessment: Professional Assessment of the Student’s Learning Journey; Practical Assessment of Coaching Model and Framework; Practical Assessment of Coaching Ability through a Panel Demonstration.
  • Module 6 – Research: The Research Module consists of a series of lectures and assignments during the second year, leading up to a final research report. Students are supported by a research supervisor during this time.

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

  • Academic qualifications: An honours degree, OR a 4-year professional bachelor’s degree, OR a 3-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 4 years of work experience in the field of people management.
  • Psychometric testing: This may also be required.
  • Essays: Write two essays – one on your motivation and one on coaching research (see details below).

Note: International qualifications require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge. Please enquire at [email protected].

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 in 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? Please include references. Word count: around 500 words.

Recognition of prior learning

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under 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 have 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 USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities.  These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • USB’s Admissions Committee (head of the programme and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the 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.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

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

PROGRAMME HEAD
Dr Nicky Terblanche

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

Programme Ambassadors

These programme ambassadors are current students and alumni who support prospective students in their new stage of life and share their personal experience about studying at USB.

Bianca Solomon

Bianca Solomon
Human Capital Manager at USB-ED

[email protected]

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Management Coaching Degree USB
  • Who should enrol?
  • What will you gain?
  • Research
  • Leaders, managers, human capital development experts and learning facilitators in all industries
  • Experienced practicing coaches who want to solidify their theoretical base and earn a respected qualification to take their coaching to the next level
  • Those who support and facilitate growth, performance, relationship-building and teamwork
  • Those working with the human aspects of transferring knowledge, talent development and organisational effectiveness
  • Those who want to help bring about a more ethical and responsible society, since the effects of professional coaching are both transformative and sustainable
  • Those aspiring to senior management positions
  • Those who want to prepare for a career change
  • Establish your credentials as a coach: Use this qualification to establish your credentials in management coaching. This will prepare you to set up your own coaching practice.
  • Develop your own signature presence and find your niche market: This programme will expose you to various coaching models, approaches and frameworks, allowing you to find the ones that work best for you in order to develop your authentic style of coaching. In addition, you will be able to do niche coaching by focusing on, say, performance, team, leadership or diversity coaching.
  • Develop human capital through management coaching: Using professional coaching skills, you can support the growth of teams, managers and leaders. You can also facilitate the transfer of knowledge, build relationships, enhance the performance, facilitate cultural transformation in organisations, and enhance the quality of decision-making.
  • Learn how to harness the collective strengths of your team: Learn to lead with a positive mindset, one of hope and possibility. Learn how to make sense of the expectations of the multiple systems and processes of which you and your client are part. Also learn how to utilise the collective strengths of teams to propel the organisation forward.
  • Operate in multicultural environments: The programme adheres to international best practice while emphasising management coaching in a uniquely African context, shaped by diversity and varied cultural and educational backgrounds. It is particularly relevant to South African managers and leaders as it takes into account the diversity, traditions and multicultural environments of this country and the greater African continent.

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

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

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

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

Testimonials from our alumni

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

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

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 device). 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. 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.


PhD in Futures Studies

PhD in Futures Studies

Become a specialist in strategic foresight through doctoral research

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  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts Dependent on application
Application closes 31 March and 30 September each year

USB’s internationally accredited PhD in Futures Studies will enable you to become a specialist in the field of strategic foresight. This expertise – typically in fields such as the new world of business, social capital, security, sustainability, technology and innovation, and decision-making – will enable you to work in government, public and private corporations, financial institutions, and academic institutions.

The degree is awarded on the successful completion of a research-based dissertation. This is the only PhD degree of its kind in Africa.

  • Duration: Minimum 2 years
  • Format: Supervised research

 

These are the fees for 2021. The fees for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 Programme tuition fees for 2021 2021 (1st year) 2022 (2nd year) Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R50 365 R50 365 R100 730 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R54 865 R54 865 R109 730 Download
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries) R59 895 R59 895 R119 790 Download
​International students from the rest of the world R59 895 R59 895 R119 790 Download
​​​​​​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​ for 2021
​​​​Students from South Africa R12 335
​​​​Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R27 433
International students from the rest of Africa
(non-SADC countries)
R29 948
​International students from the rest of the world R29 948
​​​​​​​Application fee​ for 2021
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • Travelling, accommodation and meals are for students’ own accounts.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Overview

The programme consists of supervised research in Futures Studies, culminating in a doctoral dissertation. The minimum registration period is two years.

The preparation of your pre-proposal

Every application must include a pre-proposal, written in scientific language, on your intended research. The pre-proposal serves to demonstrate whether you have a mature approach to high-level research. It also helps us evaluate whether the topic is viable and whether we can provide appropriate supervision and resources. The world count of the pre-proposal is approximately 4 000 words (excluding references). This is what the pre-proposal must cover:

  • Title
  • Introduction
  • Literature review
  • Research methodology
  • Potential contribution of the research
  • References

The preparation of your comprehensive research proposal

Once your pre-proposal has been approved, you need to submit a comprehensive research proposal. Your provisional supervisor will guide you in the preparation of your proposal. Your comprehensive research proposal will serve as your road map for the completion of your PhD. You will be formally registered for your PhD once your comprehensive research proposal has been accepted.

The actual research process and its deliverables

Through their research, PhD registrants must demonstrate the following:

  • Expertise, knowledge and reflection of theories and methods at the forefront of a field or discipline
  • The ability to apply theories, acquire new knowledge and generate new insights to confront practical and theoretical problems with the aim of proposing relevant and ethical solutions
  • The ability to communicate your work to an audience of researchers
  • The ability to take part as a researcher in the international research community

Your final dissertation will be evaluated by three examiners. This will be followed by a public oral defence of the dissertation – the viva voce.

This PhD will provide you with a transformative learning experience to find your way forward – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, manager or leader.

This degree allows you to become an expert in Futures Studies. Your dissertation must therefore:

  • Represent an original and significant contribution to the enrichment and advancement of knowledge in your chosen field of research
  • Demonstrate originality of thought, a theoretical underpinning, relevance to the discipline and rigour in execution
  • Create intellectual capital, which is the cornerstone of the knowledge society of the 21st century.

Academic requirements

  • The MPhil in Futures Studies or a relevant master’s degree which included a substantial component related to futures studies.
  • minimum period of registration (residency) of two years.
PROGRAMME HEAD
Professor André Roux

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

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  • Who should enrol?
  • What will you gain?

This PhD is aimed at professional futurists, decision makers and strategic planners who would like to distinguish themselves through in-depth research aimed at helping people to bring about a more desirable future – a future that supports the growth agendas of South Africa and Africa.

This will prepare you for senior-level positions in government, public and private corporations, policy-making institutions, financial institutions, and sub-regional, regional and international organisations. It could also enable candidates to become lecturers at academic institutions.

  1. Expertise in strategic foresight and long-range decision-making: This expertise – typically in fields such as the new world of business, social capital, security, sustainability, technology and innovation, and decision-making – will enable you to work in government, public and private corporations, financial institutions, and academic institutions.
  2. The ability to help contain risks and sense opportunities: The input of futurists in organisations can lead to better decision-making and better outcomes because their knowledge of how different futures can play out helps to mitigate risks and to leverage opportunities. This can be translated into a significant competitive advantage.
  3. The ability to deal with rapid and complex changes: The ability to make strategic long-term decisions will help you to deal with rapid and complex changes both locally and internationally. It will also equip you with techniques and methods to react meaningfully to the growing complexity in the organisational environment and world affairs, especially from an African perspective.
  4. Authority as a futurist: The depth brought about by doctoral studies will strengthen your authority as a professional futurist. It will also strengthen your consultation and facilitation capabilities, as well as your stakeholder analysis, environmental scanning, systems simulation and strategic planning skills.

Testimonials from our alumni

‘The PhD study enhanced my career as analyst and consultant tremendously. Previously, I tended to have a narrow approach as an analyst of global geo-strategic dynamics. The PhD (Futures Studies) changed all that and ingrained a holistic approach based on open-mindedness to see things more clearly from multiple perspectives.’

Jan Naude, Futurist, Institute for Futures Research at the University of Stellenbosch,

‘The road of exploring the philosophy and methodologies of Futures Studies was indeed bumpy but also extremely rewarding. Although many academic disciplines do pursue elements of forward-looking perspectives, only Future Studies provides a multi-, trans- and inter-disciplinary approach.’

Rianne van Vuuren , Advisor at Aquilo Forecasting ,

FAQs

A PhD in Futures Studies will enable you to become a specialist in the field of strategic foresight. This expertise – typically in fields such as the new world of business, social capital, security, sustainability, technology and innovation, and decision-making – will enable you to work in government, policy-making institutions, public and private corporations, financial institutions, and academic institutions.

The input of futurists in organisations can lead to better decision-making and better outcomes because their knowledge of how different futures can play out helps to mitigate risks and to leverage opportunities. The ability to make strategic long-term decisions will help to deal with rapid and complex changes, locally and internationally. This can be translated into a significant competitive advantage.

Lastly, the depth brought about by doctoral studies will strengthen your authority as a professional futurist. It will enhance your stakeholder analysis, environmental scanning, systems simulation and strategic planning skills. It will also benefit you in consultation and facilitation roles.

A minimum registration period of two years is required.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, small-group teams (dedicated study groups), and informal learning groups.

It is unfortunately so that many students embark on a PhD but never complete their studies. One way to help prevent this, is to attend a doctoral training programme and/or doctoral school to prepare themselves for doctoral studies.

This includes the 5-day Doctoral Research Training Programme at USB, and the doctoral schools presented by Stellenbosch University’s African Doctoral Academy.

This will provide you with an understanding of the research process, and help you to narrow down and clearly formulate your research problem and research questions. In the long run, it will save you time and provide a structured approach to your research.

Stellenbosch University’s library services can also help with books on how to prepare for doctoral studies and how to write a proposal.

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MPhil in Futures Studies

MPhil in Futures Studies

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

  • Blended
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 30 Nov (SA) | 31 Oct (international + RPL)

USB’s internationally accredited MPhil in Futures Studies is particularly suited to help you unlock the skills you need to find direction in an ever-changing world. It 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.

This MPhil will provide you with a transformative learning experience to find your way forward – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, consultant or corporate leader.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Format: Blended learning (on campus or online)

ABOUT BLENDED LEARNING: The blended learning 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. We have been investing in this technology since 2015 and our lecturers are trained in the art of virtual facilitation and teaching. See how blended learning works at USB.

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Application deadlines

South African applicants: 30 November

RPL applicants: 31 October

Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October

Applicants from the rest of the world: 31 October

Thursday evenings from 16:00-20:00
4 February – 9 September 2021

These are the fees for 2021. The fees for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

Programme fees for 2021 2021 (1st year) 2022 (2nd year) Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R97 370 R77 900 R175 270  Download
Students from Southern African
Development Community (SADC) countries
R101 870 R82 390 R184 260  Download
International students from the
rest of Africa (non-SADC)
R106 900 R87 420 R194 320 Download
International students from
the rest of the world
R106 900 R87 420 R194 320 Download
Deposit payable
on acceptance of admission for 2021
Students from South Africa R13 060
Students from SADC countries R50 935
International students
from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
R53 450
International students
from the rest of the world
R53 450
Application fee for 2021
Application fee (non-refundable;
applicable to all students)
R850
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • Travelling, accommodation and meals are for students’ own accounts.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Overview

Overview

The content of MPhil in 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 USB campus. The online classes, delivered synchronously with the on-campus classes, can be followed via an internet-linked device from anywhere in the world.

See how blended learning works at USB.

 

Year 2: Research assignment

You need to complete a research assignment during your second year of enrolment.

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.

Futures Studies is not about predicting the future, but rather about understanding how various futures will unfold. It 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 equips decision makers with ways to deal with change and to make the right decisions to survive but preferably thrive in a changing world.

Futures Studies is therefore about acquiring strategic foresight to make long-range decisions in order to leverage competitive risk mitigation and opportunity sensing.

This MPhil will provide you with a transformative learning experience to find your way forward – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, consultant or corporate leader.

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

 Note: International qualifications require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge. Please enquire at [email protected].

PROGRAMME HEAD
Professor André Roux

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

Programme Ambassadors

These programme ambassadors are current students and alumni who support prospective students in their new stage of life and share their personal experience about studying at USB.

Doris Viljoen USB Alumnus

Doris Viljoen 
Senior Futurist at IFR

[email protected]

deidre samson futures studies

Deidre Samson
Futurist; Strategist; Inovation Specialist; Future World of Work

[email protected]

Masters in future studies
  • Who should enrol?
  • What will you gain?

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.

  • Acquire strategic foresight and make better long-term decisions: This qualification will equip decision makers and strategic planners with essential skills to make strategic long-term decisions so that they can deal with rapid and complex changes both locally and internationally.
  • Deal with change and complexity: This programme will equip you with ways to deal with change and to make the right decisions to at least survive but preferably thrive as a result of change. It will also equip you with techniques and methods to react meaningfully to the growing complexity in the organisational environment and world affairs, especially from an African perspective.
  • Make Futures Studies work for you: You will be encouraged to develop your own models and practical applications, design protocols and test these in a variety of environments.
  • Become a professional futurist: The programme content is aligned with the professional and intellectual skills required for futurists – such as consultation and facilitation capabilities, stakeholder analysis, environmental scanning, systems simulation and strategic planning. The research assignment is regarded as the culmination of the learning experience, offering you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and abilities you have acquired to a field of your choice.

Testimonials from our alumni

‘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.’

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

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

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 is conducted over a two year period.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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

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

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masters in development finance

MPhil in Development Finance​

MPhil in Development Finance​

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

  • Modular
  • Blended
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 30 Nov (SA) | 31 Oct (international + 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.

  • Modular programme: Study while you work. Attend 3 on-campus blocks (2 weeks each) over 2 years, and complete a research assignment. Classes are presented at the USB 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.)

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Application deadlines
South African applicants: 30 November

RPL applicants: 31 October

Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October

Applicants from the rest of the world: 31 October

YEAR 1
2 blocks
Block 1
01 - 13 March
Block 2
23 August – 04 September

The fees below are the tuition fees for 2021 (with fee relief incorporated). Programme fees for 2022 will be published once this information becomes available.

Programme fees for 2021 2021 2022 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R92 285 R92 265 R184 550 Download
Students from the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) countries
R96 785 R96 765 R193 550 Download
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R101 815 R101 795 R203 610 Download
International students from the rest of the world R101 815 R101 795 R203 610 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2021
Students from South Africa R13 060
Students from the SADC countries R48 393
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R50 908
Students from the rest of the world R50 908
Application fee for 2021
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • Travelling, accommodation and meals are for students’ own accounts.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Overview

The aim of USB’s MPhil in Development Finance 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 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.

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.

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 SAQA evaluation to evaluate your degree according to South African standards.  USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge.  Please complete an online application, upload all certificates to your application. The international office will conduct an in-house credential evaluation, after we received your submission and application fee, as part of the process.

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 references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.

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.
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 30 Nov (SA) | 31 Oct (international + 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 1 on-campus block at the start of Year 1, followed by weekly blended learning classes (using an internet-linked laptop), and a final on-campus block (which covers the electives) in Year 2. (The on-campus blocks will be delivered online in case of Covid-19 restrictions.) See how blended learning works at USB.

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Application deadlines

South African applicants: 30 November

RPL applicants: 31 October

Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October

Applicants from the rest of the world: 31 October

YEAR 1
2 blocks
Block 1
22 – 26 February (Virtual orientation on Monday (full day) and lectures from Tuesday to Friday from 16:00-20:15.
Thereafter
Every Monday from 16:00-20:15, commencing on 1 March

The fees below are the tuition fees for 2021 (with fee relief incorporated). Programme fees for 2022 will be published once this information becomes available.

Programme fees for 2021 2021 2022 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R92 280 R92 280 R184 560 Download
Students from the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) countries
R96 780* R96 780* R193 560* Download
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R101 810* R101 810* R203 620* Download
International students from the rest of the world R165 210* R101 810* R267 020* Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2021
Students from South Africa R13 060
Students from the SADC countries R48 390*
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R50 905*
Students from the rest of the world R82 605*
Application fee for 2021
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850

*Provisional international fees for 2021 .

Overview

The aim of USB’s MPhil in Development Finance 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 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.

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.

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 qualifications require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge. Please enquire at [email protected].

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 references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.

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.
PROGRAMME HEAD
Prof Meshach Aziakpono

Prof Meshach Aziakpono has a special interest in economic and financial integration, financial sector development in Africa, development finance, economic and financial modelling, and applied econometrics. He shares his research by publishing articles in journals and presenting papers at local and global conferences. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Free State.

Programme Ambassadors

These programme ambassadors are current students and alumni who support prospective students in their new stage of life and share their personal experience about studying at USB.

zinhle mncube

Zinhle Mncube
Community Industrialisation Manager at Knowledge Pele

[email protected]

Testimonials from our alumni

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

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

FAQs

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

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 references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (on forms provided by USB).

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 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. ​
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 August to allow sufficient time for assessment.

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.

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

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

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MBA MIO

MBA Managing International Organisations

Learn how to apply responsible leadership in an international development context

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Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 15 Nov (SA and international) | 31 Oct (RPL)

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, 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 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 United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) who have co-designed the MBA MIO with USB.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international development organisation, USB’s 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. See how blended learning works at USB.

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Application deadlines

  • South African applicants: 15 November each year (SHL and application deadline)
  • RPL applicants: 31 October each year
  • Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November each year
  • Applicants from rest of world: 15 November each year

YEAR 1
5 blocks
Block 1
01 – 06 February
Block 2
08 – 13 March
Block 3
24 – 29 May
Block 4
16 - 21 August
Block 5
25 - 30 October

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.


Programme tuition fees for 2021

Students from South Africa 2021 2022 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)** R141 280 R137 200 R278 480 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)** R145 780* R141 700* R287 480* Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)** R150 810* R146 730* R297 450* Download
Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)** R214 210* R146 730* R360 940* Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission (blended) for 2021
Students from South Africa R21 740
Students from SADC countries R72 890*
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R75 405*
International students from the rest of the world R107 105*
Application fee and SHL tests for 2021
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 050
SHL selection test fee R2 950
GMAT selection test fee $250

*Provisional international fees for 2021.

**Fees exclude our compulsory International Study module of $5900 invoiced in year two.

 

Overview

Overview

  • 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

International Organisations Leadership

Diplomacy in Complex Systems

Finance for Development

Electives

Electives are only applicable in year 2. You can choose 2 electives:

  • MIO electives (focused on topics that deal with the management and operational complexities involved in achieving sustainable results in the work of the United Nations and similar international organisations)
  • Electives from USB’s generalist MBA

Research assignment

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

USB’s MBA degree 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 USB’s MBA degree is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA degree. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

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 – regardless of whether you see your future self in an executive, managerial, specialist or entrepreneurial position.

This is what you need to apply for an MBA at USB:

Academic qualifications
The South African Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of the following qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)

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 we have received your submission and application fee. Please enquire at [email protected].
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

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 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

SHL selection test
 The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the MBA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number). For fees, please see ac.za/mba. See bank details under How to applyand use your provisional student number as a reference.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail [email protected]
  • Additional information: Go to com.

Note: Your SHL test results form part of your application package. The results must therefore be available to the USB Admissions Office before the closing date for applications.

STREAM COORDINATOR
Prof Arnold Smit

Prof Arnold Smit’s teaching and research focus on the contextualisation and integration of ethics, responsibility and sustainability in management education and organisational practice. His fields of expertise include responsible leadership, corporate sustainability, multi-stakeholder process facilitation and spirituality. He holds an Honours in Philosophy and Doctoral degree in Theology from Stellenbosch University. He is a member of the Board of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), the PRME Advisory Committee, and USB-ED’s International Advisory Board. He is also head of USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development.

Programme Ambassadors

These programme ambassadors are current students and alumni who support prospective students in their new stage of life and share their personal experience about studying at USB.

salma seedat

Salma Seedat
Director: Strategy & Operations at BroadReach

 [email protected]

Find the perfect course for you

 

  • Who should enrol?
  • What will you gain?
  • 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
  1. Responsible leadership skills: You will explore personal, relationship and organisational or strategic leadership, ultimately leading to organisational performance. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA.
  2. The ability to operate on senior management level: You will gain an astute understanding of all aspects of business, enabling you to operate at senior management level in any industry. You will know how to design and implement strategies, solve complex problems, operate in a global environment, and understand the role of business in society.
  3. The ability to function globally: The competencies acquired can be applied in any industry and in any country. You will also attend an International Study Module at an international business school and touch base with global companies.
  4. Expert decision-making skills: You will acquire decision-making skills based on a combination of numeric methods and qualitative techniques. This will enable you to analyse and contextualise information, and to support complex business decisions.
  5. Strategic thinking: You will learn how to analyse a business environment and to formulate suitable strategies or strategic solutions. You will also learn how to apply cross-cultural skills and a global understanding in your business interactions.
  6. An understanding of the interlinked roles of organisational departments: This will allow you to manage across functional areas, gain insight into the workings of the organisation and make well-informed decisions.
  7. Domain expertise in the management of international organisations: This knowledge will enable you to lead in international development organisations that play a fundamental role in shaping the trajectory of sustainable development at the interface of international politics, business and society.

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MBA Health Care Leadership​

MBA Health Care Leadership

Professionalise leadership in the health care industry

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  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 15 Nov (SA and international) | 31 Oct (RPL)

USB’s 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 two-year 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. See how blended learning works at USB.

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Application closing dates
South African applicants: 30 November
RPL applicants: 15 November
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 November
Applicants from the rest of the world: 30 November

Year 1
1 block
Block 1
18 – 30 January (Block on campus)
Thereafter
9 February – 10 December (every Tuesday from 16:00-20:15)

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

Programme tuition fees for 2021

Students from South Africa 2021 2022 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Blended (excludes ISM)** R141 280 R137 200 R278 480 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Blended (excludes ISM)** R145 780* R141 700* R287 480* Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Blended (excludes ISM)** R150 810* R146 730* R297 450* Download
Students from the rest of world
MBA Blended (excludes ISM)** R214 210* R146 730* R360 940* Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission (blended) for 2021
Students from South Africa R21 740
Students from SADC countries R72 890*
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R75 405*
International students from the rest of the world R107 105*
Application fee and SHL tests for 2021
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all MBA students) R1 050
SHL selection test fee R2 950
GMAT selection test fee $250

*Provisional international fees for 2021.

**Fees exclude our compulsory International Study module of $5900 invoiced in year two.

 

Overview

  • 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

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

Electives

Electives are only applicable in year 2. You can choose 2 from the following list of electives:

  • Innovation in Health Care
  • Health Care Information Management
  • Electives from USB’s generalist MBA

Research assignment

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

USB’s MBA degree 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 USB’s MBA degree is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA degree. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

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 – regardless of whether you see your future self in an executive, managerial, specialist or entrepreneurial position.

This is what you need to apply for an MBA at USB:

Academic qualifications
The South African Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of the following qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)

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 we have received your submission and application fee. Please enquire at [email protected].
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

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 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

SHL selection test
 The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the MBA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number). For fees, please see usb.ac.za/mba. See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as a reference.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail [email protected]
  • Additional information: Go to shldirect.com.

Note: Your SHL test results form part of your application package. The results must therefore be available to the USB Admissions Office before the closing date for applications.

STREAM COORDINATOR
Prof Renata Schoeman

Prof Renata Schoeman is a senior lecturer in Leadership at USB and coordinator of the MBA stream in Health Care Leadership. Her fields of expertise include neuroleadership, cognition, and mood disorders. She holds MBChB and MMed (Psychiatry) degrees, as well as an MBA and PhD. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of SA and the UK’s General Medical Council. She is a member of industry bodies such as the SA Society of Psychiatrists, the Association for NeuroPsychoEconomics, the World Federation of Biological Society and the American Psychiatric Association. She serves on the advisory boards of various pharmaceutical companies.

Programme Ambassadors

These programme ambassadors are current students and alumni who support prospective students in their new stage of life and share their personal experience about studying at USB.

Dr Mawadda Cassiem-Majal

Dr Mawadda Cassiem-Majal
Medico-legal advisor at Western Cape Government: Health

[email protected]

Dr Ridwaan Khan

Dr Ridwaan Khan
Medical Doctor 

[email protected]

Find the perfect course for you

 

  • Who should enrol?
  • What will you gain?
  • 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
  • Anyone 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.
  1. Responsible leadership skills: You will explore personal, relationship and organisational or strategic leadership, ultimately leading to organisational performance. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA.
  2. The ability to operate on senior management level: You will gain an astute understanding of all aspects of business, enabling you to operate at senior management level in any industry. You will know how to design and implement strategies, solve complex problems, operate in a global environment, and understand the role of business in society.
  3. The ability to function globally: The competencies acquired can be applied in any industry and in any country. You will also attend an International Study Module at an international business school and touch base with global companies.
  4. Expert decision-making skills: You will acquire decision-making skills based on a combination of numeric methods and qualitative techniques. This will enable you to analyse and contextualise information, and to support complex business decisions.
  5. Strategic thinking: You will learn how to analyse a business environment and to formulate suitable strategies or strategic solutions. You will also learn how to apply cross-cultural skills and a global understanding in your business interactions.
  6. An understanding of the interlinked roles of organisational departments: This will allow you to manage across functional areas, gain insight into the workings of the organisation and make well-informed decisions.
  7. Domain expertise in health care leadership: This knowledge will enable you to lead positive change in the complex and changing health care environment. If you want to play in role in professionalising leadership in the health care industry, this MBA stream will serve you well.

Testimonials from our alumni

‘An MBA offers a completely different skill set for me. I wanted to stretch myself and attain skills that could benefit me in my future endeavours. Also, working in the public health care system, there is so much that I feel that I want to do and I hope that the MBA will give me the skills that I need to affect positive change in the public health sector.’

Sadia Murray, 2018 MBA stream in Health Care Leadership,

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USB MBA

MBA

MBA

Position yourself as a responsible leader

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  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Focus Areas
Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 15 Nov (SA and international) | 31 Oct (RPL)

The MBA is still the most widely-recognised business management degree in the world. USB’s triple accredited MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into exceptional decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society.

But there is another layer of learning that is increasingly called for – the competence to take on the role of responsible leader. If your career path is pointing towards senior management positions and leadership roles, USB’s MBA degree 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 has a strong focus on contemporary decision-making skills, strategic thinking, cross-cultural skills and digital enterprise management. The programme includes a research assignment, and an International Study Module at an overseas business school.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Advantages of modular format: Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions. The Modular MBA 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 USB even if you live further afield as you only need to travel to USB a few times a year.
  • 4 streams: Generalist, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management.

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Application deadlines

South African applicants: 15 November each year (SHL and application deadline)
RPL applicants: 31 October each year
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November each year
Applicants from rest of world: 15 November each year

YEAR 1
Do 5 blocks
Block 1
01 – 06 February
Block 2
08 – 13 March
Block 3
24 – 29 May
Block 4
16 - 21 August
Block 5
25 - 30 October

Programme tuition fees for 2021

Students from South Africa 2021 2022 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)* R141 280 R137 200* R278 480* Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)* R145 780 R141 700* R287 480* Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)* R150 810 R146 730* R297 540* Download
Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)* R150 810 R146 730* R297 540* Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission (blended) for 2021
Students from South Africa R21 740
Students from SADC countries R72 890
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R75 405
International students from the rest of the world R75 405
Application fee and SHL tests for 2021
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 $5900 invoiced in year two.

  • 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. International admitted students can also spread their payment over 2 years.
  • 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 2023: 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 USB’s International Study Module amounts to US$5900 (2021 fee). This is linked to the rand-dollar exchange rate. Note that the fees for the 2023 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: USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

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.

International Study Module – develop a global mindset

All MBA degree students travel to global destinations for the compulsory International Study Module (ISM). 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 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 2020, MBA study visits have been arranged to 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 an EMBA consortium business school in Italy, Brazil, UK, India, Japan, Russia, Turkey and the USA.

Core Modules

The 18 core modules are compulsory:

  • 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)

Electives

Choose 2 electives from a list of topics clustered into these themes:

  • Decision Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Finance and Economics
  • Human Resources and Leadership
  • Information and Technology Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Strategic Management

Research assignment

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.

USB’s MBA degree 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 USB’s MBA degree is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA degree. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

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 – regardless of whether you see your future self in an executive, managerial, specialist or entrepreneurial position.

This is what you need to apply for an MBA at USB:

Academic qualifications
The South African Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of the following qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)

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 we have received your submission and application fee. Please enquire at [email protected].
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

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 electives

SHL selection test
 The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the MBA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number). For fees, please see usb.ac.za/mba. See bank details under How to applyand use your provisional student number as a reference.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail [email protected]
  • Additional information: Go to shldirect.com.

Note: Your SHL test results form part of your application package. The results must therefore be available to the USB Admissions Office before the closing date for applications.

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. 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 have 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 USB 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 USB with at least two referents who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line managers) on forms provided by USB.
  • 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 and one other USB 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.
  • USB’s Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Four streams to choose from

USB’s 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 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 USB.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international development organisation, USB’s 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)
USB’s 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.

  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Focus Areas
Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 15 Nov (SA and international) | 31 Oct (RPL)

The MBA is still the most widely-recognised business management degree in the world. USB’s triple accredited MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into exceptional decision makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society.

But there is another layer of learning that is increasingly called for – the competence to take on the role of responsible leader. If your career path is pointing towards senior management positions and leadership roles, USB’s MBA degree 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 has a strong focus on contemporary decision-making skills, strategy thinking, cross-cultural skills and digital enterprise management. The programme includes a research assignment, and an International Study Module at an overseas business school.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Advantage of blended learning format: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. The Blended Learning MBA has one on-campus study block at the start of Year 1 and two on-campus blocks during Year 2. In between, you attend weekly classes online (via an internet-connected laptop) or on campus (depending on Covid-19 lockdown levels). This format requires the minimum leave from work. It also lowers the opportunity cost to do an MBA at USB as it reduces travel costs. See how blended learning works at USB.
  • 4 streams: Generalist, Health Care Leadership, Management of International Organisations, and Project Management.

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Application deadlines

South African applicants: 15 November each year (SHL and application deadline)
RPL applicants: 31 October each year
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November each year
Applicants from rest of world: 15 November each year

Year 1
Do 1 block followed by weekly classes
Block 1
18 – 30 January (Block on campus)
Thereafter
9 February – 10 December (every Tuesday from 16:00-20:15)

These are the fees for 2021. The fees for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

Programme tuition fees for 2021

Students from South Africa 2021 2022 Total Provisional Quote
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)* R141 280 R137 200* R278 480* Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)* R145 780 R141 700* R287 480* Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)* R150 810 R146 730* R297 540* Download
Students from the rest of world
MBA Modular (excludes ISM)* R150 810 R146 730* R297 540* Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission (blended) for 2021
Students from South Africa R21 740
Students from SADC countries R72 890
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R75 405
International students from the rest of the world R75 405
Application fee and SHL tests for 2021
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 $5900 invoiced in year two.

  • 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. International admitted students can also spread their payment over 2 years.
  • 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 2023: 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 USB’s International Study Module amounts to US$5900 (2021 fee). This is linked to the rand-dollar exchange rate. Note that the fees for the 2023 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: USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

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.

International Study Module – develop a global mindset

All MBA students travel to global destinations for the compulsory International Study Module (ISM). 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 2020, 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 an EMBA consortium business school in Italy, Brazil, UK, India, Japan, Russia, Turkey and the USA.

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

Core modules

The 18 core modules are compulsory:

  • 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)

Electives

Choose 2 electives from a list of topics clustered into these themes:

  • Decision Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Finance and Economics
  • Human Resources and Leadership
  • Information and Technology Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Strategic Management

Research assignment

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.

USB’s MBA degree 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 USB’s MBA degree is the Leadership Module which focuses on responsible leadership and allows you to develop your own authentic leadership style. The International Study Module at a foreign business school offers you a global perspective that supports the other elements of this course. Collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – is a key feature of the USB MBA degree. The unique knowledge from each student adds depth to collaborative learning.

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 – regardless of whether you see your future self in an executive, managerial, specialist or entrepreneurial position.

This is what you need to apply for an MBA at USB:

Academic qualifications
The South African Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of the following qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)

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 we have received your submission and application fee. Please enquire at [email protected].
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

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 electives

SHL selection test
 The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the MBA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number). For fees, please see ac.za/mba. See bank details under How to applyand use your provisional student number as a reference.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail [email protected]
  • Additional information: Go to com.

Note: Your SHL test results form part of your application package. The results must therefore be available to the USB Admissions Office before the closing date for applications.

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. 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 have 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 USB 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 USB with at least two referents who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line managers) on forms provided by USB.
  • 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 and one other USB 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.
  • USB’s Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Four streams to choose from

USB’s 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 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 USB.

If you are looking for a meaningful career at an international development organisation, USB’s 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)
USB’s 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.

89%

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

Most improved abilities after an MBA at USB?

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

– Financial Mail, 2019

PROGRAMME HEAD
Dr Jako Volschenk

Dr Jako Volschenk is the Programme Head of USB’s MBA. He has a special interest in how companies can thrive by addressing big sustainability issues. His bottom line: “No business should exist if it does not make the world a better place.”

Programme Ambassadors

These programme ambassadors are current students and alumni who support prospective students in their new stage of life and share their personal experience about studying at USB.

Elsie Hanyane

Elsie Hanyane
Scrum Master at Allan Gray Pty Ltd

[email protected]

Leslie Thomas

Leslie Thomas
Learning and Development Manager at Distell

[email protected]

  • Who should enrol?
  • What will you gain?
  • Selection tests
  • Leadership development

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
  • Anyone 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
  • USB Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management graduates who wish to further their careers in this field
  • Entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the growth in the project management domain
  1. Responsible leadership skills: USB is strongly committed to your development as a responsible leader. You will explore personal, relationship and organisational or strategic leadership, ultimately leading to organisational performance. This bespoke journey spans the entire MBA.
  2. The ability to operate on senior management level: You will gain an astute understanding of all aspects of business, enabling you to operate at senior management level in any industry. You will know how to design and implement strategies, solve complex problems, operate in a global environment, and understand the role of business in society.
  3. The ability to function globally: The competencies acquired can be applied in any industry and in any country. You will also attend an International Study Module at an international business school and touch base with global companies (depending on Covid-19 travel restrictions).
  4. Expert decision-making skills: You will acquire decision-making skills based on a combination of numeric methods and qualitative techniques. This will enable you to analyse and contextualise information, and to support complex business decisions.
  5. Strategic thinking: You will learn how to analyse and evaluate a business environment and to formulate suitable strategies or strategic solutions. You will also learn how to apply cross-cultural skills and a global understanding in your business interactions.
  6. An understanding of the interlinked roles of organisational departments: This will allow you to manage across functional areas, gain insight into the workings of the organisation and make well-informed decisions.

You need to do a selection test as part your application process. USB accepts the SHL and GMAT selection tests. These tests are recognised internationally. Arrange with USB to do the SHL selection test online, or contact GMAC at www.gmac.com for the GMAT.

SHL
The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test, and Occupational Personality Questionnaire on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: About 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or at [email protected]
  • Additional information: Go to www.shl.co.za

GMAT
The GMAT consists of three timed sections: an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative assessment and a verbal assessment.

  • Duration: About 4 hours.
  • When and where: This test is not administered by USB. 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] A copy of the results will be forwarded to USB.
  • Additional information: Go to gmac.com.

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

  • Exploring and enhancing personal authentic leadership
  • Narrative learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Work-based and action learning
  • Reflective learning and confronting “knowledge” that is “not true”
  • Leveraging strengths and development potential
  • Cutting-edge research in neuroleadership

Testimonials from our alumni

 

Justin Siljeur, MBA alumnus,

    

Salman Kajie, MBA alumnus of Stellenbosch Business School,

‘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.’

Set-son Shifidi, Modular MBA, Technical Executive: Lithon Project Consultants, Namibia,

‘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.’

Katherine Persson, Modular MBA, Project Portfolio Manager, Windlab, 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 Denise Botha, Full-time MBA, Clinical Executive, Metropolitan Health Group MMI, Cape Town, 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.’

Dr Michael Datt, Modular MBA, Senior Manager: Chemical Conversions Group, Sasol Research & Technology, Sasolburg, 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.’

Sivenasen Moodley, Modular MBA, Account Lead, Unilever South Africa, Durban, 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.’

Dr Renata Schoeman, Modular MBA, Psychiatrist in private practice; Senior lecturer: Leadership, USB, Bellville, 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.’

Seraj Toefy, Modular MBA, Managing Director, Bespoke Media (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, South Africa,

FAQs

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 MBA 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 USB even if you live further afield as you only need to travel to USB a few times a year.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Advantages: Flexibility. Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions.

Advantages of the Blended Learning MBA
The Blended Learning MBA 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 degree at USB 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.

  • Duration: 2 years (class programme and research assignment)
  • Advantages: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work.
  • See how blended learning works at USB.

Both formats of USB’s 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.

All of these tests are recognised internationally, and USB accepts all of them. The tests measure language skills, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and learning potential. The SHL selection test is usually the preferred option for most students who hold a degree recognised by Stellenbosch University. No preparation is required for the SHL.

Students are assessed on a continuous basis. Each module has a minimum number of assessments based on the number of credits for that module. The final performance mark therefore includes 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 USB’s international EQUIS accreditation. Secondly, collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – forms an important part of USB’s MBA. The expertise, depth and value that each participant brings to the class depend largely on authentic work experience.

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

Yes. Graduates of USB’s PGDip in Business Management and Administration who continue with USB’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. USB alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with USB’s Alumni Relations Office and Career Leadership Office.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, small-team study groups, informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

This will depend on each lecturer and on the subject – as some subjects require a substantial amount of group work, while others require 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 MBA students will receive their first batch of study material three weeks prior to the beginning of the programme and thereafter at the end of every modular block for the following block.

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

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

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

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PhD in Business Management and Administration

PhD in Business Management
and Administration

Find solutions to real-world business problems through in-depth research

  • Research
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts Dependent on application
Application closes Rolling intake

USB’s internationally accredited PhD in Business Management and Administration is aimed at those who want to undertake supervised research to become an expert in their field. This requires a contribution to new knowledge through rigorous research. With USB’s PhD in Business Management, you will help to find solutions to pressing business problems in the real world. USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is particularly relevant to African organisations.

This degree will stand you in good stead if you want to establish yourself as an expert in a particular field, and if you want to work in industries focused on research and innovation, or at an academic institution.

Multi-year programme

At least 2 years of registration

These are the fees for 2021. The fees for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

 Programme tuition fees for 2021 2021 (1st year) 2022 (2nd year) Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R50 365 R50 365 R100 730 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R54 865 R54 865 R109 730 Download
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC countries) R59 895 R59 895 R119 790 Download
​International students from the rest of the world R59 895 R58 895 R119 790 Download
​​​​​​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​ for 2021
​​​​Students from South Africa R12 335
​​​​Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R27 433
International students from the rest of Africa
(non-SADC countries)
R29 948
​International students from the rest of the world R29 948
​​​​​​​Application fee​ for 2021
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850

 

  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • Travelling, accommodation and meals are for students’ own accounts.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Overview

USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration is awarded solely on the successful completion of a research-based dissertation. This dissertation must contribute to and enrich the academic knowledge and understanding of theory and professional practice. The minimum period of registration for the PhD is two years.

The thesis may be written as a single whole, or may be by publication, where a number of articles and/or chapters are presented together with an introduction and conclusion that draws the parts into the whole.

The preparation of your pre-proposal

Every application must include a pre-proposal, written in scientific language, on your intended research. The pre-proposal serves to demonstrate whether you have a mature approach to high-level research. It also helps us evaluate whether the topic is viable and whether we can provide appropriate supervision and resources. The world count of the pre-proposal is approximately 4 000 words (excluding references). This is what the pre-proposal must cover:

  • Title
  • Introduction
  • Literature review
  • Research methodology
  • Potential contribution of the research
  • References

The dissertation pre-proposal will also help USB to determine whether you have thought through your interest in and commitment to the programme, and whether you are suitable for admission to the USB PhD programme.

The preparation of your comprehensive research proposal

Once your pre-proposal has been approved, you need to submit a comprehensive research proposal. Your provisional supervisor will guide you in the preparation of your proposal. Your comprehensive research proposal will serve as your road map for the completion of your PhD. You will be formally registered for your PhD once your comprehensive research proposal has been accepted.

The actual research process and its deliverables

Through their research, PhD registrants must demonstrate the following:

  • Expertise, knowledge and reflection of theories and methods at the forefront of a field or discipline
  • The ability to apply theories, acquire new knowledge and generate new insights to confront practical and theoretical problems with the aim of proposing relevant and ethical solutions
  • The ability to communicate your work to an audience of researchers
  • The ability to take part as a researcher in the international research community

Your final dissertation will be evaluated by three examiners. This will be followed by a public oral defence of the dissertation – the viva voce.

The PhD in Business Management and Administration is a combination of scientific rigour and managerial relevance. To develop applicable knowledge underpinned by theory and practice, PhD students need to conduct research on real-world problems, and develop personal and transferable skills which can be used in a range of applied situations. ​USB emphasises the creation of knowledge that is relevant to South African organisations, and from there to beyond our borders. This forms part of our social responsibility to strengthen our country to the benefit of all those involved.

  • Academic requirements: A relevant master’s degree in an appropriate management-related area, with an average of 65%. The major part of the master’s degree (weight within degree) must consist of a written thesis, of which a grade of at least 65% should be obtained.
  • Minimum period of registration(residency): Two years

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 we have received your submission and application fee. Please enquire at [email protected].

PROGRAMME HEAD
Dr Lara Skelly

Dr Lara Skelly’s career at USB began as a research manager in 2015, and the role of the head of USB’s PhD in Business Management and Administration was added in June 2017. She has a special interest in how to increase the impact of research.

In our process, we encourage prospective PhD students to provide some original and independent thinking in the pre-proposal. Prior contact with a potential supervisor may make it difficult to distinguish the applicant’s thinking from the supervisor’s guidance.

You can find information about funding on our website. Additionally, please feel free to explore the funding opportunities available via the Stellenbosch University Postgraduate Office (http://www.sun.ac.za/english/research-innovation/Research-Development/postgraduate-funding-support)

  1. Contribution: What makes a PhD different to any other degree is that it must contribute to knowledge. At USB, we understand this contribution to be a theoretical one. (Read more about contribution here, and the definition of theory here). Try and avoid submitting a pre-proposal that reads more like a consulting report focusing on a specific context.
  2. Writing: PhD students should be able to write in alignment with the standard academic conventions, which includes full referencing. Pre-proposals are submitted to a text-matching programme to check for potential text recycling.
  3. Fit with USB’s interests: We strongly prefer projects in the private and non-profit sectors, as opposed to those in the public sector.

As mentioned, we encourage original thinking in the pre-proposal, and sharing such examples will make it difficult to distinguish your thinking from third-party ideas.

Unfortunately our minimum requirements are fixed, and currently we do not offer any supplementary modules that will help you make up the minimum.

The allocation of appropriate supervisors is the responsibility of USB. While we do work with external supervisors regularly, the appointment of an external supervisor is motivated by the internal supervisor, and an existing relationship between supervisors have been found to be most beneficial to the success of the student’s project.

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