No two individuals are the same. At GIBS, we understand that everyone is different. That's why we've created an MBA as unique as you are. With GIBS, you get to choose exactly how your MBA will work for you. With the widest choice of electives and global experiences you can customise your MBA to suit you. Dynamic, challenging, interactive and inspiring, it's aimed at developing well-rounded and effective managers and human beings who are committed to choosing their own path.
Managing in today’s complex and ever-changing business environment demands constant investment to ensure that your knowledge, skills and capabilities enable you to advance your career. Your decision to pursue an MBA is one of the most life-changing steps that you can take for your personal and career growth.
The GIBS MBA journey has been designed to broaden a graduate’s business, country and world view, and to enable them to develop their skills and business acumen to assume a general management role that requires them to lead a division or entire organisation. Through a potent mix of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, company visits and syndicate group projects (working/learning groups within a class context), as well as relevant exposure to the best practices of South African and global leadership, the GIBS MBA gives you a competitive edge in the short-term application of relevant knowledge, which has long-term strategic value for your career.
GIBS offers the following MBA programme formats
Important note: The PGDip is phase 1 of your MBA journey and covers the core courses needed to move into the MBA phase. Should you be in the possession of a honours degree/postgraduate diploma/equivalent qualification or higher and completed this within the past 5 years, you could eligible for credits for the postgraduate diploma or equivalent obtained at another institution. Please contact our admissions department for more information.
Part-time MBA in General Management (Monday and Wednesday evenings and a full-day Saturday);
Part-time MBA in General Management (Tuesday and Thursday evenings and a full-day Saturday);
Modular block release MBA in General Management (Full-day Thursdays and/or Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays every alternate week);
Long-block modular MBA in General Management (Ten consecutive days every alternate month); and
Full-time MBA in General Management (Five days a week over a three-week cycle).
Part-time/Short-block (modular) MBA in General Management
GIBS offers students a choice of attending either a part-time or modular block release MBA programme, which enables you to complete your studies in a set time period while continuing to further your career. Both are offered at the GIBS Illovo campus. The MBA part-time classes are delivered in the evenings, after normal office hours, as well as full day on Saturdays. Students attend classes three times a week. The modular MBA is delivered through a modular block release basis. Students attend full-day classes in a block release format alternating with periods at work. Study block one is held over a three/four-day period from Thursday/Friday to Sunday and study block two is held over a three-day period from Friday to Sunday.
Long-block modular MBA in General Management
The long-block modular MBA allows students from outlying areas who cannot be on campus as frequently as is required by our other MBA programmes to attend contact sessions for eight to nine days at a time. The core subjects will be run in long-block format every second month. Between modules students can interact through our online learning platform to stay connected while not on campus.
Full-time MBA in General Management
The full-time MBA is an attractive and unique MBA offering that resonates with those individuals who are either self-driven, highly motivated and entrepreneurial minded and who are keen to start their own owner-managed business, or the general manager who is looking to gain a deeper and all-rounded understanding of business to become a more effective manager.
Admissions Requirements & the PGDip
As of 2016 prospective students interested in studying towards a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) will now be required to be in possession of an NQF level eight qualification, i.e. honours degree postgraduate diploma or equivalent qualification. In response to this, GIBS has restructured the MBA. GIBS accommodates students with a three year degree through a Postgraduate Diploma in General Management. Students need to successfully complete all requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management in order to be eligible to gain entry into the GIBS MBA. The following core courses are covered in the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management:
- Financial Accounting
- Human Behaviour and Performance in South Africa
- Management Accounting
- Human Resource
- Strategy Analytical Tools and Techniques
- Corporate Finance
- Organisational Development and Transformation
- Operations Management
The PGDip is phase 1 of your MBA journey and covers the core courses needed to move into the MBA phase. Should you be in the possession of a honours degree/postgraduate diploma/equivalent qualification or higher and completed this within the past 5 years, you could eligible for credits for the postgraduate diploma or equivalent obtained at another institution. Please contact our admissions department for more information.
Should the subjects completed in your honours degree/postgraduate diploma/equivalent qualification or higher does not match the above core subjects covered in the PGDip, you will then have to begin with the PGDip phase 1 and then move onto the MBA phase 2. This does not affect the duration it will take to complete your MBA journey. Both phase 1 (PGDip) and phase 2 (MBA) will take two years to complete modular/part-time.
Students may be eligible for credits for the postgraduate diploma or equivalent obtained at another institution. Please contact our admissions department for more information.
For the MBA, a minimum of five years’ work experience, at least two years of which must have been at management level;
Leadership potential (your experience, letters of reference and application essays should all reveal that you can assume a leadership role in the workplace);
Good English language skills to actively participate in academic debate;
A minimum of Matriculation certificate-level competence in Mathematics;
Competence in the use of a scientific or financial calculator; and
Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser.
Applications open on 1 June 2016.
Applications for international students close on 31 August 2016.
Applications for non-degreed applicants close on 30 September 2016.
Applications for the Long-Block MBA programme close on 16 January 2017.
Applications for all other programmes close on 1 November 2016.
Date: Thursday 20 October 2016
Venue: GIBS, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Sandton
Start Time: 17:30pm
RSVP: Click here to book your seat. Seats are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note the above dates are subject to change without notice.
GMAT PREPARATORY COURSES - October/December 2016
Dates: 31 October 2016 - 8
Fee: With Verbal: R6.500,00 * Without Verbal (Quant Only): R4.000,00
GMAT Review Official Guide 2017 or 2016 (2015 or 2013 editions also accepted)
For more details and to register for any of the courses please contact:
GMAT Quantitative Prep Courses GMAT Verbal Prep Courses
Shimon Goldchmit Sue McLaggan
082 336 3217 083 645 7785
GMAC Opportunity – Invitation to participate
The Graduate Management Council (GMAC), a non-profit association of the world’s leading business schools, is developing a common, affordable graduate management admission test for African schools and students that is recognized across the Continent and beyond.
You are invited to be a part of this cutting edge effort to establish common quality standards among African schools—a first step towards establishing internationally recognized standards and a community of African schools comparable to those that exist in other world regions. GIBS is very proud to be included among the very select group of African schools invited to participate in this important initiative.
What will be required from you?
You will be required to take a 2-hour assessment which will be administered at GIBS during a one-week period in November. Preparation material will be made available upon confirmation of your participation. Like the GMAT, the assessment focuses on problem solving and critical thinking. You will be given $20 for sitting the exam, and an additional $50 if you achieve over 75% correct. The results will be made available within 1-2 weeks of completing the test.
Should you be interested in participating please contact:
011 771 4331
011 771 4137