Please Note:

About us


Academic Programmes



Conferences & Events



Content Hub

Contact Us

Master of Philosophy with specialisation in Evidence-Based Management

Apply Below
Loading Information

GIBS academic programmes are fully operational online at the moment via a blend of synchronous (online face to face) and asynchronous (in your own time) learning methods. We are managing admissions on the view that the 2021 intake will return to classroom based learning. If not, we will fall back to our current mode of operation.

The aim of this programme is to equip students to systematically engage with evidence and prior knowledge in order to explore the research-practice gap. This aim is aligned with the mission of GIBS, which is to improve individual and organisational performance within the continent through high-quality business and management education.

The Master of Philosophy in Evidence-Based Management is a specialised postgraduate studies programme that will enable you to identify, critically assess and interpret a business problem and, using an evidence-based approach, improve the quality of managerial decision-making. In addition, organisations and managers should be able to easily understand and implement these credible principles.

This is a research-intensive course that focuses on closing the Research-Practice gap.

Download Document
Download Document

Application Dates

Applications Open

1 April 2021

Applications Close

10 May 2021

Only completed application packs received by 10 May 2021 will be considered for this Masters of Philosophy.

Minimum Requirements

  • Completed Honours degree/ SAQA accredited NQF 8 qualification
  • Minimum of five years business experience
  • Matriculation certificate level competence in mathematics
  • Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser
  • Good English language skills verbally and in written format
  • GIBS entrance test if degreed and GMAT if non-degreed
  • Completed essay
  • SAQA certificate for all qualifications completed outside SA (international). Visit or email: Alternatively, you can call: +27 (0) 12 431 5070 or the helpdesk on: +27 (0) 860 111 673
  • Applicants from Non- English-speaking countries will have to complete an English Proficiency Test

This Masters of Philosophy is intended to prepare candidates for a doctorate in management. An MBA, or Masters or Honours degree in a related field is an advantage but not a requirement. 

Fees and Quotations
Total tuition: R168 487 (For 2 years.)
Application fee: R3 000 (Non-refundable, will be payable upon application).
Deposit: R17 000 (Non-refundable, deposit paid upon acceptance to secure place, offset against total tuition)

GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees and all prices are subject to change.

Please click here for a quote/ proforma invoice. 

Note no payment can be made against a quotation and you can only receive a tax invoice once you have been officially accepted onto the programme.


Part Time


18 months




3 - 5 days a month including weekends 

(08:30 - 17:30)

Weekly online sessions

View Schedule

Note: These are the tentative schedules and the confirmed schedules will be sent to all accepted students closer to the start date of the programme. These formats are subject to change and applicants will be notified of any changes timeously

Special Requirements

Special Needs: If you have a special need or disability, GIBS will look into accommodating this. However, it is a requirement that the student will need to provide medical certificates and supporting documentation as requested by the GIBS Doctoral Programme Office ( We recommend you contact the Doctoral Programme Office before you complete your application. Religious Observance: Observant students must contact the GIBS Doctoral Programme Office before you start your application to ascertain if or how your specific needs may be accommodated. Note all programmes include weekend classes and attendance is compulsory.

Admission Process
Step 1

Compile all supporting documents.

Step 2

Submit your online application along with all supporting documents and pay the application fee. 

Step 3

Entrance test link will be sent to you once we receive a proof of payment for the application fee.

Step 4

Complete the entrance test link (duration of the test ± 45 minutes).      


Step 5

Ask your referees to send the refence letter to doctoralenquiries before 27 April.

Step 6

Applicant profile is reviewed, and you will receive feedback from the doctoral team.

All accepted students are required to pay the registration fee within 3 weeks of acceptance to secure your place on the programme. 

Feedback will be received +/- 8-10 weeks after each closing round.

Please ensure the billing details are correct when completing the application form as any request to make amendments will delay your application. Ensure you have the VAT number should your company be funding the tuition fees.

More Information

Who should Attend?

This Master’s degree is aimed at managers, leaders and aspirant academics who want to deepen their foundational research skills in preparation for a doctoral degree in general management.

How you will Benefit

You will be equipped to create scientifically grounded knowledge informed by social science and organisational research.

Additional Information

This programme is a SAQA accredited NQF level 9 qualification. SAQA ID: 12157

Related articles on
Management and Leadership Excellence


    Loading Information
< >
Cancellation Policy:

Please Note:

We are processing your request, please be patient.