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Master of Philosophy with specialisation in International Business

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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 overall aim of this programme is to equip students with international business management skills needed to understand the challenges and grasp the opportunities that the global business environment offers.

This Master's of Philosophy programme in International Business is a specialised postgraduate studies programme that will enable you to transform from a traditional business manager into a global business leader who understands the complexities of managing in a global society. You will be able to conduct advanced research into International Business and be an expert in your area of chosen research within the field of International Business Management.

This is a research-intensive course focusing on international business management and may articulate to a PhD. 

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Application Dates

Applications Open

1 June 2020

Applications Close

31 March 2021

Acceptance into this Master's programme is on a rolling basis and we highly recommend you apply as early as possible. No late applications will be considered.

Non-degreed applicants   (Applications close 1 Feb 2021)

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

No undergraduate qualification: The GMAT is compulsory for applicants that do not have an undergraduate qualification.

A minimum score of 550 must be obtained in order for the application to be considered. In addition, non - degreed applicants will undergo a series of interviews (panel and one on-one) and admission to the programme is subject to approval by the Senate of the University of Pretoria.

No Honours level qualifications: If you hold a degree (SAQA accredited NQF 7 qualification) but do not hold an Honours/PGDip level qualification, you will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence in regard to recognition of prior learning.

GIBS will accept a maximum of 10% of the cohort as non-degreed students. 

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)

Global module fee: US$ 2000 - US$ 7230 (Not compulsory).

Global Module is an optional additional module offered in your second year, which comprises of an international trip to understand the key teachings of international business. You will be given a number of countries to choose from and the cost will depend on the chosen destination. The details of this module will be provided in year 2 and is invoiced in year 2 based on the exchange rate. This is not compulsory and is in conjunction with the MBA programme.

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


2 Years




3 - 5 days a month including weekends 

(08:30 - 17:30)

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Note: This is the tentative schedule and the confirmed schedule 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.

Admission Process
Step 1

Compile all supporting documents. Click here for the list of supporting documents

Step 2

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

Step 3

Forward the reference link  provided to your referees.  Application is processed and documents verified (2-4 weeks). 

Step 4

You will be assigned a test date for the GIBS Entrance Test (You will receive an invitation to the test once your documents have been verified).

Step 5

Complete the Entrance Test (all degreed applicants) OR submit GMAT results (if non-degreed). 

Step 6

Await test results from the assessor and references will be verified (2 weeks). 

Step 7

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

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

Feedback will be received +/- 8-10 weeks after the application is received. Click here for the application form guideline.

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.

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 Admissions Office. We recommend you contact the Admissions Office before you complete your application.

Religious Observance: Observant students must contact the GIBS Admissions 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.

Information Sessions

The next session will be taking place later in the year for the 2022 intake.

    For any further enquiries regarding the information sessions, please contact the Admissions Department : +27 (0) 11 771 4000

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Who should Attend?

This Master’s degree is aimed at business managers and leaders who are looking to understand the opportunities and challenges the global business environment offers, and who are tasked with international expansion either within a corporate or for their own company. This programme will prepare students for the global environment by examining what makes countries and companies competitive globally.

How you will Benefit

This Master's degree in International Business is for business managers and leaders who want to learn more about managing in a globalised world. This focused Master's programme consists of a combination of core courses, a variety of tailored electives, taught by experienced local and international faculty, and an in-depth research component focused in an area of international business that is of interest to you.

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