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Postgraduate Diploma Business Administration (Part-Time PDBA)

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Applications are now open for the 2021 intake. 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 GIBS Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) is aimed at fast-tracking high-potential individuals in the early stages of their management careers into the world of business. 

By pursuing a GIBS PDBA you will be exposed to a curriculum that is tailored to give you an understanding of how to run a department within your organisation. By combining a broad understanding of business concepts, practical applications and immediate transfer of learning to the work environment, GIBS PT PDBA students are at an advantage in any business environment. Through a combination of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, business field trips and syndicate projects, you will gain immediate insight into business.

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Application Dates

Applications Open: 
1 June 2020

Applications Close: 
Round 1: 16 July 2020
Round 2: 26 August 2020
Round 3: 30 September 2020 (Final close)

Acceptance is on a round by round basis, we highly recommend you apply as early as possible. No late applications will be considered.

The deadline for all non-degreed applicants is 26 August 2020. 

Minimum Requirements
  • Completed degree/ SAQA accredited NQF 7 qualification

  • Minimum 2 years work 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

  • SAQA certifcate for all qualifications completed outside SA (international)

Should you not hold a degree or a SAQA accredited NQF 7 qualification, you will be required to complete the GMAT test. The GMAT is facilitated by an external company and the minimum score required for your application to be considered is 550. 

International Students/Foreign Qualifications: Applicants who hold a foreign qualification need to send their qualifications to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for evaluation before applying to GIBS. We require the SAQA certificate to verify the NQF level of your qualification. 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 


Total tuition : R106 525

Application fee: These fees correlate with the application closing dates and are non-refundable, payable upon application.

  • Round 1: R2 000 (Early bird)
  • Round 2: R3 000 
  • Round 3: R4 000

Deposit: R17 000 (non-refundable, will be payable upon acceptance to the PDBA 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


1 Year




​​Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (08:30 – 17:30), every 2 weeks

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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. This format is subject to change and applicants will be notified of any changes timeously. No evening classes is offered on this programme.

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 for 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
Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020
Time: 18:00 till 19:00
Delivery mode: Online (Zoom)

For any further enquiries regarding the information sessions, please contact Mpho Mashele : / +27 (0) 11 771 4116


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Who should Attend?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) is aimed at fast-tracking high-potential young graduates into the world of business. Participants should have at least two years of work experience and demonstrated leadership potential.

How you will Benefit

Through a combination of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, business field trips and syndicate projects, you will gain immediate insight into business. ​​​​The programme also gives you the opportunity to develop interpersonal and problem-solving skills, to manage risks and uncertainty, and gain analytical and financial expertise.

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