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Advanced Diploma in General Management (AdvDip GM)

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An NQF 7 qualification for potential or current managers looking to take their personal and professional journey to the next level. 

This 10-month programme is offered in two formats: in person at the GIBS Campus in JHB or fully online. Participants can select either delivery mode depending on their preference. Click here to view the delivery options. 

There are two streams that applicants can choose from:

>>Advanced Diploma in General Management with (GM)

>>Advanced Diploma in General Management with a focus on Impact Entrepreneurship (Please click here for more info)

Advanced Diploma in General Management

The programme is aimed at individuals who hold an NQF 6 qualification and seek to progress in their careers by deepening their understanding of business and improving their general management capability. 

The purpose of the Advanced Diploma in General Management is to formalise managers' existing experience, as well as accelerate their ability to contribute to their teams and businesses by increasing their business knowledge and acumen.

The programme is designed to deepen an individual's business knowledge and acumen to advance their capability to contribute and excel in the workplace by pursuing a qualification in general management.

Why choose the GIBS Advanced Diploma?

This programme has been formulated to move participants towards mastering concepts such as:

  • Developing strategic perspectives and understanding
  • The role of a senior manager in strategic planning
  • Leadership & management practices for the future
  • Communicate effectively and with impact
  • Critical thinking & applied problem-solving
  • Cultivating business efficiency & effectiveness
  • Creating future value
  • Action learning in your workplace and applying advanced research skills

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Information Session

Advanced Diploma Information Session
Date: 17 January 2024
Mode: Zoom (Online)
Time: 18:00- 19:00

Application Dates

Applications Open

Online: 03 November 2023
In class: 1 June 2023

RPL Applications: 30 November 2023

Applications Close

Online: 25 April 2024
In class: 31 January 2024

We highly recommend you apply as early as possible. No late applications will be considered.

Minimum Requirements
  • Completed SAQA accredited NQF 6 qualification; 

  • Minimum of 2 years' work experience;

  • A minimum of Matriculation-certificate-level competence in Mathematics;

  • Undergraduate level of intellectual ability (as assessed via the GIBS Entrance Test);
  • Leadership potential (in accordance with your letter of motivation and references);
  • Good English language skills to actively participate in academic debate;
  • Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser (own laptop essential);
  • Applicants from Non-English speaking countries will have to complete an English Proficiency Test. See below options:         Option 1 | Option 2

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: 

No NQF 6 qualifications: If you do not hold a SAQA accredited NQF 6 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-diploma students. 


Total tuition including deposit: R90 439 (2024 In-class programme)

Application fee: R3 000 (non-refundable, will be payable upon application).

Deposit: R20 000 (non-refundable, will be payable upon acceptance onto the programme).

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

Please click here for In class AdvDip 2024 quote/proforma invoice and payment options. 

Please click here for Online AdvDip 2024 quote/proforma invoice and payment options

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.


A number of partial bursaries are available for designated groups on the Advanced Diploma programme. These bursaries will be granted to fully deserving candidates who have completed an application for the programme.

Please use the links below to apply:

Advanced Diploma in General Management (AdvDip GM)

Advanced Diploma offered Online 2024

Part Time


10 Months


On campus (JHB)


​3 days every month                   

(08:30 - 17:00)




12 Months




​3 evening sessions every month              

(17:30 - 20:00)


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.

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

Application is processed and documents verified (3-4 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 GIBS entrance test online. 

Step 6

Await for test results from the assessor and submit references (2 weeks). 

Step 7

Applicant profile is reviewed and feedback will sent to the applicant.

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

Feedback will be received +/- 8 weeks after the application has been recived. 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 which may require special assistance including test or examination concessions, GIBS will endeavour to accommodate your requirements. Please discuss your needs with the admissions office before you submit your application, and clearly indicated this on your submitted application form.

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.

For any further enquiries, please contact our Admissions Department : / +27 (0) 11 771 4135. Alternatively if you have a specific query and wish to speak to an Admissions Advisor, the "Meet the Admissions Team" session is hosted every Tuesday and Thursday at 14:00, please click here to book a session. 

More Information

Who should attend?

Those looking to progress in their career or take the next step to formalise their current experience. 

Aimed at those who do not hold a degree or SAQA NQF level 7 qualification.

How you will benefit
This programme has been formulated to move
participants towards mastering concepts such as:

  • Developing strategic perspectives and understanding role of a senior manager in strategic planning
  • Leadership & management practices for the future
  • Communicate effectively and with impact
  • Critical thinking & applied problem solving
  • Cultivating business efficiency & effectiveness
  • Creating future value
  • Action learning in your workplace and applying advance research skills

Additional Information

GIBS is a Level 1 B-BBEE Contributor

This programme is a SAQA accredited NQF level 7 qualification. SAQA ID: 118281

University of Pretoria Programme Qualification Mix (PQM)

The higher education sector has undergone an extensive alignment to the Higher Education Qualification Sub Framework (HEQF) across all institutions in South Africa. In order to comply with the HEQSF, all institutions are legally required to participate in a national initiative led by regulatory bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The University of Pretoria is presently engaged in an ongoing effort to align its qualifications and programmes with the HEQSF criteria. Current and prospective students should take note that changes to UP qualification and programme names, may occur as a result of the HEQSF initiative. Students are advised to contact their faculties if they have any questions.

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