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Study your MBA with a focus on General Management, Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Manufacturing or Healthcare.

Applications are currently open for the 2022 intake.
The GIBS Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme is currently fully operational in a hybrid learning environment via a blend of online and classroom-based learning methods. We are managing admissions on the view that the 2022 intake will return to full classroom-based learning. If not, we will fall back to our current mode of operation. 

Are you keen to start your own business, or gain a deeper and all-rounded understanding of business to become a more effective manager? If so, this executive MBA degree is ideal for you. The MBA course is focused on providing a broad view to business and its role in society. The GIBS MBA allows students to choose between five streams of focus areas; General Management, Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Manufacturing and Health. 

This postgraduate MBA qualification is attractive and unique, as it resonates with individuals who are self-driven, highly motivated, and entrepreneurial-minded. In obtaining the GIBS MBA, you will gain a powerful framework for making decisions throughout your career. In 2020 the annual [UK Financial Times] Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education once again ranked GIBS business school as the top South African and African business school. This is the 15th year running that we have been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In April 2020, our Master of Business Administration (MBA) course was ranked among the top 60 business schools globally in the prestigious [Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Executive MBA Rankings]. 

The MBA programme is offered as both a full-time programme over one year or in a modular format over two years. Students need to successfully complete all requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management (PGDip GM) in order to be eligible to gain entry into the GIBS MBA course. The PGDip GM is phase 1 of the MBA Programme. A 60% average is required in this phase in order to proceed onto phase 2 (MBA programme phase). Combined, both phases take two years to complete if done in the part-time/modular format, or one year for full-time students. Should you already hold a postgraduate qualification, you may apply for credits only when you have been accepted into the MBA programme.


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Information Session


Date: 27 October 2021
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Info Session Delivery Mode: Online (Zoom)

Please CLICK HERE to register
Note this session is for the Manufacturing Focused MBA delivered in Durban.



Overview
Application Dates

Applications Open: 
1 June 2021

Applications Close: 
Round 1: 15 July 2021
Round 2: 26 August 2021
Round 3: 30 September 2021 
Extension: 21 October 2021

Final Close: INTENSIVE ONLY: 26 August 2021
Final Close: KZN ONLY: 25 November 2021 

Acceptance into the GIBS MBA Programme is reviewed on a round by round basis, we highly recommend you apply as early as possible. No late applications will be considered.



Minimum Requirements

  • Completed degree/ SAQA accredited NQF 7 qualification;
  • Minimum of five years’ work experience, at least two years of which must have been at management level;
  • Postgraduate level of intellectual ability (as assessed via the GIBS Entrance Test)
  • Leadership potential (in accordance with your experience, references and application essay)
  • Good English language skills to have the ability to articulate your arguments verbally and in written format
  • Matriculation certificate level competence in mathematics
  • Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser
  • For the PGDip/MBA being delivered in KZN, applicants should see their future in the manufacturing sector, whether in a manufacturing plant, manufacturing-related facility, or a private or public sector support agency.
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.  The deadline to submit GMAT results is 30 September 2021.

For more information on GMAT and prep classes, please click here.

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 saqa.org.za or email: saqainfo@saqa.org.za 

Applicants from Non-English speaking countries will have to complete an English Proficiency Test 

Fees

Total tuition fees: R348 933
(For 2 years - excludes global module)

Application fee: 
The fees below 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
Extension: R4 000

Deposit: R17 000 
(non-refundable, payable on acceptance to the PGDip/MBA to secure your place, offset against cost of 1st year tuition)

Global module fee: US$ 2700 - US$ 7230 
(Invoiced in year two, based on exchange rate).


The Global Module is a compulsory module to be completed in your MBA programme phase (2023), 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.

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

Please click here for a 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.



Scholarships 


The TWIMS Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarship aims to fund up to twenty students on the GIBS  Manufacturing Focused MBA offered in KZN. The scholarships will cover student tuition up to 50% of the PGDip phase (year 1) and 70% of the MBA phase (year 2) including partial global module expenses. The TWIMS Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarships will only be granted to fully deserving candidates of exceptional talent and with a demonstrated, deep commitment to African industrialisation. Applications are currently opened and close on 31 October 2021. Click here for more information.  

To apply for the scholarship, Click here. 


Formats

Part Time (Red)

Duration:

2 Years

Venue:

Johannesburg

Attendance

​Monday and Wednesday evening (17:30- 21:30) and a full day Sat OR Sun (08:30 – 17:30), every second week

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Part Time (Yellow)

Duration:

2 Years

Venue:

Johannesburg

Attendance

​Tuesday and Thursday evening (17:30- 21:30) and a full day Sat OR Sun (08:30 – 17:30), every second week

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Short Block (Green)

Duration:

2 Years

Venue:

Johannesburg

Attendance

Full day Thursday and/ or Friday, Saturday and Sunday (08:30 - 17:30), every second week

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Long Block (Blue)

Duration:

2 Years

Venue:

Johannesburg

Attendance

​3 - 10 consecutive days per a block (08:30 - 17:30), every second month

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Intensive (Purple)

Duration:

15 Months

Venue:

Johannesburg

Attendance

​3 - 10 consecutive days per a block (08:30 - 17:30), every month

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Manufacturing Focused (Orange)

Duration:

2 Years

Venue:

Durban

Attendance

​3 - 10 consecutive days per a block (08:30 - 17:30), every second month

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Note: These are the tentative schedules, the updated confirmed schedules will be available later in the year and 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. The MBA schedule will be provided to you by the Programme Manager towards the end of the PGDIP phase.

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 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 which may require special assistance including test or examination concessions, GIBS will endeavour to accommodate your requirements. However, it is important to discuss your needs with the admissions office before you submit your application and needs to be clearly indicated 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 the Admissions Department: Admissions@gibs.co.za / +27 (0) 11 771 4000. Alternatively if you have a specific query and wish to speak to an Admissions Advisor, the "Meet the Admissions Team" session is hosted every Thursday at 14:00, please click here to book a session. 





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Who should study the MBA programme?

An undergraduate degree and a desire for further challenges alone are not sufficient for eligibility. Energy, leadership potential, maturity, ambition and a drive to make a meaningful contribution to the world of business in South Africa are all essential qualities in a successful GIBS MBA applicant. This programme is aimed at managers that are experts in specific functional areas of business and wish to move into a leadership role that requires general management. The MBA course is focused on providing a broad view to business and its role in society. The GIBS MBA allows students to choose between five streams of focus; General Management, Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Manufacturing focused and Health focused.

How will you benefit from doing an MBA?
The GIBS Master of Business Administration (MBA) study journey has been designed to broaden an MBA 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 in South Africa and abroad.


Additional Information

This programme is a SAQA accredited NQF level 9 qualification. SAQA ID: 97397 

http://allqs.saqa.org.za/showQualification.php?id=97397

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