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Applications are currently closed and will reopen in June for the 2022 intake.

Due to the recent Presidential address, GIBS has moved all classes online until further notice.

This executive MBA programme is ideal for those who are keen to start their own business, or the general manager who is looking to gain a deeper and all-rounded understanding of business to become a more effective manager. 

The GIBS MBA degree is an attractive and unique postgraduate qualification that resonates with individuals who are self-driven, highly motivated and entrepreneurial-minded. In May 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 2019, our Master's in Business Administration qualification was ranked among the top 50 business schools globally in the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Executive MBA Rankings. 

Students need to successfully complete all requirements for the PGDip GM in order to be eligible to gain entry into the GIBS MBA. 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 on the MBA programme.

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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 
Extension: 31st October 2020 (Final close)

Final Close: INTENSIVE ONLY: 26 August 2020
Final Close: KZN ONLY: 20 January 2021 (extended date)

Acceptance into the GIBS MBA Programme 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 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. 
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 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 


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 place, offset against cost of 1st year tuition)

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

Total tuition fees R317 790
(excludes global module)

The Global Module is a compulsory module to be completed in your MBA programme phase (2022), 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. 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.


The TWIMS Manufacturing Ambassador Scholarship aims to fund up to twenty students on the GIBS Manufacturing Focused MBA programme offered in KZN. The scholarships will cover up to 70% of student tuition and 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. Click here to apply for the scholarship. 

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GIBS in conjunction with the Black Management Forum (BMF) are offering 5five (5) bursaries to students accepted on the Intensive MBA programme for the 2020 intake. The Intensive MBA is aimed at individuals with sufficiently flexible work schedules that will allow them to pursue other goals such as completing their GIBS MBA - in just over a year. Click here to apply for this bursary. 

Part Time (Red)


2 Years




​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)


2 Years




​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)


2 Years




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

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Long Block (Blue)


2 Years




​7 - 11 consecutive days per a block (08:30 - 17:30), every second month

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Intensive (Purple)


15 Months




​7 - 11 consecutive days per a block (08:30 - 17:30), every month

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Manufacturing Focused (Orange)


2 Years




​7 - 11 consecutive days per a block (08:30 - 17:30), every second month

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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.

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, 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 in 2021

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?

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 is focussed on providing a broad view to business and its role in society. The GIBS MBA allows students to choose between three streams of focus; General Management, Entrepreneurship and Consulting.

How you will Benefit

The GIBS MBA study journey has been designed to broaden a 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.

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