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MPhil in Business Management specialising in Corporate Strategy

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This Master's degree in Corporate Strategy will give you leading-edge knowledge to help you gain a deep understanding of how organisations need to react timeously to rapidly changing business environments, digital disruption, and fast-changing business models.

This MPhil is a specialised, academically rigorous postgraduate master's degree that will enable you to transform from a traditional business manager into a specialist in the complexities of
designing, implementing, and adapting corporate strategy. You will be able to conduct advanced research into corporate strategy formulation and skills, making you an expert in your area of research.  

You will be enraptured by the latest research on interesting topics such as strategic foresight, and strategic and executive leadership. At the same time, you will develop insights that will make you a more effective leader at a senior and executive level. This is a research-intensive master's degree focusing on corporate strategy and may articulate to a PhD.

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Information Sessions

Combined MPhil Information Session
Date: 22 February 2024
Delivery mode: Zoom (Online)

Application Dates

Applications Open

1 June 2023

Applications Close

29 February 2024

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

Minimum Requirements

  • Completed Honours degree/ SAQA accredited NQF 8 qualification;
  • Minimum of five years business experience (preferably 10 or more);
  • 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:; and 
  • 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.

The GMAT is facilitated by an external company  and 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 and admission to the programme is subject to approval by the Senate of the University of Pretoria. The deadline to submit GMAT results is 28 March 2024. 

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 tuitionR206 000 (For 2 years.)

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

Deposit: R20 000 (Non-refundable, deposit paid upon acceptance to secure place, offset against total tuition)

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.


A number of partial bursaries are available for designated groups on the MPhil in Business Management specialising in Corporate Strategy programme. These bursaries will be granted to fully deserving candidates that have completed an application for the programme. Click here to apply.

Part Time


2 Years




3 - 5 days a month including weekends 

(08:30 - 17:30)

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Note: This is the current schedule and the updated schedule for 2024 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

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 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 : / +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 Thursday at 14:00, please click here to        book a session. 

More Information

Who should attend this MPhil in Corporate Strategy?
This master’s degree is aimed at business managers and leaders who want to develop a deep knowledge of corporate strategy – which lies at the heart of all organisational success. 
Decision makers, executives, head of departments and CEOs 
are key individuals involved in strategy development and implementation. 

How will you benefit from this MPhil in Corporate Strategy?

Through a wide range of case studies and exposure to business leaders, you will be able to see the applicability of the academic material covered in the courses. You will participate in a large-scale, team-based project studying an industry through the viewpoint of both a dominant player as well as a disruptor in that industry, applying your learnings from each of the four core courses.

Additional Information

GIBS is a Level 1 B-BBEE Contributor

This programme is a SAQA-accredited NQF level 9 qualification. SAQA ID: 12157

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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