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Master of Philosophy with specialisation in International Business

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This Master's Degree in International Business Management prepares you for a variety of business roles in a global context.

Applications for the 2023 intake will open in June. 

The overall aim of this specialised masters degree is to equip students with international business management skills needed to understand the challenges and grasp the opportunities that the global business environment offers.

Are you a traditional business manager who would like to transform into a global business leader, that understands the complexities of managing in a global society? This MPhil from GIBS enables you, to conduct advanced research into International Management and be an expert in your area of chosen research within the field of International Business Management.

This is a research-intensive postgraduate masters degree focusing on international business management and may articulate to a PhD.
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Information Sessions

The next session will take place in June for the 2023 intake.

Application Dates

Applications Open

1 June 2022

Applications Close

10 March 2023

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
  • 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). 
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  • Applicants from Non-English speaking countries will have to complete an English Proficiency Test. See below options:        Option 1 | Option 2

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 10 March 2023. 

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 tuitionR190 741 (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)

Global module fee: US$ 2000 - US$ 7230 (Not compulsory).

Global Module is an optional additional module offered in your second year, 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 and is invoiced in year 2 based on the exchange rate. This is not compulsory and is in conjunction with the MBA programme.

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 Master of Philosophy with specialisation in International Business programme. These bursaries will be granted to fully deserving candidates that have completed an application for the programme. Bursary applications opening soon.


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 2023 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 Degree?

This Master’s degree is aimed at business managers and leaders who are looking to understand the opportunities and challenges the global business environment offers, and who are tasked with international expansion either within a corporate or for their own company. This postgraduate business programme will prepare students for the global environment by examining what makes countries and companies competitive globally.

How will you benefit from this MPhil Degree?

This focused Master's programme consists of a combination of core courses, a variety of tailored electives, taught by experienced local and international faculty, and an in-depth research component focused in an area of international business that is of interest to you.

Additional Information

GIBS is a Level 1 B-BBEE Contributor

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

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