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Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration with a specialisation in General Management

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Applications are currently closed except for the MBA Manufacturing Programme.

This postgraduate qualification covers the fundamentals of general management principles and is an NQF 8 accredited programme which is considered the start of your MBA journey. The programme of study articulating into an MBA is offered as either a full-time programme over sixteen months or in a part-time/modular format over two years. Students must complete all requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration specialising in General Management - the "PGDip"-  with a 60% average to be eligible to gain access to the GIBS MBA course.

Should you hold a relevant cognate NQF level 8 qualification in Business Administration or General Management from GIBS or another institution, you are eligible to apply directly for the MBA. Should you already hold a non-cognate postgraduate qualification, you may apply for applicable credits only when you have been accepted into the "PGDip". Please contact the admissions team for further information.

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Information Session

Next Information Session: 2024

Application Dates

Applications Open: 
24 May 2023

Applications Close: 
Round 1: 13 July 2023
Round 2: 24 August 2023
Round 3: 19 October 2023

Final Close INTENSIVE ONLY: 24 August 2023

Acceptance into the GIBS "PGDip"  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 the 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; and
  • 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 19 October 2023.

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: 

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


Total tuition fee including deposit: R406 995
(For two 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

Deposit: R20 000 
(non-refundable, payable on acceptance to the programme to secure your place, offset against the cost of 1st-year tuition)

Global module fee: US$ 2700 - US$ 7400 
(Invoiced in year two, based on exchange rate).

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

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 "PGDip". These bursaries will be granted to fully deserving candidates that have completed an application for the programme.

Please use the links below to apply:

Part Time (Red)


2 Years




​Monday and Wednesday evening (17:30- 21:30) and a full day Sat and/or Sun (08:30 – 17:30)

Part Time (Yellow)


2 Years




​Tuesday and Thursday   evening (17:30- 21:30) and a full day Sat and/or Sun (08:30 – 17:30)

Short Block (Green)


2 Years




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

Long Block (Blue)


2 Years




​​9 – 12 consecutive days per block (08:30 – 17:30), every second month

Intensive (Purple)


15 Months




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

Manufacturing Focused (Orange)


2 Years




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


Note: These are the tentative schedules for 2023  and the 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. 

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 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 Tuesday and Thursday at 14:00, please click here to book a session. 



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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 PGdip applicant.​ 

How you will benefit

The GIBS PGDip study journey has been designed to broaden a graduate’s business, country and world view, and 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.

Additional information

GIBS is a Level 1 B-BBEE Contributor 

This programme is a SAQA-accredited NQF level 8 qualification. SAQA ID: 12135

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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