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Postgraduate Diploma in General Management (PGDip GM)

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Applications for 2023 opening soon.

Study your PGDIP/MBA with a focus on General Management, Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Manufacturing or Healthcare.
Phase 1 of GIBS MBA

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 phase is phase 1 of the MBA Programme. A 60% average is required in this phase in order to proceed onto phase 2 (MBA phase). Combined, both phases take two years to complete if done in the part-time/modular format,  or just over one year for intensive students. 

Should you already hold a postgraduate qualification, you may apply for credits only when you have been accepted into the programme. 
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Information Sessions

The next session will take place in June 2022.

Application Dates

Applications Open: 
1 June 2022

Applications Close: 
Round 1: 14 July 2022
Round 2: 25 August 2022
Round 3: 30 September 2022 

Final Close INTENSIVE ONLY: 25 August 2022
Final Close KZN ONLY: 24 November 2022

Acceptance into the GIBS PGDip/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 or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • 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 2022.

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 fees: R376 848
(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

Deposit: R20 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).

The Global Module is a compulsory module to be completed in your MBA 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.

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




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

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Intensive (Purple)


15 Months




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

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Manufacturing Focused (Orange)


2 Years




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

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Note: These are the current 2022 schedules, the updated confirmed schedules 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. 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 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. 

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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.​ You need a minimum of five years of work experience, at least two years of which must have been at management level. Good English language skills are a necessity in order to to actively participate in academic debate. We require a minimum of Matriculation certificate-level competence in Mathematics and skill in the use of a scientific or financial calculator. Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser.​​​

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.

Additional information

GIBS is a Level 1 B-BBEE Contributor 

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

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