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ABSA: PDBA Career Advancement

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Offered fully Online - Applications are now open for classes starting in October 2021. 

For recent graduates looking at catapulting their careers.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) - Early Career Advancement from the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), is designed to give the recent graduate an in-depth holistic view of business, complemented by a practical skill set that will provide a competitive edge at the start of their careers. Aimed at young individuals in the early stages of their careers, this programme provides an edge that will set them apart from other graduates and position them to be high-flyers in any industry.

This intensive honours level programme will be offered fully online using a variety of technologies. It is an ideal programme for an individual that has recently graduated and is currently either not employed, employed part-time or in their first or second year of employment. Students will gain business knowledge from world class faculty in thirteen subjects, develop competencies through targeted coaching and applied workforce learning. A curated set of development activities, will develop what is required to be successful in the digital era. This will drive their attractiveness to employers by adding business acumen, general management skills and experience to their CV.

Organisations interested in sponsoring GIBS students can acquire skills development points on their B-BBEE scorecard in addition to contributing to the further education of young South Africans. Click here for more information.

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Minimum Requirements
  • A minimum of a degree or equivalent qualification;
  • Postgraduate level of intellectual ability (as assessed via the GIBS Entrance Test);
  • Leadership potential (in accordance with your letter of motivation and references);
  • Good English language skills to actively participate in academic debate;
  • A minimum of Matriculation-certificate-level competence in Mathematics;
  • Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser (own laptop essential);
  • Ongoing access to WiFi

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

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.

Step 3

Forward the reference link  provided to your referees.  Application is processed and documents verified.

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. 

Step 7

Applicant profile is reviewed and you will receive feedback from the admissions team.

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 regarding the information sessions, please contact the Admissions Department : / +27 (0) 11 771 4000


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