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Applications are now open for the 2021 intake. GIBS academic programmes are fully operational online at the moment via a blend of synchronous (online face to face) and asynchronous (in your own time) learning methods. We are managing admissions on the view that the 2021 intake will return to classroom based learning. If not we will fall back to our current mode of operation. 

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 on the programme.

Application Dates

Applications Open: 
30 September 2020

Applications Close: 
Round 1: 15 October 2020
Round 2: 20 October 2020

Acceptance is 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; and

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.
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: 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 


Application fee: 
Organization paid.

Proposed Schedule
Vodacom VAEP


1 Year



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Note: These are the tentative schedule and the confirmed schedules will be sent to all accepted students closer to the start date of the programme. These format is 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 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, GIBS will look into accommodating this. However, it is a requirement that the student will need to provide medical certificates and supporting documentation as requested by the GIBS Admissions Office. We recommend you contact the Admissions Office before you complete your application. 

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.

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Programme Outcome:

The Vodacom Advanced Executive Programme (VAEP) is an intensive action learning programme designed to develop the senior leaders of Vodacom. This prestigious programme exposes recognised high potential leaders to best practice both locally and internationally, leading faculty on the functional areas of business and speciallycrafted engagements and experiences. During the programme participants are immersed in in-market experiences to accelerate their business insights and learn directly from global business leaders. Participants will be required to apply their learnings to identified strategic industry challenges in the domestic sector, in support of Vodacom strategic drives. The VAEP cultivates not only personal and professional development, but also creates opportunities for participants to function more effectively in a team. The programme promotes the development of a network of empowered executives who can leverage each other’s experiences to the betterment of Vodacom’s strategic and operational sustainability. This programme has been specifically designed to combine academic rigour and practical implementation. ​​​

Programme aims:

Apply a broad variety of general management skills and sound business acumen 

Appreciate the dynamics of the global environment of business and the impact thereof on local markets 

Understand the strategic issues within telecommunications in the era of disruption 

Utilize the interconnectedness and interdependencies across the business with an increased personal network 

Harness an increased self-awareness relating to their personal effectiveness and leadership style 

Have a deeper understanding of leading people, diversity and change 

Apply enhanced decision-making, research and problem-solving abilities

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