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General Management Programme (GMP)

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This flagship international programme will give you the skills to flourish in a volatile environment, help you to transition into a strategic general management role, and future-proof your career.

An invigorating six-month programme designed to equip senior managers who are transitioning or have transitioned, into general management. The popular GMP is unique because of five key factors: the pedigree of your peers, the pedigree of your lecturers; our focus on intensive coaching; teamwork; and an international immersion to Turkey, Istanbul.

The characteristics of an exceptional general manager include the ability to think more strategically and innovatively, respond more timeously to a turbulent economic environment, and still plan for future success. This is a personalised journey of discovery and growth, known for equipping senior managers with the tools and confidence to be exceptional. 
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Application Dates

Applications Open

8 September 2023

Applications Close

20 June 2024

Admission is based on professional achievement and organisational responsibility.  

Minimum Requirements
  • The programme is ideal for those aspiring to move into general management, including function heads and senior managers from both the private and the public sector. It is also aimed at general managers who have transitioned and want to improve their performance.
  • No formal education qualifications are required, but an interview may be necessary for the selection process.

The admissions committee reserves the right to accept only those applicants who are likely to benefit from the programme and who are able to make a full contribution to group activities.


Total Tuition Fee 

R207 000

Included: All course material,
international travel, accommodation,
insurance, meals. 
Excluded: Visas, accommodation if required during modules one and two.

GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees; all prices are subject to change.

Please click here for a quote/proforma invoice.


Part Time


17 Days




 Module 1: 9 – 11 July 2024

 Module 2: 12 – 15 August 2024

 Module 3: 13 – 20 October 2024 (Travel module - Turkey, Istanbul)

Module 4: 26 – 27 November 2024

Note: This is the tentative schedule. The confirmed schedules will be sent to all accepted students closer to the programme's start date. These formats are subject to change, and applicants will be notified of any changes timeously.

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 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. 

Admission Process
Step 1

Complete your online application form. Please refer to the top right corner of the webpage to apply.

Step 2

Submit your online application and all supporting documents (CV and company organogram).

Step 3

Application is processed, and you will receive a reference number once your application is successfully received.

Step 4

The GIBS admissions committee review all applicant profiles.

Step 5

Possible interview and feedback will be provided.

Step 6

Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance.

Step 7

The invoice will be issued, and payment is to be made.

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 fund the tuition fees.


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Who should Attend?

The programme is designed for senior managers with functional expertise who are moving from leading a business unit or function to a general management role where they are managing a more complex business entity across its entirety. It is also aimed at general managers who have already made the transition over the past one to two years and would like to improve their performance. ​​

How you will Benefit

At the end of the programme, as a result of lectures, simulations, company visits, travel to an international destination, group, and individual coaching, and 360-degree assessments, you will have:

  • Mastered cross-functional leadership skills;
  • Developed the ability to think more strategically;
  • Built a richer understanding of global business;
  • Grown in knowledge and experience and challenge your existing notions; and 
  • Formulated strategies for success.
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