Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Applications are closed for the 2019 intake and will open on 30 May 2019 for the 2020 intake.

A world of choice.

The GIBS MBA degree is an attractive and unique offering that resonates with individuals who are self-driven, highly motivated and entrepreneurial-minded. This executive MBA programme is ideal for those who are keen to start their own business, or the general manager who is looking to gain a deeper and all-rounded understanding of business to become a more effective manager.

In May 2018 the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked us as the top South African and African business school. This is the 15​th year running that we have been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2017 our MBA qualification was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. We are the only business school in Africa to appear in this ranking.​

Our six MBA (Phase 2) formats

Part Time Programme (Red Group)
Monday and Wednesday evening (17:30 – 21:30) and a full day Saturday OR  Sunday (08:30 – 17:30)

Part Time Programme (Yellow Group)
Tuesday and Thursday evening (17:30 – 21:30) and a full day Saturday OR  Sunday (08:30 – 17:30)

Short Block Modular Programme (Green Group)
Full day Thursday and/ or Friday, Saturday and Sunday (08:30 – 17:30), every second week

Long Block Modular Programme (Blue Group)
7 – 11 consecutive days per a block (08:30 – 17:30), every second month

Intensive Programme (Purple Group)
15 Months: Modular format with sessions of up to ten day blocks, every three weeks. 

Long Block Modular KZN MBA Programme (Orange Group)
7 – 11 consecutive days per a block (08:30 – 17:30), every second month,
GIBS, in partnership with the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies(TWIMS), will offer the MBA with a manufacturing focus in KZN in 2019.The MBA being delivered at the TWIMS venue in KZN, includes a range of manufacturing-focussed content.

This programme will be delivered at the following venue: Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS), 74 Everton Road, Kloof, 3610

Note: These formats are subject to changes. Applicants will be notified of any changes timeously. 
All formats can include Saturday and/Sunday attendance as required.


PGDip MBA Manufacturing Focused - ADMISSIONS PROCESS 2019

PGDip Long-Block Manufacturing Focused KZN - Essay Question


Prospective students interested in studying towards a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) will be required to be in possession of an NQF level eight qualification in Business Adminstration, i.e. honours degree postgraduate diploma or equivalent qualification. GIBS accommodates students who are not in possession of an NQF level eight qualification in Business Adminstration, i.e. honours degree postgraduate diploma or equivalent qualification through a Postgraduate Diploma in General Management. Students need to successfully complete all requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management in order to be eligible to gain entry into the GIBS MBA. Both phase 1 (PGDip) and phase 2 (MBA) combined take two years part-time/modular or one year full-time to complete.

Core Courses

The following core courses are covered in the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management (phase 1)

  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Human Behaviour and Performance
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Resource Strategy
  • Research and Statistics
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Communication for Impact
  • Applied Business Project

The following core courses are covered in the MBA in General Management (phase 2)

  • Human Resource Strategy*
  • Financial and Management Accounting*
  • Operations Management*
  • Marketing*
  • Environment of Business
  • Decision Making
  • Innovation and Design
  • Strategic Implementation
  • Leadership
  • Integrated Simulation
*If students complete PGDip GM (Phase 1), credits for these courses are obtained onto the MBA (Phase 2) of the programme.

  • Research Project
  • Choose your 5 Electives (runs 3 - 4 consecutive full days per elective - no evening options. Electives are run full day weekdays and/or weekend depending on your selection)
  • Global Module
The MBA being delivered at the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies in KZN, includes a range of manufacturing-specific content, including:
  1. Cases in core courses focusing on the manufacturing environment
  2. Manufacturing electives concentrating on the future of manufacturing, green manufacturing, African trade and industrialisation, lean operations management, and lean supply chain management
  3. International study trips to manufacturing-related locations
  4. Independent research project on a manufacturing-related theme

Current Fees

Application fee: R3 000 (non-refundable, payable on application)
Registration fee: R17 000 (non-refundable, payable on acceptance to the PGDip/MBA offset against cost of 1st year tuition.)
Total tuition fees: R297 000 (These fees include the cost of the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management and the MBA phases combined. These fees exclude the cost of Global Module.)
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000
Global module fee: TBC

Please note that GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees.

All prices quoted are subject to change.

Note: A limited number of merit bursaries are available on the Intensive PGDip/MBA programme.  All accepted applicants will be notified of the bursary application process.

Admissions Information

Applications open: 30 May 2019
Applications close for international applicants: 30 September 2019
Applications close for Intensive PGDip/MBA applicants: 28 August 2019
Applications close for non-degreed applicants and all other formats: 30 September 2019


In order to be considered for a place on the GIBS PGDip in GM programme the following criteria must be met: 

  • A minimum of a degree or equivalent qualification; 
  • A 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 (your experience, letters of reference and application essay should all reveal that you can assume a leadership role in the workplace); 
  • Good English language skills to have the ability to articulate your arguments verbally and in written format; 
  • A minimum of Matriculation certificate level competence in Mathematics; 
  • Competence in the use of a scientific or financial calculator; and Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser.
  • Interview
  • For the PGDip/MBA being delivered in KZN, applicants need to see their future in the manufacturing sector, whether in a manufacturing plant, manufacturing-related facility, or a private or public sector support agency.

Non-degreed testing
GMAT Information download for non-degreed applicants
NMAT - Applicants are welcome to submit NMAT scores in addition to their GMAT scores. 
NMAT by GMAC  download information pack

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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: 012 431 5070 or the helpdesk on: 0860 111 673

Special requirements

If you have a special need, GIBS will look into accommodating this need, however it is a requirement that the student will need to provide medical certificates and supporting documentation as requested by the GIBS Admission office. Contact the GIBS Admissions office before you complete your application for us to advise how we can accommodate your special needs.

Religious observance: Observant students must contact the GIBS Admissions Office to ascertain how their specific needs may be accomodated.

Upcoming Open Days: TBC

Should you like more information on the information sessions, please contact Mpho Mashele or 011 771 4116

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. 

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