Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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A world of choice.

The GIBS MBA is an attractive and unique offering that resonates with individuals who are self-driven, highly motivated and entrepreneurial-minded. This 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 2017 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 14​th year running that we have been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2017 our MBA 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 five MBA 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

Full Time Programme (Purple Group)
13 Months: Monday - Friday (08:30 – 17:30)

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.

 

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, i.e. honours degree postgraduate diploma or equivalent qualification. In response to this, GIBS has restructured the MBA. GIBS accommodates students with a three year degree 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. This does not affect the duration it will take to complete your MBA journey. Both phase 1 (PGDip) and phase 2 (MBA) will take two years part-time/modular or one year full-time to complete.

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 Phase 1, credits for these courses could be be obtained on the MBA

  • 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

Fees

Application fee: R3 000 (non-refundable, payable on application submission)
Registration fee: R15 000 payable on acceptance to the PGDip/MBA offset against cost of 1st year tuition.
Total tuition fees: R260 700 (excludes global module)
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000
Global module fee: US$4 620 - US$6 820 (This amount will be invoiced at the equivalent rand amount based on the prevailing exchange rate at the time of the compulsory global module.)

Please note that GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees.
These fees include the cost of the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management and the MBA phases combined.
All prices quoted are subject to change. Prices will be confirmed by October 2018.

Admissions Information

Applications open: 11 May 2018
Applications close for international applicants: 31 August 2018
Applications close for Full-Time PGDip/MBA applicants: 31 August 2018
Applications close for non-degreed applicants and all other formats: 28 September 2018 

Requirements

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.

MBA PGDIP ADMISSIONS PROCESS -  download

Non-degreed testing
GMAT Information download for non-degreed applicants
NMAT - Applicants are welcome to submit NMAT scores in addition to either the GIBS Entrance Test/GMAT. 
NMAT by GMAC  download information pack

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Please note this is only for quotation purposes.   No payment can be made against a quotation.
Tax Invoices will only be issued once you have been accepted onto the programme. 

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 saqa.org.za or email saqainfo@saqa.org.za 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

If you are observant – you will be excused from class, but the onus will be on the student to make up for the class missed and to plan with the programme management team in advance. 

Who should attend?

The average age of the GIBS MBA student is 33. 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 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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