Postgraduate Diploma Business Administration (Part-Time PDBA)

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

Fast-track your career.

The GIBS Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) Part-Time is aimed at fast-tracking high-potential individuals in the early stages of their management careers into the world of business. By pursuing a GIBS PDBA you will be exposed to a curriculum that is tailored to give you an understanding of how to run a department within your organisation. 

Today, professionals do not necessarily start at the bottom and do not always have to work their way up the corporate ladder. Today’s managers and knowledge workers enjoy rapid upward mobility and their earnings often outstrip their historic peers. Globalisation and business complexity increase the stakes and speed up the pace of business. This also means business requires more practical skills. You have to be innovative, flexible and able to cope with new technology and fierce competition. 

Your undergraduate degree is a ticket to the game. Now it’s time to access the knowledge, tools and skills that will fast-track you in the world of business. The concept of lifelong learning – the ongoing ability to access information and develop new skills –helps business executives cope with the faster pace, growing complexity and higher stakes of the world of business.

For those who are not afraid of change and are flexible enough to adapt to new situations, the GIBS Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (GIBS PDBA) will help you gain the business knowledge you require to lead and thrive in today’s competitive environment, paving the way to future career success. 

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The following courses are covered in the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

  • Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Innovation and Critical Thinking
  • Economics: Prices and Markets
  • Information And Knowledge Management
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Human Resources Strategy
  • Operations Management
  • Macroeconomic
  • Integrating Structures and Processes
  • Entrepreneurship
Exams are written over two days two weeks after the conclusion of each module.
Note: These modules are subject to changes. Applicants will be notified of any changes timeously. 

1. Individual Preparation
2. Syndicate Group Meetings
3. Lectures
4. Assessments
5. Coaching

The GIBS Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (GIBS PDBA) runs over one year on a modular block release structure. During this period you will study 13 subjects spread over six modules. A module consists of two/three subjects and is completed in six/seven days.  The GIBS PDBA is not offered in the evening. All accepted GIBS PDBA students are required to attend the three-day Leadership Assessment and Development (LEAD) workshop prior to commencing the programme in 2020. The workshop starts daily at 08:30 and ends at 17:30 and takes place at the GIBS campus.

Minimum Requirements

  • A minimum of a degree or equivalent qualification;
  • You have a minimum of two years work experience;
  • Postgraduate level of intellectual ability (as assessed via the GIBS Entrance Test or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT))
  • You have leadership potential (in accordance with your experience, reference letters and application essay).
  • You have good English language skills to actively participate in academic debate.
  • You have a minimum of Matriculation-certificate-level competence in Mathematics.
  • You have competence in the use of a scientific or financial calculator.
  • You have competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser.

Current Fees (Subject to change for the 2020 intake)

Application fee: R3000 (non-refundable, payable on application)
Registration fee: R7 000 (non-refundable, payable on acceptance to the PDBA offset against cost of the tuition fees.)
Total tuition fees: R92 610 (2019)
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000

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

All prices quoted are subject to change. Prices to be confirmed for 2020 intake.

Admissions Information

Applications open: May 2019
Applications close for international applicants: September 2019
Applications close for all other applicants: September 2019


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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Should you have no work experiecne you should consider the PDBA Full-Time programme please visit our PDBA Full-Time page for further information.

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

Special needs:
If you have a special need, 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. To request special needs assistance, please contact the Admissions Office before you complete your application.

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

Who should attend?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) is aimed at fast-tracking high-potential young graduates into the world of business. Participants should have at least two years of work experience and demonstrated leadership potential.

How you will benefit

 Through a combination of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, business field trips and syndicate projects, you will gain immediate insight into business. ​​​​The programme also gives you the opportunity to develop interpersonal and problem-solving skills, to manage risks and uncertainty, and gain analytical and financial expertise. 



  • Best reputation among employers - Financial Mail

  • First choice of graduates - Financial Mail

  • Ranked #1 in Africa for Executive Education - UK Financial Times

  • Top MBA in Africa - UK Financial Times

  • Internationally Accredited: AMBA (UK) and AACSB (USA)

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