Postgraduate Diploma Business Administration

Equipping you for business life in the fast lane.

As a driven university graduate in a hurry to get to the top, you leave university with good technical knowledge and start your career with little or no business experience. The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) is aimed at fast-tracking high-potential young graduates into the world of business. By combining a broad understanding of business concepts, practical applications and immediate transfer of learning to the work environment, PDBA students are at an advantage.

Through a combination of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, business field trips and syndicate projects, you will gain immediate insight into business. PDBA students are able to access online interactive learning material covering the fundamentals of selected courses from the GIBS website.

​​​​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.

​​​​The PDBA covers the same fundamental business principles as the MBA (Master of Business Administration). It offers six full credits towards the GIBS PGDip phase, which is conditional on students attaining a 65% aggregate in these subjects and commencing the MBA within five years of completing the PDBA.

The credits are:

  • Economics: Prices and Markets;

  • Financial Accounting;

  • Human Resources Strategy; and

  • Marketing​​;

  • Management Accounting;

  • Operations Management.



  • The PDBA is offered on a block release structure and is not offered as an evening programme.​

  • The PDBA runs over one year during which period you will study 13 subjects spread over six modules.

  • A module consists of two/three subjects and is completed in six/seven days.

  • Intensive, full-day lectures take place on the GIBS campus between 08:30 – 17:30 from Thursday/Friday to Sunday, alternating with periods back at work.

  • Weekends are included in the study blocks.

  • End of module exams are written on Saturdays and Sundays, two weeks after the conclusion of the module.

  • Students are only away from the workplace for approximately 16 working days. The PDBA is not offered in the evening.

  • The PDBA student selection process is rigorous. This means you can look forward to lively classroom discussions and interacting and networking with high-caliber peers from a broad range of disciplines.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of a degree or equivalent qualification; An equivalent qualification is an NQF level 7 qualification;

  • For the MBA, 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); if you wish to write the GMAT, please go to for more information. Please take note that the GMAT is compulsory for non-degreed applicants;

  • Leadership potential (your experience, letters of reference and application essays should all reveal that you can assume a leadership role in the workplace);

  • Good English language skills to actively participate in academic debate;

  • 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.

Important Dates: 

  • Applications open on 1 June 2016.

  • Applications for international students close on 31 August 2016.

  • Applications for non-degreed applicants close on 30 September 2016.

  • Applications for all other applicants close on 1 November 2016.​

Johannesburg Open Evening
Date: Thursday 30 June 2016
Venue: GIBS, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Sandton
Start Time: 17:30pm
RSVP: Click here to book your seat. 
Seats are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 
Please note the above dates are subject to change without prior notice.

Please note the below dates are subject to change without notice. Registration will open online a month before each event.
Durban Open Evening -  Thursday, 21July 2016
Harare Open Day - Thursday, 28 July 2016
Johannesburg Open Evening - Thursday, 04 August 2016
Gabarone Open Day - Thursday, 11 August 2016
Nelspruit Open Day - Thursday, 31 August 2016
Johannesburg Open Evening - Thursday, 20 October 2016

FEES 2017
Application fee: R2 500 (non-refundable, payable upon submission of your application)
Registration fee: R7 000 will be payable upon acceptance to the PDBA programme. Offset against the cost of tuition.
Total tuition fees: R85 000
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000
These fees include all textbooks, electronic study material, tuition and meals, as well as travel, accommodation and all meals on the compulsory global module. Please note that these inclusions are subject to amendments without prior notice.

Please note that GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees.
*All prices quoted above are subject to change. Price will be confirmed by November 2016. 

Admissions Department
011 771 4120 or 011 771 4331


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