Become an expert in strategy.
The newly introduced MPhil in Corporate Strategy is an academically rigorous degree that will enable you to transform from a traditional business manager into a specialist in the complexities of designing, implementing and adapting corporate strategy. The programme is completed in 18 months of part-time study in a format that allows you to minimise time away from the office.
This programme is aimed at managers with relevant experience in strategic processes who have completed a four-year degree, an honours degree or an equivalent qualification. Applicants should have at least 10 years' working experience.
The course consists of specialist core subjects, electives and a research project. It will equip you with high-level business skills in the areas of strategic foresight, strategic management and strategic leadership. Successful completion of this degree, which includes a significant research component, may enable progression to a PhD focused on research in corporate strategy.
Key focus areas
The following core courses are covered in year one: (May - November 2019)
- Strategic management;
- Strategic foresight;
- Strategic leadership; and
- Environment of business.
Requirements during year two: (Jan - November 2020)
- Introduction to research methodology - culminates in your research proposal (supported by research workshops);
- You will need to select four electives from the 40 offered on the MBA programme based on your areas of interest; and
- A research report in the area of strategy (hand in early November 2020).
Application fee: R3 000 (non-refundable, payable on application)
Registration fee: R15 000 (non-refundable, payable on acceptance to the programme offset against total tuition fees)
Total tuition fees: R145 800
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000
Please note that GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees.
Applications open: 15 October 2018
Applications close: 8 April 2019
Class will commence in May 2019
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- A minimum of an Honours degree or equivalent (NQF 8) in Business/Business related field/Professional qualification cognate to this degree such as a 4 year degree in Engineering or Law;
- Minimum 10 years business experience preferably;
- GIBS Entrance test or GMAT if non-degreed (min score 550);
- 500 word essay on a specific strategy topic (Click here to access the essay topic)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can call:012 431 5070 or the helpdesk on: 0860 111 673
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.
Observant students must contact the
GIBS Admissions Office to ascertain how their specific needs may be accomodated.