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Master of Philosophy in International Business (MPhil IB)

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The overall aim of the programme is to equip students with the global business strategy skills needed to understand the challenges and grasp the opportunities that the global business environment offers. 

This Master's degree in International Business is a specialised degree that will enable you to transform from a traditional business manager into a global business leader who understands the complexities of managing in a global society. You will be able to conduct advanced research into International Business and be an expert in your area of chosen research.  

This is a research-intensive course focusing on international business and may articulate to a PhD..

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Application Dates

Applications Open: 30 May 2019
Applications Close: 24 March 2020

Acceptance is on a round by round basis, we highly recommend you apply as early as possible. No late applications will be considered.

Minimum Requirements

  • Completed Honours degree/ SAQA accredited NQF 8 qualification
  • At least 5 years work experience
  • Preferable exposure to international business / multinational companies
  • Matriculation certificate level competence in mathematics
  • Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser
  • Good English language skills verbally and in written format
  • SAQA certificate for all qualifications completed outside SA (international)

Should you not hold a degree or a SAQA accredited NQF 7 qualification, you will be required to complete the GMAT test. The GMAT is facilitated by an external company and minimum score required for your application to be considered is 550. For more information on GMAT, please click here. For GMAT prep classes please click here.

Should you not hold an Honours (SAQA accredited NQF 8 qualification) you will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence of prior learning to the Admissions office.

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: +27 (0) 12 431 5070 or the helpdesk on:+27 (0) 860 111 673

Applicants from Non- English speaking countries will have to complete an English Proficiency Test 


Total tuition : R157 464 (For 2 years.)

Application fee: R3 000 (Non-refundable, will be payable upon application).

Registration fee: R17 000 (non-refundable, will be payable upon acceptance to the MPHIL programme. Offset against the cost of tuition in your first year.)

Global module fee: US$ 4620 - US$ 7230 (Not compulsory).

International students: R5 000 (Excluding SADC countries)

Global Module is an additional module is offered in your second year, which comprises of an international trip to understand the key teachings of international business. You will be given a number of countries to choose from and the cost will depend on the chosen destination. The details of this module will be provided in year 2 and will be invoiced in year 2 at the exchange rate. This is not compulsory and is in conjuction with the MBA programme.

GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees and all prices are subject to change.

Please click here for a quote/ proforma invoice. Note no payment can be made against a quotation and you can only receive a tax invoice once you have been officially accepted onto the programme

Note: A limited number of merit bursaries are available for designated groups on this programme. All accepted applicants will be notified of the bursary application process after commencement of the programme.


​Part Time 
2 Year
 3 - 5 days a month including weekends  (08:30 - 17:30)
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Note: This is the current schedule and the confirmed schedule with 2020 dates will be sent to all accepted students closer to the start date of the programme.This format is subject to change and applicants will be notified of any changes timeously. No evening classes is offered on this programme.

Special requirements

Special needs:

If you have a special need or disability, 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. We recommend you contact the Admissions Office before you complete your application.

Religious observance:

Observant students must contact the GIBS Admissions Office before you start your application to ascertain if or how your specific needs may be accommodated. Note all programmes include weekend classes and attendance is compulsory.

Admission Process

  • Step 1: Compile all supporting documents. Click here for the list of supporting documents
  • Step 2: Submit your online application along with all supporting documents and pay the application fee 
  • Step 3: Application is processed and documents verified (3-4 weeks). 
  • Step 4: Submit references and book for the GIBS Entrance Test (You will receive an invitation to the test once your documents have been verified).
  • Step 5: Complete the Entrance Test at GIBS OR submit GMAT results (if non-degreed) 
  • Step 6: Await for test results from the assessor (2 weeks ) 
  • Step 7: Applicant profile is reviewed and feedback will sent to the applicant.
All accepted students are required to pay the registration fee within 3 weeks of acceptance to secure your place on the programme 

Feedback will be received +/- 4 weeks after each closing round. Click here for the application form guideline.

There are set test dates for the year that cannot be changed upon individual requests. Should you not be able to attend any of the given dates, you will have to make arrangements to write the assessment directly with the assessor at an additional cost. Please click here for assessors details. 

Please ensure the billing details are correct when completing the application form as any request to make amendments will delay your application. Ensure you have the VAT number should your company be funding the tuition fees. 

Open Evenings

​Johannesburg -  GIBS
21 November 2019
18h00 - 19h00​Click here to book your seat

For any further information, please contact Mpho Mashele : /+27 (0) 11 771 4116

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Who should attend?

This degree is aimed at individuals that hold an honours degree or equivalent (NQF 8) in business/business related field/ or a professional qualification cognate to this degree such as a four year degree in engineering or law.

How you will benefit

This master's degree in international business is for business managers and leaders who want to learn more about managing in a globalised world. This focused master's programme consists of a combination of core courses, a variety of tailored electives, taught by experienced local and international faculty, and an in-depth research component focused in an area of international business that is of interest to you. 

Additional information


18 months part-time
(May 2018 – November 2019)

MPhil 2018-19 Schedule.pdf

18 months part-time 
(May 2019 – November 2020)

MPhil 2019 International Business Schedule.pdf

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