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Postgraduate Diploma Business Administration (Part-Time PDBA)

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The GIBS Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) 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. 

Should you already hold a Postgraduate qualification, you may apply for credits only when you have been accepted on the programme.

Application Dates

Applications Open: 30 May 2019

Applications Close: 
  • Round 1: 18 July 2019
  • Round 2: 28 August 2019
  • Round 3: 30 September 2019 (final close)
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 degree/ SAQA accredited NQF 7 qualification
  • At least 2 years work experience
  • 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 certifcate 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.

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 : R99 556 

Application fee: These fees correlate with the application closing dates and are non-refundable, payable upon application.

  • Round 1: R2 000 (Early bird)
  • Round 2: R3 000 
  • Round 3: R4 000

Registration fee: R17 000 (non-refundable, will be payable upon acceptance to the PDBA programme).

International students: R5 000 (Excluding SADC countries)

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.


Part Time    
1 Year
​Thursday, Friday, Saturday and  Sunday (08:30 – 17:30), every 2 weeks  
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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 change 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. 


Information Sessions

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

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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. 

Additional information


  • 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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