Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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The MBA is an attractive and unique MBA offering that resonates with those individuals who are either self-driven, highly motivated and entrepreneurial minded and who are keen to start their own owner-managed business, or the general manager who is looking to gain a deeper and all-rounded understanding of business to become a more effective manager.


As of 2016 prospective students interested in studying towards a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) will now be required to be in possession of an NQF level eight qualification, i.e. honours degree postgraduate diploma or equivalent qualification. In response to this, GIBS has restructured the MBA. GIBS accommodates students with a three year degree through a Postgraduate Diploma in General Management. Students need to successfully complete all requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management in order to be eligible to gain entry into the GIBS MBA. 

The following core courses are covered in the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Marketing
  • Human Behaviour and Performance in South Africa
  • Management Accounting
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Resource​
  • Strategy Analytical Tools and Techniques
  • Corporate Finance
  • Organisational Development and Transformation
  • Operations Management

Should the subjects completed in your honours degree/postgraduate diploma/equivalent qualification or higher does not match the above core subjects covered in the PGDip, you will then have to begin with the PGDip phase 1 and then move onto the MBA phase 2. 

This does not affect the duration it will take to complete your MBA journey. Both phase 1 (PGDip) and phase 2 (MBA) will take one year of contact time to complete.

Application fee: R2750 (non-refundable, payable on application submission)
Registration fee: R15 000 payable on acceptance to the MBA offset against cost of 1st year tuition.
Total tuition fees: R214 000 (2017 & 2018, excludes global module)
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000
Global module fee: US$4 000 - US$5 900 (This amount will be invoiced at the equivalent rand amount based on the prevailing exchange rate at the time of the compulsory global module.)

Please note that GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees.
*These fees include the cost of the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management and the MBA phases combined.


Who should attend?

The average age of the GIBS MBA student is 33. An undergraduate degree and a desire for further challenges alone are not sufficient for eligibility. Energy, leadership, potential, maturity, ambition and a drive to make a meaningful contribution to the world of business in South Africa are all essential qualities in a successful GIBS MBA applicant.​ You need a minimum of five years work experience, at least two years of which must have been at management level. Good English language skills are a necessity in order to to actively participate in academic debate. We require a minimum of Matriculation certificate-level competence in Mathematics and skill in the use of a scientific or financial calculator. Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser.​​​

How you will benefit

The GIBS MBA journey has been designed to broaden a graduate’s business, country and world view, and to enable them to develop their skills and business acumen to assume a general management role that requires them to lead a division or entire organisation. 

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