Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Applications are closed for the 2018 class intake. Applications for 2019 will open in June 2018.

A world of choice.

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

In May 2017 the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked us as the top South African and African business school. This is the 14​th year running that we have been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2017 our MBA was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. We are the only business school in Africa to appear in this ranking.​


Prospective students interested in studying towards a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) will 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. This does not affect the duration it will take to complete your MBA journey. Both phase 1 (PGDip) and phase 2 (MBA) will take two years part-time/modular or one year full-time to complete.

The following core courses are covered in the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management (phase 1)

  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Human Behaviour and Performance
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Resource Strategy
  • Research and Statistics
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Communication for Impact

The following core courses are covered in the MBA in General Management (phase 2)

  • Human Resource Strategy*
  • Financial and Management Accounting*
  • Operations Management*
  • Marketing*
  • Environment of Business
  • Decision Making
  • Innovation and Design
  • Strategic Implementation
  • Leadership
  • Integrated Simulation
* If students complete Phase 1, credits for these courses could be obtained on the MBA

  • Research Project
  • Choose your 5 Electives (runs 3 - 4 consecutive full days per elective - no evening options)
  • Global Module


Application fee: R2900 (non-refundable, payable on application submission)
Registration fee: R15 000 payable on acceptance to the PGDip/MBA offset against cost of 1st year tuition.
Total tuition fees: R237 000 (2018 & 2019, excludes global module)
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000
Global module fee: US$4 200 - US$6 200 (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.
All prices quoted are subject to change. Prices will be confirmed by October 2017.

Admissions Information

ADMISSIONS PROCESS download the step by step guide
Note: Max 200 words only per essay question. 

GMAT Information download for non-degreed applicants

NMAT - Applicants are welcome to submit NMAT scores in addition to either the GIBS Entrance Test/GMAT. 
NMAT by GMAC  download information pack

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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 of 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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