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Master of Philosophy in Corporate Strategy (MPhil CS)

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The Masters in Corporate Strategy will give you leading edge knowledge to help you gain a deep understanding on how organisations need to react timeously to rapidly changing business environments, digital disruption and fast changing business models.  

The MPhil Corporate Strategy is a specialised, 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.  You will be able to conduct advanced research into corporate strategy, leading to you being an expert in your area of research.  

You will be enraptured by the latest research on interesting topics such as strategic foresight and strategic leadership. At the same time, you will have developed insights that will make you a more effective leader at a senior and executive level. This is a research-intensive course focusing on corporate strategy 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 10 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.

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 is invoiced in year 2 based on 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.


​Part Time 
2 years  
 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 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. 

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 master’s degree is aimed at business managers and leaders who want to develop a deep knowledge of corporate strategy – which lies at the heart of all organisational success. 

How you will benefit

Through a wide range of case studies and exposure to business leaders you will be able to see the applicability of the academic material covered of the courses. You will participate in a large scale, team-based project studying an industry through the viewpoint of both a dominant player as well as a disruptor in that industry, applying your learnings from each of the four core courses.  

Additional information

Classes will take place on average 3/4 days per month.

Final schedule: 

18 Months Part-Time 
(May 2019 – November 2020)

MPhil 2019 Corporate Strategy Schedule.pdf

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