Applications are now closed and will open in June 2020 for the 2021 intake.
For recent graduates with no prior work experience.
The Full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) from the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), is designed for recent graduates to develop business knowledge and acumen, in order to accelerate their access to the workplace by pursuing a postgraduate qualification in business administration. Our aim is to prime students for the world of work, to become professional, responsible, innovative, self-managing leaders.
Over the duration of this postgraduate diploma course, you will improve your business skills and meet a group of like-minded, high-potential new graduates who will remain in your business and personal network for a lifetime. You will be exposed to some of South Africa's best business lecturers and increase your attractiveness to employers by adding general management skills to your CV, from Africa's pre-eminent business school.
Should you already hold a postgraduate qualification, you may apply for credits only when you have been accepted on the programme.
Applications Open: 30 May 2019
Applications Close: 30 January 2020
We highly recommend you apply as early as possible. No late applications will be considered. Applicants completing their qualification in December 2019 are encouraged to apply.
Completed degree/ SAQA accredited NQF 7 qualification
No work experience is required for this programme
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)
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
saqa.org.za or email :
email@example.com 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 : R101 837
Application fee: R1 500 (non-refundable, will be payable upon application).
Registration fee: R9 000 (non-refundable, will be payable upon acceptance onto 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
Full Time ||
Monday - Friday (08:30 – 17:30), 3 weeks every month||
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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 and is designed for recent graduates.
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.
Observant students must contact the GIBS Admissions Office before you start your application to ascertain if or how your specific needs may be accommodated.
All accepted students are required to pay the registration fee within 3 weeks of acceptance to secure your place on the programme
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.
Feedback will be received 6 - 8 weeks from the time the application is received. 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.
Watch this video to learn more about the GIBS postgraduate diploma
For any further information regarding the above sessions, please email Mpho Mashele: firstname.lastname@example.org