Postgraduate Diploma Business Administration (Full-Time PDBA)

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Applications are closed for the 2019 intake and will open on 30 May 2019 for the 2020 intake.

Invest in an additional year of study to prime yourself for a lifetime of career success.

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.

This practical full-time course includes an internship as well as a consulting project with a real business that will pose a business problem that you are expected to find solutions to. The internship is where students have the opportunity to apply the learnings gained in class, in a meaningful and sustained engagement with a company. Interns are not only exposed to the working world, but typically engage in interesting projects that give them an integrated understanding of business practice. More than half your time is spent on out of classroom activities giving you the knowledge and skills to solve management challenges creatively and effectively. 

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Course outline for the full-time postgraduate diploma in business administration


Lead and Orientation.

Human Resources;
Financial Accounting; and
(syndicate group work - integrated assignment on business challenge on the above 3 subjects)

Operations Management;
Entrepreneurship; and
(syndicate group work - integrated assignment on business challenge on the above 3 subjects)

Management Accounting;
Macro Economics; and
Ethics, Sustainability and Information And Knowledge Management.
(syndicate group work - social responsibility project)


Organisational Behaviour; and
Integrating Systems and Processes.
(syndicate group work - consult and solve a business problem)

Career services element across all modules.
Embedded into the learning of the entire programme: Personal & Professional Differentiators and Gamification

Note: These modules are subject to changes. Applicants will be notified of any changes timeously. 
All formats can include Saturday and/Sunday attendance as required.

Basic requirements for the full-time postgraduate diploma in business administration

  • A minimum of a degree or equivalent qualification (final year undergraduate students whose degree will be complete in December are encouraged to apply);
  • Postgraduate level of intellectual ability (as assessed via the GIBS Entrance Test);
  • Leadership potential (in accordance with your letter of motivation/essay and reference letter);
  • Good English language skills to actively participate in academic debate;
  • A minimum of Matriculation-certificate-level competence in Mathematics;
  •  Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser (own laptop essential);
  • A letter of motivation/essay and;
  • A reference letter.
Note: No work experience is required for this programme.

Current Fees (Subject to change for the 2020 intake)

Application fee: R1 500 (non-refundable, payable on application)
Registration fee: R9 000 (non-refundable, payable on acceptance to the PDBA offset against cost of the tuition fees.)
Total tuition fees: R101 837 (This fee is all inclusive and covers text books, course material and meals on campus)
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000

Please note that GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees.

All prices quoted are subject to change. 

Note: A limited number of merit bursaries are available on the Full-Time PDBA programme.  All accepted applicants will be notified of the bursary application process.

Admissions Information

Applications open: 30 May 2019
Applications close for all other applicants close: 30 January 2020


We will accept final year undergraduate students provisionally for 2020 pending their final year results. 

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Tax Invoices will only be issued once you have been accepted onto the programme. 

Should you have two years' work experience or more you should consider the PDBA Part-Time programme please visit our PDBA Part-Time page for further information. 

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: 012 431 5070 or the helpdesk on: 0860 111 673

Special requirements

Special needs:
If you have a special need, 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. To request special needs assistance, please contact the Admissions Office before you complete your application.

Religious observance:
Observant students must contact the GIBS Admissions Office to ascertain how their specific needs may be accomodated.

Who should attend the postgraduate diploma in business administration?

This business management course is aimed at Students in their final undergraduate year who do not feel fully equipped to enter the business realm and would like to pursue a postgraduate qualification in business administration.  The average age is 22 years olds.

How you will benefit

  • Develop fundamental business knowledge and skills; 

  • Apply learnings gained from classroom interactions during a workplace internship

  • Solve a variety of management challenges through the completion of a business project;

  • Attend over 12 carefully selected career workshops; 

  • Complete a consulting project with a real business that needs real solutions; 

  • Have the opportunity to work under ongoing pressure in a simulated professional business environment; and 

  • Gain ongoing support and engagement from a dedicated career support service.

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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