Postgraduate Diploma Business Administration (Full-Time PDBA)

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

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

The full-time postgraduate diploma in business administration 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 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 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

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 2017);
  • Postgraduate level of intellectual ability (as assessed via the GIBS Entrance Test or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT));
  • Leadership potential (in accordance with your letter of motivation and reference letters);
  • 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 and;
  • A reference letter.
Note: No work experience is required for this programme.

Application fee: R1 000 (non-refundable, payable on application submission)
Registration fee: R7 000 payable on acceptance to the PDBA offset against cost of the tuition fees.
Total tuition fees: R88 125  (2018)
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. Prices will be confirmed by October 2017.

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

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. 

How you will benefit from the postgraduate diploma in business administration:

  • 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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