Postgraduate Diploma Business Administration (Modular PDBA)

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Equipping you for business life in the fast lane.
Applications are now open for 2018 intake


As a driven university graduate in a hurry to get to the top, you leave university with good technical knowledge and start your career with little or no business experience. The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) is aimed at fast-tracking high-potential young graduates into the world of business. ​​​

The following courses are covered in the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

Organisational Behaviour,
Innovation and Critical Thinking,
Economics: Prices and Markets,
Information And Knowledge Management,
Ethics and Sustainability,
Financial Accounting,
Management Accounting,
Human Resources Strategy,
Operations Management,
Integrating Structures and Processes and

Exams are written over two days two weeks after the conclusion of each module.


The GIBS Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (GIBS PDBA) runs over one year on a modular block release structure. During this period you will study 13 subjects spread over six modules. A module consists of two/three subjects and is completed in six/seven days.  The GIBS PDBA is not offered in the evening. All accepted GIBS PDBA students are required to attend the three-day Leadership Assessment and Development (LEAD) workshop prior to commencing the programme in 2018. The workshop starts daily at 08:30 and ends at 17:30 and takes place at the GIBS campus.

Basic Requirements

A minimum of a degree or equivalent qualification;
You have a minimum of two years work experience;
Postgraduate level of intellectual ability (as assessed via the GIBS Entrance Test or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT))
You have leadership potential (in accordance with your experience, reference letters and application essay).
You have good English language skills to actively participate in academic debate.
You have a minimum of Matriculation-certificate-level competence in Mathematics.
You have competence in the use of a scientific or financial calculator.
You have competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser.

Fees 2018

Application fee: R2900 (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: R85 750  (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.

Admissions Information

Applications close 1 November 2017

PDBA ADMISSIONS PROCESS 2017 download the step by step guide

GMAT Information 2017  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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Please note this is only for quotation purposes.   No payment can be made against a quotation.
Tax Invoices will only be issued once you have been accepted onto the programme. 

PDBA Open Evenings 2017

Date: 20 July 2017
Venue: Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel, 329 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga Rocks, 4000
Start Time: 17:30pm
RSVP: Click here to book your seat. Seats are limited so book early to avoid disappointment

Date: 03 August 2017
Venue: GIBS Auditorium, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Sandton
Start Time: 17:30pm
RSVP: Click here to book your seat. Seats are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Date: 12 October 2017
Venue: GIBS Auditorium, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Sandton
Start Time: 17:30pm
RSVP: Registration will open online a month before the event.

Who should attend?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) is aimed at fast-tracking high-potential young graduates into the world of business. 

How you will benefit

By combining a broad understanding of business concepts, practical applications and immediate transfer of learning to the work environment, PDBA students are at an advantage. Through a combination of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, business field trips and syndicate projects, you will gain immediate insight into business. ​​​​The programme also gives you the opportunity to develop interpersonal and problem-solving skills, to manage risks and uncertainty, and gain analytical and financial expertise. 


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