Postgraduate Diploma in General Management (PGDip GM)

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

For those who have aspirations to progress onto the GIBS MBA

This offering resonates with managers who are self-driven and highly motivated and who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of business. It is for individuals who do not only want to become more effective managers, but also have the aspiration to progress onto the GIBS MBA programme.

Students need to successfully complete all requirements for the PGDip GM in order to be eligible to gain entry into the GIBS MBA. The PGDip GM phase is phase 1 of the MBA Programme. A 60% average is required in this phase in order to proceed onto phase 2 (MBA phase).Both phase 1 (PGDip) and phase 2 (MBA) combined take two years part-time/modular or one year full-time to complete.

Our six PGDip (Phase 1) formats

Part Time Programme (Red Group)
Monday and Wednesday evening (17:30 – 21:30) and a full day Saturday OR  Sunday (08:30 – 17:30)

Part Time Programme (Yellow Group)
Tuesday and Thursday evening (17:30 – 21:30) and a full day Saturday OR  Sunday (08:30 – 17:30)

Short Block Modular Programme (Green Group)
Full day Thursday and/ or Friday, Saturday and Sunday (08:30 – 17:30), every second week

Long Block Modular Programme (Blue Group)
7 – 11 consecutive days per a block (08:30 – 17:30), every second month

Intensive Programme (Purple Group)
13 Months: Modular format with sessions of up to ten day blocks over thirteen months. 

Long Block Modular KZN MBA Programme (Orange Group)
7 – 11 consecutive days per a block (08:30 – 17:30), every second month,
GIBS, in partnership with the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies(TWIMS), will offer the PGDip with a manufacturing focus in KZN in 2019.This programme will follow the standard PGDip course structure, but will include manufacturing case studies and experiential content built into the course. This is in preparation for the MBA (manufacturing focussed), which includes manufacturing electives, a manufacturing-specific international project, and a manufacturing-oriented dissertation.

This programme will be delivered at the following venue: Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS), 74 Everton Road, Kloof, KZN, 3610

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


PGDip MBA Manufacturing Focused - ADMISSIONS PROCESS 2019

PGDip Long-Block Manufacturing Focused KZN - Essay Question


 Course content

The following core courses are covered in the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management (phase 1)

  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Human Behaviour and Performance
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Resource Strategy
  • Research and Statistics
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Communication for Impact
  • Applied Business Project
Note: For the PGDip/MBA being delivered in KZN, cases have been included to have a focus on the manufacturing environment.

Current Fees

Application fee: R3 000 (non-refundable, payable upon application)
Registration fee: R17 000 (non-refundable, will be payable upon acceptance to the PGDip programme. Offset against the cost of tuition in your first year.)
Total tuition fees: R297 000 (These fees include the cost of the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management and the MBA phases. These fees exclude the cost of global module.)
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000
Global module fee: TBC

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 Intensive PGDip/MBA programme.  All accepted applicants will be notified of the bursary application process.

Admissions Information

Applications open: 30 May 2019
Applications close for international applicants: 30 September 2019
Applications close for Intensive PGDip/MBA applicants: 28 August 2019
Applications close for non-degreed applicants and all other formats: 30 September 2019

Minimum Requirements

In order to be considered for a place on the GIBS PGDip in GM programme the following criteria must be met: 

  • A minimum of a degree or equivalent qualification; 
  • A minimum of five years’ work experience, at least two years of which must have been at management level; 
  • Postgraduate level of intellectual ability (as assessed via the GIBS Entrance Test or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); 
  • Leadership potential (your experience, letters of reference and application essay should all reveal that you can assume a leadership role in the workplace); 
  • Good English language skills to have the ability to articulate your arguments verbally and in written format; 
  • A minimum of Matriculation certificate level competence in Mathematics; 
  • Competence in the use of a scientific or financial calculator; and Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser.
  • Interview
  • For the PGDip/MBA being delivered in KZN, applicants need to see their future in the manufacturing sector, whether in a manufacturing plant, manufacturing-related facility, or a private or public sector support agency.

Non-degreed testing 
GMAT Information download for non-degreed applicants
NMAT - Applicants are welcome to submit NMAT scores in addition to their GMAT. 
NMAT by GMAC  download information pack

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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.
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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 (PGDip) in General Management (GM) is a new offering at GIBS which is aimed at individuals who would like to gain a broad overview of business fundamentals in order to prepare them for the GIBS MBA journey.
How you will benefit

Through a rich and integrative learning experience, you will have the opportunity to develop fundamental business knowledge and skills that you will be able to apply in a number of settings and prepare you for the GIBS MBA programme; be exposed to
and learn from successful South African
industry experts and world-class GIBS
analyse and learn from a broad range of local and international business case studies; develop a high-level of self-awareness by examining your own strengths, weaknesses and personal  preferences; and develop your own diverse network.​ 

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