Programme for Management Development (PMD)

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Enhance your career by improving your business knowledge and management skills.

Have you been working for at least five years and are feeling the pressure of change in the workplace? Although you are motivated and competent, you feel that you do not have sufficient tools to make as much of a difference in your company as you know you can. The GIBS Programme for Management Development (PMD) is an innovative and stimulating learning experience. Both the content and design of this intensive programme have been based on a needs analysis conducted with South African business leaders.

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Application Dates:

Applications Open: 1 September 2019 (2020 intake)

Applications Close: 4 December 2019 (2020 intake)


Course Objectives

  • Help managers better understand the current and future global economic and social environment with a special emphasis on the new economy;
  • Develop leadership and management skills;
  • Help managers to accelerate the rate of change in their organisations;
  • Give a clear understanding of the current and emerging methods for evaluating organisational performance;
  • Change perceptions of how organisations develop and deliver their products and services;
  • Build management effectiveness in the operational management of organisations operating in the new economy;
  • Better equip managers to work with and through their people as individuals and teams;
  • Understand how to optimise their use of information and knowledge to sustain competitive advantage; and
  • Enable managers to unlock their creativity in the process of bringing about change in organisations, teams and individuals.

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 5 - 10 years work experience, with some at middle management level
  • Matriculation exemption certificate - a tertiary qualification is an advantage
  • Intellectual ability
  • Good communication Skills
  • Maturity, commitment and aspirations to achieve success in your career
  • Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser
  • Good English language skills verbally and in written format
  • A mentor from your company
  • 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 : saqainfo@saqa.org.za Alternatively, you can call: +27 (0) 12 431 5070 or the helpdesk on: +27 (0) 860 111 673

Entrance Test

As part of the requirements for the PMD, applicants are required to write an Entrance Test.  The Entrance test is a psychometric test and will cover areas such as learning potential, verbal skills and numerical ability. 

Test dates:

  • Thursday, 21 November 2019
  • Friday, 06 December 2019
  • Saturday, 07 December 2019


Fees (2020)

Total tuition fees: R74 000

Application fee: R1 650 (non-refundable, payable on application)

Registration fee: R18 500 (non-refundable, payable on acceptance to the programme offset against total tuition fees)

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

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. 


Formats (2020)


​Formats
Duration​
​Venue
​Attendance
Schedule
PMD 57 Modular
Feb - Nov 2020
​​JHB
One module per month on Friday, Saturday, including some Thursdays (08:30 - 17:00)
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PMD 58 Evening
​Mar - Dec 2020
JHBOne module per month on ​Tuesday, Thursday (18:00 - 21:30) Saturday (08:30 - 17:00)
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Note: This is the current schedule and the confirmed schedule 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. 

Special requirements

Special needs:

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 PMD team.

Religious observance:

Observant students must contact the PMD team before you start your application to ascertain if or how your specific needs may be accommodated. Note programmes may include weekend classes and attendance is compulsory.

Admission Process

  • Step 1: Meet the admission criteria.
  • Step 2: Compile all supporting documents. Click here for the list of supporting documents.
  • Step 3: Submit your online application (www.gibs.co.za/pmd) along with all supporting documents and pay the application fee. 
  • Step 4: Application is processed and documents verified (2-3 weeks). 
  • Step 5: Select a test date for the GIBS Entrance Test (You will receive an invitation to the test once your documents have been verified).
  • Step 6: Complete the Entrance Test written at GIBS. 
  • Step 7: Await test results from the assessors. 
  • Step 8: Applicant profile is reviewed by GIBS and feedback will sent to the applicant.


PMD APPLICATION PROCESS DOCUMENT - Download

ESSAY QUESTION - Download

Once the application form has been submitted, the PMD Admissions Team will send you the test booking dates/form, which must be completed and submitted to the PMD Admissions Team.There are set test dates for the year that cannot be changed 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. 

Special Features

Partnering for High Performance

A special feature of the GIBS management programme learning experience is that you will be working in a syndicate group. Each syndicate group will be structured so that there is a balance of skills and backgrounds in the team and each team will be required to assist each other with the necessary syndicate assignments.

Mentors

Company-based mentors are an important feature of the programme. You will need to identify someone in your organisation who will provide you with leadership training and act as a coach or mentor during your studies. He or she will be required to give you advice as needed, provide support and assist with finding information or opening doors in the company where company-related tasks are set by the lecturers. Should you be unsure about the steps to follow in appointing a mentor, you can contact the programme management team via email at pmd@gibs.co.za .

Who should attend?

Have you been working for at least five years and are feeling the pressure of change in the workplace? Although you are motivated and competent, you feel that you do not have sufficient tools to make as much of a difference in your company as you know you can. You know that your career will benefit from management education and you are ready to stretch yourself to achieve success.


How you will benefit

As you develop in your career, you often find that experience alone is not enough to provide all the answers. Our aim at GIBS is to provide you with education to supplement your experience. We have established the GIBS PMD to give managers in the private, public or non-governmental sectors several advantages.​

Additional information

As a student on the GIBS PMD you will be required to attend a number of on-campus learning experiences that combine discussions, case studies, debates and simulations. Each session will require preparation that you will undertake individually or in groups. For the remainder of the programme you will be preparing, studying, undertaking syndicate work and conducting your own research. You will also be involved with assignments relevant to the module you are studying and application of the knowledge in your own organisation’s situation.​​

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