WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$21,168 for the full programme
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Campus:Bellville Park
Course Type:Master by Coursework
Application Deadline: 31 January 2022
Programme Overview

USB’s MBA has been designed to turn managers, professionals, specialists and entrepreneurs into responsible leaders, expert decision-makers, strategic thinkers, effective communicators and stewards of society.

If you are aiming towards senior management positions and leadership roles, the MBA will prepare you for this. This programme is completed over two years.

All MBA students need to do the compulsory International Study Module to enhance their international exposure. The cost of this module is included in the MBA study fees at a fixed dollar rate.

The aim of this module is to develop managers with a global mindset, to prepare them for work in a global environment, and to help them understand cultural differences in order to turn cultural competence into a competitive advantage. The module includes company visits and cultural activities.


The 18 core modules are compulsory:
– Accounting for Decision-Making
– Business Communication Skills
– Business in Society
– Contemporary Decision-Making
– Corporate Finance
– Digital Enterprise Management
– Economics for Managers
– Organisational Behaviour
– Strategic Analysis
– International Study Module
– Operational Excellence
– Perspectives on African Frontiers
– Managerial Accounting
– Managerial Statistics
– Research Methodology and Assignment
– Strategic Management
– Strategic Marketing and Branding
– Leadership Development

Choose 2 electives from a list of topics clustered into these themes:
– Decision Sciences
– Entrepreneurship and Innovation
– Ethics and Sustainability
– Finance and Economics
– Human Resources and Leadership
– Information and Technology Management
– Marketing Management
– Operations and Project Management
– Strategic Management

Admission Requirements

The South African Council on Higher Education has raised the entry requirements of the MBA programme in South Africa. Students applying for this programme are now required to have one of the following qualifications on NQF level 8:
– 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8) and at least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience
– OR Honours degree (NQF level 8), plus 3 years of relevant full-time working experience
– OR 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8) and at least 3 years of relevant working experience

The working experience should preferably be on managerial level. Also note that USB’s one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (NQF level 8 with 120 credits) is aimed at preparing students for the Masters in Business Administration.

Other requirements:
– Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent
– A comprehensive CV
– 2 essays, showing the candidate’s level of motivation and working experience
– Satisfactory selection test results for either the SHL or GMAT selection tests
– International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at

Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under ARPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the ARPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective Masters in Business Administration students have to adhere to the following:

– Have at least an NQF 6 qualification.
– Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the above-mentioned qualification, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or related professional position.
– Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
– Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.
– Next, USB’s Admissions Committee (head of the programme and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
– If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the Masters in Business Administration programme, he/she may be admitted.
– A recommendation of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
– Note that ARPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $60
Application Fees for International Students: $60

You can apply quickly and easily using the e-application available on the university’s website (

Paper application forms are available on campus for those without internet access.

Before you apply
Make sure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at the Undergraduate Prospective Student website at, or you can contact Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or For postgraduate studies, please visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at

Closing dates for financial assistance:
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

Closing dates for applications
International students: Apply by 14 September of the previous year.
South African students: Apply by 31 January of the year in which you wish to study

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Accounting Manager
– Chief Financial Officers
– Cash Managers
– Manager Consultants
– Investment Banking Associates
– Credit Managers & Specialists
– Financial Analyst
– Corporate Controllers

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $21,168
Tuition Fees for International Students: $21,713

South African students pay R351025 for the full programme.

Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay 355295 for the full programme, including an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Students from all other African countries (Non-SADC) will pay R360065, including an International Registration Fee (IRF).

Students from the rest of the world will pay R385135, including an International Registration Fee (IRF).

All figures include the IRF where applicable.

Relevant Contact

Dr Martin Butler
Programme Head
School Office
MBA Enquiries