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Master of Business Administration




Learning outcomes on the UCT GSB MBA

Click here for Funding OpportunitiesThe GSB Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme is transformative, it pushes students to their limits and empowers them to reach their best - personally and professionally.

The curriculum is international in scope and standard but with a distinctive orientation to the (South) African context. It has a strong practical emphasis and, in addition to addressing the functional areas of business, new streams of learning around communication, leadership and entrepreneurship keep it at the cutting edge of professional development.

The MBA is offered as a one-year, full-time course or in a two-year, modular format for delegates who are unable to study full-time. For funding opportunities please click here.

The MBA programme encompasses five overarching learning goals. Graduates will achieve the following on completion of the MBA programme:


Demonstrate the necessary managerial knowledge, tools and techniques in order to be efficient and effective managers.


  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the concepts, theories and leading issues in the field of general management and business administration
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the context in which business operates
  3. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate, synthesise and integrate relevant theories of management 


Exhibit personal leadership competencies that reflect values-based solutions and can be applied to the contexts in which students operate.


  1. Identify and evaluate the core constructs of leadership and its application to local and global contexts
  2. Appreciate different perspectives and world views
  3. Appreciate the relevance of personal concerns in leadership enhancement and identify and articulate personal values systems


Be able to adapt management and leadership skills and apply these in diverse national and international contexts, with a sound understanding of sustainable development issues.


  1. Understand the different challenges that businesses and leaders face when they operate in diverse national and international environments
  2. Be able to adapt to diverse cultures and institutional environments and operate in conditions of uncertainty
  3. Understand sustainable development issues and the role of business in promoting these


Demonstrate entrepreneurial competencies based on innovation and creativity.


  1. Approach, decipher, and ultimately create value for entrepreneurial enterprises
  2. Develop various tools and skills to identify areas in which a business or innovation is viable
  3. Initiate relationships and engage with various stakeholders to further develop innovative ideas and proposals for businesses of all types 


Possess the pedagogical skills of critical thinking, problem solving, collection and analysis of data and effective written communication.


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of research skills and be able to manipulate quantitative information, graphs and equations
  2. Understand, evaluate and critique written texts of descriptive, prescriptive and argumentative character
  3. Conduct independent research and produce written texts in line with international standards
  4. Communicate verbally or in writing with professional audiences
  5. Challenge orthodoxies and redefine existing knowledge, while demonstrating an awareness of the nature of knowledge in the field