ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

Delivering transformative learning experiences to equip tomorrow’s leaders

MBA FULL TIME
Format: 1 year full-time

The full time MBA programme is ideally suited to students who are seeking a global approach with an African perspective, and are looking to immerse themselves in full-time study. The programme format comprises of an intensive 11-month journey from mid-August to mid-May including Core Courses in Terms 1 and 2 and Electives in Terms 3 and 4.

MBA MODULAR
Format: 2 Years Block Release: 20 days of leave per year, partially hybrid

The Modular MBA programme is suited to students who are seeking international insights in an African and South African context and are looking to study part-time over a two year period.

Executive MBA
Format: 2 years part-time: 12 weeks of contact time

An authentic, and joyful executive learning experience for professionals with significant work experience who are looking to develop further as leaders.

PGDip in Management Practice
Format: 1 year: 4 study modules of 8 – 9 days each

Ideal for middle managers looking to further enrich their careers, or junior managers who are ready to accelerate their development.

CEMS Master of International Management
Format: 18 months full-time including 8 weeks internship

This intensive pre-experience programme is the perfect way to upskill and prepare for the international job market.

PGDip in Development Finance
Format: 1 year: 2 modules of 1 – 3 weeks each

A specialised postgraduate programme that provides a comprehensive overview of the exciting and fast-growing industry of development finance.

MCom in Development Finance
Format: 2 years: 2 modules per year of 2 - 3 weeks each

Aimed at those who have a real passion for creating meaningful change and influence through development finance in Africa.

MPhil in Inclusive Innovation
Format: 1 year modular & research dissertation: 4 modules of 1 week each

This programme is for visionaries, changemakers, and individuals who want to innovate to build sustainable solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges.

PhD in Business Administration
Format: 3-4 years: 4 contact weeks in year 1

Aimed at researchers who want make an original contribution to theory, while also addressing practical organisational or social challenges.

About our Programmes

23 000+

Alumni worldwide

68

Countries represented

47

Exchange partner schools

70+

Visiting academics & executives

50+

years of academic excellence

32

Full-time faculty members

Scholarships available

The UCT GSB is committed to making funding and scholarship opportunities available to talented, motivated and deserving individuals who meet the entrance criteria, have evidence of real financial need, and who demonstrate that they have the potential to create a transformative impact on business and society.
The scholarship application process is integrated with the programme application process, and only applicants with a valid application for a programme can be shortlisted for a scholarship.

Scholarship opportunities are available for the following programmes:

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

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Meet the Deputy Director

“UCT GSB students are encouraged to not only develop managerial and leadership skills during their time at the UCT GSB, but to emerge with a greater sense of self-awareness and an appreciation of context that will help them to operate effectively in times of change and complexity.” 

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Ideas Exchange

 
Shadi Lekgoathi
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Don’t let finances get in the way of your MBA dream

Attending business school can be an expensive and time-consuming undertaking, so you need to make sure it’s aligned with your purpose and your purse. Two recent UCT GSB graduates tell us how scholarship funding helped them.

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Posted on 27 July 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
Career Leadership Centre
Learning & Development

How students can take charge of their own development through the Career Leadership Centre

UCT GSB students are empowered to navigate their own career advancement with first-class career development tools and direct contact with influential industry players and corporates keen to recruit from their ranks

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Posted on 27 July 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
Kurt De Bique PGDip alumnus profile
Learning & Development

Helping African leaders stand out and stand tall

When Kurt De Bique went to university 20 years ago, he thought he wanted to be a lawyer. But a powerful interest in people and what drives them led to a career switch to HR, which has seen him make a major contribution in the boardroom – rather than courtroom.

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Posted on 21 July 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
Rankings 2022
Learning & Development

UCT Graduate School of Business ranked in the top 50 globally by the FT

Latest ranking of customised programmes from the Financial Times shows the University Cape Town Graduate School of Business is leading in Africa.

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Posted on 15 June 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
George Koshy
Learning & Development

In search of purpose

With people quitting their jobs in greater numbers than ever, professional executive, team and board coach George Koshy shares from his own journey of ‘purpose finding’– and how he is empowering individuals, teams and organisations to find their purpose.

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Posted on 9 June 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
Sean Sean
Learning & Development

Lessons Learnt: Advice for starting your career

Not many people can say they had to choose between completing their MBA and coaching the national female volleyball team, but Sean Lewis' career journey has been anything but linear. From high school teacher to working at Africa's leading premier ICT solutions services provider, and completing his EMBA along the way, Lewis has plenty of advice to share with graduates and career changers.

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Posted on 9 June 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
Three top tips for acing the GMAT test
Learning & Development

Three top tips for acing the GMAT test

There is no shortage of advice on how to prepare for the GMAT exam – the often daunting test that opens the door to the most prestigious MBA programmes around the world – but taking advice from someone who’s cracked it themselves is a good place to start.

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Posted on 11 April 2022 by Shivani Ghai
EMPLOYEES CAN STILL LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER IN A HY
Learning & Development

Top tips to ensure employees can still learn from one another in a hybrid world

Two-thirds of professionals fear that a hybrid workplace will damage their ability to learn from colleagues – global survey

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Posted on 24 January 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
UCT GSB Turret
Learning & Development

UCT GSB MBA ranks top in Africa on sustainability performance

UCT GSB MBA ranks top in Africa on sustainability performance

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Posted on 11 November 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
EMBA alumnus Christophe Viarnaud
Learning & Development

Powering the continent’s growth through collaboration with entrepreneurs across Africa

EMBA alumnus Christophe Viarnaud is a man on a mission. The French national has made South Africa not only his home, but a country in which his passion for entrepreneurship and education has launched the ventures of scores of bright start-ups across the continent.

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Posted on 30 July 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Steven van Rheede
Learning & Development

MBA alumnus puts lockdown to good use

Steven van Rheede was part of the 2020 MBA class that, three months into the programme, quickly had to shift their studies online; it bore some unforeseen benefits, he says.

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Posted on 30 July 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Bathabile Mpofu media
Learning & Development

Combining passion with purpose to improve science education for all

Bathabile Mpofu is passionate about empowering young people to become scientists, and with her business, Nkazimulo Applied Sciences, she aims to demonstrate to high school learners the beauty of science in an exciting, hands-on way.

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Posted on 30 July 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Kosheek Sewchurran Can we risk our society’s futur
Leadership & Ethics

Can we risk our society’s future on a system that produces the leadership we experience?

The events of the past two weeks have brought into sharp focus the devastating results of selecting leaders based on popularity over other criteria. To avoid shipwrecking our country, it’s time to design a better system of stewarding our collective needs.

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Posted on 23 July 2021 by Kosheek Sewchurran
Quad Area - Media
Learning & Development

UCT’s Executive MBA programme is still number one in Africa

The QS 2021 Global EMBA Rankings have ranked the UCT Graduate School of Business’ EMBA programme number one in Africa and 51st in the world. This unique degree transforms executives by putting them into a better relationship with their lived experience to focus solving the complex problems of our times.

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Posted on 5 July 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Kosheek Sewchurran We need leaders and managers
Learning & Development

We need leaders and managers who have the skills and moral compass to build a just world

We need leaders and managers who have the skills and moral compass to build a just world

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Posted on 24 June 2021 by Kosheek Sewchurran
Beverly Shrand - Healthy workplaces are foundation
Management Fundamentals

Healthy workplaces are foundational for a healthy society

Business has a critical role to play in fostering diversity and inclusion and building healthier workplaces and societies in the wake of the crisis.

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Posted on 20 May 2021 by Beverly Shrand
Folu Okunade  - solution to Africa’s challenges
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Tractors may not be sexy but they offer a real solution to Africa’s challenges

As COO at Hello Tractor, a novel mobile platform that connects farmers to tractors as well as agricultural equipment, expertise and financial services, MBA alumnus Folu Okunade is working to connect under resourced farmers in emerging economies to the information age.

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Posted on 6 May 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Mutemwa Ushewokunze - UCT GSB graduate
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

UCT GSB graduate is banking on his country’s future

MCom alumnus, Mutemwa Ushewokunze, has returned to Zimbabwe after 20 years abroad, to help take the country’s banking sector to the next tech level.

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Posted on 6 May 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Mouna Akefli - Closing the digital divide and embr
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Taking the road less travelled is a choice we make

MBA alumna Mouna Akefli is not one to conform. Passionate about building a more diverse, inclusive and connected continent, she is determined to shake things up and her role as marketing manager for Ericsson in West Africa and Morocco is giving her new opportunities to do so.

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Posted on 6 May 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Jody Delichte  - Freedom and Democracy
Leadership & Ethics

Becoming a businessperson is not a straightforward journey for all

Building business skills to improve livelihoods is increasingly being recognised as a mechanism to lift communities out of extreme poverty. But in many survivalist communities, the principles of business can clash with the existing values of the community.

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Posted on 20 April 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Jody - New business skills
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Rebuilding the SA economy more sustainably — and for greater impact

COVID-19 has devastated the economy, but it has also opened a window of opportunity for businesses to integrate smarter and more sustainable solutions into their day-to-day operations as they rebuild for the long-term.

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Posted on 20 April 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Elanca Shelley PGDip - time to leave VUCA world be
Management Fundamentals

It is time we leave the VUCA-world behind

At the risk of drying up the book royalties of hundreds of business authors who have built their careers around it, VUCA is on its way out and a new framework has emerged to replace it.

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Posted on 15 April 2021 by Elanca Shelley
EVAN - MEDIA
Learning & Development

Gearing oneself for a post-pandemic world

Do we ever stop needing to constantly reinvent ourselves? Evan Kagan, who completed his MBA at the UCT GSB in 2010, doesn't think so. But by trusting ourselves, working with our passions, learning and connecting with others, and following the latest industry trends, he believes we can all gear ourselves for the post-pandemic world.

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Posted on 8 April 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office

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PGDIP Information Session

 12 October 2022
 13:00 (GMT+2)

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EMBA Information Session

 13 October 2022
 17:30 (GMT+2)

Join us for an information session webinar about the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) at the UCT Graduate School of Business

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MCOM Information Session

 20 October 2022
 18:00 (GMT+2)

Join us for an information session webinar about the Master of Commerce degree in Development Finance (MCOM) at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

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MPHIL Information Session

 31 October 2022
 12:00 (GMT+2)

Join us for an information session webinar about the Master Of Philosophy Specialising in Inclusive Innovation (MPHIL) at the UCT Graduate School of Business

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