Delivering transformative learning experiences to equip tomorrow’s leaders
MBA 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.
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.
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
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
This intensive pre-experience programme is the perfect way to upskill and prepare for the international job market.
PGDip in Development Finance
A specialised postgraduate programme that provides a comprehensive overview of the exciting and fast-growing industry of development finance.
MCom in Development Finance
Aimed at those who have a real passion for creating meaningful change and influence through development finance in Africa.
MPhil in Inclusive Innovation
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
Aimed at researchers who want make an original contribution to theory, while also addressing practical organisational or social challenges.
About our Programmes
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:
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.”View Profile
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