A TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Invest in yourself, your career and your organisation

The Executive MBA programme is a transformative learning experience targeted at senior managers and executive leaders who consciously want to enhance their ability to conceptualise, rather than their proficiency in functional management.

EMBA candidates will learn to:

  • Go beyond knowledge and theory to include the felt experience of being in management 
  • Become more authentic in their engagement
  • Find new purpose and fulfilment in their role and develop greater resilience in the workplace
  • Develop the capacity to integrate multiple perspectives and strategies to build more holistic and sustainable organisations

* Application & Course fees are provisional for 2022, and are subject to annual UCT council approval

uct gsb EMBA Overview

Learn more about the annual term dates for the UCT GSB EMBA programme.

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The Executive MBA programme is a transformative learning experience made up of five courses and a minor dissertation over a 24 month period. Learn more about the UCT GSB EMBA.

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Learn more about which attributes and qualifications are required for the UCT GSB EMBA.

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A step-by-step guide on how to apply for the UCT GSB EMBA programme.

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The Executive MBA programme comprises five interactive courses and with a dissertation.

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Find out more about the UCT GSB EMBA Programme Fees Structure.

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WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY

THINK AND LEAD DIFFERENTLY

Prepare yourself to lead in a world of new ideas

The UCT GSB EMBA will expose you to different ways of viewing the world, and build your capacity to integrate multiple perspectives and strategies for a more holistic and sustainable organisation. 

For your convenience, this is a modular programme with a reasonable workload: five, two-week modules held at the UCT GSB Breakwater campus in Cape Town – South Africa’s most iconic and beautiful city.

About UCT GSB EMBA

#1+

Ranked EMBA in Africa

#56

Ranked globally by Financial Times Top 100

#51

Ranked globally by QS Global EMBA Rankings

40%

are female executives

30%

of the EMBA class are entrepreneurs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The UCT GSB Executive MBA (EMBA) is aimed at senior level, experienced individuals who consciously want to enhance their ability to conceptualise and execute, rather than their proficiency in functional management. Whereas, the MBA programme at the UCT GSB is geared toward aspiring up and coming managers who want to hone their management skills, and as such, the MBA is strong on content in respect of the core disciplines of management

An Executive MBA is not full-time. Learning on the EMBA is interactive and collaborative and happens both in class and in the workplace between modules. Although contact time at the UCT GSB is only 12 weeks over the two years, the EMBA is an immersive experience that will require consistent attention in between modules.

 You will need to bring yourself and your experience to the classroom and be prepared to learn from others as much as from your teachers. The interactive nature of the programme requires that you attend all contact courses and contribute to the collective experience. Courses are assessed through group and individual assignments. 

Once you graduate from the UCT GSB you will join our alumni network which is a dynamic forum comprising more than 23 000 past GSB students in 68 countries worldwide. Many of the GSB’s alumni hold key positions in top companies or have started their own successful businesses. Alumni play a vital role in supporting and encouraging more recent graduates to follow in their footsteps and GSB students who find employment after graduation - particularly internationally - frequently do so through alumni contacts.

EMBA applicants have two options, they either have to write the GMAT or the MCPA. You can write the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and obtain an acceptable GMAT score of 550. The UCT GSB offers a five-day GMAT Preparation Course to help students prepare for the GMAT. Alternatively, candidates can choose to write the Management Career Path Appreciation Assessment (MCPA), which provides an indication of the candidate’s current and future capabilities. 

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MEET THE PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

KOSHEEK SEWCHURRAN

Director of the Executive MBA programme

Upcoming Events

 

EMBA Info Session Webinar

 20 October 2021
 17:00 (GMT+2)

?Join us for an information session webinar about the UCT GSB's Master of Business Administration specialising in Executive Management (EMBA).

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