ADAPT, EVOLVE, THRIVE
Join the preeminent business school linking African experience and global relevance.
Enhance your professional knowledge and become a business leader of the future by understanding and identifying creative solutions to critical challenges in complex environments. Gain a unique perspective and expertise to drive positive societal change in South Africa and beyond.
Benefits of studying an MBA at the UCT GSB include:
- Enhanced personal leadership competencies
- Expanded professional networks and relationships
- Unique and effective managerial knowledge and tools for efficient management
- Value creation for entrepreneurial enterprises
- An opportunity to diversify skills and self-reinvent
- International exposure
- An increase in earning potential
- Accelerated career advancement
- Skills acquired for greater social impact
The MBA is offered both as a full-time programme over one year or in a modular format over two years.
* Application & Course fees are provisional for 2023, and are subject to annual UCT council approval
** Limited Scholarship opportunities are available for applicants admitted to the programme
UCT GSB MBA Overview
Find out more about the annual term dates for both the UCT GSB modular MBA format. 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. Learn more about which attributes and qualifications are required for the UCT GSB MBA. Course designs are updated and adapted annually, therefore the topics listed for each course are a guideline of what students can expect will be covered on each course. The UCT GSB is committed to broadening access to postgraduate education through funding and scholarship opportunities. Explore funding options available to MBA candidates.
Find out more about the annual term dates for both the UCT GSB modular MBA format.Learn More
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.Learn More
Learn more about which attributes and qualifications are required for the UCT GSB MBA.Learn More
Course designs are updated and adapted annually, therefore the topics listed for each course are a guideline of what students can expect will be covered on each course.Learn More
The UCT GSB is committed to broadening access to postgraduate education through funding and scholarship opportunities. Explore funding options available to MBA candidates.Learn More
STUDY IN AN EMERGING MARKET
Study in Cape Town, South Africa’s most beautiful city, at a globally ranked business school with a world-class reputation.
At the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business we are passionate about learning and are dedicated to social responsiveness and to addressing the key developmental challenges facing this country and other emerging markets.
Africa’s Top MBA
The UCT GSB MBA is top rated and internationally recognised
MBA in Africa and 5th in the world for value for money, Financial Times Top 100 Global MBAs
Frequently asked questions
The UCT GSB MBA programme is aimed at aspiring up and coming managers who want to hone their management skills where as the UCT GSB EMBA is aimed at senior level, experienced individuals who consciously want to enhance their ability to conceptualise, rather than their proficiency in functional management. As such, the MBA is strong on content in respect of the core disciplines of management specifically.
Yes, even before you graduate your UCT MBA opens doors for you. The UCT GSB currently has 47 partner schools providing long- or short-term MBA exchange opportunities, and another 32 leading global business schools in the GNAM network that you can choose from for your exchange opportunity.
You can choose from study abroad programmes that range from one week to six months:
- Exchange for a full term/semester, usually 3 – 6 months, but can be 6 weeks depending on the school
- Summer School, usually a short-term exchange specialising in a particular discipline
- Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) opportunities to participate in GNAM week, or short exchanges
The MBA is an intensive immersion experience and students need to make sure that they have enough time and space in their schedule to tackle the programme, whether you are studying a full-time or a modular programme. It is also important to make sure you have sufficient support from your family to enable you to study.
The material is studied in three distinct stages:
Private Preparation Before arrival at the GSB, and during late evenings and early mornings throughout the programme, students are expected to read all prescribed material.
Syndicate Groups Students are assigned to a syndicate group, where the readings and cases are discussed. This consolidates and enhances students' understanding through discussion with equally experienced colleagues.
Plenary Sessions Plenary sessions are held in a "lecture theatre", although the process cannot be viewed as a traditional lecture. Lecturers provide focused inputs, but also invite questions and discussion. Here the student is regarded as an expert as well. The level of debate is high and critical faculties are honed in an electric atmosphere where the sharing of ideas, experiences and knowledge is encouraged.
Once you graduate from the UCT GSB you will join our alumni network which is a dynamic forum that comprises 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.
Meet the programme director
Associate Professor Mignon Reyneke
Associate Professor Mignon Reyneke teaches digital marketing on the MBA programme at the UCT GSB. She has been involved with custom corporate training in consumer behaviour and marketing for ComAir, Tiger Brands, Sasol, SAB, Distell, Business Connexion, Thales, AIG, British American Tobacco, BMW, Standard Bank, Discovery, SAICA, Old Mutual, Transnet, Capitec, Vodacom and Chevron.
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