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Refine your professional knowledge, stimulate your imagination and equip yourself with the business acumen you need to be a world-class leader today. 

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 2022, and are subject to annual UCT council approval

UCT GSB MBA Overview

Find out more about the annual term dates for both the full-time and modular MBA formats.

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The MBA is offered both as a full-time programme over one year or in a modular format over two years. Term dates vary between formats. Choose which format works best for you.

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

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A step-by-step guide on how to apply for the MBA.

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The UCT GSB MBA curriculum includes 16 core courses and 14 electives to choose from. You can also tailor your degree to match your areas of interest by choosing an MBA specialisation.

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The UCT GSB is committed to broadening access to postgraduate education through funding and scholarship opportunities. Explore funding options available to MBA candidates.

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What our alumni say


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

Case Writing: Claire Barnardo
Ranked 1st

MBA in Africa and 5th in the world for value for money, Financial Times Top 100 Global MBAs

Solution Space Philippi
Ranked 40th

By Corporate Knights Better World MBA

Customised courses
1st place

at the 39th John Molson MBA International Case Competition

The MBA Student Experience

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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.



Kutlwano Ramaboa

Acting Director of the UCT GSB MBA programme

Dr Kutlwano Ramaboa is an Associate Professor at the UCT GSB. She lectures Quantitative Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods.  She earned her PhD in Statistics from UCT and received a MA in International Relations from Tufts University.

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