HOW TO APPLY FOR THE MBA

Ready to start your MBA application? Follow the step-by-step process

Once you have enquired on our website, you will receive an email containing your unique Pre-application Portal Link. This sets you up with UCT GSB’s admissions team, your support along the application process. Each step of the process will be clearly indicated on the portal, with specific instructions for what to submit. 

NB: Before you proceed please ensure you meet the entrance criteria for the programme.

START YOUR PRE-APPLICATION JOURNEY

This allows us to get to know you and gives you the opportunity to gather all your information in one place

This allows us to get to know you and gives you the opportunity to gather all your information in one place. 

You can leave and return as you need to before making your final submission.

This section will include:

  • Personal information, including educational background and work history.
  • GMAT information. You will be required to provide your GMAT scores, or if you have not yet written the GMAT please indicate whether you have booked a date for the test.
  • Three motivation essays. Specific instructions will be provided on the pre-application portal at this phase. You will be required to submit the essays in step two of the process.  Examples of questions include:
    • Please describe how you think your classmates, and the UCT GSB more generally, will benefit from having you on the MBA programme?
    • How would you define a "successful" MBA experience for you personally? 
    • How do you plan to balance all of the demands on your time and attention to ensure that you are able to be a fully engaged student?
  • Evaluator forms. You are required to provide contact details of two people who will provide a reference in support of your application
  • If you have not completed a qualification at the required NQF level, you might be able to apply through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route and submit a Portfolio of Learning (POL) assessment form in the portal.
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is not English will be required to produce a TOEFL certificate to verify fluency in English.

Create your official UCT student record

For this step, you will be required to submit certified copies of your

  • Identity documents 
  • CV
  • Certifications
  • Transcripts (if non-UCT) 

The UCT GSB Admissions team will receive notification once this step is completed.

Upload your documents on the pre-application portal

This will allow the UCT GSB admissions administration team (who are currently working remotely due to operational disruptions caused by COVID-19) to process your application faster and more efficiently, and helps to ensure that your application submission is complete and accurate.

This covers the administrative costs of your application

Application fees are non-refundable. Paying an application fee does not mean that your application will be successful.

Citizens of all African countries

R1 850 (One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Rand)

Applicants from all other countries

US$ 300 (Three Hundred US Dollars)


UCT GSB Bank Account Details

BENEFICIARY

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN - GSB Account No. 9

BANK

Standard Bank SA Ltd.

BRANCH

Rondebosch, Western Cape

ACCOUNT

072953004

SWIFT CODE (FOR INTERNATIONAL PAYMENTS)

SBZAZAJJ

BENEFICIARY

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN - GSB Account No. 9

GSB REFERENCE NUMBER FORMAT

GSB/Surname/FirstName-OR-UCT student number

Keep your hard copies safe as these may be requested in future

All documents submitted in support of your application must be verified for authenticity. This is usually done by submitting hard copies of your documents but due to the current remote-working situation on campus we ask all applications to retain their hardcopies and keep them safe. You may be requested to supply these in future, but please do not send any hard copy documentation to the UCT GSB Breakwater campus unless specifically requested to do so.