How does the GSB's PGDip compare  to PDBA programmes?

The PGDip in Management Practice is aimed at junior to middle managers and specialised individuals who would like to advance their careers.

The PGDip uses an integrative approach to teaching different and new management theories, frameworks and topics. Participants embed this knowledge in their work context, so the PGDip is more practice-orientated that the previous PDBA programme, which it has replaced.

The PGDip equips students with a systems toolkit to identify, analyse and describe managerial problems in order to develop conceptual models that suit the context for which a sustainable solution needs to be designed.

The learning outcomes of the PGDip specialising in Business Administration are most comparable to the outcomes of the previously offered PDBA.

How often is the GMAT written?
The GMAT is written on a regular basis. When making your booking you will be asked to nominate five preferred dates, and you will be given a test date on, or nearest to your chosen date(s).

What is the cost of writing the GMAT?
The cost is US$250

How do I prepare for the GMAT?
he GSB offers a number of GMAT Preparation Courses during the year. Click here for details.

If you are not able to attend, you can purchase a GMAT text book from most major book stores. You could also download the free software from the GMAT website, and work your way through the tests.

Can I write the GMAT more than once?
Yes. However, you are not permitted to rewrite in the same month.

What are the costs of writing the NBT?
The testing fee is R85 for the Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy. The testing fee is not refundable.

Which NBTs should I register for and write?
EMBA must write: Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy (3 hours).
Can I submit my application before writing GMAT?
Yes, we encourage this as it enables the Admissions Department to begin the application process in the interim.

How soon will I get a decision on my application?
Once all criteria of your application have been met, i.e., we have the GMAT, MCPA and/or NBT results, as well as all the necessary documentation, the application will be submitted for review to the Admissions Board at the next scheduled board meeting. Suitable candidates will then be contacted for an interview. Once the interview is complete, candidates would ordinarily receive an answer within three weeks.

Will I need to travel to Cape Town for interviews?
No. Interviews are conducted in major city centres locally as well as internationally. In the event that we do not have an interviewer in your area, the interview will be conducted telephonically or via video call.

Does the GSB offer funding?
Funding is limited, and we urge all applicants to seek funding from other sources such as employer sponsorship or a student loan. We will, however, do our utmost to assist a student in need.

How do I apply for funding at the GSB?
Please refer to the following link for information on Funding Opportunities.

Can I pay my fees off in monthly installments?
No. South African and African permanent residents and citizens pay a minimum of 50% of the fees before registration. The balance of fees must be paid by the end of June of that year. International students are required to pay their full fees before registration. Please refer to the Fees Handbook at http://www.uct.ac.za/apply/fees/.

What is the purpose of the IELTS or TOEFL tests?
The IELTS and TOEFL are English language proficiency tests. GSB uses English as a medium of instruction and examination. An international applicant whose first language is not English has to write either the IELTS or the TOEFL test. (This also refers to applicants who may have completed their education in English but are not first language speakers of English). GSB requires an applicant to submit a recent score (obtained within 3-5 years before application for admission). The TOEFL score should be at least 570 (paper-based TOEFL) or 230 (computer-based TOEFL). On the IELTS, one is required to obtain an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual element of the testing scoring below 6.0.

You do not have to wait for the results of your TOEFL or IELTS test, to apply to GSB. If the English proficiency test results have not arrived before you wish to send in your application, put a note in with your application package, stating that you will be sending the proficiency test results separately. Try to give a predicted date on which this will be done. Your application cannot be completely processed before the TOEFL/IELTS results have been received; however, some preliminary assessments can be made.

What is the difference between MBA and EMBA?
Different levels of management have different needs. The Executive MBA is targeted at older, more experienced individuals who consciously want to enhance their ability to conceptualise, rather than their proficiency in functional management. The MBA is aimed at the younger manager who wants to hone his/her management skills. As such, the MBA is strong on content in respect of the core disciplines of management whereas the Executive MBA assumes a basic competence in the fundamentals of business and emphasises on process, insight and the application of new learning.

  • Developing new theories: While an MBA introduces participants to the leading management theories of the day, the Executive MBA encourages participants to develop their own contextual theories. Building on their own experience and on the learning and debate in each module, they are helped to form their own perspectives on, and solutions to, the challenges of the workplace.
  • Facilitators not teachers: In the regular MBA, members of the faculty are typically seen as experts and teachers. In the Executive MBA, they are seen more as facilitators of the learning process.
  • Action learning: Learning on the MBA takes place almost entirely inside the School, while learning on the Executive MBA happens mostly in the workplace where participants apply and craft their own learning as the programme progresses. It is estimated that fully two thirds of learning on the Executive MBA happens in the workplace.



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