The UCT GSB EMBA is currently being delivered in accordance with UCT's Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) protocol. This framework includes a blend of synchronous (real-time online face to face virtual classroom) and asynchronous (self-paced / in your own time) course content delivery methods. The ERT protocol shall remain in effect in 2021.
The Executive Management MBA (EMBA) at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is ranked top in Africa, and 45th worldwide, by the QS Global EMBA Rankings for 2020. It will give you the boost you need to redefine yourself and keep advancing.
The UCT GSB EMBA is not a traditional MBA. It assumes that, as an experienced manager, you have mastered the fundamentals of business and focuses instead on developing your proficiency in functional management.
This applied learning experience will build a bridge between theory and practice - drawing on systems thinking, design thinking and integrative thinking to enhance your ability to conceptualise, strategise and solve complex challenges.
2 years part-time
5 modules totalling 12 weeks over 2 years, plus a dissertation
Applications for 2022 open 17 May 2021
The UCT Graduate School of Business’ EMBA programme is a unique degree which 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. You will find more purpose and fulfilment in your role, and greater authenticity in how you engage with yourself, your team and the world.
This is a modular programme with five, two-week modules held at the GSB campus in Cape Town – South Africa’s most iconic and beautiful city. You will be studying at a globally-accredited business school with a world-class reputation. The UCT GSB is one of less than 100 business schools in the world to be triple-crown accredited.
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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.
Learning on the EMBA is interactive and collaborative and happens in class and in the workplace between modules. Although contact time at the 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.
We regularly hold information sessions in locations around the world where you can meet GSB recruitment teams and alumni, and get your questions answered directly. For information on upcoming information sessions click here.
Director of the EMBA programme
As a scholar Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran is primarily interested in organizing practices and research that acknowledge the realities of a lived-experience. This scholarship finds expression in the conversation he convenes related to Business Model Innovation, Strategy-as-practice and Leadership-as-practice. This scholarship also finds expression in his role as the program director of the Executive MBA which he has curated since December 2013. His responsibilities on the Executive MBA include designing the program conversations, interventions and pedagogical outcomes to nurture the development of executives who are able to, in their actions and their being, lead authentically in the societal context humanity experiences.