Our 2021 full-time and modular MBA programmes comprise an ‘integrated timetable’, incorporating a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. While asynchronous learning refers to non-contact blocks, synchronous learning involves ‘face-to-screen’ time, where you will have the opportunity to engage in live sessions with your classmates and lecturers. Please note these dates if you are a modular MBA student, so that you can ask for time off work for these compulsory ‘virtual’ sessions.
Our MBA is a broad-based degree that will refine your professional knowledge, stimulate your imagination and give you the business acumen and leadership skills you need to stay relevant in a changing world. The MBA is offered as both a full-time programme over one year or in a modular format over two years.
1 year (Full time MBA) OR
2 years (Modular MBA)
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Study an MBA in Cape Town, South Africa’s most beautiful city, at a globally-ranked business school with a world-class reputation. We are one of less than 100 business schools in the world to be triple-crown accredited.
The MBA at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business will give you a solid grounding in international business within an emerging market context. It offers a rich experience in innovating solutions – the life blood of modern business – and will build your resilience, creativity and confidence.
You will gain improved critical thinking, problem solving, data collection, analytical abilities, research and written communication skills as well as leadership competences that reflect values-based approaches to help you navigate a complex world.
A team of UCT GSB MBA students, led by senior lecturer and MBA alumnus, Johannes Schueler, won the 39th John Molson MBA International Case Competition, claiming victory over 35 business schools from 18 countries around the world. This is the first time an African business school has won this prestigious event, the oldest and largest MBA company analysis competition in the world, often referred to as “MBA Olympics”. Congratulations to the team: Jane Obree, Van Zyl van der Merwe, Kate Herringer CA (SA) and Shivani Ghai and their coaches Johannes Schueler and Rihana Hoosain.
The GSB MBA gave me a great boost in my confidence levels and my ability to grasp things”
James Espey, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Author, Philanthropist and GSB MBA 1969 alumnus.
“I’ve learned to be able to listen for understanding”
Noma Dumse, Fleet Operations Manager at Astron Energy Pty (Ltd) and MBA Modular 2018/2019 candidate.
“You are in a community where people are willing to share. You’re not doing it alone”
Sarah-Jane Joshua, Senior Brand Manager at Parmalat South Africa and MBA Modular 2018/2019 candidate.
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.
There are three options for GSB students to participate in an exchange programme abroad, ranging from one week to six months.
For normal exchanges, tuition fees at host schools are waived, but students are responsible for their travel, accommodation, visa, medical and subsistence fees.
The GSB has 45 partner schools on the full semester exchange and / or short exchange opportunities, and another 32 leading global business schools for the GNAM week that you can choose from for your exchange opportunity.
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:
Before arrival at the GSB, and during late evenings and early mornings throughout the programme, students are expected to read all prescribed material.
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 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.
Director of the MBA programme
Segran started his corporate career within the Petrochemical sector in South Africa, where he worked in the fields of Accounting and Internal Auditing. In the United States, he worked at Cornell University initially in the Accounting Department and then in their Sponsored Projects (Research Administration) Department. He provided faculty, administrators and students guidance on the formulation and processing of research proposals and funding agreements. He became Assistant Director of the Office of Sponsored Programmes at Cornell in 2003 and then moved to George Mason University as Research Administrative Manager.
Just after his MBA in 2005, he returned to the US, joining Brown University in 2007 as Associate Director in the Office of Sponsored Projects (Research Administration). He joined the GSB in 2009.
Segran holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Labour Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business.VIEW PROFILE