AFRICA'S LEADING MBA

Be a better leader... Switch to a new career... Start a business that will make an impact...
The UCT GSB MBA programme will help you get there.

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.

MBA QUICK FACTS
DURATION

1 year (Full time MBA) OR
2 years (Modular MBA)

START DATE

January 2020

APPLICATIONS CLOSE

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STUDY IN AN EMERGING MARKET

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 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.

CHOOSE THE FORMAT THAT WORKS FOR YOU
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

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.

MBA CURRICULUM
Core Courses

There are 16 MBA core courses.

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Electives

Choose your electives

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Term Dates

Term dates for the 2020 intake

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UCT MBA APPLICATIONS AND FEES
Entrance Requirements

Attributes and qualifications needed for this degree

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Fees

Costs for the full-time and modular MBA programmes

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How to Apply

Start your application for the 2020 intake

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Available Funding

Scholarship and bursary opportunities for MBA students

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

  • Exchange for a 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

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:

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.

  • Contact our admissions team on 0860 UCT GSB (828 472) / +27(0) 21 406 1111 or email admisions@gsb.uct.ac.za
  • Attend one of upcoming information sessions, which are held all over the world, click here for more information.
  • Watch our videos to hear what of the MBA director, local and international students, and alumni have to say about their experience of the programme.

If you meet the admissions criteria for the MBA programme and are ready to apply, please click here for the modular programme and here for the full-time programme.  For more information on the application process please click here.   

MEET THE HEAD OF THE MBA FACULTY

SEGRAN NAIR

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.

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THE GSB MBA EXPERIENCE

Hear from the director of the MBA, local and international students, and alumni on what they have to say about the programme.

MEET CURRENT MBA STUDENTS