GIBS MBA IMPORTANT NOTICE: LONG-BLOCK APPLICATIONS FOR 2025

GIBS MBA IMPORTANT NOTICE: LONG-BLOCK APPLICATIONS FOR 2025

Due to our rolling admissions policy, applications are processed on a continuous basis and a number of offers have already been made for the long-block programme.  As a result of this we now have very limited spaces available.
The closing date for applications has therefore been moved forward to the 9th of January 2025.
Only one entrance test date remains and has been scheduled for the 13th of January 2025.   We recommend that you complete your application and booking for this last entrance date, should you want your application to be considered for the 2025 academic year.
For more information, please contact our Admissions Office (admissions@gibs.co.za) or 011 771 4120/4331.
Please note: The Admissions Office will be closed from 19th December 2016 till 9th of January 2025.

 

The MBA is an attractive and unique MBA offering that resonates with those individuals who are either self-driven, highly motivated and entrepreneurial minded and who are keen to start their own owner-managed business, or the general manager who is looking to gain a deeper and all-rounded understanding of business to become a more effective manager.

As of 2016 prospective students interested in studying towards a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) will now be required to be in possession of an NQF level eight qualification, i.e. honours degree postgraduate diploma or equivalent qualification. In response to this, GIBS has restructured the MBA. GIBS accommodates students with a three year degree through a Postgraduate Diploma in General Management. Students need to successfully complete all requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management in order to be eligible to gain entry into the GIBS MBA.

The following core courses are covered in the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Marketing
  • Human Behaviour and Performance in South Africa
  • Management Accounting
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Resource​
  • Strategy Analytical Tools and Techniques
  • Corporate Finance
  • Organisational Development and Transformation
  • Operations Management

Should the subjects completed in your honours degree/postgraduate diploma/equivalent qualification or higher does not match the above core subjects covered in the PGDip, you will then have to begin with the PGDip phase 1 and then move onto the MBA phase 2.

This does not affect the duration it will take to complete your MBA journey. Both phase 1 (PGDip) and phase 2 (MBA) will take one year of contact time to complete.

Application fee: R2750 (non-refundable, payable on application submission)
Registration fee: R15 000 payable on acceptance to the MBA offset against cost of 1st year tuition.
Total tuition fees: R214 000 (2025 & 2025, excludes global module)
Administration fee for students from countries outside South Africa: R5 000
Global module fee: US$4 000 – US$5 900 (This amount will be invoiced at the equivalent rand amount based on the prevailing exchange rate at the time of the compulsory global module.)

Please note that GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees.
*These fees include the cost of the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management and the MBA phases combined.

 

Who should attend?

The average age of the GIBS MBA student is 33. An undergraduate degree and a desire for further challenges alone are not sufficient for eligibility. Energy, leadership, potential, maturity, ambition and a drive to make a meaningful contribution to the world of business in South Africa are all essential qualities in a successful GIBS MBA applicant.​ You need a minimum of five years work experience, at least two years of which must have been at management level. Good English language skills are a necessity in order to to actively participate in academic debate. We require a minimum of Matriculation certificate-level competence in Mathematics and skill in the use of a scientific or financial calculator. Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser.​​​

How you will benefit

The GIBS MBA journey has been designed to broaden a graduate’s business, country and world view, and to enable them to develop their skills and business acumen to assume a general management role that requires them to lead a division or entire organisation.

Programme Information
Start date
31 January 1900
End date
31 January 1900
Application opening date
31 May 2025
Application closing date
31 October 2025

Cancellation Policy: The cancellation of registration for the programme should be made in writing to the Programme Manager. Any student who discontinues attendance of the programme without notifying the relevant Programme Manager in writing will remain liable for the payment of tuition fees for the entire year. Please see the Student Guidelines for more information.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.