Master of Business Administration

Course Description:

Set yourself on the path to global success. Develop analytical, emotional and critical thinking skills through a cutting-edge, real-life learning experience. Gain the edge you need today and become part of the largest alumni network on the continent.

Course basics:

12 Months, 24 Months


Study mode:
Full Time, Part Time

Academic category:
Generalist degree

Elective course streams:
Dynamic Economies & Innovation, Managing for Sustainability, Finance, General Management, Leading Organisations in Complex Environments

Core Courses:

Management, Accounting, Economics, Technology & Operations, Strategy, Organisational Design, Critical Skills, Society & Collective Action, Marketing in a Connected World, Finance & Investment, Entrepreneurship, Business Integration, Case Competition

WBS students share their experience of the MBA programme

Join us for a life-changing experience that magnifies your view of the world and the opportunities it offers.

The WBS MBA programme, accredited by the Association of MBAs is the School’s flagship academic programme and is renowned the world over. The programme uses a combination of cutting-edge theory and guided practical application to develop the skills you need to be a great manager and leader both within Africa and also globally. You will develop your networks both through the other MBA students and also through interactions with organisations that you investigate as part of your group learning projects.  The interactive learning experience will assist you to gain a heightened level of self-awareness and by so doing develop your interpersonal skills.        

Key features

  • One year full time or two years part time
  • Offered in three formats
    • Full time – 08:30 to 16:30
    • Part time weekday – two evenings a week – 17:30 to 21:00
    • Part time Saturday - 08:00 to 15:00
    • Part time – Modular format – 10 day blocks (June Intake )
  • Independent study / research component – choice of four types of projects
  • Leadership Quest guided study on how to become the best leader you are capable of becoming
  • Global study tour – choice between local and international destinations. Please note this is compulsory. 
  • International exchange programme for students to study electives at international business schools

 Core courses

  • Management & Financial Accounting, and Finance
  • Economics for Business
  • Technology and Operations Management
  • Strategy
  • Organisational Design and Development and People Management
  • Critical Enquiry Skills
  • Business Society and Collective Action
  • Marketing in a Connected World
  • Finance and Investment Decisions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Integration
  • Case Competition
  • Electives Areas:
    • Dynamic Economies and Innovation
    • Managing for Sustainability
    • Finance
    • General Management
    • Leading Organisations

*Please note, electives will run when there are 25 or more students in attendance. 

Entry Requirements

  • 4 year degree (NQF 8) OR 3 year degree plus PG-Dip (NQF 8)
  • Post-university work experience: A minimum of 3 years for the full-time programme, 4 years for the part-time programme
  • Acceptable GMAT , NMAT score OR APIL test . For booking the APIL test, contact Helen Martins on 
  • Mathematics: A level of competence equivalent to the requirements of the SA Matriculation certificate is advisable
  • SAQA Accreditation (international applicants only) prior to application. SAQA Help desk: 012 431-5070 or go to:
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English)


Please note:

  • WBS PDM graduates who graduated in the last 4 years are exempted from testing
  • If you have a three year degree (NQF 7) or do not have the required entrance qualifications you may be accepted onto the MBA via two routes:
    • Provisional offer onto the MBA pending successful completion of the WBS PDBA or
    • In exceptional circumstances, accepted straight onto the MBA via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) based on an outstanding career track record

  • Complete an online application form on the following link
  • Complete an additional application form (Management Part 3 Form)- Management Part 3 Word Format
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of R200
  • Upload copies of your  degree certificate(s) as well as copies of academic transcripts/records related to all your academic qualification/s.
  • Upload current CV (only required if you have been working for 2 or more years)
  • Admission Test
    The admission tests are compulsory for all applicants applying to the PDBA programme and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they book and sit for the test. This test may be written before or after an application has been submitted; however candidates should take note that an application will only be reviewed once the test is written. For booking the APIL , contact Helene Martins on Applications are processed on a rolling acceptance basis.  Once the class is full, candidates will be placed onto a waitlist.
  • Foreign Qualifications
    Applicants who have foreign qualifications need to send their qualification to the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) for evaluation before applying to WBS. Go to or email Alternatively, you can call: 012 431 5000 or the helpdesk on: 0860 103 188

International applicants
For other requirements pertaining to international applicants, kindly contact Simphiwe Goba at: and kindly contact Odette Pillay at the fees office for additional fees payable at:

Scholarships applications are currently closed

Who is legible to apply:

  • Only MBA Full Time students who received offers from WBS
  • Previously disadvantaged South African students will receive preference
  • Students will also qualify on the basis of Academic Merit
  • Applicants who have successfully completed the NMAT test
  • Students must display the need and prove through the following:
    o    Provision of Bank Statement for the past three months
    o   Provision of confirmation letter of donor/employer stating that no sponsorship will be offered towards tuition fees
    o    Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide a justification of financial need during individual interviews


  • Applications openning will be announced in due course for 2019.
  • Application must be sent to
  • Person/Student number followed by the word Scholarships2018 must be indicated on the subject line (675789Scholarships2018)
  • The scholarship only covers tuition fees at a value of R238 702.

For further information please contact Tabea Radise on or 0861 000 927

The WBS MBA entails two independent study components, building a bridge between the classroom and the workplace. The two projects are:

  • The Leadership Quest
  • Applied Research Project, with a choice of one of the following:
    • Social Entrepreneurship Project
    • Consultancy Assignment
    • Business Venture Proposal
    • Research Report

Part of the MBA includes a Global Study Tour.Students have a choice of going on an international study tour or a regional study tour. The cost of the international study tour is approximately USD 5 500 and the regional study tour approximately R31 000.

In the past, international study tours have included countries such as Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Other popular destinations are in the East, including China, India, Singapore and Malaysia. Further information on the regional study tour is to follow. 

Please note, the tour is a compulsory requirement of the MBA. All students are obliged to participate in a study tour in order to graduate. 

More information on quotations and information related to different global tours may be obtained from:

Qawekazi Ademeso
Travel Coordinator
Tel no: +27 11 717 3857


  • MBA Full-Time: 1 year
  • MBA Part-Time (including long block release): 24 months


  • January Intake (classes commence in January). Applications not open yet till mid 2018
    • Full-Time: 5 days a week, all day sessions from 08:30 – 16:30
    • Part-Time Evening/Weekday: 2 evenings a week from 17:30 – 21:00
    • Part-Time Saturdays: Saturdays from 08h00 – 15h30
  • June Intake (Applications open 15 February and close 15 May  2018)
    • Part-time modular format: 7 blocks of 10-14 days each over 18-24 months

Disclaimer: Cancellation of programmes by WBS

  • WBS is entitled to cancel or change the date of delivery of a programme without notice and for any reason without incurring any liability to individuals who have applied or are enrolled on the programme or any funders of such individuals (“participants” or “funders of participants”).
  • Without derogating from the aforesaid, and insofar as it possible, WBS will provide the participants or funders of the participants with 30 (thirty days) days written notice of any cancellation or changes in the dates of delivery of the programme. 
  • Insofar as the programme is cancelled or rescheduled prior to delivery of the programme then in that event the participants and funders of the participants will not be charged the full programme fees.