The Wits MBA Curriculum for 2016 has been redesigned to provide professional management education at Masters level that is deeply rooted in our context. Africa has some of the fastest growing economies in the world, yet lacks skilled managers to oversee the growth and development of these economies.   The intention of the Wits MBA is to develop managers and leaders who will grasp the opportunities offered by South Africa and Africa.



MBA 2016 Curriculum Themes


WBS MBA  2016 Curriculum Structure


Core Courses

  • Management and Financial Accounting
  • Economics for Business
  • Technology and Operations Management
  • Strategy
  • Organisational Design and Development
  • Critical Enquiry Skills
  • Business Society and Collective Action
  • Marketing in a Connected World
  • Finance and Investment Decisions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Integration
  • Case Competition


Elective Courses

  • 3 Electives from a potential pool of about 30 courses
  • Electives may be taken at WBS international partner business schools


Independent Study

  • Builds a bridge between the classroom and the workplace
  • Compulsory two studies:
  • A. Leadership Quest
  • B. Applied Research Project
    • Social Entrepreneurship Project
    • Consultancy Assignment
    • Business Venture Proposal
    • Research Report


Global Study Tour
One of the popular courses offered on the MBA is the international study tour. In the recent past, groups have visited Latin America, including countries such as Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Other popular destinations are in the East, including China and India, Singapore & Malaysia.


Why do a Wits MBA?

  • Premier business qualification worldwide
  • Career & salary enhancing benefits
  • A personal rebranding exercise
  • A game-changer in careers
  • An open door to industry - graduates are well versed in all that is business management
  • At a personal level it is challenging, exciting and socially rewarding


Wits MBA

  • WBS has proud history of educating business leaders
  • Combines cutting-edge theory and practical application
  • Excellent networking opportunities
  • International elective opportunities
  • Includes Global Study Tour
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Admission Requirements

  • 4 year degree OR  3 year degree plus Post-Graduate Diploma (NQF 8)
  • Post-university work experience - a minimum of 3 years for the full-time programme and 4 years for the part-time programme
  • Acceptable GMAT score OR Wits Admission Test (Psychometric Test)
  • One-page motivation letter
  • Mathematics - A level of competence equivalent to the requirements of the SA Matriculation certificate is advisable.
  • SAQA Accreditation (international applicants only)
  • SAQA contact details: Help desk - 012 431-5070;

Please note:

  • WBS PDM graduates are exempted from testing (GMAT or Wits Admission Test)
  • If you have a three year degree NQF 7, two routes:
    1. Complete the WBS postgraduate diploma – one year Part-time study, OR
    2. If you do not have required entrance qualification but do have requisite managerial experience you may be accepted via Recognition of Prior Learning - RPL


Application Process

  1. Complete an online application form on the below link
  2. Complete an additional application form (Management Part 3 Form) - Click here to download
  3. Pay a non-refundable application fee of R200
  4. Upload certified copies of your school leaving certificate and degree certificate(s) as well as certified copies academic transcripts/records related to all your academic qualification/s.
  5. Upload the one page motivation letter.
  6. Upload proof of taking Wits Test or GMAT
  7. Upload current CV

Please note:

  • All applicants are required to submit the original certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts once accepted.

Quick Facts

  • Closing date for applications: 30 November 2015
  • Application fee: R200
  • Tuition fees: approx R210 500 (subject to university approval) plus the cost of the global study tour $4500
  • Fees for Part-Time study are split between first & second year of study
  • To book your WBS application entrance tests – Kathy Cannell


Degree Duration

MBA  (Full-Time)   – 12 months
MBA  (Part-Time)  – 18 months

PDBA / MBA (Part-Time) - 24 months



Tuition fees: Approx. R210 500; this excludes the cost of the compulsory Global Study Tour which is estimated at US$ 4500. Fees are subject to university approval.

Please note

  • International students pay 75% of their annual tuition fees before registration, the balance is payable by 31 March each year.


MBA Class Options

January Intake (classes commence in January)

  • Full-time – 5 days a week, all day sessions from 08h30 – 16h30
  • Part-time Evening/Weekday  – 2 evenings a week from 17h30 – 21h00
  • Part-time Saturday  – Saturday mornings x 2 subjects from 08h00 – 15h30


June Intake (classes commence in June)

  • Part-time June – Saturday mornings x 2 subjects from 08h00 – 15h30

WITS Psychometric Test

For booking the Wits Admission Test, kindly contact Kathy Cannell on or
011 717 3130


Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The GMAT is not a psychometric test, you therefore need to prepare for it to be fully aware of the standard types of questions asked and the pressures of the test, so that your score is a fair reflection of your potential to succeed on an MBA programme.
For GMAT bookings in South Africa, kindly contact their offices on (011) 784 3093 or or visit For GMAT preparation classes, contact Kathy Cannell (


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MBA applicants who opt to sit for the GMAT, and who require assistance with preparation for the GMAT, are advised to contact Shimon Goldchmit on 082 336 3217 or and Janine Barnes on 073 451 3822 or


For bookings of GMAT, contact Justin Jacobs on 011 784-3093 or

More information on the GMAT is available at


MBA Admissions Test

  • Students who hold a Wits Business School PDM/PgDip qualification – no admissions testing required
  • Compulsory battery of four WBS selection tests:
    • Mental alertness
    • Reading comprehension
    • Arithmetic reasoning
    • Conceptual reasoning
  • No preparation required
  • Duration of selection tests - approx four hours on campus
  • To book your WBS application entrance tests – Kathy Cannell
  • GMAT Tests: To book a test date, contact Justin Jacobs at Pearson VUE on + 27 (0)11 784 3093, or email


Click here for more on Admissions Testing

Mbali Nxumalo 
Tel: 011 717 3510
Gugu Nene - Programme Manager:  MBA Electives
Tel:  011 717 3535



The following is important information pertaining to your studies on the MBA Programme. It is very important to please familiarise yourself with the information detailed below:

WBS Assignment Plagiarism Declaration



Referencing and Style Guide