Message from the Deputy Head of School

The MBA at Wits Business School is one of South Africa’s most recognised business qualifications. In 2014, a revitalised MBA will be launched which clearly differentiates it from other MBA programmes. You, as an MBA graduate, will leave the programme having been drilled and tutored around three pillars of learning deliberately chosen to develop managers that will lead and manage in developing, emerging, or transiting economies.
These pillars are:
  • internationalisation/globalisation

  • strategic competitiveness & innovativeness and,

  • entrepreneurial orientation.

Anchoring your training on these three pillars will equip you to manage in Africa, other emerging market environments and environments in flux. 
Your strong financial and analytical abilities, strategic foresight, and a can-do attitude will prepare you for leadership roles that achieve lasting results. You will become more valuable in your organisation, but equally as a global manager.
Professor Kalu Ojah
Deputy Head of School


Our MBA’s unique structure is wrapped around three pillars of learning: internationalisation/globalisation, strategic competitiveness & innovativeness, and an entrepreneurial orientation. These have been deliberately chosen to develop managers that would lead and manage in developing, emerging, or transiting economies. Students may craft their own distinctive area of emphasis (including finance, marketing, strategy, leadership, amongst others) for their MBA through the electives they select, some of which may be taken at our international partner business schools.


WBS MBA Curriculum Structure

1. Five Attendance Courses 

  • Leadership Development,
  • Social Responsibility,
  • Career Management,
  • Contemporary Business Thinking,
  • Numeracy Competence

​2. Ten Core Courses

  • Micro- & Macro-economics, 
  • Accounting, 
  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources,
  • Marketing, 
  • Corporate Finance and Statement Analysis, 
  • Operations & Decision Science, 
  • Ethics & Governance, 
  • Strategy, 
  • Information & Systems Management,
  • Leading in a Complex Environment

​3. Six Elective Courses                           

4. One Research Report

 Three Pillars of Learning

  • Internationalisation / Globalisation
  • Strategic Competitiveness & Innovativeness
  • Entrepreneurial Orientation




  • First degree
  • Post-university experience - a minimum of 3yrs for the full-time programme and 4 years for the part-time  programme
  • Acceptable GMAT score OR Wits Admission Test (Psychometric Test)
  • Current CV
  • 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 - 086 010 3188; Switchboard - 012 431 5000   



  1. Complete the online application form or download the application form on

Note: An additional application form (Management Part 3 Form) must be completed by MBA applicants. Please find attached the Part 3 form.

  1. Pay the non-refundable application fee of R200.
  2. Submit original or certified copies of your degree certificate(s) and academic transcripts/record (this is a complete list of all subjects taken for your degree (including any courses that were failed) and the results you achieved.
  3. Submit your current CV
  4. Test scores – please note that you may submit your application with the GMAT or Wits Test scores pending, however we are unable to make a final decision without these scores.

NB: Please note that if you do an online application all the supporting documents can be uploaded, however the original certified copies of degree certificate/s and transcript MUST still be dropped off or sent via post to the Student Enrolment Centre at Senate (Wits main Campus).




Two years full-time (course work - 12 months; research component – up to a maximum 12 months permitted)

Four years part-time (course work - 24 months; research component – up to a maximum 24 months permitted)

Please note, however, students that complete the research component expeditiously, may qualify for the degree in less than the maximum degree duration, as stipulated above.



  1. Full Time Class            Mon-Fri 8:30 to 16:00
  2. Weekday Part Time     Two weekday nights per week 17:30-20:30 (Tuesdays  & Wednesdays with occasional lecturers schedule on a Saturday)
  3. Saturday Part time        Every Saturday 08:00 to 14:30 with occasional lectures in the evening on a weekday)


NB: Classes commence in January each year



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



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 3093or or visit For GMAT preparation classes, contact Kathy Cannell (



Students may be granted credits for the following MBA courses, provided that students have satisfactorily completed an equivalent course (70% and above). A student applying for credit may be asked to write and pass an exemption test before the exemption is granted.

The exemption test may be written after registration.

BUSA 7371

Micro & Macro-economics

BUSA 7372


BUSA 7373

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Students, who are granted exemptions, will still be required to attend classes and to participate in syndicate work. They will, however, not be required to complete individual assignments or write the final examination for the course for which they have gained exemption



We strongly encourage all candidates to submit their applications as early as possible. Applications will be dealt with and provisional offers made to successful applicants as soon as the completed application has been processed.

Please ensure that all documentation and correspondence is forwarded to:The Student Enrolment Centre, Wits Main Campus



Tel: 011 717 1030







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Wits Business School will host GMAT Preparation Courses for prospective MBA students who have to sit for the GMAT.

The course facilitator for the Verbal Section, Ms Janine Barnes, holds an honours degree in English, a teaching certificate and an honours degree in Psychology. Ms Barnes has been teaching full time at the Wits Language School for the past six years and during her time there she has worked closely with Dr Cate Almon who ran the GMAT verbal preparation course at the Wits Business School. She has been teaching for 14 years, in London, Australia, South Korea and South Africa and has extensiveexperience in preparing students for Cambridge, IELTS, TOEFL, GRE and GMAT examinations as well as teaching writing skills and proof reading articles, reports and dissertations.

The course facilitator for the Quantitative Section, Mr Shimon Goldchmit, holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering. Mr Goldchmit graduated from the Polytechnic School of the University of S.Paulo (USP), Brazil and associated himself with Prof Julio Caro. The course is adapted from Prof Caro’s GMAT Maths Preparation Course. Prof Caro has more than 25 years of a successful recorded history of top scores. Mr Goldchmit has taught various students in Brazil, USA and South Africa and equipped with his mathematical mind and a patient, perceptive and dedicated nature, he is eager to help MBA candidates obtain top scores on the GMAT regardless of their background knowledge.

The cost of the Preparation Course (both Quantitative and Verbal) is R8 000 payable before attendance and includes all course material. The GMAT textbook is not included. Students are encouraged to purchase the textbook for the course – The Official GMAT Guide, 13th edition. The book can be purchased at any academic bookstore as well as from our supplier namely, Mindmatters, and they can be contacted on 086 111 6184 or

Interested candidates should complete an application form and submit completed form to Kathy Cannell by fax on 086 515 4817 or by e-mail:

Please note that each course will only commence with a minimum of 20 registered delegates.

The GMAT: GMAT information is available from Pearson Vue on 011 784-3093, or or


First Course: February - March

3 February to 6 February:  "Back to Basics" course + GMAT Introductory Session

10 February to 26 March (note, 25th will be the last day for Verbal): Regular Verbal/Quants Course

The Quantitative Course will be presented on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 18h00 – 21h00.

The Verbal Course will be presented on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18h00 – 20h30.



Second Course: April - June

30 April to 18 June (17th last day for verbal): Regular Verbal/Quants Course

The Quantitative Course will be presented on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 18h00 – 21h00.

The Verbal Course will be presented on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18h00 – 20h30.


Third Course: June-August

23 June to 6 August (5th as last day for verbal):  GMAT Introductory Session + Regular Verbal/Quants Course

The Quantitative Course will be presented on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 18h00 – 21h00.

The Verbal Course will be presented on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18h00 – 20h30.




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Tel: 011 717 3544



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:

Required Attendance at Lectures



Referencing and Style Guide


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