Welcome letter:  Director and Head of School, Wits Business School

Prof Steve Bluen

We at the Wits Business School are delighted that you are considering joining our Master of Business Administration (MBA) Programme.  Cognisant that change is the watchword of business, Wits Business School acknowledges that the best business schools will be those that not only keep up with this change but lead it.  

Through a combination of leading edge research, academic excellence and global relevance, we provide our students with the knowledge and tools that they need to excel in the business world of today – and the ability to create the business world of tomorrow.

As the world turns its attention to emerging markets to pursue business interests, we appreciate the importance of producing graduates who have a comprehensive understanding of the unique drivers behind local and emerging market economies other than our own.  Our strategic geographical position places us in the centre of Africa’s emerging market hub, Johannesburg;  an exciting cosmopolitan city that provides access to a rich socio political and economic history that enables its citizens to continuously critique its local, continental and global relevance.

If you are looking for an MBA programme that will advance your career and growth as a leader, we invite you to join us on this quest for self-understanding, learning and discovery which will undoubtedly increase your management and leadership capacity and will make a measurable difference to your performance.

We hope to welcome you to Wits Business School.

Professor Steve Bluen

Director and Head of School, Wits Business 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.

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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


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  • Undergraduate degree (for foreign students, degrees must be SAQA accredited).  Foreign students are advised to follow up on SAQA accreditation without delay as the process can take up to three months to finalise.

  • Workplace experience: a minimum of three years for the full-time programme and four years’ experience for the part-time programme.

  • Academic transcripts for all qualifications obtained.

    Wits university graduates will not have to submit Wits transcripts, but will have to submit transcripts for all other qualifications.

  • Applicants for the WBS MBA degree must complete either the GMAT or the Wits Psychometric test. 

    The GMAT is a global standardised test used for admission to MBA programmes. The GMAT requires preparation and applicants are advised to attend preparation classes. These classes are held at WBS. Should you be interested in attending, please contact Kathy Cannell at kathy.cannell@wits.ac.za.

    For further information on the WBS battery of tests or the GMAT (general information, test dates, plus practice sessions), please visit www.wbs.ac.za and follow the link to Academic Programmes, MBA.   

  • Applicants will be required to submit a letter of motivation for the degree.

  • 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   



2015 applications are open and CLOSE on 30 September 2014.

Please note that only online applications will be accepted.  Please ensure that all information uploaded is correct and that you have included everything required on the checklist. 

 In order to be considered by the Admissions Committee, your application form and the other required documentation (including the transcript and other supporting documents) must reach the Student Enrolment Centre no later than 30 September 2014 for the MBA programmes.  


  • Note:  An additional application form (Management Part 3 Form) must be completed by MBA applicants.   Click here to download.
  •       Pay the non-refundable application fee of R200.
  • 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.
  • Applicants will be required to submit a letter of motivation for the degree.
  • 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 uploadedvia the Student Self-Service portalhowever 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 Kathy.Cannell@wits.ac.za 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 3093 or justin.jacobs@pearson.com or visit www.MBA.com. For GMAT preparation classes, contact Kathy Cannell (Kathy.Cannell@wits.ac.za)



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

E-mail: postgrad.senc@wits.ac.za

Website: http://www.wits.ac.za/prospective

Tel: 011 717 1030









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 orders@mind-matters.co.za

Interested candidates should complete an application form and submit completed form to Kathy Cannell by fax on 086 515 4817 or by e-mail: kathy.cannell@wits.ac.za

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 justin.jacobs@pearson.com or www.MBA.com


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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Email: admissions.wbs@wits.ac.za



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



MBA Fees 2015/2016

Below is an estimate of the fees for the MBA Full-Time and Part-Time programmes at WBS for 2015. Please consult the published fees schedule for 2015. Fees for 2016 are provisional as these are estimates based on project annual increases – these may change depending on the University’s general annual fee increase.

Part-Time (weekdays & Saturdays) January Intake MBA 2015/2016 Fee Structure

Application fee

R        200

Registration fee (offset against total tuition below)

R   10 270

Total tuition fees for the 1st year of programme (2015)

R   68 272

Total tuition fees for the 2nd year of programme (2016, excluding International Study Tour fee paid in 2016)

R 118 421

Total fee(excluding International Study Tour)

R 197 163

Compulsory International Study Tour fee

US$4 500


MBA Part Time (Sat) June Intake MBA 2015/2016/2017 Fee Structure

Application fee

R        200

Registration fee (offset against total tuition below)

R   10 270

Total tuition fees for the 1st year of programme (2015)

R   32 744

Total tuition fees for the 2nd year of programme (2016, excluding International Study Tour fee paid in 2017)

R   66 862

Total tuition fees for the 3rd year of programme (2017, excluding International Study Tour fee paid in 2017)

R  93 333

Total fee(excluding International Study Tour)

R 203 409

Compulsory International Study Tour fee

US$4 500


MBA Full Time MBA 2015 Fee Structure

Application fee

R        200

Registration fee (offset against total tuition below)

R   10 270

Total tuition fees (2015, excluding International Study Tour fee paid in 2015)

R 183 585

Total fee(excluding International Study Tour)

R 194 055

Compulsory International Study Tour fee

US$4 500


Please note: Students in their 2nd, and subsequent years of registration should apply to the Fees Office for a fees quotation to confirm fees for that year of study.

The above fees include all catering, parking, study material (excluding text books) free access to study rooms on campus and campus Wi-Fi.

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