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Master of Management in African Philanthropy

The Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) at Wits Business School aims to build the skills of future leaders in philanthropy and related fields. This Master's programme in African Philanthropy is designed for students or professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge of this growing field of study and who wish to contribute to the achievement of global development goals. 

Programme Overview

The Master of Management in African Philanthropy is for students and professionals wanting to broaden their understanding of the field of philanthropy in the African context.  It is for those looking to specialise in philanthropic studies and contribute to the achievement of global developmental goals. This degree offers several important modules towards understanding the role that philanthropy plays in socio-economic development, and how to manage or establish philanthropic and social investment institutions. In addition, the programme tackles issues that range from fundraising to public policy and sustainable development goals, ethics and religion in philanthropy and advising private wealth, among others.


The Master of Management in African Philanthropy is a one-year (full-time) programme comprising four Core Courses, a choice of three Electives and a Research Report.

Core courses:

  1. African Gifting and Philanthropy
    This course provides a theoretical foundation by engaging students in a critical understanding of the role of African philanthropy in social, political, economic, and cultural relations in Africa’s diverse countries.
  2. Organisation and Management of Philanthropy
    This core course deals with the practical issues of organising and managing gifting within different institutional settings and practices, for example, grant making, corporate social investment, and private foundations.
  3. Resourcing African Gifting and Philanthropy
    This course involves students in the strategies and alternatives for generating the resources needed to finance African philanthropy.
  4. Research Methods
    This compulsory course equips students with the tools, methodologies and knowledge to execute their research projects and produce a report. It develops the student’s ability to collect, analyse and critically evaluate information in the African philanthropy arena.


Electives (choose three):

  • Advising Private Wealth
  • Corporate Social Investment
  • Community Gifting/Philanthropy
  • Community Foundations
  • Philanthropy (Gifting) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • The Role of Religion and Belief
  • Public Policy, Law and Regulation

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Entry Requirements
  • A four-year degree/postgraduate diploma in management or related/cognate discipline at NQF 8 level, with a good academic performance record.
  • A level of competence in Maths and English equivalent to the SA NSC level.
  • A minimum of three years’ appropriate work experience. If the applicant seeks exemption from this requirement a letter of motivation must accompany the application.
  • Candidates may also be required to attend an interview with WBS.
  • Candidates who are short-listed may be required to complete admissions tests at their own cost.
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Application process

How to apply to Wits

Online application

Complete the Online Application form

Non-refundable application fee of R200

Download the Management-Part-3 form


Please ensure that all information is correct and that you have uploaded everything on the checklist.
Online application form
Faculty of Management Part III form
Copies of all degree certificates
Academic transcripts in English
Your CV including places of work to
substantiate work experience
Letter of motivation in support of application


Should your application be successful an amount of R15 000 will be payable on acceptance. This amount is non-refundable and will be offset against the registration fee payable in your first year.

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.