Master of Business Administration

Course Description:

The WBS MBA is the School’s flagship academic programme. The curriculum uses a combination of cutting-edge theory and guided practical application to develop the skills you need to be a great manager or leader in Africa and globally.

Course basics:

24 Months


Study mode:
Part Time

Academic category:
Generalist degree

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

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

The MBA revolves around five key themes: Context in Africa, Context in South Africa, Sustainability, Entrepreneurial Action, and Critical Engagement | There are four components of the WBS MBA: Core courses, Electives, Independent study, Global study tour | Format: Two years part time, offered in three formats; Part time weekday – two evenings a week – 17:30 to 21:00 or Part time Saturday - 08:00 to 15:00. Part time – Modular format – 10 day blocks (June Intake)    

 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

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

  • NQF level 8 qualification
  • Post-university work experience: A minimum of 4 years for the programme
  • Acceptable GMAT, NMAT score OR the WBS Admission Test.
  • Mathematics: A level of competence equivalent to the requirements of the SA Matriculation certificate
  • SAQA Evaluation (International qualifications 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)
  • Recogntion of Prior Learming (RPL) candidates are required to write the NMAT test. Visit for more information.

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  • Complete an Online Application form on the following link
  • Download the Management-Part-3 form
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of R200
  • Upload copies of ALL your tertiary qualifications - Degree certificate(s) and Academic transcript(s)
  • Upload current CV
  •  Admission test (Please note: only shortlisted candidates will be invited to write the WBS Admission Test)
  • A R15 000 minimum deposit will be required upon acceptance of a place on the programme
  • Foreign Qualifications
    Applicants who hold a foreign qualification need to send their qualifications to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for evaluation before applying to WBS. Visit or email Alternatively, you can call: 012 431 5070 or the helpdesk on: 0860 111 673

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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.

MBA Part-Time:  2 years


  • January Intake
    • Part-Time Weekday: 2 evenings a week from 17:30 – 21:00
    • Part-Time Saturdays: Saturdays from 08h00 – 16h30
  • June Intake
    • Part-time modular format: 7 blocks of approximately 12 days each

Wits Business School MBA Student Showcase

We have pleasure in introducing the Wits Business School MBA students. The participants represent diverse nationalities, academic backgrounds, experience and skills. Despite the immense challenges confronting them on personal, professional and academic fronts, they have chosen to invest in themselves and in the future of our country and continent.

Please click on the link to access their profiles.

MBA Showcase: