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Master of Business Administration

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.

Programme Overview

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 and 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.

Entry Requirements
  • 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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Application process

How to apply to Wits: Master of Business Administration

Online application

Complete the Online Application form

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)

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: +27 (0)12 431 5070 or the helpdesk on: +27 (0)860 111 673


A R15 000 minimum deposit will be required upon acceptance of a place on the programme


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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.