Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

Course Description:

Expand your understanding of the world of business and doing business in dynamic emerging economies. Sharpen your business acumen, management knowledge and leadership skills. Advance your management career.

Course basics:

1 Year (Part-Time)

Post Graduate Diploma

Programme structure:
1 year

Study mode:
Part Time

Academic category:
Generalist degree

Core Courses:

Essential Business Skills, Business Law, Marketing & Sales, People Management, Entrepreneurship, Management & Financial Accounting, International Business and Economics, Strategy, Digital Business, Introduction to finance & Project Management

The PDBA will accelerate your understanding of the world of business, advance your general business management knowledge, develop your leadership skills and sharpen your business acumen. 

The Wits Business School one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration is for ambitious graduates who want the edge.  The WBS PDBA is relevant to the challenges of doing business in South Africa, Africa and other dynamic emerging market economies, and covers key themes relevant to business today including sustainability, entrepreneurial action and critical engagement. The programme is also available in a modular format in June of each year.

The PDBA is a four-quarter programme of approximately 10 weeks per quarter. Classes run on two evenings during the week with occasional classes on Saturdays.
Quarter 1 covers Strategy, Critical Business Skills and Project Management.
Quarter 2 covers Management and Financial Accounting and People Management
Quarter 3 covers Digital Business,  International Business and Economics and Introduction to Finance
Quarter 4 covers Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Business Law

The key themes of the programme have been designed to complement the MBA curriculum, while being suitable as a stand-alone course.

Key Features

  • 5 key themes: Context in Africa, Context in South Africa, Sustainability, Entrepreneurial Action, Critical Engagement
  • 11 core courses
  • Access to career development and coaching
  • Stand-alone qualification

Textbooks are available on

  • Bachelor’s degree (NQF 7)*
  • Two years’ minimum work experience
  • Mathematics – a level of competence equivalent to SA matric certificate
  • Acceptable GMAT, NMAT score OR WBS Admissions test. (Please note: only shortlisted candidates will be invited to write the WBS Admission test)
  • 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)

*In exceptional cases, non-degreed individuals with working experience are considered.

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  • Complete an Online Application form on the following link
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of R200
  • Download the Management-Part-3 form
  • Upload certified copies of ALL your tertiary qualifications- Degree certificate(s) and Academic transcript(s)
  • Upload current CV
  • Admission test - currently R950. (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: 012 431 5070 or the helpdesk on: 0860 111 673
  • A R15 000 minimum deposit will be required upon acceptance of a place on the programme

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Marketing & Sales

Business Administration

Operations Management

Patrick Klostermann

I opted for a WBS PDBA as a springboard to my career, and WBS created an environment where I could achieve excellence through hard work, perseverance, and dedication. I have been pulled, pushed, and stretched to the limit – but it was precisely at that point that I realised that I am capable of more. The PDBA gave me confidence in multiple disciplines and changed the way I view the world, business, and those I live and work with. The growth I experienced was tangible and intoxicating and has only intensified my hunger for knowledge. What you put in is what you get out!