Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the field of Business Administration

Course Description:

Learn and grow as you apply modern business knowledge and innovative management tools to real-life cases, participate in lively classroom debates, get personal career coaching and prepare to spread your career wings with a two-month internship.

Course basics:

1 Year (Full-Time)

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme structure:
1 year

Study mode:
Full Time

Academic category:
Generalist degree

Elective course streams:
Students will select ONE Elective Course from the following: | Service Industry Management | Strategic Marketing Management | Strategic HR Management | Negotiation Skills

Core Courses:

Financial & Management Accounting, Operations Management, Economics, Marketing Management, Strategic Management, HR & Organisation Design and Development, Analytical Problem Solving & Decision Making, Business Disruption & Innovation, Financial Management, Entrepreneurship Management.

WBS students share their experiences of the PDM-BA programme

A management diploma that’s so much more.

The Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the field of Business Administration challenges you to view business and management in a new light of innovation and creativity while preparing you for the challenges companies face on a daily basis. Gain up-to-date business knowledge and tools and apply these to real-life business situations as you prepare, debate and tackle business case studies. You’ll also receive intensive career coaching to help you secure an internship where you can apply your academic learning in a real business context and spread your career wings. The WBS PDM-BA internship is supported by leading banks and financial services companies, management consultancies, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) organisations, healthcare enterprises, pharmaceuticals and marketing and advertising companies.

The Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the field of Business Administration is offered as a one-year full-time programme. In the first and second quarters of the year, eight compulsory courses are covered, including Economics, Operations Management, Marketing Management, Financial and Management Accounting, Analytical Problem-Solving and Decision-Making, Human Resource Management and Organisational Design & Development, Business Disruption and Innovation, and Strategic Management. Candidates will also be required to attend the Compulsory Group Dynamics at the beginning of the first quarter.  

The programme includes a two-month internship programme, which is widely supported by many leading organisations. Although, it is ultimately up to students to secure the internship, the process is supported by an intensive career management and coaching programme that commences within the first two weeks of the programme. The internship constitutes the academic third quarter and runs from 01 July – 31 August of each year. 

In the final quarter of the year, students undertake two compulsory courses which include Financial Management, and Entrepreneurship Management. You will also select one free choice elective subject from the following list: Strategic Marketing Management, Services Industry Management, Negotiation Skills, and Strategic Human Resource Development.  

Students will also have the opportunity to integrate the year’s theory with practice during the engaging and highly interactive Business Simulation. 

Key Features 

  • 10 compulsory courses 
  • 3 integrative courses 
  • 2-month internship programme 
  • 1 elective course (students select 1 course out of 4) 
  • Access to the WBS Case Centre 
  • Career development and coaching

Textbooks are available on

  • A three-year degree or National Higher Diploma at NQF 7 level
  • Mathematics competency at Matriculation level: Mathematics - minimum 50% and Mathematics Literacy - minimum 65%.
  • An acceptable score on the WBS psychometric test battery.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to write the WBS Admissions test.
  • In exceptional cases, non-degreed individuals with working experience are considered
  • Copies of all academic transcripts and degree certificate/s
  • Copy of SAQA certificate for foreign qualifications
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of R200
  • Download the Management-Part-3 form
  • Complete the online application form on the following link 
  • Letter of motivation

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Admission Test
currently R950. (Please note: only shortlisted candidates will be invited to write the WBS Admissions test)

Foreign Qualifications
Applicants who have foreign qualifications need to send their qualification to the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) for evaluation before applying to WBS. Go to or email Alternatively, you can call: 012 431 5000 or the helpdesk on: 0860 103 188

International applicants
For other requirements pertaining to international applicants, kindly contact Simphiwe Goba at: and kindly contact Odette Pillay at the fees office for additional fees payable at:

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

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 Nozipho Ndaba

The PDM qualification exceeded my expectations – it was more than just learning textbook knowledge. I learnt a lot about myself and my capabilities. The programme also aims to prepare you for the working environment and the career development class definitely built my confidence and instilled values I'll always carry with me as I navigate through my professional work journey.