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Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration Modular Format

Expand your understanding of the world of business with our contact (face-to-face) PDBA!  Sharpen your business acumen, management knowledge and leadership skills in the context of dynamic emerging economies. 

Programme Overview

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. This is a contact programme offering face-to-face learning and is available in two intakes: January (part-time) and June (modular format).


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
  • Essential Business Skills
  • Project Management

Quarter 2 covers

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Management and Financial Accounting
  • People Management

Quarter 3 covers:

  • Digital Business
  • International Business and Economics

Quarter 4 covers:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • 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

Entry Requirements
  • 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: +27 (0)12 431-5070 or go to:
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English).

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

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Application process

How to apply to Wits

Online application

Complete the Online Application form

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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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.