Below are the admission requirements to study MBA in South Africa

MBA – Master of Business Administration Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and supporting documents

  • A Bachelor’s Honours Degree or a Postgraduate Diploma, with a minimum 120 credits, OR a 480-credit Bachelor’s Degree. Please supply a copy of your transcript, indicating the symbol or percentage obtained for each module and indicating whether or not the qualification was completed.
  • A recent detailed Curriculum Vitae indicating three years or more managerial/professional work experience.
  • Supply a clear copy of Identity Document or Passport. A copy of driver’s licence will NOT be accepted.
  • Once the application is successful, applicants may be required to write an admissions test as part of the selection process

Master of business administration full time programme

PROSPECTIVE UCT GSB MBA CANDIDATES NEED TO:

  • Be 25 years or older.
  • Have a minimum of three years relevant work experience.
  • Students must be fluent in spoken and written English. The UCT GSB Admissions Board could require a TOEFL or NBT for applicants whose mother tongue is not English or who have not received a degree from an English university. The Board also takes motivation essays, standardised assessments, and interviews into account with regard to English proficiency. Final decision at the discretion of the Board.
  • Submit an official score from a standardized assessment. Candidates can select either the GMAT, NMAT, Executive Assessment or GRE.
  • Have a NQF level 8 qualification (a Bachelor Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma).
    • Candidates with a non-South African qualification need to verify the equivalence to a South African degree. This can be done by contacting the South African Qualifications Authority
    • Candidates not meeting the NQF level 8 requirement can apply through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route and submit the Portfolio of Learning (POL) assessment form. Prospective MBA students who will be considered under the RPL policy should have:
      • At least an NQF 4 qualification.
      • Relevant work experience of usually 7 years or more depending on the NQF level qualification above (i.e. prospective students with a lower NQF level need higher levels of work experience). Typically, three or more years of work experience should have been in a management or a relevant professional position.
      • Candidates not meeting the NQF level 8 requirement should be able to demonstrate learning and academic ability that corresponds to the NQF 8 level, including critical thinking, problem solving and research skills.
  • Submit a CV you can collate your CV as you fill in your information, employment history and qualifications in the pre-application portal.
  • Two referee reports submitted as part of the application 
  • Personal motivations in the form of three essays that will be used for selection purposes
  • Selected applicants will be required to take part in an interview.
  • University of Johannesburg

MBA Admission Requirements

MBA requirements in South Africa

These are the minimum requirements for the University of Johannesburg MBA programme. Many other institutions have the same or very similar MBA admission requirements. The educational minimum requirements to study an MBA in South Africa are set by the Council for Higher Education and as such any accredited institution offering an MBA in South Africa is required to adhere to the same MBA admission requirements. In South Africa, entry requirements are set by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

A 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8)
OR
Honours degree (NQF level 8)
OR
3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a Postgraduate Diploma (NQF level 8)
AND
A minimum of four years’ work experience

Some variations are the inclusion of minimum age, the exact number of years of work experience and at what level and sometimes a certain baseline of English and mathematical competency. There are also sometimes options for recognition of prior learning as well as equivalencies for academic qualifications gained outside of South Africa.

MBA Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Academic qualifications

The SA Council on Higher Education requires MBA applicants to have one of these qualifications:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8)
  • Additional requirement for students enrolling for the MBA stream in Project Portfolio Management: A Project Management course on NQF level 8, for which credits can be considered in respect of required electives

Other requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant full-time working experience, preferably on managerial level
  • Mathematics at NSC (Grade 12) level or equivalent is highly recommended
  • A comprehensive CV
  • 2 essays (300 to 500 words each), showing your level of motivation and working experience. The topics are your external development perspective and your personal development perspective.
  • Satisfactory selection test results (see SHL and GMAT selection test elsewhere on this page)

Selection tests

We accept the SHL and GMAT selection assessments.

  • SHL assessment: The SHL is about determining your strengths and growth areas. It is not about failing or passing. The assessment consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test, and Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) on behavioural preferences. Administered by Stellenbosch Business School.
  • GMAT assessment: The GMAT has three timed sections, namely an analytical writing assessment, quantitative assessment and verbal assessment. Not administered by Stellenbosch Business School.

SHL and GMAT selection tests

You need to do a selection test as part your application process. We accept the SHL and GMAT selection tests. These tests are recognised internationally.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test, and Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) on behavioural preferences, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

The SHL is about determining your strengths and growth areas. It is not about failing or passing. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, we need to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essays required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions. (See box lower down on The SHL abilities assessment – it explains how we use the SHL to support students.)

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format.
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your MBA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see www.stellenboschbusiness.ac.za/programmes/mba-master-business-administration. See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and they are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with the Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop, and assessments need to take this into account. We do not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

GMAT selection test

The GMAT consists of three timed sections, namely an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative assessment and a verbal assessment. A copy of the results will automatically be forwarded to the Business School.

Writing two essays

You need to write two essays on the topics indicated below. The essays serve two purposes. First, they provide us with additional information about your personal and professional background. Second, they provide us with additional insight into your writing ability, a skill that is critical in completing the MBA degree.

Each essay must be between 300 and 500 words. (Please indicate the word count at the end of each essay, and submit one PDF document containing both essays.

  • External development perspective: Summarise your development as a leader with emphasis on the individuals, processes and institutions that have played a major part in your development. Conclude with your reasons for choosing Stellenbosch Business School, and why it fits your criteria as an institution at which you can continue your career development.
  • Personal development perspective: Summarise your personal development, the challenges you have experienced, how you have dealt with these challenges, what you have learned from this and the insight that you have gained about yourself and your role in business and society. Conclude with your current developmental needs and why this programme is important for your development given your desired future.
  • Gordon Institute of Business Science

MBA Minimum Entry Requirements

·  Completed degree/ SAQA accredited NQF 8 qualification;

·  Minimum of five years’ work experience, at least two years of which must have been at the management level;

·  Postgraduate level of intellectual ability (as assessed via the GIBS Entrance Test);

·  Leadership potential (in accordance with your experience, references and application essay);

·  Good English language skills to have the ability to articulate your arguments verbally and in written format;

·  Matriculation certificate level competence in mathematics;

·  Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser; and

·  For the MBA programme being delivered in KZN, applicants should see their future in the manufacturing sector, whether in a manufacturing plant, manufacturing-related facility, or a private or public sector support agency.

Mancosa MBA requirements:

Can anyone do an MBA? Can you do an MBA without a degree? These are questions that our advisors are often asked by prospective students. We can confirm the following when it comes to who can study an MBA?

  • students to be older than 25,
  • have at least three year’s working experience,
  • be fluent in English
  • have a Bachelor Honours degree, postgraduate diploma or a Bachelor’s degree equivalent based on relevant work experience.

Other institutions require a 4-year degree or a 3-year degree plus a post-graduate diploma. Another entry requirement is a level of competence in mathematics equivalent to the requirements of the SA matriculation certificate.

MBA Entrance Requirements

Applicants can also be required to obtain a score of 550 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The GMAT  is a 3½-hour standardized exam designed to predict how you will perform academically. Graduate business schools use the score to make admission decisions.

Some institutions require you to write an NMAT or APIL test, for similar competency scores. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) candidates are usually required to write the NMAT test.

What documents do you need to apply for an MBA?

You will need the following documents when applying for an MBA:

  • a clear copy of your degree certificates
  • a transcript showing the symbol or percentage obtained for each module
  • original documentary proof of at least three years’ managerial or professional work experience on a letterhead
  • a recent Curriculum Vitae and a clear copy of your identity document or passport

EXECUTIVE MBA ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Executive MBA programme is highly selective and enrolment is limited.

To be considered for the GSB EMBA candidates need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum of 8 years’ work experience and a proven management track record in the public or private sector.
  • Students must be fluent in spoken and written English. The UCT GSB Admissions Board could require a TOEFL or NBT for applicants whose mother tongue is not English or who have not received a degree from an English university. The Board also takes motivation essays, standardised assessments, and interviews into account with regard to English proficiency. Final decision at the discretion of the Board. For more information on UCT’s English Language
  • Completed either a Bachelor Honours degreeor Postgraduate Diploma at NQF level 8. Verification of the qualification’s equivalence to a South African degree is also required. This can be done by contacting the South African Qualifications Authority.  Candidates unable to meet this requirement can apply through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route and submit the Portfolio of Learning (POL) assessment form.  Prospective EMBA students who will be considered under the RPL policy should have:
    • At least an NQF 4 qualification. 
    • Relevant work experience minimum 8 years or more depending on the NQF level qualification above (i.e. prospective students with a lower NQF level need higher levels of work experience). Three or more years of work experience should have been in a senior management or a relevant professional position.
  • Complete the Modified Career Path Appreciation Assessment (MCPA), or an equivalent assessment, which provides an indication of the candidate’s current and future capabilities.
  • Submit a curriculum vitae, two referee reports and personal motivations in the form of 3 essays that will be used for selection purposes.
  • Applicants must have access to an organisation in which they can complete their assignments.

Applicants who have met the admission requirements will be contacted to attend a selection interview.

  • University of Johannesburg

MBA Admission Requirements

To be considered for the MBA you need to meet the requirements listed below:

  • Honours Degree in a relevant field (NQF Level 8) with an overall average of 60%
    OR
  • PGDip in Management, PGDip in Business Management, PGDip in Business Administration or related NQF Level 8 qualifications with an overall average of 60%
    OR
  • A cognate Bachelor’s Degree equivalent at NQF level 8
    AND
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at the tertiary level in English)
  • A minimum of four years of work experience at an appropriate level of which a minimum of two years’ managerial experience, and a letter from your employer to confirm managerial experience.
  • Applicants may be asked to do a JBS admission test (psychometric tests)

Admission requirements for international students:

  • Applicants who hold a foreign qualification need to send their qualifications to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for evaluation before applying for the MBA programme. We require the SAQA certificate to verify the NQF level of your qualification. You can call SAQA’s help desk on +27 12 431-5070 or visit SAQA’s website.
  • Henley Business School Africa

MBA Admission Requirements

To join the Henley MBA programme you will need:

  • Three years’ management experience
  • An Honours degree or equivalent professional or international qualification with an NQF8 rating*
  • Evidence of competence in English, if your last degree was not completed at an English institution – See: English language requirements (PDF)**
  • You must be able to gain access to company data for assignment purposes

All applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Copy of ID or Passport
  3. Current CV
  4. Certified copies of degree certificates
  5. Two professional references 
  6. English language test results or an English Proficiency at Work form, if applicable
  7. If you are an international applicant who has a qualification not obtained in South Africa, please include with your application SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) certificate of evaluation per qualification.

Masters of Business Administration Admission Requirements

As required by the Council for Higher Education (CHE), applicants should at least hold one of the following academic requirements to be considered for the MBA programme:

  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • Honours/Postgraduate degree (NQF level 8), OR
  • A 3-year Bachelor’s degree (NQF level 7) plus a postgraduate diploma (NQF level 8).

In addition to the academic requirement, applicants should also have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant managerial experience. Students who do not meet the academic qualification criteria above, but can demonstrate significant managerial experience, may apply to be considered to the MBA programme via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process of the university. In line with the requirements of the CHE, the university may admit up to 10% of its student body under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted through the RPL process will have to submit all the same documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, they should provide a portfolio of evidence that meet the requirements of the university. Notwithstanding the above minimum requirements, the university reserves the right of admission to the MBA programme after taking its operational and capacity (including financial aspects) requirements, quality assurances, teaching and learning policies, as well as any other matters that may influence admission into account.

  • Jack Welch Management Institute

MBA Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Jack Welch Management Institute’s Master of Business Administration program are required to provide:

  • Proof of completion of a United States Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, or approved equivalent
  • A 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • GMAT or GRE automatically waived with 5 years of professional experience
  • A completed MBA application and enrollment agreement, as applicable
  • A valid current government-issued photo identification
  • Resume or LinkedIn profile
  • Personal essay
  • In addition to the above, special consideration may be given to applicants who do not meet minimum GPA admission requirements but show graduate potential and have a minimum of five years of professional or business experience. A personal interview with the Dean is required.

GMAT/GRE waivers

While a satisfactory grade on the GMAT or GRE is part of our admissions requirements, GMAT waivers and GRE waivers are automatically provided if a student can demonstrate a minimum of five years of professional or business experience.

A satisfactory grade is defined as a minimum acceptable cumulative score of 450 on the GMAT or a minimum acceptable cumulative score of 300 on the GRE.

In lieu of satisfactory standardized testing scores, the Jack Welch Management Institute assesses a student’s graduate potential by looking at several real-life indicators—including professional work history, undergraduate grade point average, and a commitment to being a great leader.

International online MBA applicants

All international applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. degree. If you obtained your Bachelor’s degree outside of the U.S., JWMI will work with NACES, the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services, on your behalf to initiate a credential evaluation process that will equate your transcripts to a GPA for evaluation.

In addition, select international applicants with a conferred 3-year Bachelor’s degree from the following countries and regions may be eligible for MBA admission. Applicants are subject to review from the Registrar and must also meet all other MBA admission requirements.



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