Last Updated on August 28, 2023
MBA – Master of Business Administration
Applications for the 2022 intake are open from 8 September to 12 November 2021
An MBA is regarded by many as the ticket to the C-suite. After all you’d be hard-pressed to find a CEO who doesn’t have one. More than anything, an MBA is structured to turn a manager into a holistic leader capable of steering an organisation and its people to success. The MBA gives you access to continue your studies towards a DBL, providing you meet the admission requirements of the DBL.
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.
The Graduate School of Business Leadership may institute additional selection criteria as deemed necessary.
Before you apply
Kindly direct all your MBA-related enquiries to [email protected].
MBA Finance Information
Contact our dedicated MBA Finance Officer to assist you with your MBA-related Finance queries:
Tel: +27 11 652 0221
Email: [email protected]
For all your general Finance queries, kindly use the contact information below:
Landline: 011 652 0312 / 0379 / 0380
E-mail: [email protected]
Your student comprise the following:
- A once-off, non-refundable application fee.
- Tuition fees; comprising an acceptance deposit and a subsequent payment plan.
- Additional fees for students outside of SA and outside of Africa.
Your application fees
- The once-off, non-refundable application fee is R115.
- The application fees may be paid using the following options:
- myUnisa online payment platform: : https://bit.ly/3jsw5xA
- Via an electronic fund transfer (EFT).
- A valid credit card.
- A cash deposit at your nearest bank.
Kindly note the following important information:
- Unisa is a strictly cashless environment.
- Bursars (sponsors) can request a pro-forma invoice from the Fees Office.
- Invoices will only be created once a valid purchase order (PO) is sent by the bursar/ sponsor.
MBA 2022 Payment structure & Tuition fees
- 50% of total tuition on registration.
- 25% of total tuition on 15 May, balance due on 15 August.
Second semester modules
- 50% of total tuition due on 15 August.
Total fees: R200 970
MBA 1: R147 050 (7 Compulsory modules + 2 electives)
- Payable on registration: R 60 045 plus applicable levies
- Payable on 15 March: R33 700
- Payable on 15 May: R13 173
- Payable on date of second registration: R13 480
- Payable on 15 August R26 653
MBA 2: 53 920 (Integrated Management Report)
- 50% on registration: R26 960
- 25% payable 15 May: R13 480
- 25% payable 15 August: R13 480
Acceptance / Registration fees
- MBA 1 R60 045
- MBA 2 R26 960
The acceptance/registration fee is payable on or before registration. Registration will only be processed once the registration fee is settled in full or a valid purchase order is provided. The bursar/sponsorship letter is not sufficient proof of payment for registration.
Bursars / sponsors may request a pro-forma invoice from the Fees Office. Invoices will only be created once a valid purchase order is received from the bursar/ sponsor.
* Please note that fees stipulated herein are provisional and subject to change pending Council approval. An approximate 2,2% increase on fees can be expected for the 2022 academic year.
Withdrawal from programme
Subject to Section 12(2) of the Consumer Protection Act, a cancellation fee is payable as follows:
- Withdrawal before the programme commencement date will be refunded in full.
- Withdrawal after the programme commencement date but before 15 March 2022 will result in a liability equals to 50% of first semester modules.
- Withdrawal after the programme commencement date, but before 15 May 2022 will result in a liability equal to 50% of total year module, plus 100% first semester module.
- Withdrawal after the programme commencement date, but before 15 August 2022 will result in a liability equal to 50% of second semester modules tuition fees, 75% of year module tuition fees plus 100% of first semester modules.
Registered students who wish to withdraw from any SBL programme or offering for any reason must do so in writing to the Programme Administrator and the Fees Office. Failure to comply with this condition will result in the student being liable for the full tuition fees of the programme.
Unsettled accounts are subject to financial blocks or/and cancellations. Accounts that are cancelled or blocked will not have access to academic results on the myUnisa platform. Failure to settle any outstanding fees, could further result in the following financial penalties:
- Final year student will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.
- The student will not be accepted into the next academic year of study.
- Hand over to a third party for the collection of outstanding amounts. The student will be liable for legal costs of recovery.
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MBA programme modules
Master of Business Administration Modules
Year 1: Semester 1
Accounting for Managers (MBA 4807)
Students who complete this module will be able to interpret and evaluate different types of financial reports. Students will be able to read and analyse financial statements; understand the capital budgeting process; evaluate a company’s management of working capital; evaluate costing and product-pricing decisions; and evaluate the budgeting process of an organisation.
Economics for Managers (MBA 4801)
Students who complete this module will be able to analyse economics for managers with a view to making informed business decisions. This implies that they will be able to explain economic phenomena that influence business organisations; predict the effect of changes in economic variables; analyse the impact of economic changes on specific business organisations; and revise business decisions by monitoring changes in economic phenomena.
Value-based Management (MBA5901)
Students who complete this module will be able to manage an organisation in a way that will increase market as well as the organisational value. Qualifying students will be able to identify and categorise the drivers of value, and develop and apply performance measures to manage sustainability in the organisation.
Corporate Governance and Ethics (MBA5902)
Students who complete this module will be able to make ethical and sustainable business decisions. Students will be able to evaluate business decisions on the basis of their ethicality and sustainability, and will be able to make recommendations to organisations about business ethics and corporate governance.
Year 1: Semester 1 & 2
Managing Human Capital (MBA5904)
Students who complete this module will be able to manage the human capital function on a strategic level. They will gain comprehensive and systematic knowledge of: transformation of the current domain of HR; the HR value proposition and strategic HR management. They will also be able to masterfully manage the complexities of strategic HR management. Finally, upon completion of the module, students will be able to collect, analyse and plan according to predetermined HR metrics.
Strategic Management (MBA5905)
Students who complete this module will be able to integrate the process, content and context in evaluating and developing strategies at the business and corporate level. They will be able to identify opportunities for strategic innovation, and will be able to make recommendations on strategy implementation. They will also be able to appreciate the role of strategic leadership in crafting and implementing strategies.
Year 1: Semester 2
Strategic Financial Management (MBA5903)
Students who complete this module will have a knowledge base of the regulatory framework for the preparation and presentation of financial statements. Upon completion, they will also have a firm knowledge base of strategic financial decision-making and management processes; how it supports the business and corporate financial management processes. Ultimately students will be conversant with the skills and competencies required by a Chief Financial Officer in a contemporary organisation.
Students who complete this module will be able to conduct high-quality business and management research either as practitioners or academics. They will be able to apply a range of research methods and techniques in a practical environment. They will be able to apply the spectrum of research methods including statistical analysis of data and the theory to the analysis of data. Although the module is not compulsory, it is recommended that students enrol for the module as it will assist them when completing the research project. It is also advantageous for those wishing to pursue a doctoral degree.
Students can choose any ONE of the following electives. These electives are offered in Year 1, Semester 2. An elective will only be offered if a minimum of 30 students are registered for the module.
Applied Business Informatics (MBA5908)
Students who complete this module will be equipped with the necessary technical subject knowledge of the components of information systems and how they relate to a modern IT environment. Upon successful completion, students will also be able to critically analyse a given IT environment and define the necessary metrics in order to measure the value added by the ICTs to the organisation. Through analyses and measurements, recommendations for improvements will be made and students should be able to construct an implementation plan for the new environment, based on their recommendations.
Strategic Project Management (MBA5909)
Students who complete this module will be equipped with a comprehensive and systematic knowledge base of strategic project management, including a set of best practices for creating an environment for successful projects. Students will have a contemporary and comprehensive knowledge base on how to develop project management as an organisational practice.
Financial Reporting and Analysis (MBA5928)
Students who complete this module will have a coherent understanding of financial reporting and good corporate governance and will have a comprehensive and systematic knowledge base and skills that will enable them to make informed strategic business decisions based on the information contained in the financial reports and to interpret the analysed information. Students will further understand and be able to apply the regulatory framework for the preparation and presentation of financial statements. Lastly, students will be able to interpret and critically analyse corporate financial statements and reports, reflecting on the limitations of both published accounts and standard analytical techniques.
Strategic Supply Chain Management (MBA5927)
Students who complete this module will be empowered with the knowledge, values, attitudes, skills and competencies required to effectively manage and lead complex supply chains in any industry. They will be able to lead and manage individuals and teams and contribute to the effective and sustainable performance of complex supply chains.
Operations Management (MBA5926)
Students who complete this module will be able to manage the operations of an organisation, whether it is a service or a manufacturing organisation. They will be able to make recommendations to organisations on how to improve productivity, increase responsiveness, provide more choice to the customer, and deliver higher-quality standards of products or services. Upon completion they will further be able to rigorously analyse business processes and make recommendations on how to improve them.
Strategic Sustainable Marketing (MBA5910)
Students who complete this module will be equipped with a coherent, contemporary and comprehensive understanding of how the triple bottom line principles of sustainability are becoming an integral part of marketing strategies. They will be able to develop marketing strategies that maximise the organisation’s performance and create sustainable and responsible value.
Strategy in a Global Context (MBA5907)
Students will be able to gain a coherent understanding of the global business environment and will acquire a comprehensive and systematic knowledge base and skills that will enable them to make informed strategic business decisions in a complex and dynamic global business environment. They will also be able to take advantage of international business opportunities that arise from changing global market needs, as well as the globalisation of markets and the globalisation of production. They will be able to appreciate the role of global leadership in the global business environment, and demonstrate their ability to decide on and develop strategies to compete successfully in increasingly competitive and dynamic global markets.
Advanced Labour Law (MBA5906)
Students who complete this module will acquire a systematic knowledge base and comprehensive understanding of the practical implications and implementation of labour law and the law of contract applicable to the employment relationship. This will ensure that students are well equipped with the competencies to manage employment relations, both individually and collectively. A systematic knowledge base of dispute resolution procedures applicable in the employment relationship and their practical use and implementation, will enable students to effectively manage dispute resolution processes such as arbitration and mediation. Students will gain a comprehensive practical knowledge base of the implications of labour law and the various obligations that arise from this for both employer and employee, from the stage before hiring all the way through to the termination of the employment contract and beyond.
Integrated Management Project
Students have to complete their research report in the second year of their studies.
Completion of qualification
Students will have a maximum of three years to complete the MBA degree curriculum successfully. A student may apply for one additional year of study to the Registrar. After this time the student will be removed from the SBL system. Upon completion of the programme, a student will receive the Master of Business Administration, conferred by the University of South Africa.
MBA study school dates
|1 st semester||2nd semester|
|Master of Business Administration (MBA) orientation||21 – 24 February 2022||N/A|