Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) for Executives
Our MBA programme for Executives is designed for managers and leaders who wish to broaden their knowledge and expertise without interrupting their careers. Our programme helps develop talent and harness competencies necessary for a senior management position by unlocking one’s inner potential to discover new horizons.
The main pedagogical tool is the case method, which is central to the MBA learning experience. This method offers a unique opportunity for the application of new skills, tools, and ideas to real-life problems, to transform managers into virtuous leaders. Cases based on local and regional research done by our own faculty and case pools from our international faculty are used. This enables our students to react on both local and global business realities.
These cases describe actual management situations, engaging faculty and students in an interactive process of analysis and in-depth discussion, with careful consideration on relevance and attainment of tangible results for students and their companies.
Classes run on Saturday mornings from 07:00 to 14:15. All classes are delivered from the Pretoria campus and are simultaneously streamed to MBA Students in our Mbombela and Polokwane campuses. Safe and secure parking is provided to our students on all three of our campuses.
In response to the COVID pandemic, we have moved all our classes online to ensure the continuation of our programme and the safety of our staff and students.
Our MBA is a two year programme. Individuals who would like to apply for the Masters in Business Administration should meet the following minimum requirements:
- Have a professional Bachelor’s degree at NQF level 8, a Bachelor’s Honours degree, a Postgraduate Diploma or an equivalent qualification at NQF level 8.
- Have a minimum of 5 years work experience.
Once you have met the aforementioned minimum admissions criteria, you can begin the application process.
Please note, we only accept certified copies of electronic documents. If you are an alumni of the university, we must receive permission from you to request your documentation (academic records, etc.) from our main admissions department. Please ensure you give us your correct student number.
Those that do not hold the required minimum qualification at NQF level 8 but have acquired various skills, competencies and experiences from a combination of learnings, such as short courses, work experience, training conducted while at work or community work in a relevant field, may be eligible to join the MBA programme following the RPL (recognition of prior learning) route. The minimum requirements for the RPL are:
- Have a qualification at NQF level 7
- Have a minimum of 5 years work experience, preferably on management level.
- Be 25 years or older
If you believe you are eligible for the RPL, please contact our MBA administrator Ms Komane. Applications for the RPL route occur earlier than our usual MBA applications. Our MBA RPL applications open on 01 March and close on 30 June.
It is critical that you contact our MBA office once you have submitted an application to verify that we have indeed received your submission.
Ms Trophy Komane
Once you have considered the MBA minimum admissions criteria and are qualified to apply for the MBA programme, you can begin the application process.
Complete the online Tshwane University of Technology application form on the university website here: this link.
A non-refundable application fee of R240 will be payable at the time of application. Proof of payment needs to be in an electronic format (PDF only) in order for you to upload this to the application form.
Once you have completed the online application form, you will receive an SMS or email confirming that you have applied. You will also receive a student number. Please then forward us the supporting documents listed below.
We will require the following certified documentation:
- A copy of your Identification Document (ID).
- A copy of your Qualifications (please see Recognition of Prior Learning if you do not have a qualification).
- A copy of your Academic Records/Transcripts clearly stating the number of credits completed and the NQF level.
- A copy of your School Leaving (Matric) Certificate.
- A copy of your name change or marriage certificate (if applicable – where your prior qualifications are in a different surname).
- A comprehensive CV.
Please note: An application will be considered ‘incomplete’ if any of these documents are outstanding.
Once you have submitted all the required documents, your application will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum application criteria. You will then receive notification of the first review evaluation.
Application Opening Date: 01 June
Application Closing Date: 30 September
Applicants will be required to write a psychometric test as part of the evaluation process. We use the NMAT test and the GMAC Essential Skills assessment, both are described below. You will only be required to write one of these tests. The final review of your application will be based on your CV supplied, as well as the outcome of your psychometric test. You will be informed of the outcome of your application once we have received the results of your test and the review process has been completed.
NMAT BY GMAC PSYCHOMETRIC TEST
Each applicant must score an overall minimum of 160 out of 360 for the NMAT psychometric test. The test is time sensitive and assesses an applicant’s verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning. This test is done at NMAT testing centres.
The test will consist of the following:
Test 1: Quantitative Skills (60 minutes – 48 questions)
Test 2: Language Skills (22 minutes – 32 questions)
Test 3: Logical Reasoning (38 minutes – 40 questions)
Should you wish to practice the test at home, you can:
- Buy the Official Guide for US$19.99 online at NMAT
- Go through a practice exam online at: NMAT preparation
The cost of the NMAT test is US$75 + taxes (non-refundable). Please visit the following website for more information on the test: http://www.nmat.org
GMAC ESSENTIAL SKILLS ASSESSMENT
Each applicant must score an overall minimum of 6 out of 15 for the Essential Skills assessment. It is a time sensitive test and assesses an applicant’s verbal and quantitative reasoning. This assessment is done online and thus, can be done at your convenience.
The assessment will consist of the following:
Test Section 1: Verbal Reasoning (20 minutes – 10 questions)
Test Section 2: Quantitative Reasoning (30 minutes – 15 questions)
The cost of this assessment is US$55 + taxes (non-refundable). Please visit the following website for more information: Essential Skills Assessment Please note that we must receive all assessment results by 01 November at the latest to be able to do the final selection.
* Please note that acceptance is also subject to available capacity according to the Student Enrolment Plan (SEP) as well as supervision capacity. Applicants will be informed of their status per official letter from the Office of the Registrar, alternatively, they can check their application status on the TUT website, www.tut.ac.za.
Internationalising a curriculum takes on many forms. At TSB, this occurs through pedagogical approaches and curriculum content used by lecturers on the MBA programme, as well as International Field Trips linked to electives offered in the second year of the programme.
Students apply to be part of an international fieldtrip and if successful, the cost of the trip is levied against the specific elective to which the fieldtrip is linked. The purpose of the international field trips is to expose students to international business developments, various cultural differences and differing ideologies. These fieldtrips offer students first-hand experience of the business culture and approaches used in different countries. They also contribute to the learning experience in the specific linked elective.
If you have a special need, please contact the Admissions Office before you complete your application. We will do our best to accommodate this; however, we cannot make any guarantees.
We are one of the most affordable and best value for money MBA Programmes in South Africa. An estimation of the fees for the next academic year can be obtained from the Student Accounts office, email MthombeniSP@tut.ac.za
An overview of the steps an MBA application goes through is presented below.
MBA applications open on 01 June.
- First closing date: 30 September
- Late closing date: 30 October
Applications for our RPL route open on 01 March and close on 30 June.
The first step is to make sure that you meet the minimum admissions criteria and to complete, and submit, the online application form. You will also have to submit all your relevant supporting documentation. Please see the ‘Application Process’ tab above.
Our MBA is a 2 year promgramme. The programme starts in the second week of January of each year and an academic year consists of three 10 week trimesters. The first trimester starts in January; the second trimester in May and the third trimester in August. There is a recess from the mid-November to mid-January.
Students attend two to three classes each week. These are held on Saturdays from 07:00 to 14:15.
Gauteng students attend classes in Pretoria while the Mbombela and Polokwane students attend streamed classes at our campuses in Mbombela and Polokwane.
However, due to the COVID pandemic, all our classes are currently being offered online, still at their usual Saturday time slots.
A student’s first two payments will be towards a non-refundable application fee of R240 and a non-refundable fee for their admissions (psychometric) test. More details are provided in the “Application Process” tab above.
Yes, our MBA fees can be paid in three instalments per year. This makes our MBA programme very affordable for students who are not being sponsored.
The South African Higher Education Qualification Committee (HEQC) allows accredited MBA programmes to only afford credits for MBA modules completed on another accredited MBA Programme. As an institution, we can only offer up to 50% of credits for modules done elsewhere.