Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA)

The TSB Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) is a management development programme aimed at all graduates with work experience and who demonstrate the potential to become successful general managers. The programme aims to provide students with broad-based theoretical and practical knowledge, and broad exposure to the processes and functions of business and public sector management within the context of an integrated, holistic organisational approach and a transforming socio-economic setting.

Our PDBA focuses on the fundamentals of business operations to integrate all relevant disciplines, such as human resources, change management and corporate entrepreneurship, into the overall strategic plan of an organisation. A practical hands-on approach is taken in this programme, with a strong focus on problem-solving and management competencies. This programme complements functional understanding with a holistic approach, by providing students with the relevant perspectives and skills required to operate effectively in a managerial role and to lead effectively across functions and cultures.

The primary purpose of this programme is to prepare candidates for senior administration roles and first line management positions in the private and public sectors. Throughout the programme, the emphasis will evolve from an operational to a more strategic perspective of management within a business context. The programme will further provide learners with competencies that will prepare them to be lifelong learners, managers and entrepreneurs that are able to work with self-direction and originality to make a contribution to business, communities and society as a whole.

Classes run on Saturday mornings from 07:00 to 14:15, and on every second Sunday morning.

All classes are delivered from the Tshwane campus and are simultaneously streamed to our PDBA students at 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.

Individuals who would like to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) should meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Have an average of at least 55% for your qualification at NQF level 7
  2. Have a Business or Management related bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or equivalent qualification at NQF level 7 plus 4 years work experience  OR
  3. Have any bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or equivalent qualification at NQF level 7 plus at least 4 years managerial or supervision 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 alumnus 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.

Once you have submitted your online application, please notify our PDBA administrator via email  so that we can verify that we have indeed received your application submission.

PDBA Office

Ms Trophy Komane


Phase 1

Once you have considered the PDBA minimum admissions criteria and are qualified to apply for the PDBA programme, you can begin the application process.

Complete the online Tshwane University of Technology application form by clicking on this link. In your application, select the programme qualification code P1BA21 to ensure that you apply to the TSB PDBA programme.

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 stating that you have applied. You will also receive a student number. Please then forward us the relevant supporting documents.

We will require the following certified documentation:

  1. A copy of your Identification Document (ID).
  2. A copy of your Qualifications (please see Recognition of Prior Learning if you do not have a qualification).
  3. A copy of your Academic Records/Transcripts clearly stating the number of credits completed and the NQF level.
  4. A copy of your School Leaving (Matric) Certificate.
  5. A copy of your name change or marriage certificate (if applicable – where your prior qualifications are in a different surname).
  6. A comprehensive CV.

Please note: An application will be considered incomplete if any of these above documents are outstanding.

Once you have submitted all the required documents, your application will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum admissions criteria. You will then receive a notification of the first review evaluation.

Application Closing Date: 30 September

Phase 2

Applicants will be required to write an assessment as part of the evaluation process. We use Top Talent Solutions (TTS) to administer our test. 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.


TTS Assessment

The assessment focuses on an applicant’s verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning. It is done online and also has a video interview component. An applicant must score an overall minimum of 4 out of 10 to be considered for admission into the programme. The assessment consists of the following:

  • Behavioural dimensions scales
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Deductive-logical thinking
  • Learning efficiency
  • Ability to concentrate


The cost of the TTS assessment is R1400 (non-refundable). Applicants will receive an invitation from TSB to proceed with the assessment.



We do not facilitate the NMAT test. However, we do accept NMAT test scores. Applicants who can provide proof that they have taken and passed the NMAT test in the past three years will be exempted from doing the TTS assessment. For the NMAT, an applicant must score an overall minimum of 160 out of 360.


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). 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,

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.


An estimation of the fees for the next academic year can be obtained from the Student Accounts office, email

We start accepting applications for the PDBA programme from 01 June.

  • First closing date:  30 September
  • Late closing date:  30 October

An overview of the PDBA application process is presented below.

The first step is to make sure that you meet the minimum admissions criteria and to complete and submit the online application form.

Remember to use the programme qualification code P1BA21 when applying to ensure that you apply to the TSB PDBA programme.

You will then also have to submit all your relevant documentation. Please see the ‘Application Process’ tab above.

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.

You will attend two to three classes each week. These are held on a Saturday from 07:00 to 14:15. You will also have to attend an online class every second Sunday morning.

Your first two payments will be towards a non-refundable application fee of R240 and a non-refundable fee of R1300 for the selection assessment done through TTS.

Yes, our PDBA programme fee can be paid in three instalments during your year of study. This makes our programme very affordable for students who are not being sponsored.

Contact Us

To find out more, contact our PDBA Office

Ms Trophy Komane

Tel: +27 (0)12 382 3037