University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
Africa's Top Business School
The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is internationally renowned as one of just three triple-crowned business schools in Africa with endorsements from the European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). As a top school located in a changing emerging market, the GSB has a responsibility to engage with its socio-political and economic context. It’s teaching, learning and research is directed towards building a more economically prosperous, equitable and integrated continent. The school is constantly investing in quality scholarship and strong partnerships to support these aims.
Type of Course:
• One Year Full-Time MBA
• Two Year Modular MBA
• Two Year Modular EMBA
AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB
- Ranked in the Financial Times’ Global Top 100 MBAs for 12 consecutive years
- Rated the top business school in Africa nine years in a row by the Eduniversal rating agency
- Ranked in the top 40 of the Corporate Knights 2015 Better World MBA
- Top in its category and winner of the 2015 Global Business Challenge
- The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the GSB has been ranked in the top five globally for social impact in a 2017 report from the Bridgespan Group.
MBA Full-Time Programme | 2018 Term Dates
Term 1 12 January - 13 April 2018
Term 2 23 April - 6 July 2018
Term 3 14 July - 15 September 2018
Term 4 29 September - 7 December 2018
MBA Modular Programme - 1st year | 2018 Cohort Module Dates
Module 1 12 January - 3 February 2018
Module 2 5 May - 19 May 2018
Module 3 1 September - 15 September 2018
MBA Modular Programme - 2nd year | 2017 Cohort Module Dates
Module 4 24 February - 10 March 2018
Module 5 14 July - 28 July 2018
Module 6 29 September - 13 October 2018
EMBA First Year 2018
Course 1 28 February - 17 March 2018
Course 2 16 - 30 June 2018
Course 3 29 September - 13 October 2018
EMBA Second Year 2018
Course 4 19 January - 2 February 2019
Course 5 11 - 25 May 2019
EMBA First year 2019
Course 1 20 February - 9 March 2019
Course 2 15 - 29 June 2019
Course 3 5 - 19 October 2019
EMBA Second Year 2019
Course 4 25 January - 8 February 2020
Course 5 9 - 23 May 2020
Length of Course:
• MBA Full-Time: 11 months
• MBA Modular : 2 Years
• EMBA : 2 Years
31 October 2017
TOFLE : Be fluent in English. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English will be required to produce a TOEFL certificate to verify fluency in English.
RPL : Have completed either a Bachelor Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma or a cognate Bachelor's Degree equivalent at level 8 through relevant work experience. Candidates not meeting the degree requirement can apply through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route and submit the Portfolio of Learning (POL) assessment form.
GMAT : All applicants are required to write the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and obtain an acceptable GMAT score. A GMAT score of 550 will ordinarily be required. The GSB offers a five-day GMAT Preparation Course to help students prepare for the GMAT.
In addition to the above criteria the GSB uses a number of other indicators including essays about life experience, goals, attitudes and values, evaluations from two referees as well as details of job, educational and extramural activities.
Have a minimum of 10-15 years' work experience and a proven management track record in the public or private sector.
Be fluent in English. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English will be required to produce a TOEFL certificate to verify fluency in English.
Have completed either a Bachelor Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma or a cognate Bachelor's Degree equivalent at level 8 through relevant work experience. Candidates not meeting the degree requirement can apply through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route and submit the Portfolio of Learning (POL) assessment form.
GMAT OR the NBT + MCPA?
EMBA applicants have two options - GMAT only OR, alternatively, MCPA plus NBT:
GMAT - Write the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and obtain an acceptable GMAT score. A GMAT score of 550 will ordinarily be required.
National Benchmark Test (NBT) plus Management Career Path Appreciation Assessment (MCPA) – With this option, EMBA applicants are required to write the Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) sections of the National Benchmark Test (NBT) as well as the Management Career Path Appreciation Assessment (MCPA).
The links above will guide you to the booking processes for each test.
Applicants who have met the admission requirements will be contacted to attend a selection interview.
Application fee: R1 350 / $285
Full-time MBA : R210 000 Acceptance Fee R15 000
Modular MBA 1st Year : R105 000 Acceptance Fee R15 000
Modular MBA 2nd Year : R105 000
EMBA 1st Year : R105 000 Acceptance Fee R15 000
EMBA 2nd Year : R105 000