Brief History

MANCOSA is a private higher education institution registered in terms of the Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997 as amended). It was established in 1995 as a post-apartheid empowerment institution offering affordable and accessible management education primarily to persons previously denied access to postgraduate education.

In 2002, MANCOSA received accreditation for its programmes from the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), the quality committee of the Council on Higher Education (CHE). MANCOSA is a leading provider of management programmes through supported distance learning in Southern Africa. It has in excess of 10 000 students currently enrolled on its programmes.


Entered the private higher education sector as a post-apartheid empowerment institution

1995 – 2000

Provide management programmes in association with the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College


Quality assured by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education of the United Kingdom (QAA)


Received accreditation from the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC)


First bachelor degree launched into the market


Opened its Graduate School of Business [GSB]


Reach 10,000 enrolled student


Received Zambia accreditation


Joined Honoris United Universities

Received Malawi accreditation


MBA achieve Top 10 in Africa Status

Launched the School of Education
Launched the iTEACHlab (South Africa’s First 21st Century Teacher Training Lab)
Launched the School of Information and Digital Technology
Launched the School of Healthcare
For almost three decades, MANCOSA has honed its expertise in serving a diverse student community, both at home and abroad, by providing exceptional management and education programs. Our commitment to excellence is exemplified by our longstanding provision of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, which we’ve been offering since 1995.

MANCOSA’s partnership with BCUC in offering management programmes and the MBA provided an international perspective to students in the Southern African region, whilst maintaining a strong local and regional focus. From the year 2000, MANCOSA discontinued offering BCUC qualifications and started to award its own qualifications which were registered and accredited in South Africa.

In delivering its range of management education programmes to a diverse body of students from both the public and private sectors, MANCOSA has considerably developed its infrastructural, academic, and intellectual capacities. Drawn from commerce, industry and academia, the programmes have access to a large group of high-quality academics, supervisors and mentors in management and leadership.

During October 2014, MANCOSA formally opened its Graduate School of Business [GSB] in Durban. The vision behind establishing the Mancosa [GSB] was the creation of a niche campus focusing exclusively on postgraduate education in business management with emphasis on the promotion of international collaborative higher education; international study tours; executive education and research. In addition to international benchmarking activities, the graduate school of business campus was envisaged to promote programmes relevant to postgraduate business education, hence the creation of the Mancosa [GSB]. The intention is to allow for a differentiated student learning experience between postgraduate and undergraduate education and the Mancosa [GSB] will enable this to happen. Many postgraduate students hold senior positions in industry and a differentiated learning experience through the Mancosa [GSB] is appropriate.

The following additional factors provide an overview of MANCOSA’s operations:

  • MANCOSA academics have industry experience and expertise to ensure that students receive continuous support and guidance.
  • MANCOSA utilises a blended teaching strategy, drawing on the value of independent learning through specially designed materials, and limited face-to-face workshops as well as optimising the students learning experience through bespoke educational technology ecosystem.
  • MANCOSA has fully-equipped libraries in most centres. All students have free access to the latest research and online journal articles via EBSCO Host, Emerald and SABINET.
  • These resource persons also provide students with academic support and pastoral care throughout their academic careers; and
  • The MANCOSA head office, based in central Durban, has a large complement of full-time academic, administrative and student support staff. It also has a well-resourced and modern infrastructure, training facilities, library and ICT infrastructure and equipment to complement its high-quality programmes and executive education programmes.

As a leading provider of management programmes through supported distance education, MANCOSA has considerable expertise in the design and development of high-quality and relevant study materials. It has developed appropriate teaching and learning strategies, particularly suited for transferring knowledge and skills to mature students, many of whom are in full-time employment. Through its active research focus, MANCOSA remains at the cutting edge of the latest management and leadership training trends.

The management and staff of MANCOSA are supportive of and actively involved in both public and private initiatives to improve the South African and continental higher education sector.