Master of Business Administration – MBA

The MANCOSA MBA is consistently ranked as one of South Africa’s top MBA degrees. The distance learning Master of Business Administration degree programme is specifically tailored for flexible learning and speaks to the management, leadership and business needs of a dynamic global market.

1.5 years
NQF Level 9
180 credits

Key features

  • Fully accredited and registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support format
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural faculty and support staff
  • MBA distance learning
If you’re employed full-time and have your sights set firmly on a senior management role, or you would like to gain the competitive edge in your entrepreneurial venture, then MANCOSA’s MBA, by distance learning, is the right master’s degree for you.

About the MBA Degree in South Africa

The MBA degree remains one of the most popular postgraduate qualifications in many parts of the world, and it’s definitely a career-boosting move for those looking to make an impact in the South African business sector.

MANCOSA is well-known in offering one of the country’s best distance learning MBAs, which is a model that suits those who still want to continue working or who value the flexible nature of the programme. The postgraduate master’s programme is designed to produce forward-thinking, career-oriented managers and leaders who are prepared for business and industry roles in the context of both emerging and established markets. For more information about the programme please email: [email protected].

My MBA Success Story

MBA highlights: key outcomes for the graduate

Learn these valuable skills when you enrol for an MBA with MANCOSA and take your career to the next level:
  • Evaluate and solve problems using strategic critical and creative thinking
  • Display independent judgement and decision-making capabilities
  • Correctly identify, interpret and evaluate forces that impact an organisation
  • Develop and apply sound policies and strategies for effective business administration
  • Organise resources and meet strategic organisational goals
  • Develop a mindset geared towards learning and growth
  • Learn to use advanced technology effectively
  • Develop an ethical responsibility towards the environment and the health/well-being of others
  • Apply conceptual and analytical frameworks
  • Utilise financial management tools

Programme Curriculum: What You Will Study

MBA programme course details

Grow and prosper as a leader in your chosen field. Meet strategic business and management challenges head-on. This stimulating Masters of Business Administration will provide you with comprehensive knowledge and an applied skill set to succeed in a dynamic business environment.

Gain an in-depth understanding of the forces shaping business developments in dynamic markets both locally and internationally. Foster the leadership skills necessary to support and grow organisations. The degree can be completed within 18 months. Students are required to complete four core modules in semester 1 and semester 2 of their first year of study. Students are required to select and elective and complete a dissertation in their second year.

Year 1 Modules

Semester 1

  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Strategies in Operations Management

Semester 2

  • Human Resource Development
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Research and Quantitative Methods

Year 2 Modules

Elective: Choose 1 module from the following
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Management
  • Leadership
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Change Management
  • Dissertation

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum admission requirements for the MBA degree is a relevant Honours Degree or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma at NQF level 8
  • Applicants should be over the age of 25 years of age Must have a minimum of 5 years of work experience, 3 of which must be in a managerial or supervisory position
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 30 years

Downloadable resources

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Tuition fees and payment schedules

The total cost of the MBA master programme ranges between R73,000 and R83,780 in tuition fees, which is dependent on the payment plan you choose. We offer several flexible payment schedules to suit your individual financial situation. Find out more from our fee schedule.

MBA Application Process

Congratulations! You’re ready to take the next step in your career by applying for an MBA. Be part of our next MBA intake and take a look at the four-steps you can expect to follow when you apply for your degree; or find out how to apply for an MBA in more detail.


Click apply & follow the instructions


Complete an entrance exam or submit results


If successful, you will be invited to an interview


You will be advised whether you have been successful

Frequently Asked Questions

While it’s true that many Fortune 500 executives hold an MBA credential, it must be noted that the programme is both challenging and intensive. The results, however, are certainly worthwhile as the qualification proves to be a competitive differentiator in the workplace with many ambitious graduates going on to achieve personal and professional recognition and success.

MBAs are relevant across all industry sectors. This is because the programme offers a holistic view of business-related topics. Some of the career opportunities and jobs for MBAs include:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Management consultant
  • Financial advisor
  • Director
  • Corporate executive
  • IT manager
  • Human resource specialist
  • Senior analyst

The mode of delivery for this programme is offered through supported distance and online models of instruction. MANCOSA’s distance learning programmes have proven ideal for those professionals who are required to work long hours or who travel extensively for work. Studying through distance learning means that there is little disruption to your personal life and full-time work schedule. The MANCOSA [GSB] programmes enable you to be flexible with your studies.

Quality management, accreditation, recognition and international business comparability are key drivers ensuring our students pursue globally relevant accredited education.

To this end, MANCOSA is:

  • Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), registration number 2000/HE07/003
  • Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council of Higher Education (CHE).
  • Recorded on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Learn With One of South Africa’s Top Business Schools

MANCOSA MBAs are also positioned to assume emerging leadership and transformative roles in the job force. To this end, the programme provides students with the tools they need to employ innovative and strategic approaches to organisational management in the context of a rapidly changing and information-rich marketplace.

The MBA instils in students an in-depth understanding of the forces shaping business developments in evolving markets and fosters the leadership skills necessary to support and grow organisations that are at different stages of growth. Students acquire knowledge, skills and competencies to manage organisations in developing countries through a series of well-planned learning experiences and assessments.

A Global Network of Partners

The MANCOSA Graduate School of Business has strong academic links with higher education institutions throughout the world.

Affiliations and Partnerships

International and Regional Recognition

  • Accredited by the Mauritius Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
  • Recognised by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA)
  • Registered with the Zambia Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • Accredited by the Malawi National Council for Higher Education (NCHE)
  • Registered with the Eswatini Higher Education Council (ESHEC)
  • Registered with the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA), registration number

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