Master of Business Administration

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 
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural faculty and support staff
  • MBA distance learning

If you are employed full-time and have your sights set firmly on a senior management role, or you would like to gain a competitive edge in your entrepreneurial venture, then MANCOSA’s MBA, by distance learning, is the right master’s degree for you.


The MANCOSA Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a postgraduate programme designed to produce forward-thinking managers and leaders who are prepared for business and industry in the context of emerging and dynamic markets.

The MBA will provide graduates with comprehensive and advanced theoretical knowledge and applied skills in the key areas of business and management.

In a global environment where the need to understand and operate in a context of global socio-political and economic realities, MANCOSA MBA graduates are well placed to assume leadership and transformative roles, thus driving corporate and socio-economic imperatives.

The programme provides students with the tools to employ innovative and strategic approaches to management within organisations in the context of a rapidly changing, and information-rich global marketplace.

My MBA Success Story

Career Opportunities

  • Management Consultant
  • Senior Manager/ Analyst
  • Corporate Executive
  • Entrepreneur

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 Master 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 an elective and complete a dissertation in their second year.

Duration: 18 Months

In year one, students must complete four core modules in semester one and four core modules in semester two. In year two, students choose one elective and complete a dissertation.

Year 1 Modules

Semester 1
  • Managerial Economics
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Strategies in Operations Management

Semester 2

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

Year 2 / Semester One - Modules

  • Dissertation

Elective – Choose one of the following electives

  • Change Management
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Environmental Management

Admission Requirements

The 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. 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.

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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.

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 MBA 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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