Master of Business Administration (MBA) – MANCOSA

  • Programme will stimulate you intellectually and impact positively on your work environment
  • The programme will ensure that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to tackle challenges of the business world.

1.5 Years
NQF Level 9
180 credits
Supported distance learning

About The MBA (General)

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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) from MANCOSA concentrates on management in a rapidly changing, information-rich global marketplace and our MBA has been ranked Top 10 in Africa by Eduniversal to develop conceptual understanding, synthesis, and critical application of management theory for people with appropriate experience who wish to progress in their management careers. 

To meet the needs of a dynamic business environment, the MBA qualifi­cation is itself evolving and adapting. Arming learners with a qualifi­cation that would pave the way to top managerial positions in companies of any size as well as entrepreneurs wanting to run their own business. One of the most compelling reasons to do an MBA is to enhance career opportunities through effective personal development and capacity building.

The popularity of this quali­fication has spread across the world to organisations of every type. The challenges imposed by the 21st century make the upgrading of skills and qualifi­cations essential to meet the demands set by stakeholders. It has become one of the most sought after qualifi­cation as a prerequisite to most top management positions as well as for successful career progression. Worldwide, the best business leaders consider an MBA as key to the continual success of careers in sectors like manufacturing, engineering, business, education, healthcare and other service sectors.

Find out more about the relevance and potential of an MBA.


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Who Should Attend the MBA

Any graduate, employee, manager or aspirant manager whose position requires:

  • An integrated knowledge of the functional areas of management.
  • A strategic evaluation of business and business opportunities.
  • Skills to broaden the leadership of our knowledge-based economy enabling sustainable development, growth and prosperity.

Career Opportunities with the MBA

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

Entry Requirements of the MBA

You need the following minimum requirements in order to qualify for an MBA:

  • An Honours Degree or Postgraduate Diploma; or
  • A Bachelors NQF level 8 degree; and
  • Five years of working experience, of which two years are in a supervisory/managerial capacity.

It is possible in exceptional circumstances to gain entry to the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For further information on this alternative admissions route, contact a student consultant at MANCOSA.

Assessments for the MBA

Four modules are assessed per semester. All the four modules are assessed in the formative assessment format.

The final assessment mark consists of assignments (40%) and written examinations (60%).

All applicants are required to submit to MANCOSA an evaluation document from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) stating that their post schools qualifications are equivalent to the South African requirements for admission to postgraduate studies. The South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) requires the National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 8 for students to be eligible on the MBA programme.

Programme Structure of the Master Business Administration

Duration: 1.5 Years

Stage 1 (1 year)

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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

Stage 2 (6 months)

Elective: Choose 1 Module

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


  • Dissertation

Learning Outcomes of the MBA

Upon successful completion of the MBA, the student should be able to:
  • Identify and solve problems on a management level, demonstrating critical and creative thinking.
  • Conduct and communicate research in organizations and their environment.
  • Develop capacities in people, systems and facilities to meet the strategic goals of the organisation within the context of social needs.
  • Develop integrated planning and control systems to direct the organisation in pursuance of its goals.
  • Organise and mobilise the resources of the organisation to achieve strategic goals and targets.
  • Evaluate and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using strategic, critical and creative thinking is evident.
  • Display independent judgement and decision-making capabilities in business.
  • Identify, interpret and evaluate the environmental forces in organisations and the inherent and potential capacities of an organisation.
  • Organise and mobilise the resources of the organisation to achieve strategic goals and targets.
  • Develop an organisational reflective mind-set that can create continuous learning and growth in oneself, the staff and the organisation.
  • Develop conceptual and applied entrepreneurial skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply conceptual and analytical frameworks within different organisational management conditions.
  • Utilise appropriate financial management tools as an aid for decision-making purposes.

Student Support

The MBA is delivered through supported distance learning. Workshops are held each semester to support students in their studies.

The guide includes:

  • Compulsory readings
  • Self-study activities
  • Tutorial Letters
  • Assessment Exercises

In addition, students have access to:

  • Online Journals
  • Past examination papers
  • Supplementary learning materials available

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