University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)

Introduction
EFMD Equis Accredited
AACSB Accredited

The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), located in the Tyger Valley business district in the northern part of Cape Town, South Africa, offers a wide range of internationally accredited management and leadership programmes.

USB is recognised as a top school in the international business school network. It was the first school from an African university to receive all three international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. USB has also been named the No 1 business school in South Africa for 2015 by PMR.africa.

Overall, USB strives to develop responsible leaders through well-grounded business education and research.

USB’s programmes are relevant for South Africa, other African countries and beyond. Over and above USB’s flagship MBA, which is presented over a shorter period from 2016, USB offers programmes in Development Finance, Leadership Development, Management Coaching, Futures Studies and Project Management.

Portfolio of programmes:

  • MBA (Full-time and Modular)
  • MPhil in Development Finance
  • MPhil in Futures Studies
  • MPhil in Management Coaching
  • PhD in Business Administration
  • PhD in Development Finance
  • Phd in Future Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning
  • Executive education

Reasons why you should choose USB

Three international accreditations

USB has quality guarantees in the form of AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation. USB was the first school from an African university to hold all three international accreditations for business schools.

International exposure

USB’s international participation is demonstrated by its three international accreditations, its international student body, visiting international faculty and exchange students, the compulsory MBA International Study Module at a foreign business school on the MBA programme, its presence in many parts of the African continent, and partnerships with business schools on all continents.

Africa-focused expertise

USB is your business knowledge partner in Africa. The School has become known for its African-focused expertise in areas such as development finance, ethics and corporate governance, personal leadership development, management coaching, futures research and emerging-country economics.

Leadership development

A strong focus on leadership development forms part of our programmes – in particular our MBA and Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development. USB’s leadership expertise is benchmarked against international standards and endorsed by a growing body of respected research institutions.

Collaborative learning

Collaborative learning is a key feature of USB’s programmes, and this intense engagement contributes to the life-changing experience of studying with us. Each student brings different qualifications, management experience and cultural knowledge to the table.

Diversity

On your study journey at USB, you will collaborate with people from a wide range of cultures and countries. Students come from all over South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. This diversity will add depth to your learning experience and help you to build valuable networks of business contacts and fellow students that will last you a lifetime. www.usb.c.za

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MBA

MBA Full-Time

Campus Full time 1 year January 2017 South Africa Bellville

USB’s MBA has been redesigned to better fulfil the needs of today’s students. The previous (longer) MBA, presented up till 2015, has now been restructured into a 213 credit programme on NQF Level 9. [+]

USB’s NEW 1-year professional MBA USB’s MBA has been redesigned to better fulfil the needs of today’s students. The previous (longer) MBA, presented up till 2015, has now been restructured into a 213-credit programme on NQF Level 9. All formats of the USB MBA have been shortened and this takes effect from 2016. Important: You must now have a 4-year Bachelor’s degree or an Honour’s degree or a 3-year Bachelor’s degree plus a Postgraduate Diploma before you are allowed entry into the new MBA. USB’s new Full-time MBA in a nutshell Duration: 1 year (2 years in the past) Contents: 18 compulsory modules (including International Study Module at foreign business school and Research Assignment) and electives Why choose USB's Full-time MBA? If you want to operate at senior management level and lead with confidence, USB's triple accredited MBA will prepare you for this. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider our Full-time MBA: 3 international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA Increased international exposure: In the Full-time MBA class, you will be joined by international students and exchange students from all over the world, allowing you to learn from their work experiences and cultural backgrounds. All MBA students also have to attend a compulsory International Study Module at a foreign business school (cost of module included in MBA fees) Single-minded focus: Immerse yourself in your studies (11 months of classes) without the demands of a job Preparation for a career change: Take a break from full-time employment and prepare yourself for a new career Contact with business environment: Make the most of speaker and networking events in class and on campus to meet business leaders and industry experts. Structure and content USB’s MBA is structured into 18 compulsory modules and a choice of electives. The compulsory modules include the Research Assignment, which spans the entire MBA, and the International Study Module at a foreign business school. THE COMPULSORY MBA MODULES Accounting for Decision-Making (8 credits) Business Communication Skills (4 credits) Business in Society (8 credits) Contemporary Decision-Making (12 credits) Corporate Finance (12 credits) Digital Enterprise Management (8 credits) Economics for Managers (8 credits) Human Capital Management (8 credits) Integrated Case Studies (8 credits) International Study Module (8 credits) Operational Excellence (8 credits) Perspectives on African Frontiers (8 credits) Managerial Accounting (8 credits) Managerial Statistics (8 credits) Research Methodology and Assignment (45 credits) Strategic Management (12 credits) Strategic Marketing and Branding (8 credits) Values-Based Leadership (16 credits) ELECTIVES You need to select two electives of 8 credits each, or one elective of 16 credits. The electives have been grouped together in specialisation streams. By choosing electives from the same speciality, students can acquire areas of expertise in Strategy, Leadership, Finance, Marketing, Developing Markets, Project Management or other management areas. The structure and content of the Full-time course is identical to that of the Modular programme, but the course is completed over a shorter period of time. The compulsory International Study Module (one week) at a foreign business school (various options) usually takes place during the June-July holiday break. Full-time MBA timetables for 2016 Term 1: 13 January – 18 March Term 2: 5 April – 24 June Term 3: 18 July – 30 September Term 4: 10 October – 12 November Deadline for applications South African students: 30 November each year Foreign students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 October each year Foreign students from other African countries and rest of world: 30 September each year Important Study permits for foreign students at USB: Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students. Multiple-entry visas: Students from non-SADC African countries and other countries with visa requirements who need to apply for study visas can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registration at USB. This will help students to obtain multiple-entry study visas in case of modular studies. Timetable changes: USB reserves the right to change dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time. Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date. [-]

MBA Modular

Campus 2 years January 2017 South Africa Bellville

If you want to operate at senior management level and lead with confidence, USB's triple accredited MBA will prepare you for this. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider our Modular MBA: [+]

Modular MBA (English) USB’s NEW Modular MBA USB’s MBA has been redesigned to better fulfil the needs of today’s students. The previous (longer) MBA, presented up till 2015, has now been restructured into a 213-credit programme on NQF Level 9. All formats of the USB MBA have been shortened and this takes effect from 2016. Important: You must now have a 4-year Bachelor’s degree or an Honour’s degree or a 3-year Bachelor’s degree plus a Postgraduate Diploma before you are allowed entry into the new MBA. USB’s Modular MBA in a nutshell Duration: 2 years (3 years in the past) Contents: 18 compulsory modules (including International Study Module at foreign business school and Research Assignment) and electives Why choose USB’s Modular MBA? If you want to operate at senior management level and lead with confidence, USB’s triple accredited MBA will prepare you for this. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider our Modular MBA: 3 international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA Study while you work: This block release programme will enable you to attend lectures without infringing too much upon your work obligations. This arrangement will enable you to make the most of your time on campus. Apply skills immediately: Implement your new business skills at work immediately while getting support from USB. Study at USB even if you live further afield: Students from all over South Africa and from various other African and overseas countries choose this option to obtain a triple accredited MBA. Structure and content USB’s MBA is structured into 18 compulsory modules and a choice of electives. The compulsory modules include the Research Assignment, which spans the entire MBA, and the International Study Module at a foreign business school. THE COMPULSORY MBA MODULES Accounting for Decision-Making (8 credits) Business Communication Skills (4 credits) Business in Society (8 credits) Contemporary Decision-Making (12 credits) Corporate Finance (12 credits) Digital Enterprise Management (8 credits) Economics for Managers (8 credits) Human Capital Management (8 credits) Integrated Case Studies (8 credits) International Study Module (8 credits) Operational Excellence (8 credits) Perspectives on African Frontiers (8 credits) Managerial Accounting (8 credits) Managerial Statistics (8 credits) Research Methodology and Assignment (45 credits) Strategic Management (12 credits) Strategic Marketing and Branding (8 credits) Values-Based Leadership (16 credits) ELECTIVES You need to select two electives of 8 credits each, or one elective of 16 credits. The electives have been grouped together in specialisation streams. By choosing electives from the same speciality, students can acquire areas of expertise in Strategy, Leadership, Finance, Marketing, Developing Markets, Project Management or other management areas. The structure and content of the Modular course is identical to that of the Full-time programme. The compulsory International Study Module (one week) at a foreign business school (various options) usually takes place during the June-July holiday break. Modular MBA 2016 (English) – Intake 1 Block 1: 25 – 30 January Block 2: 14 – 19 March Block 3: 16 – 21 May Block 4: 1 – 6 August Block 5: 3 – 8 October Modular MBA 2016 (English) – Intake 2 Block 1: 29 February – 5 March Block 2: 18 – 23 April Block 3: 20 – 25 June Block 4: 29 August – 3 September Block 5: 24 – 29 October Deadline for applications South African students: 30 November each year Foreign students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 October each year Foreign students from other African countries and rest of world: 30 September each year Important Dates for the second year of enrolment: These will be made available later. Study permits for foreign students at USB: Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students. Multiple-entry visas: Students from non-SADC African countries and other countries with visa requirements who need to apply for study visas can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registration at USB. This will help students to obtain multiple-entry study visas in case of modular studies. Timetable changes: USB reserves the right to change dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time. Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date. [-]

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