MBA Modular

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)

Program Description

MBA Modular

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)

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.


  • 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)


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


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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2017
2 years
230,000 ZAR
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South African students: 30 November annually; Foreign students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 October annually; Foreign students from other African countries and rest of world: 30 September annually.
Start date Jan. 2017
South Africa Bellville
Application deadline Request Info
South African students: 30 November annually; Foreign students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 October annually; Foreign students from other African countries and rest of world: 30 September annually.
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 230,000 ZAR
Students from South Africa. Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries: R247 600; Students from the rest of Africa: R247 600; International students from the rest of the world: R345 000

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