The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is a 16-month full-time programme with a strong focus on managerial relevance, practical application, and personal development. The MBA curriculum is structured to provide a broad foundation across all aspects of the external business environment, which is then built upon through courses in the functional areas of management and strategy, progressing from the external to the internal environment. Critical thinking and decision-making tools and techniques are developed and applied throughout. Wide use is made of practitioners and leaders from within the business community for both teaching and mentoring. The small class size (25 maximum) ensures a large degree of personal mentoring and guidance from staff.
The style of learning is highly interactive, and participants learn as much from one another as from the course leader or facilitator. Students are assigned to teams, which reflect the diversity of professional and educational backgrounds, demographics and work style preferences. These teams work together on projects, presentations, and assignments and learn to understand better their own and other team members' strengths and weaknesses as well as honing skills such as conflict resolution and problem solving.
Structure of the Programme
(a) The programme of study consists of compulsory papers from Phase 1 (the core) together with a compulsory business project plus a selection from a list of elective papers or papers from an approved international exchange partner. The core papers, the business project, and the elective papers are set out in the MBA Schedule. Papers to be taken through international exchange must be approved by the Director of Executive Programmes in Business.
(b) A candidate must pass all papers from Phase 1 before proceeding to Phase 2.
(c) A candidate with insufficient grounding in Accounting, Mathematics and the use of computers may be required either
(i) to attend short programmes of instruction, or
(ii) to carry out prescribed reading and study.
A formal examination may be required.
(d) Before commencing the investigation undertaken for the purposes of the project report, a candidate shall seek the approval of the Director of Executive Programmes in Business for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
(e) A candidate may not present a project report which has previously been accepted for another degree.
Admission to the Programme
(a) Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).
(b) Every applicant must either
(i) be a graduate, or
(ii) hold an acceptable professional qualification, or
(iii) have experience in management or administration acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).
(c) Applicants will be expected to have first obtained a satisfactory result in the Graduate Management Admission Test.
(d) Applicants who wish to enter the programme from the Diploma in Business Administration programme will be exempted from the provisions of regulation 1(c) if they have average grades of at least B+ in the six papers taken for the diploma.
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