PORTFOLIO OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES The USB offers an MBA, various PhD and MPhil degrees, postgraduate diplomas and executive education. All the programmes are internationally accredited by EQUIS of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), which serves as an international quality standard for prospective students. Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) The MBA is the USB’s flagship programme. It equips students with critical thinking skills, leadership competencies and an astute understanding of how to manage organisations in a global, multicultural environment.
PhD The demand for professionals with business-related PhDs is increasing in public as well as private institutions. Hence, the USB’s PhD focuses on in-depth research to develop employable knowledge which can be applied directly in the workplace.
MPhil in Development Finance (MDevF) Focusing on development finance and Africa’s growth needs, this degree in Development Finance is the first programme of its kind in Africa. Its distinguishing features include:
MPhil in Management Coaching This programme holds significant value for all people working with the human aspect of transferring knowledge and for those who support growth, help to enhance personal growth and performance, and facilitate the forming of meaningful relationships, teamwork and cultural shifts in organisations. It is therefore aimed at senior managers, leaders, human capital development experts and learning facilitators in all industries. The programme also emphasises work-based management coaching in a uniquely African context by taking the management of diversity and varied cultural backgrounds into account. At present, this is the only fully accredited Management Coaching Master’s programme in South Africa.
MPhil in Futures Studies The Master’s degree in Futures Studies is offered by the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) in conjunction with the USB. This unique programme is the only one of its kind in Africa.
Postgraduate Diploma in Dispute Settlement This postgraduate diploma enables participants to acquire dispute settlement competencies – such as negotiation, arbitration and mediation skills – which are in high demand in South Africa, greater Africa and the rest of the world. This diploma provides participants with a deep-rooted knowledge of the theory and practice of dispute settlement to prepare them adequately for a profession in mediation and/or arbitration. In addition, participants can qualify as accredited mediators and arbitrators. This is the first qualification in this field to be presented on NQF level 8 at a business school in South Africa.
Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership This is the programme that will take you beyond an MBA and beyond management into leadership as it acknowledges leadership as the prime differentiator that drives sustainable high performance. As South Africa and most other African countries are entering the complex arena of building democracy and market-based economic dispensations, leaders increasingly have to cope with the demands of competitive, globalised and multi-cultural environments while optimising the use of human, hard and intangible assets. Hence, this programme focuses on the development of personal, team, organisation as well as societal leadership. 120 credits at NQF Level 8.
Executive education USB Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED) offers a wide range of executive development programmes and interventions. These include leadership and management development programmes as well as discipline-specific and industry-specific programmes. USB-ED also offers corporate partnership interventions in the form of leadership and management programmes, as well as strategic consulting services. CENTRES AND UNITS Various centres at the USB undertake specialised research, publish articles and journals, and offer workshops, programmes and conferences.
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT The USB's social impact initiative is aimed at sustainable human development through its academic, research and other activities. On the MBA, engaging positively with societal issues is made real through hands-on case studies and the programme’s strong focus on sustainability, social responsibility, ethics and corporate citizenship. The social-impact initiatives of the school itself include a subsidised Management Programme for Non-profit Organisations organised by USB alumni, bursaries for financially challenged USB students, a small business academy and contributions to local worthy causes. USB Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED), the executive education arm of the business school, was the first management development company in a business relationship with a university to obtain BEE accreditation. USB-ED currently has Level 3 BBBEE status. The USB’s social impact efforts tie in with Stellenbosch University’s Hope Project. Two of the USB’s research units – the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement and the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa – have been singled out as key drivers of the University’s social investment in this country and continent.