Tshwane School for Business and Society

Telephone: +27 12 382-3037
Fax: +27 12 382-5956
Postal Address: Private Bag X680, Pretoria, 0001
Tshwane School for Business and Society
The Tshwane School for Business and Society (TSB) MBA programme for executives was designed for managers and leaders who wish to develop their talent and harness competencies necessary for a senior management position by unlocking their inner potential in a structured learning environment.

The main pedagogical tool used in this programme is the case study method. This method is central to the MBA learning experience and offers a unique opportunity for the application of new skills, tools and ideas to real-life problems in the transformation of managers into virtuous problem solvers and leaders. The case studies used describe actual management situations, engaging faculty and participants in an interactive process of analysis and in-depth discussion; they are based on South African, African and Global business realities. Careful consideration is also given to the selection of these cases based on their relevance and the attainment of tangible results for participants and their companies.


Our MBA programme has been fully accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education (CHE) at NQF Level 9. TSB is a full member of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA) and has won a PMR Silver award in 2019 based on its stance in the Business Sector in South Africa.
MBA Overview


Our curriculum is comprised of a range of highly rated courses which have been designed to prepare and upskill the professional person aspiring for senior roles in an organisation or business. We regularly modify and update our MBA courses to deliver up to date ideas and concepts. Our applied teaching methodology also helps to develop the skills required by our graduates to become successful strategic managers, leaders and entrepreneurs.

Our MBA programme can be completed in a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years. One academic year is divided into three trimesters, with a two-week break in between each trimester. Each trimester is made up of ten weeks with two modules offered per trimester. Classes run on Saturday mornings from 08:00 – 14:00 at our Pretoria Campus and are live streamed to our students in Mbombela and Polokwane. The research component of our MBA is structured and consists of three research projects. Prospective students find this to be a major attractive feature of our MBA programme as it enables them to complete their MBA in the minimum time of two years

Internationalising a curriculum takes on many forms. At the Tshwane School for Business and Society, this occurs through the pedagogical approaches and curriculum content used by lecturers on the MBA programme, as well as the International Field Trips linked to electives offered in the second year of the programme.

After you have completed your MBA, TSB will continue to be there for you to help you stay abreast of the latest trends in business and society.
MBA Structure


The Tshwane School for Business and Society (TSB) MBA programme for executives is offered in Pretoria, Mbombela and Polokwane. Classes run on Saturday mornings from 08:00 – 14:00. All classes are delivered from the Pretoria Campus and, at the same time, streamed to MBA students in our Mbombela and Polokwane campuses. Safe and secure parking is provided to our students on our campuses in Pretoria, Mbombela and Polokwane.

Our MBA programme is structured into eight compulsory semester modules, two year-long modules and a choice of three elective modules. The two year-long modules, Research Methodology and the Research Project, are offered in the first and second year, respectively. They are integrated with the other trimester modules over the two years of the MBA programme. The other programme modules are:

  • Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
  • Human Resource and Change Management
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analyses
  • Business Strategy
  • Macro & Micro Economic Analyses
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Operations Management and Operations Research

The current list of electives from which students must chose three modules are:

  • International Business
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Project Management
  • Public Sector Leadership and Governance
  • Quality Management and Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development

International field trips that are linked to electives form an integral part of our MBA programme. Students apply to be part of an international fieldtrip and if successful, have the cost of the trip levied against the specific elective to which the fieldtrip is linked. As such, the cost of the international trip becomes part of their student fees. The purpose of the international field trips is to expose students to international business developments, various cultural differences and differing ideologies. These fieldtrips offer students first-hand experience of the business cultures and approaches in different countries and contribute to the learning experience in the specific elective. TSB currently offers four elective linked international field trips to MBA students.

Faculty & Staff
Highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic national and international academics, adjunct professors and experts from industry teach our MBA programme and supervise our research. They ensure that students are presented with contemporary ideas from rigorous academic research, real-time business and organisational developments and industry examples.
Student Body
At TSB, we carefully select our students in accordance with internationally accepted selection criteria. Our MBA students occupy a variety of middle and senior management positions across various industries and have an average of ten years work experience. We believe diversity in background and experience to be important input factors to our MBA programme as it gives students the opportunity to learn from each other and from the organisations and/or businesses in which they work.

Our programme facilitates the exchange of ideas and information, as students are required to work in well-organised syndicate groups. This necessitates students to manage group dynamics and to draw upon shared experiences and strengths in achieving the goals and objectives of the programme.
Facilities & Resources
We have modern and well-equipped facilities suited for business training and education. These consist of fully equipped classrooms, computer labs and a well-equipped library. TSB’s library provides unlimited access to all relevant digital research databases, as well as relevant reading material needed for this programme.
Admission Requirements


At TSB, the quality of our MBA candidates is of importance as it affects their progression and pass rate. Candidates for our MBA programme are required to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree at NQF level 8, a Bachelor’s Honours Degree, a Postgraduate Diploma or an equivalent qualification at NQF level 8
  • Have a minimum of 5 years work experience
  • Have a mark of at least 160 out of 360 for the NMAT psychometric test.

We also provide access to our MBA programme through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements from the Council for Higher Education (CHE), we may admit up to 10% of our student body under the RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy are encouraged to contact our MBA office.

Concerning credits from other programmes, the Higher Education Qualification Committee (HEQC) allows accredited MBA programmes to only afford credits for MBA modules completed on another accredited MBA Programme. As an institution, we can only offer up to 50% of credits for modules done at another institution.

How to Apply


Once you have considered the MBA Minimum Admissions Criteria and are qualified to apply for the MBA programme, you can begin the application process.

Complete an online application form. This can be done at where you will also find details of what supporting documents will be required.

Pay the non-refundable application fee of R500. Please note, proof of payment needs to be in an electronic format (PDF only) in order for you to upload this to the application form.

Send the supporting documents. Once you have completed the online application form, you will receive an SMS or email stating that you have applied. You will also receive a student number. Please then forward us the relevant supporting documents.

Please then forward us the following certified documentation:

  1. A copy of your Identification Document (ID).
  2. A copy of your Qualifications (please see Recognition of Prior Learning if you do not have a qualification).
  3. A copy of your Academic Records/Transcripts clearly stating the number of credits completed and the NQF level.
  4. A copy of your School Leaving (Matric) Certificate.
  5. A copy of your Marriage Certificate (if applicable – for female applicants whose prior qualifications are in their maiden names).
  6. A comprehensive CV.

Submit reference forms. Once your application form has been submitted, the Admissions MBA Office will send you reference forms, which are to be completed by your referees and submitted to the Admissions MBA Office.

Write the entrance test. We use the NMAT psychometric test. Each applicant must score an overall minimum of 160 out of 360 for the psychometric test. The NMAT psychometric test is a time sensitive test; it assesses an applicant’s verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning.

Once the test results are available and reference forms have been submitted to the Admissions MBA Office, the application will then be ready to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The final review of your application will be based on your supplied CV, as well as the outcome of your psychometric test. You will be informed of the outcome of your application as soon as the review process has been completed.

Dates & Fees

Our MBA programme starts in the second week of January each year. An academic year consists of three trimesters, each of which is 10 weeks long. The first trimester starts in January, the second trimester in May and the third trimester in August. There is a recess from mid-November to mid-January of the following year.

Important dates to keep in mind for applications are as follows:

  • First Application Closing Date: 31 August
  • Late Application Closing Date: 30 October

With regards to fees, we are one of the most affordable and best value for money MBA Programmes in South Africa. An estimation of the fees for the next academic year can be obtained from our MBA Coordinator Mrs Trophy Komane at

A student's first payment will be towards a non-refundable fee for their NMAT test. To further increase financial accessibility, our MBA fees can be paid in three instalments throughout the year, which makes it a very affordable option for students who are not being sponsored.

Bursaries & Scholarships
The University does not include the MBA programme in their Bursary and Scholarship Support. A remarkable amount of MBA students study with financial support provided by their employers.
Additional Information
What our MBA student representatives had to say about our MBA programme:

April Mahlangu
With the TUT MBA, I have learned certain skills I wouldn't have learnt if I had enrolled for another master’s degree. It prepares you to be a 21st century leader. It enables you to see things in a broader perspective and understand that facts, not opinions, are vital for decision making in business. Being a class representative was a bonus for me because I was able to learn about personalities, group dynamics and also what, when and how to say what I want to say. In conclusion, I can say I am a better leader than I was before and with the skills I have gained, only the sky is the limit. I may not change the world but I’m sure I will influence change in the world around me.

Lutendo Muvhango
This MBA has opened a whole new world view of business leadership for me. It has helped me to unlock leadership capabilities I never knew I had. It empowered me with a wealth of valuable skills and insights into the corporate world, thereby helping me to bridge the gap between theory and practice. I will forever be indebted to TUT Business School for such a privileged opportunity of putting me on its giant shoulders. Because of TUT Business School, I am now able to see beyond the usual horizons. I am now equally equipped to flap my wings harder and take-off to conquer the corporate world and contribute positively towards the economic transformation so desperately needed in our country.

Angelique Pather
The value of the MBA has truly been phenomenal for me. Not only has it opened my mind and made me think more broadly, but it has also forced me to verify my perspectives before speaking out loud. I feel that I have grown so much as a person and employee over this pass few months and I have elevated to another level of thinking and doing. This course has stretched me to exceed which I thought was my limitations and expectations. I am better and more in tune with me and others because of it. It should be compulsory.

Bailey Nkuna
It has improved my level of confidence both personally and in my work environment. I feel I am now more of a leader with insightful ideas that apply both in my personal and public life. I am now able to give better advice to my family, church and community organisations. It gave me insightful knowledge relevant to nurture required for this century. It helped me establish a network of professionals who are like minded i.e. fellow leaders I’m attending class with. It has exposed me to how TUT Business School envisages to develop their leadership programme as well as their students.
A message from the Director of Tshwane School for Business and Society, Professor Kobus Jonker:

The Tshwane School for Business and Society (TSB) MBA programme for executives is designed for managers and leaders who wish to broaden their knowledge and expertise without interrupting their careers. Our programme helps them develop their talent and harness competencies necessary for a senior management position by unlocking their inner potential to discover new horizons.

The main pedagogical tool we use is the case method. This is central to the MBA learning experience and offers a unique opportunity for the application of new skills, tools and ideas to real-life problems, to transform managers into virtuous leaders.

Internationalising a curriculum takes on many forms. At the Tshwane School for Business and Society, this occurs through pedagogical approaches and curriculum content used by lecturers on our MBA programme, as well as elective linked International Field Trips offered during the second year of the programme. The purpose of these trips is to expose students to international business developments, various cultural differences and differing ideologies.
Contact Us
Please feel free to contact us for further information:
Trophy Komane (Departmental Administrator, MBA Office)
Telephone: +27 12 382 3037 / 3008
Fax: +27 12 382 5091
E-mail: Send me an e-mail

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