Gordon Institute of Business Science

Telephone: +27 11 771-4000
Fax: +27 11 771-4277
Postal Address: P O Box 787602, Sandton, 2146, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gordon Institute of Business Science
A great business school is a place that has significant impact on your life, on your career and on your working life - whether you are an individual doing a programme, or an executive in a company.

GIBS was established in 2000 to be a place where people with potential, healthy ambition and respect for best practice are willing to engage like-minded peers and colleagues.

The campus and its facilities have been designed to create a learning environment in which we all stretch our thinking, challenge existing ideas and develop a personal and organisational sense of where we need to go next.

Managing in today’s complex and ever-changing business environment demands constant investment to ensure that your knowledge, skills and capabilities enable you to advance your career. Your decision to pursue an MBA is one of the most life-changing steps that you can take for your personal and career growth.

It is our hope that GIBS be a business school for and from the business community. Positioned in Sandton, Johannesburg, we partner with leading companies and are fortunate to attract the type of person to this campus who wants to make a significant impact.

GIBS is a place of hard work, inspiration, insight and hope - all aimed at building your, and our country’s, competitiveness.

Why choose to do your MBA at GIBS

  • offers a life-changing experience and relevant exposure to the best practices of South African and global leadership
  • is globally relevant
  • ensures interactive relationships with South African business and corporate leaders
  • is delivered by highly-qualified, world-class local and international faculty through a potent mix of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, company visits and syndicate projects
  • is offered in five different formats, Part-time (2 classes), Short-block, Long-block and Full-time.
The MBA programme remains one of the most sought-after degrees. The GIBS MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), thus ensuring our students are equipped for success in both local and international arenas.

GIBS MBA graduates will vouch for the fact that the MBA is one of the greatest investments one can make towards one's future, and the long-term benefits far outweigh the time and financial investment required.


International accreditation includes the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and locally the School is registered with the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), Department of Higher Education & Training.

GIBS is affiliated with the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN), South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC),the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS),the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS), Academy of Business in Society (ABIS), Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), Global Business School Network (GBSN), Global Business School Network (GBSM), and the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC).
MBA Overview
The GIBS MBA offers a life changing experience and relevant exposure to the best practices of South African and global leadership.

Why choose to do your MBA at GIBS?

GIBS is an internationally-accredited business school based in Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub. With a purpose built campus, interactive relationships with South African business and highly qualified local and international faculty who work closely with business, the GIBS MBA affords you the opportunity to engage in exceptional learning processes. The GIBS MBA focuses on a general management track with an emphasis on dynamic markets and decision-making, and offers the most relevant curriculum that is designed in close consultation with business.

Through a potent mix of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, company visits and syndicate group projects (working/learning groups within a class context), as well as relevant exposure to the best practices of South African and global leadership, the GIBS MBA gives you a competitive edge in the short-term application of relevant knowledge, which has long-term strategic value for your career.

At GIBS, we believe that who is in the room with you is as important as what is being taught. The GIBS MBA candidates are screened very carefully to ascertain what they can bring to the classroom in terms of experience and insight. The majority of your learning happens from your fellow students in the classroom and we make sure each class comprises a diverse range of experience and is representative of the diversity present in South Africa. Networks built during and after your two years on campus will prove to be invaluable on a personal and professional level. Interaction with your fellow students and, more specifically, your syndicate group is priceless.

At GIBS we are firmly committed to the face-to-face tuition model for all of our MBA programmes. With the right preparation, it is this interaction between faculty, business leaders and students that makes the GIBS MBA so impactful.

Our MBA curriculum creates an opportunity for students to become well-rounded and effective managers by exploring the dimensions of strategy, the business environment, functional areas of business and decision-making techniques. At the same time, students will gain a fuller understanding of the foundations for leadership and for business, business integration and global management.


A good business school recognises shifting dynamics within the industry and accommodates them in its curriculum. With a focus on enhancing competitiveness in dynamic markets, the compulsory global module is a distinctive element of the GIBS MBA programme. GIBS offers the widest choice of global electives to pursue. Potential destinations include: Istanbul and Russia, the East and West Coasts of the United States, Brazil, Chile, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, India and Nigeria.

Consistently rated as one of the top business schools in South Africa by the prestigious Financial Times.
MBA Structure

A world of choice.

The GIBS MBA degree is an attractive and unique offering that resonates with individuals who are self-driven, highly motivated and entrepreneurial-minded. This executive MBA programme is ideal for those who are keen to start their own business, or the general manager who is looking to gain a deeper and all-rounded understanding of business to become a more effective manager.

Our six MBA (Phase 2) formats

  • Part Time Programme (Red Group): Monday and Wednesday evening (17:30 - 21:30) and a full day Saturday OR Sunday (08:30 - 17:30)
  • Part Time Programme (Yellow Group): Tuesday and Thursday evening (17:30 - 21:30) and a full day Saturday OR Sunday (08:30 - 17:30)
  • Short Block Modular Programme (Green Group): Full day Thursday and/ or Friday, Saturday and Sunday (08:30 - 17:30), every second week
  • Long Block Modular Programme (Blue Group): 7 - 11 consecutive days per a block (08:30 - 17:30), every second month
  • Intensive Programme (Purple Group): 15 Months: Modular format with sessions of up to ten day blocks, every three weeks.
  • Long Block Modular KZN MBA Programme (Orange Group): 7 - 11 consecutive days per a block (08:30 - 17:30), every second month. GIBS, in partnership with the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies(TWIMS), will offer the MBA with a manufacturing focus in KZN in 2019. The MBA being delivered at the TWIMS venue in KZN, includes a range of manufacturing-focussed content. This programme will be delivered at the following venue: Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS), 74 Everton Road, Kloof, 3610.

Note: These formats are subject to changes. Applicants will be notified of any changes timeously.

All formats can include Saturday and/Sunday attendance as required.

Core Courses

The following core courses are covered in the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management (phase 1):

  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Human Behaviour and Performance
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Resource Strategy
  • Research and Statistics
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Communication for Impact
  • Applied Business Project

The following core courses are covered in the MBA in General Management (phase 2):

  • Human Resource Strategy*
  • Financial and Management Accounting*
  • Operations Management*
  • Marketing*
  • Environment of Business
  • Decision Making
  • Innovation and Design
  • Strategic Implementation
  • Leadership
  • Integrated Simulation

*If students complete PGDip GM (Phase 1), credits for these courses are obtained onto the MBA (Phase 2) of the programme.

  • Research Project
  • Choose your 5 Electives (runs 3 - 4 consecutive full days per elective - no evening options. Electives are run full day weekdays and/or weekend depending on your selection)
  • Global Module


The MBA being delivered at the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies in KZN, includes a range of manufacturing-specific content, including:

  • Cases in core courses focusing on the manufacturing environment
  • Manufacturing electives concentrating on the future of manufacturing, green manufacturing, African trade and industrialisation, lean operations management, and lean supply chain management
  • International study trips to manufacturing-related locations
  • Independent research project on a manufacturing-related theme
Faculty & Staff
GIBS’ programmes are delivered by highly-qualified, world-class local and international faculty. They are highly experienced, innovative and their teaching is enhanced by relevant business management involvement and rigorous applied research.

As “the business school for business”, GIBS frequently draws on the expertise of leading business people from both the corporate and entrepreneurial environments to complement its full-time teaching faculty.

The result is a multifaceted teaching team that exposes participants on GIBS’ programmes to uniquely different perspectives and challenges their thinking on multiple levels.

Click here for a GIBS faculty profile.
Student Body
The average age of the GIBS MBA student is 33. An undergraduate degree and a desire for further challenges alone are not sufficient for eligibility. Energy, leadership potential, maturity, ambition and a drive to make a meaningful contribution to the world of business in South Africa are all essential qualities in a successful GIBS MBA applicant.

Every MBA student is placed within a syndicate group in which valuable networks are developed and learnings gained. You will also become skilled at interacting with a group of diverse individuals, from whom you will gain insights and experience overall.
Facilities & Resources
The Gordon Institute of Business Science boasts a large, beautiful, custom-built campus in the heart of Illovo in Johannesburg. The site is close to Sandton, Gauteng’s business hub, and within walking distance of shopping malls, restaurants and a major sports club, The Wanderers. GIBS is also Wi-Fi compatible giving you free access to the internet in certain areas of the campus.

From our Information Centre, to our fully equipped classrooms, syndicate rooms, restaurant and lodge, we strive to ensure that all your needs are met. In addition, our strong links with business allows students to interact with local and international business leaders on a continual basis.
Admission Requirements


As of 2016 prospective students interested in studying towards a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) will now be required to be in possession of an NQF level eight qualification, i.e. honours degree, postgraduate diploma or equivalent qualification.

In response to this, GIBS has restructured the MBA. GIBS accommodates students with a three year degree through a Postgraduate Diploma in General Management. Students need to successfully complete all requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management in order to be eligible to gain entry in to the GIBS MBA.

The following core courses are covered in the Postgraduate Diploma in General Management:

  • Financial Accounting;
  • Microeconomics;
  • Marketing;
  • Human Behaviour and Performance in South Africa;
  • Management Accounting;
  • Macroeconomics;
  • Human Resource Strategy;
  • Analytical Tools and Techniques;
  • Corporate Finance;
  • Organisational Development; and
  • Transformation Operations Management.

Students may be eligible for credits for the postgraduate diploma or equivalent obtained at another institution. Please contact our admissions department for more information.

  • A minimum of five years’ work experience, at least two years of which must have been at management level;
  • Leadership potential (your experience, letters of reference and application essays should all reveal that you can assume a leadership role in the workplace);
  • Good English language skills to actively participate in academic debate;
  • A minimum of Matriculation certificate-level competence in Mathematics;
  • Competence in the use of a scientific or financial calculator; and
  • Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser.

Entrance Tests: Applicants for the MBA programme must complete either the GIBS Entrance Test or the GMAT. Please note that while these tests represent only one of the several selection criteria for admission to the MBA programme, the applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A score of 550 for the GMAT;
  • A minimum of an average score for at least two of the three components of the GIBS

Entrance Test
When making the final decision to accept an applicant, we also look carefully at their undergraduate academic record, references, essays and work experience. In some cases we may request applicants to attend an interview or panel discussion prior to making a decision.

Please note: Four subjects from the GIBS PDBA will be considered as credits towards the GIBS MBA. This is conditional on students attaining a 65% aggregate in these subjects and commencing the MBA within five years of completing the PDBA. No other degrees or credits are eligible.

Non-degreed students: It is compulsory for non-degreed applicants to register for the GMAT. A minimum score of 550 must be achieved in order for the application to be considered. In addition, non-degreed applicants will undergo a series of interviews (panel and one-on-one) and admission to the programme is subject to approval by the Senate of the University of Pretoria.

How to Apply


You meet the GIBS MBA requirements, what’s the next step?

Once you have examined the MBA admission requirements and feel qualified to apply for the MBA degree, you can begin the application process.

Step 1: Apply online
All applications for the GIBS MBA must be made online. Go to to view admissions criteria and apply.

Step 2: Entrance test and reference forms
Once the application form has been submitted, the Admissions Office will send you the test booking dates and reference forms which are to be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office.

Step 3: Admission
Once the test results are available and reference forms have been submitted to the Admissions Office, the application is now ready to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Office will notify you of the outcome provided that there is no outstanding documentation.

Note: In order to be considered by the Selection Committee, your application form, the non-refundable application fee, application essays, entrance test results, official academic transcripts and referees’ reports must reach GIBS by no later than the closing date.

Contact details for the MBA administration team can be found at

Should you wish to write the GMAT, go to for more information. If you choose to write the GMAT, please reference the GIBS centre number 6MF in order for your scores to be sent directly to our Admissions Office.

GIBS processes applications for admissions on a continuous basis as we receive them. If you have been offered a place on the GIBS MBA which you do not wish to accept, kindly inform us in writing. Please note that the place offered on the MBA may differ to that which the student applied for due to GIBS’ rolling admissions procedure.

Dates & Fees
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Bursaries & Scholarships
Unfortunately, there are currently no available bursary or scholarship opportunities. Please feel free to check back again at a later stage.
Additional Information
In addition to two world-class, internationally accredited MBA programmes, including the newly launched full-time Entrepreneurship MBA, GIBS offers a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA); a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA); a number of executive development courses, including the premier Global Executive Development Programme (GEDP); and in-house company specific programmes designed to meet the client’s needs. Over and above the traditional business school offering, GIBS also offers the Dialogue Circle, a series of programmes aimed at bringing together the emerging and current leadership of South Africa to create a shared vision necessary for the building of a successful nation.

In May 2018 the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked us as the top South African and African business school. This is the 15th year running that we have been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2017 our MBA qualification was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. We are the only African business school to appear in this ranking.
Managing in today’s complex and ever-changing business environment demands constant investment to ensure that your knowledge, skills and capabilities enable you to advance your career. Your decision to pursue an MBA is one of the most life-changing steps that you can take for your personal and career growth.

The GIBS MBA journey has been designed to broaden a graduate’s business, country and world view, and to enable them to develop their skills and business acumen to assume a general management role that requires them to lead a division or entire organisation.

Interactions with our MBA students suggest that there are three main drivers behind students choosing to pursue an MBA: career acceleration, career migration and career switching.

Students motivated by career acceleration are looking to fast track their ascent up the corporate ladder. Career migrators know they would like to shift their careers, but need an MBA to help them decide where they want to go, while career switchers have made a choice to use their MBAs to make a dramatic shift in their careers. They are often individuals who have decided to start their own business, or professionals such as engineers who want to shift their focus to general management.

The GIBS MBA has been designed to accommodate these three streams and to provide students with both an immediate competitive edge in the short-term application of relevant knowledge, while also focusing on enabling them to build long-term strategic value for their career.

By pursuing a GIBS MBA you will be exposed to a curriculum that is tailored to give you an understanding of how to run a business in the context of a dynamic market. With growth and innovation shifting to the dynamic, but complex, markets of the east and the south, fresh challenges and opportunities arise for individuals, businesses and governments that seek to enhance their competitive performance and run better organisations.

Research with our alumni and employers indicates that the value of a GIBS MBA extends far beyond the technical knowledge and skills that students gain about general management. Our students report increased levels of confidence to operate across all areas of their businesses, enhanced critical thinking and decision-making skills, higher levels of self-insight and productivity, and improved interpersonal skills. Our alumni frequently state that their GIBS MBA has also heightened their understanding of the complexities of the business environment and the need to manage demands from multiple stakeholders ethically and responsibly.

Choosing an MBA is as much about researching and choosing the most suitable school to meet your needs as it is about the school accepting your application. I encourage you to take time to research this important decision and visit schools to determine which MBA will be best for you.

We look forward to meeting you at GIBS and wish you every success on your journey.

Professor Nicola Kleyn
Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science
Contact Us
Please feel free to contact us for further information:
Angela Mokoena (Admissions Manager)
Telephone: +27 11 771 4331
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