Wits Business School

Telephone: +27 11 717-3544
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Postal Address: P O Box 98, WITS, 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa
Wits Business School
Wits Business School (WBS) is the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, ranked the top research university in Africa.

Founded in 1968, WBS has graduated the most MBAs in Africa and thousands of alumni all over the world are proud to say they have an MBA from Wits Business School!

If you choose to do your post-graduate studies at WBS, you can be assured of a top quality, globally competitive qualification. Almost all our faculty hold PhDs and are respected teachers and researchers in their field. In fact, teaching excellence is what sets WBS apart.

We also believe in a highly interactive learning experience, and our lecture theatres are designed not for taking notes, but for lively debate. Believing strongly in the case method to enrich the learning experience, WBS was the first business school in Africa to establish its own Case Centre. This active research hub produces on average ten cases a year, focusing on well-known organisations and individuals, and real-life dilemmas.

WBS is situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s commercial hub, in leafy, historical Parktown. Our business networks, both local and global, have helped to position us as a leader in dialogue, discourse and debate on critical business and socio-economic issues facing the country and continent.

WBS also leads the field in a number of research areas: we were the first business school in Africa to establish a Chair in Digital Business, a Chair in African Philanthropy and an Energy Leadership Centre. These centres and chairs are currently producing new curricula for academic and executive education programmes based on cutting-edge research.

Apart from the generalist MBA, PDBA and PDM programmes, WBS offers a variety of Master of Management degrees in specialised areas and boasts the largest PhD centre in Africa, attracting numerous international doctoral candidates.

At WBS we are about equipping business leaders with the skills they need to help take this continent into a new and exciting economic future.  
Wits Business School is a member of the AACSB.

Wits Business School MBA

The Wits Business School MBA is fully accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Programme in International Management (PIM).
MBA Overview

Wits Business School MBA

The MBA is one of the flagship programmes of the Wits Business School. The curriculum uses a combination of cutting-edge theory and guided practical application to develop the skills you need to be a great manager or leader in Africa and globally.

The WBS MBA curriculum revolves around five key themes:

  • Context in Africa
  • Context in South Africa
  • Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurial Action, and
  • Critical Engagement

There are four components of the WBS MBA:

  1. Core courses
  2. Electives
  3. Independent study
  4. Global study tour

Format: Two years part time, offered in three formats:

  • Weekday evenings (January intake)
  • Saturdays (January intake)
  • Modular – 10-day blocks (June intake)

MBA Structure

Wits Business School MBA

Core courses:

  • Management & Financial Accounting, and Finance
  • Economics for Business
  • Technology and Operations Management
  • Strategy
  • Organisational Design and Development and People Management
  • Critical Enquiry Skills
  • Business Society and Collective Action
  • Marketing in a Connected World
  • Finance and Investment Decisions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Integration
  • Case Competition

Electives Areas:

  • Dynamic Economies and Innovation
  • Managing for Sustainability
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Leading Organisations

Independent Study

The WBS MBA entails two independent study components, building a bridge between the classroom and the workplace. The two projects are:

  • The Leadership Quest
  • Applied Research Project, with a choice of one of the following:
    • Social Entrepreneurship Project
    • Consultancy Assignment
    • Business Venture Proposal
    • Research Report

Global Study Tour

The WBS MBA includes a compulsory Global Study Tour. Students have a choice of going on an international study tour or a regional study tour. The cost of the international study tour is approximately USD 5 500 and the regional study tour approximately R31 000.

Faculty & Staff
Wits Business School boasts the highest number of PhDs amongst its faculty of any business school in South Africa.

Lecturers maintain close ties with the business community through consulting and teaching in executive programmes. A number of our key lecturers have taught in foreign business schools.

In order to present an effective curriculum rooted in the realities of business world, the faculty engages in a continuous effort to identify and analyse new problems confronting function managers in the South African environment.
Student Body
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Facilities & Resources
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Admission Requirements

Wits Business School MBA

Entry Requirements
  • 4 year degree (NQF 8) OR 3 year degree plus PG-Dip (NQF 8)
  • Post-university work experience: A minimum of 4 years for the part-time programme
  • Acceptable GMAT, NMAT score OR APIL test.
  • Mathematics: A level of competence equivalent to the requirements of the SA Matriculation certificate
  • SAQA Evaluation (International qualifications only) prior to application. SAQA Help desk: 012 431-5070 or go to:
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) candidates are required to write the NMAT test. Visit for more information.
How to Apply

Wits Business School MBA

  • Complete an Online Application form on the following link:  
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of R200
  • Upload copies of ALL your tertiary qualifications - Degree certificate(s) and Academic transcript(s)
  • Upload current CV
  • Admission test (Please note: only shortlisted candidates will be invited to write the APIL test)
  • A R15 000 minimum deposit will be required upon acceptance of a place on the programme.

Foreign Qualifications
Applicants who hold a foreign qualification need to send their qualifications to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for evaluation before applying to WBS. Visit or email Alternatively, you can call: 012 431 5070 or the helpdesk on: 0860 111 673.

Dates & Fees




Part-time Weekday 24 monthsJanuary 2020 Intake:

31 March 2019 – 31 August 2019
Part-time Saturday 24 monthsJanuary 2020 Intake:

31 March 2019 – 31 August 2019
Modular (June intake) 24 months (7 blocks of 10-14 days each)June 2020 Intake:

To be confirmed


R238 070.00* (excluding the study tour)

*Subject to change
Bursaries & Scholarships
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Additional Information
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Message from the Academic Director

Wits Business School is launching some exciting upgrades to the MBA programme with effect from 2010. Based on extensive investigation into international trends in business education and into the requirements of the market, including workshops with employers of MBA graduates, alumni and current students, the Advisory Board and industry experts, we have updated and streamlined our MBA programme. The previous core courses have been consolidated, to lay the foundation for the electives and the research report, and we have added the important courses on International Business and Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Governance, as well as adding Leadership to the programme. These were previously elective courses that have now been earmarked as critical for all MBA students to be exposed to.

The elective courses have been focused into 8 different streams, and the number of elective options increased to allow the MBA student greater flexibility in tailoring the MBA degree to suit individual requirements.

In response to the market requests, we have introduced a Saturday Part-time MBA, where students will attend lectures for two courses on Saturday mornings. In addition, all our programmes now commence in January: this will enable a Full-time student to complete all course-work in one year and a Part-time student in two years, with the Research report hand in early the following year, and a graduation in June.

We look forward to seeing you on our programme!
Contact Us
Please feel free to contact us for further information:
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Telephone: 0861 000 927 (WBS)
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