Management College of Southern Africa

Telephone: +27 31 300-7200
Fax: +27 31 300-7297
Postal Address: 26 Samora Machel Street, Durban, 4001 South Africa
Management College of Southern Africa
The Mancosa [GSB] situated in Durban, South Africa overlooks the bustling Durban sea port. It serves as an innovation hub for executive education and postgraduate management programmes, including the flagship Doctor of Business Administration Programme (DBA). A selection of Executive Education Short Learning Programmes are also offered to meet the requirements of professionals in both the private and public sectors.

The Mancosa [GSB] features student engagement pods, an interactive auditorium, spacious seminar rooms, networking spaces, state-of-the-art teaching and learning technologies as well as an extensive reference library with access to a multitude of electronic resources to ensure that students are afforded the tools for development.

The ecofriendly Mancosa [GSB] facility is a pinnacle of modern and innovative architecture and has been designed in response to the multifaceted concern for global sustainability in business and industry. Local and international visitors agree that the Mancosa [GSB] is certainly an innovative green space that reduces eco-sins and stands out in the proverbial urban jungle. Since its inception, the Mancosa [GSB] has continued to be responsive to the changing management education needs of dynamic markets. Expansion opportunities and wider impact activities have been the fruitful outcome of its dedication and commitment towards providing high quality education that is driven by a student centric approach.

During 2017, Mancosa [GSB] became a proud member of Honoris United Universities which is the first pan-African private higher education network committed to preparing and educating the next generation of African leaders and professionals who are able to impact regionally in a globalised world. Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mindsets and skills are at the heart of Honoris’ vision of higher education. Honoris United Universities joins the expertise of its member institutions to create pan-regional profile graduates that are competitive in today’s fast-paced and demanding labor markets.

Honoris United Universities gathers a community of 30000 students on 48 campuses, in 9 countries and 30 cities across Africa. More than 100 degrees are offered in the fields of Health Science, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Arts and Design, Media, Education and Political Science.



  • MANCOSA is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), registration number 2000/HE07/003;
  • MANCOSA programmes are accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE); and
  • MANCOSA programmes are recorded on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).


  • Honorius United Universities (HUU)
  • South African Business Schools Association (SABSA)
  • Association of African Business Schools (AABS)
  • National Association of Distance Education Organisations of South Africa (NADEOSA)
  • European Foundation for Management and Development (EFMD)
  • United Nations Academic Impact Initiative (UNAI)


  • Accredited by the Mauritius Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
  • Recognised by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA)
  • Registered with the Zambia Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • Accredited by the Malawi National Council for Higher Education (NCHE)
  • Registered with the Eswatini Higher Education Council (ESHEC)
  • Registered with the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA), registration number 04217
MBA Overview


The MANCOSA MBA is contextualised to the management, leadership and business needs of a dynamic global market. The proliferation of knowledge in the 21st century, driven by technological advancements and new communication vehicles, has fundamentally altered the manner in which organisations strive to remain sustainable and competitive. Crafting strategies that are responsive to the global landscape, whilst still catering to the political, economic and social demands of the local environment requires a new breed of management and visionary leadership.

Resource-rich countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) have the potential to drive global economic growth across vast regions of both the developing and developed worlds. However, the trajectory and pace of this growth, is dependent on the extent to which managers and leaders are able to meet the unique challenges and complexities of organisations that operate in dynamic markets. The MANCOSA MBA understands and addresses these challenges.

The MANCOSA MBA instills in students an in-depth understanding of the forces shaping business developments in dynamic markets and fosters the leadership skills that are necessary to support and grow organisations that are at different stages of growth. Students acquire knowledge, skills and competencies to manage organisations in developing countries through a series of well-planned learning experiences and interventions. The result of this coordinated approach is a 21st century MBA graduate who is equipped to excel in a demanding management and leadership position, both locally and abroad. The MANCOSA MBA remains one of the most popular MBA degrees in many parts of the world.


The MANCOSA MBA Programme:

  • Evaluate and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using strategic, critical and creative thinking is evident.
  • Display independent judgement and decision-making capabilities in business, including demonstrating insight into being entrepreneurial.
  • Identify, interpret and evaluate the environmental forces in organisations and the inherent and potential capacities of an organisation.
  • Develop business policies and strategies for organisations to meet stakeholder requirements.
  • Organise and mobilise the resources of the organisation to achieve strategic goals and targets.
  • Develop an organisational reflective mind-set that can create continuous learning and growth in oneself, the staff and the organisation.
  • Use technology effectively and critically, showing ethical responsibility towards the environment and the health/well-being of others.
  • Develop conceptual and applied entrepreneurial skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply conceptual and analytical frameworks within different organisational management conditions.
  • Utilise appropriate financial management tools as an aid for decision-making purposes.
  • Display ethical behaviour in a corporate management context.
MBA Structure


Duration: 1.5 years.

In year one, all students must complete four core modules in semester one and semester two. In year two, students choose one elective and complete a dissertation.


Semester 1:

  • Human Resource Development
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Operations Management

Semester 2:

  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Strategic Management
  • Research and Quantitative Methods


Elective - Choose one of the following electives:

  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Management
  • Leadership
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Change Management

Compulsory Dissertation

Faculty & Staff
Academic faculty is drawn from both academia and industry which ensures teaching that is informed by both the latest business research and experience from the work place.
Student Body
The Mancosa [GSB] can be regarded as a truly international Graduate School of Business. The Mancosa [GSB] registers MBA students from various African countries including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique Namibia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Mancosa [GSB] Master of Business Administration remains one of the most popular MBA degrees in many parts of the world.

Where do the Mancosa [GSB] MBA  students come from?

The Mancosa [GSB] attracts students from a wide range of sectors. Students attain considerable benefit by networking and sharing ideas and experiences from each other through various sectors including: Real Estate, Healthcare, Legal Services, Pharmaceuticals, Marketing/Media, Public Sector, Financial Services, Energy, FMCG/Retail, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Education.
Facilities & Resources
Module Guides

Module guides includes prescribed and recommended readings, practical assignments, assessment activities and case studies. Additonal textbooks are prescribed to supplement these readings. Electronic versions of the module guides will be available on request. All the readings, assignments, journal articles etc will be found on the mancosa.connect.

Academic Support

The Mancosa [GSB] academic faculty have industry experience and expertise to ensure that students receive continuous support and guidance. Full time academics are appointed in the various support centres to provide face to face, telephonic and email support to students. In addition to this, students will have access to online learning material, discussion forum, webinar between students and lecturers.

Library and Electronic Resources

Mancosa has fully-equipped reference libraries in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Resource Centres in the other regions. All MANCOSA students have free access to the latest online research and journal articles via EBSCO Host, Emerald and SABINET.

Student Services

Students are provided with comprehensive support on all aspects relating to their studies. The student portal ( provides all registered students with a range of academic support and information.
Admission Requirements


  • An Honours Degree or Postgraduate Diploma; or
  • A Bachelors NQF level 8 degree; and
  • Five years working experience, of which two years are in a supervisory/managerial capacity.

It is possible in exceptional circumstances to gain entry to the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For further information on this alternative admissions route, contact a student consultant at MANCOSA.

How to Apply


To download an application form, visit:

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


The Mancosa [GSB]:

  • Develops competitive and career-centred skills;
  • Provides an intellectually stimulating environment;
  • Connects students to a global gateway of knowledge; and
  • Offers programmes that are responsive to regional, national and international needs.


Studying through distance learning means that there is little disruption to your personal life and full-time work schedule. The Mancosa [GSB] programmes enable students to be flexible in approaching their studies. Should your work require extensive travel and extended working hours, the Mancosa [GSB]’s distance learning programmes are ideally suited for you.

Affordability and Accessibility

The Mancosa [GSB] is committed to providing affordable access to higher education through the provision of accredited and quality management programmes.


The use of a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, case studies, group-work and self-study exercises are core to the success of the programmes. These methods help to build skills and competencies which develop students’ managerial capabilities.

Overall Experience

The Mancosa [GSB] programmes are designed and structured to stimulate you intellectually. The rigour of the programmes and the effort required to complete them successfully will ensure that you acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities to face the challenges of the business world. Optional international study tours are offered to enrich the MBA programme.

International  Study Tours

International study tours are organised during the year. The objectives of the study tours are to:

  • Learn about the institutional, political, cultural, socio-economic and business environment specific to the country;
  • Gain exposure to a variety of sectors and functions and apply such knowledge to the relevant sectors in your country;
  • Apply MBA theory and skills to real international business issues;
  • Network with business leaders, fellow delegates, international students and the public from the host nation; and
  • Provide an opportunity for business leaders and future researchers to develop an appreciation and understanding of the global economy.
MANCOSA is proud to introduce you to its prestigious Graduate School of Business [GSB]. The Mancosa [GSB] is the leading international distance education business school in Africa which focuses on the development of the new age business leader.

The Mancosa [GSB] Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is offered throughout the world with over 3000 graduates adding value to themselves, their organisations and their countries. The Mancosa [GSB] has a remarkable record of preparing its students for leadership and management positions.

Our graduates cover the entire spectrum of CEOs, executive directors, senior managers and entrepreneurs both in the public and private sectors. They occupy important positions throughout the world. Our global student community of professionals provide the platform for exceptional networking and business opportunities. Studying at the Mancosa [GSB] is a truly rewarding experience. Our students are our first priority. We commit ourselves to supporting our students every step of the way to ensure their success.

Our electronic learning technology platforms coupled with stimulating workshops and academic support take the distance out of distance learning. New technologies, redefined values and shifting customer demands are decisively changing and renewing the way businesses operate in the 21st century. Managers today need to be equipped with a range of skills to deal with the ever increasing complexity and uncertainty in both public and private sector organisations. The Mancosa [GSB] Postgraduate Programmes provides students with the skills to excel in management and leadership positions. Apart from the theoretical rigour, the programme ensures that students are exposed to new thinking in leadership; new developments in business; new paradigms in emerging markets on the global economy and the effects of technology on business.

The MBA degree programme ensures that students apply theory to practice and reflect on their current managerial experiences through project and problem-based approaches. Our goal is to transform our students into problem-solvers, team leaders and critical thinkers who make meaningful contributions to their organisations and society.

I am confident that you will find your experience at the Mancosa [GSB] exciting, rewarding and valueadding in both your career and organisation. We look forward to enrolling you onto our programmes.

Professor Y M Karodia
Board Member of Honoris United Universities
Contact Us
Please feel free to contact us for further information:
Mancosa MBA (Enquiries)
Telephone: +27 31 300 7200
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