Management College of Southern Africa

Telephone: +27 31 300-7200
Fax: +27 31 300-7297
Postal Address: PO Box 49494 East End Durban 4018
Management College of Southern Africa

There has never been a more compelling time to embark on a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programme. The need for highly capable managers to lead organisations in an age of constant change is more urgent than ever. In uncertain economic times the future will be defined by those with the ability to grasp complex issues, think strategically, act positively, lead decisively, manage collaboratively and resolve problems innovatively.

MANCOSA enables the development of leaders with the ability to deliver a new vision of the future in these unprecedented times. Our MBA degree programme stretches and challenges you to become a defining player in your organisation and fulfil your true potential, both professionally and personally.

Studying towards a MANCOSA MBA is an important investment because it enables you to set ambitious personal goals, chart a rewarding career pathway and accomplish key milestones on the way to success. While doing all of this, you can make a lasting contribution to your organisation and society.

The highly recognised MANCOSA MBA degree programme is benchmarked, internationally, for consistency and tailored, regionally, for contextual relevance.

The programme equips students with a solid working knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge management systems, approaches, practices and decision-making tools for ensuring business success.

Some of the critical management skills and abilities acquired are crafting and implementing strategy, re-engineering business management systems and processes, marketing the organisation in a competitive economic environment, making sound financial and business decisions, managing and measuring performance, communicating clearly and leading teams across different functional areas of the organisation.

If you are seeking the flexibility of combining work with study, our supported distance-learning MBA offers you the perfect solution. It allows you to fit learning and development into your busy work and family lifestyle.

We have mastered the art of combining supported distance-learning with self-study, workshops, enrichment classes, case analysis, conceptual exercises, individual tutor and strong web-based support. This method encourages analysis and discussion of real business cases and contributes to deep learning. The use of internet technologies such as email and web-based support, brings the students and faculty together across any distance or cultural boundary. This allows learning to take place across great distances and brings an interesting cosmopolitan mix to MANCOSA's future graduates.

Our method provides the frameworks and concepts of MBA education in a richer and relevant context – and is responsive to the demands of contemporary business. The programme combines theory with practice to help students acquire a firm grounding in the fundamentals of business management. We place strong emphasis on the practical application of theory so that learning can be applied to real-life work situations.

We give insight into the fields of management, marketing, human resources, operations, economics, corporate strategy, international business and finance. The programme culminates with a research project that not only empowers you with strong research and analytical skills, but enables you to improve your organisation through research. Our experienced faculty will assist and guide you through your research component.

Our practitioner-led approach enables you to immediately implement new knowledge and skills in the everyday workplace. Case studies are an integral part of our programme. When students are presented with a case, they place themselves in the role of a decision maker as they read through the situation and identify the problems encountered. The next step is to perform the necessary analysis – examining the causes and considering alternative courses of action to come to a set of recommendations. This method transforms students into problem-solvers, innovators and team leaders.

MANCOSA's vision is to be a leading distance higher education provider that is responsive to the evolving education needs of emerging economies through a commitment to people, opportunity and quality.

MANCOSA endeavours to respond to the changing higher education demands of both public and private sectors in emerging economies through the provision of innovative education.

Reasons why students choose the MANCOSA MBA

  • Faculty is drawn from both academia and industry which ensures teaching that is informed by both the latest business research and experience from the workplace
  • Allows you networking opportunities as the MANCOSA MBA attracts talented individuals from various industries throughout Africa
  • The coursework schedule is flexible which ensures that it caters for persons with a busy work schedule allowing you to study at your own pace and time
  • The MBA is recognised and accredited in the SADC region
  • MANCOSA is a leading distance learning management education institution in South Africa
  • The exclusivity of the MBA degree programme creates the platform for career advancement and increased earning potential
  • The MANCOSA MBA enjoys international recognition and accreditation



  • Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) with reg. no. 2000/HE07/003;
  • Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE); and
  • Recorded on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).


The MBA Degree is registered and recognised by the following authorities:

  • Mauritius Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
  • Zambia Ministry of Education (ZME)
  • Malawi Department of Education (MME)
  • Botswana Tertiary Education Council (TEC)
  • Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA)
  • Centre d'expertise sur les formations acquises hors du Québec (CEFAHQ)


MANCOSA is a member of:

  • Association of African Business Schools (AABS)
  • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
  • South African Business Schools Association (SABSA)
  • Business School Partners Network (BSPN)
MBA Overview


The MANCOSA MBA is contextualised to the business management and training needs of the developing world. Globalisation, technological advancements, migration and new communication vehicles enable business organisations in developing countries to accelerate the pace of social and economic development in the quest to improve living standards of their populations.

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. Business organisations operating in emerging markets have unique challenges. The MANCOSA MBA understands and addresses these challenges.

The MANCOSA MBA instils an in-depth understanding in students of the forces shaping business developments in emerging markets. Students acquire knowledge, skills and competencies to manage organisations in developing countries through a series of well planned learning experiences and interventions.

There are several reasons why the MBA is regarded as the pinnacle of management education. The MANCOSA MBA remains one of the most popular MBA degrees in many parts of Africa. Here are some of the reasons why...


Focuses on:

  • work-integrated learning experiences;
  • projects designed to transfer knowledge and skills;
  • strong ethical standards in business and management applications;
  • participative management practices to foster teamwork;
  • environmental management in business to ensure sustainability for later generations;
  • multi-disciplinary perspectives to problem-solving;
  • highly qualified academics with practitioner experiences in the business world;
  • stakeholder engagement in programme design; and
  • an international study tour that integrates both the theory and practice, and provides an enriching global learning experience.


Offers students the following benefits:

  • provides graduates from non-business backgrounds the opportunity to increase their practical knowledge of business and enhance their strategic focus in a number of business disciplines;
  • develops analytical thinkers and problem-solvers who are able to operate in both a local and global environment;
  • allows students to reflect on management practice through problem-based and project-based activities;
  • explores cutting-edge management theories and models to develop new business solutions and effective leadership approaches;
  • enables students to acquire entrepreneurial skills to undertake new ventures;
  • improves career mobility and enables students to work in a range of industries;
  • provides opportunities to network and establish communities of practice;
  • enables students to study from various parts of the world;
  • utilises a diverse range of content and action based teaching methods to ensure individual and organisational learning; and
  • offers students the flexibility to study with minimal disruption to personal and professional life.
MBA Structure


The MBA degree consists of twelve modules, of which eleven are compulsory and the twelfth is an elective module. In addition to the coursework modules, the MANCOSA MBA degree has a research dissertation component.

The MBA programme is offered over a minimum of 2 1/2 years and a maximum period of 5 years.


Year one: Semester one

  • Human Resource
  • Management
  • Management
  • Information
  • Systems
  • Marketing Management

Semester two

  • Operations
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods


Year two: Semester one

  • International Business
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Accounting for
  • Decision Making

Semester two

  • Managing Strategic
  • Change
  • Managerial Finance

Electives (choose one module):

  • Investment and Portfolio
  • Management
  • Management Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business and
  • Professional Ethics
  • Project Management
  • Environmental
  • Management
  • Managing Health Care


  • Research Methods & Dissertation
Faculty & Staff
MANCOSA has full-time faculty who are able to provide daily support to students. Subject area specialists are available for all modules covered in the MBA degree programme. Further, a team of adjunct faculty are available to support students across various SADC regions.

Online Student Support
MANCOSA provides students with telephonic, email and face-to-face academic support. A dedicated email address for communicating with subject specialists is allocated to each module. Online discussion forums also provide a platform for networking among students across various countries.

Website is the student portal which provides registered students with a range of administrative, academic and research resources and support.
Student Body
MANCOSA can be regarded as a truly African Graduate School of Business. MANCOSA registers MBA students from various African countries including Mauritius, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Sudan and other African countries.

Where do MANCOSA MBA students come from?

MANCOSA 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, ICT, Education and other.
Facilities & Resources
MANCOSA has libraries in several locations and agreements with other education institutions to grant MANCOSA students access to their library facilities. All MANCOSA students have access to online journal articles and databases on its website. This means that students can access academic journals via the internet from any part of the world. Registered students will have access to EBSCO HOST, EMERALD and a range of other leading online resources.
Admission Requirements


Applicants must meet the following minimum entry requirements to gain admission to the MBA degree programme:

  • A First Degree or National Diploma from a recognised university or an equivalent qualification; or
  • An Honours Degree or Postgraduate Diploma; 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


Applicants are required to submit with their application the following:

  • Application for admission;
  • Enrolment form;
  • Detailed current curriculum vitae;
  • Certified copy of qualifications and/or professional designations;
  • Certified copy of official academic transcripts;
  • Certified copy of Identity Document/Passport; and
  • 2 passport-sized photographs.

Application forms together with supporting documentation must be
faxed, posted, emailed or hand delivered to any of our offices in Durban,
Johannesburg or Cape Town.

To download an application form visit:

Dates & Fees
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

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 South Africa and Africa;
  • apply MBA learning 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.


Workshops are held to enable students to meet academic subject specialists and engage peers. Students have the opportunity to clarify issues, discuss key themes and participate in group discussions. Guidance is also given on how to produce quality assignments. Workshops are held over weekends.

  • Workshop One: the focus is on orientation, academic requirements, group activities, tutor presentations and assessment preparation.
  • Workshop Two: emphasises case-study analysis and tutor presentations.
  • Workshop Three: provides additional enrichment support to students for quantitative modules over one day.
  • Workshop Four: the focus is on preparing students for assessment.
MANCOSA is one of the first management schools in South Africa to focus on the development of future leaders. The MANCOSA MBA is offered throughout the world with over 2500 graduates adding value to themselves, their organisations and their countries. MANCOSA 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 sector. They occupy important positions in private and public enterprises in many countries. Our global student community of professionals provide the platform for exceptional networking and business opportunities.

Studying at MANCOSA 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 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 twenty-first 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 MBA degree 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 programme ensures that students apply theory to practice and reflect on their current managerial practices 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 MANCOSA exciting, rewarding and value-adding in both your career and organisation. We look forward to enrolling you onto our MBA degree programme.

Professor Y M Karodia
Contact Us
Please feel free to contact us for further information:
Yusuf Karodia (Principal and Chairman of the Board of Governors)
Telephone: +27 31 300-7200
Fax: +27 31 300-7299
E-mail: Send me an e-mail
Neeshan Lakaram (Head: Registry)
Telephone: +27 31 300-7200
Fax: +27 31 300-7299
E-mail: Send me an e-mail

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