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Gordon Institute of Business Science

At GIBS, you are assured of a business school experience that embraces technology and disruption, while, at all times, finding ways to humanise and connect to the new digital world of work.

As an entrepreneurial institution, with deep connections to the African continent, GIBS has changed dramatically since its founding in 2000. Established on the back of a significant endowment by businessman and philanthropist Sir Donald Gordon, the University of Pretoria’s business school has evolved from being a business school for business, under founding Dean Professor Nick Binedell, into a world-class African institution and research centre, under former Dean Professor Nicola Kleyn.

Long regarded as a business school with impeccable international credentials, GIBS under the current leadership of Dean, Professor Morris Mthombeni is now leading the way among its global peers thanks to a progressive focus on quality blended learning coupled with a commitment to meaningful experiential exposure.

Underpinning our approach is our commitment to life-long learning, a dedication to high-quality and innovative teaching methods, the pursuit of ethical and sustainable values, and a forward-looking view of business and its role in the world. Access to both local and international faculty ensures that your GIBS experience is globally relevant and opens doors to prized global networks.

In a world reshaping its outlook and thinking as a result of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, a GIBS qualification gives you and your business the upper hand when it comes to co-creating strategy and ensuring corporate longevity and relevance. According to the renowned UK Financial Times, in May 2023, GIBS secured a prestigious position as one of the leading business schools in the world in the provision of executive education, ranking within the top 50 globally in its Executive Education Rankings.

In 2023, the GIBS MBA was ranked as having the best reputation among employers and the first choice for students looking to pursue an MBA in the country by the Financial Mail Top MBAs Ranking. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Global Executive MBA 2023 ranked GIBS at 65, placing the School’s MBA in the top 30% globally. In addition, in 2023, US-based CEO Magazine ranked GIBS 18th in its Global MBA Rankings, highlighting the School as a Tier 1 business school.

GIBS is Triple Crown accredited, holding EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), as well as accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). GIBS is the 113th business school worldwide to achieve Triple Crown status. In addition, the School is also accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), is a member of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), and the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). GIBS is a United Nations Principles for Responsible Management (PRME) Champion and is an affiliate of the Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN).

Why choose to do your MBA at GIBS


The GIBS MBA is not just about attaining knowledge. It’s designed to broaden your understanding of business, your perception of your country and your world view, and to enable you to develop your skills and business acumen to lead a division or organisation, or even start your own business. A GIBS MBA is tailored to give you an understanding of how to run a business in the context of a dynamic global market.
  • Seven focus streams to choose from to customise your learning journey (General Management, Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Climate Change or Digital Leadership)
  • We offer the widest choice of electives and global experiences to pursue. With a focus on enhancing competitiveness in dynamic markets, the compulsory global module experience is a distinctive element of the GIBS MBA programme.
  • Your learning journey includes a potent mix of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, company visits, syndicate group projects, as well as relevant exposure to local and global best practices.
  • Our experienced local and international lecturers ensure a full understanding of complex international markets, and help equip students to take advantage of fresh challenges and opportunities that arise for individuals, businesses and governments that seek to enhance their competitive performance. 
  • Aside from technical knowledge and skills, you can also expect to gain increased levels of confidence, enhanced critical thinking and decision-making skills, higher levels of self-insight and productivity, and improved interpersonal skills.