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Admission Requirements


At the Nelson Mandela University Business School, prospective MBA candidates are assessed against rigorous selection criteria.

Prospective students are required to meet the following criteria:

  • A four-year Bachelor’s degree at NQF Level 8; a relevant Postgraduate Diploma (in for instance Business Administration (PDBA)) at NQF Level 8; or an applicable Honours degree in the Business Faculty at NQF Level 8.
  • A minimum of three years management or five years business working experience.
  • Applicants must reside within a 60 km radius of one of the School’s centres: Gqeberha (PE), East London, Cape Town, Gauteng or Durban.
  • Be fluent in English. Applicants not fluent in English will be required to produce an English Proficiency certificate to verify English language skills.
An applicant that meets the above criteria will progress onto the second phase of the application process: the writing of the Psychometric Test.

Those who do not meet the criteria of PHASE 1 will not be allowed for further partake in the application process.

  • All applicants are required to complete the psychometric test as part of the application process.
  • Students need to score a 5 or higher on each of the 3 criteria of the SHL psychometric test; or
  • Students writing the GMAT test need to obtain a score of 520 or higher.
All candidates who completed PHASE 2 will be asked to participate in PHASE 3, the interview phase. After completion of PHASE 3 the applicant’s application will be reviewed in full against each phase’s minimum requirements.

Supporting documentation must be submitted within two weeks from initial application date.