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MBA Overview

The GIBS MBA offers a life changing experience and relevant exposure to the best practices of South African and global leadership.

Why choose to do your MBA at GIBS?

GIBS is an internationally-accredited business school based in Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub. With a purpose built campus, interactive relationships with South African business and highly qualified local and international faculty who work closely with business, the GIBS MBA affords you the opportunity to engage in exceptional learning processes. The GIBS MBA focuses on a general management track with an emphasis on dynamic markets and decision-making, and offers the most relevant curriculum that is designed in close consultation with business.

Through a potent mix of classroom lectures, case studies, business simulations, company visits and syndicate group projects (working/learning groups within a class context), as well as relevant exposure to the best practices of South African and global leadership, the GIBS MBA gives you a competitive edge in the short-term application of relevant knowledge, which has long-term strategic value for your career.

At GIBS, we believe that who is in the room with you is as important as what is being taught. The GIBS MBA candidates are screened very carefully to ascertain what they can bring to the classroom in terms of experience and insight. The majority of your learning happens from your fellow students in the classroom and we make sure each class comprises a diverse range of experience and is representative of the diversity present in South Africa. Networks built during and after your two years on campus will prove to be invaluable on a personal and professional level. Interaction with your fellow students and, more specifically, your syndicate group is priceless.

At GIBS we are firmly committed to the face-to-face tuition model for all of our MBA programmes. With the right preparation, it is this interaction between faculty, business leaders and students that makes the GIBS MBA so impactful.

Our MBA curriculum creates an opportunity for students to become well-rounded and effective managers by exploring the dimensions of strategy, the business environment, functional areas of business and decision-making techniques. At the same time, students will gain a fuller understanding of the foundations for leadership and for business, business integration and global management.


A good business school recognises shifting dynamics within the industry and accommodates them in its curriculum. With a focus on enhancing competitiveness in dynamic markets, the compulsory global module is a distinctive element of the GIBS MBA programme. GIBS offers the widest choice of global electives to pursue. Potential destinations include: Istanbul, the East and West Coasts of the United States, Brazil, Chile, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, India and Nigeria.

Consistently rated as one of the top business schools in South Africa by the prestigious Financial Times.