What Are The MBA Requirements In South Africa?



The requirements for obtaining an MBA degree are simple and straightforward. This is the ultimate guide that explains all you need to know about the documents you must have to get an MBA in South Africa.



Acquiring the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree has been identified as one of the fastest ways to get to the very top of leadership and management positions.

It helps people in the corporate world to climb the ladder to the top swiftly, increasing their salaries by the way.

An MBA is not just another degree but the perfect piece of certification that thrusts you into mid-level and senior management positions.

It is no wonder, then, that millions of people desire to have this degree.

Be that as it may, not having the proper MBA requirements has proven to be one of the primary reasons many people don’t eventually get accepted into the programme.

So, what exactly are the requirements that would give you access to this high-worth degree; do you think you have what it takes to get enrolled?

Requirements for getting an MBA

To be considered suitable and qualified for a spot in an MBA class, the prospective candidate must possess the following:

1.   A Degree

Because the MBA curriculum is an advanced degree programme, potential candidates are expected to have a background or considerable understanding of a series of subject matters relevant to grasping the contents in the individual modules.

Some of these include Economics, Accounting, and Research Skills, among others – even if at the most fundamental levels.

For that reason, a high school matric certificate is not sufficient.

Consequently, only a relevant Honours Degree from a recognised educational institution would do.

Alternatively, a Postgraduate Diploma that serves as a bridge that closes the gap between an ordinary Bachelor’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours would do just fine.

Distinguishing between these two kinds of degrees is quite essential as far as entry into an MBA program is concerned.

Unlike a proper Honours Degree, an ordinary Bachelor’s Degree does not have a research (mini-dissertation) component.

This component is, on the other hand, a compulsory part of the requirements for acquiring an appropriate Honours Degree.

Be that as it may, most MBA programmes (including in South Africa) would accept a cognate (professional) Bachelor’s Degree at an NQF level 8.

This must, however, be acquired only from an accredited institution as per the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework.

2.   Relevant Work Experience

An MBA degree is designed to enhance a candidate’s effectiveness and improve his/her leadership and management skills in a formal or corporate environment.

Therefore, potential candidates are expected to have prior experience gleaned from working in such a place.

Further to that, having some substantial work experience is essential because the case studies used to convey knowledge and evaluate the candidate’s level of understanding revolve around such formal workplaces or businesses.

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