The 12 year old Management College of Southern Africa, (Mancosa) is based in Durban but has offices across Southern Africa.
Mancosa is currently running a series of open days to present prospective MBA students with more information about its courses. Mancosa offers a general MBA and a programme that focuses on tourism. The college and their programme are fully accredited by the CHE and they are registered with the Department of Education as a higher education provider.
Academic Director Osman Seedat explains that the teaching model used by the college is one of supported distance learning. Students receive a detailed study guide for each module and details of the prescribed text book. They are then able to work at their own pace to meet the deadlines for 3 assignments per module and the examination at the end.
However students are also able to take part in workshops which are held on weekends at all major centres. There are also enrichment classes for particular subjects which may provide difficulty to students.
The MBA programme runs for 2 years and includes 12 course work modules. Students are then allowed a further 6 months to complete their dissertation.
The college does not require the completion of a GMAT before admission but prospective students should have a first degree and be at least 22 years old. Mancosa also offers a fully accredited Certificate in Management Studies at NQF level 6 that students without a first degree can complete before the MBA. Seedat explains that this is also useful for those who have a degree but no previous experience in business education.
As well as the flexible nature of the programme, the easy payment options also appeal to students who are paying for their own studies. Those able to pay up front get the best deal, while there are also options to pay off the fees over the year.
Seedat points out that Mancosa is a large organisation which is able to provide details academic and administrative support. The Mancosa head office is a five story building in Aliwal Street, Durban including a well stocked library. There are 25 full-time academic faculty at the head office and they deal with email or phone enquiries from students. Registered students are also able to access detailed online databases to support their learning.
As well as the general MBA, Mancosa also offers a specialist tourism degree which follows the same programme for the first year, before specialising in the tourism sector in the second year. Students can register in either January or July.
As well as the two MBA programmes Mancosa also offers four undergraduate programmes, two post graduate qualifications and various diplomas and certificate programmes.
Further details on Mancosa courses is available from their website at www.mancosa.co.za