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Postgraduate Diploma Business Management and Administration

Acquire the managerial skills to start a business and grow your leadership skills

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Our PGDip BMA is designed around you

Join the blended learning cohort (online or on-campus) or modular cohort (on campus)

Study over 1 year or 2 years

Choose 4 of the 7 foundation phase modules based on the specialisation you desire

Change to another PGDip after Year 1 if you have the required foundation phase modules

Do a second PGDip by only doing the specialisation modules (50% of the credits of a completed qualification may be transferred to another qualification)

Why apply for our PGDip BMA?

  • Acquire essential management skills: Use this PGDip to acquire general management skills underpinned by an entrepreneurial approach to business. These skills can be applied in any type of business and in any industry. 
  • Invest in your career path: The programme includes modules on responsible leadership and the functional areas of business management, such as business finance and marketing management. This will enable you to confidently start up and manage a business, or to prepare yourself to manage a team or division in an organisation. 
  • Benefit from a strong entrepreneurial focus: Entrepreneurship and innovation are ingrained in the programme. 
  • Study while you work: The flexible design of the programme allows you to choose the format (blended learning or modular) and duration (1 year or 2 years), making it easier for you to study while working.

Choose from two flexible learning formats



1-year PGDip: 

Blocks 1 and 2 

Foundation modules: 5 consecutive days of classes (with full orientation day in Block 1); Specialisation modules: 5 consecutive Wednesdays of late-afternoon classes 


Blocks 3 and 4 

20 once-a-week late-afternoon classes, alternating weekly between foundation modules and specialisation modules. 

The blended learning classes are presented synchronously online (foundation modules) and combined online and on-campus (specialisation modules). If too few students choose to participate on campus, there can be a conversion to only online facilitation after deliberations. The late-afternoon classes are presented from 16:00 to 20:15 (short break included).  


2-year PGDip: 

Year 1: Foundation modules (2 blocks of classes for 5 consecutive days plus 10 once-a-week late-afternoon classes) 


Year 2: Specialisation modules (20 once-a-week late-afternoon classes)


Advantages: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work, and less travel and accommodation costs

1-year PGDip: Four full blocks of classes spread over the year - morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday. Block 1 runs from Monday to Saturday. 

2-year PGDip: Four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year, from Monday to Friday. Block 1 runs from Monday to Saturday.  

Advantages: Study while you work with in-class experience and focused studies without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment adds another dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.



The programme fees will be published on our website once the info is available.

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What you need to apply

Academic qualifications and other admission criteria

  • A 3-year Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma at NQF level 7, or higher
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant full-time work experience (preferably at a managerial level)
  • You need to write an essay (see below)
  • A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent; proficiency in English.
  • An aptitude assessment test may be required.

Write an essay

An essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below is to be submitted in pdf format:

Stellenbosch Business School aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

Application deadlines

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