PLEASE NOTE: ALL lectures are currently being offered via remote-learning to comply with COVID-19 regulations.


For many people, the frenetic nature of today’s organisations means that it is not possible for them to attend a full-time or part-time MBA programme.  People in these situations need an MBA programme that can allow them to manage their study programme in a block format while providing them with the support that a good programme can offer.


Why Nelson Mandela University Business School?

As a student on Nelson Mandela University’s MBA programme (NQF 9) you will earn your MBA while gaining valuable, hands-on business experience. Working through case studies and group projects with real organisations, you will be actively involved in your educational experience. You will also learn from business professors, fellow classmates and guest speakers, who come from a variety of different backgrounds, industries and cultures.

Our focus on leadership development is distinctive and considered amongst the best offered in business schools in Africa. We individualise leadership development to fit your needs and to help you understand and leverage your individual strengths, challenges, drivers and capabilities.

Our MBA programme is nationally and internationally accredited. For all our accreditations and rankings.


Admissions Criteria

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 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 our centres: Cape Town, Durban, Gauteng or East London.
  • 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 who meets the above criteria will then progress onto the second phase of the application process: the writing of the Psychometric Test.


  • All applicants are required to complete the psychometric test as part of the application process.
  • Students need to score a 5 or higher on the psychometric test (SHL); or
  • Students writing the NMAT Test need to obtain a minimum score of 160 out of 360; or
  • Students writing the GMAT test need to obtain a score of 520 or higher.

Once the test has been completed the application will be reviewed and those applicants who meet the application criteria for phase 1 and phase 2 will be asked to partake in an interview (PHASE 3).

Those who do not meet the criteria for phase 1 or phase 2 will not be allowed to further partake in the application process, and their application will be deemed ‘not successful’.


MBA Block Release explained

The MBA block release programme is offered over two years to students residing in, and around, one of its centres (Gauteng, Cape Town, Durban or East London - within a 60km radius).

Trimester Module Structure:



TRIMESTER 1 (Feb – May)


Data Analysis & Decision Making

Strategic Marketing Management

Leadership 1 * 

Accounting for Business *

International Business

Management Economics 


Leadership 2*

TRIMESTER 2 (May – Aug)


People Management

Management Accounting

Research Project Proposal

Leadership 1*

International Fieldtrip

Business Research Project

Leadership 2*

TRIMESTER 3 (Aug – Nov)


Financial Management 

Strategic Operations

Business Strategy 


Leadership 1*

Business Research Project

Leadership 2*

Exit: MBA Degree

* Leadership is a year module.

* Accounting for Business is a foundation programme for Financial Management. If an applicant completed Accounting in their first year at university, they will not be required to enrol for this module.

 * Programme subject to change. 

ELECTIVES (can select any 2):

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Development
  • Lean Enterprise Management
  • Management of Technology
  • Project Management
  • Business in Society

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVE (can select only 1 – not compulsory):

International Fieldtrip: International Business or Leadership (Students are chosen based on academic merit)


PLEASE NOTE:  ALL lectures are currently being offered via remote-learning/video conferencing to comply with COVID-19 regulations.


PLEASE NOTE: Electives are offered over four (4) days in Port Elizabeth, from 08:00 – 17:00. Compulsory for all MBA students (Part-Time and Block Release). Leadership 2 will require block release students to attend an additional block release lecture in Port Elizabeth.


The programme is presented as follows:

  1. Three study visits to Port Elizabeth (PE) per year. 
    Each year is divided into 3 trimesters (12 weeks per trimester). You will be required to travel to PE for a study visit at the beginning of each trimester (February, May and August). The study visit in PE normally runs from Wednesday to Saturday and attendance is compulsory. The study visit at the beginning of the year (February) is slightly longer than the last two study visits in order to allow for orientation (Monday – Saturday). You will be required to be in PE for a total of 11 working days a year.
  2. Approximately eighteen (18) video conferencing sessions. These take place on weekends at one of Nelson Mandela University Business School’s video conferencing sites (Gauteng, Cape Town, Durban or East London) or via online learning platform. The live video sessions allow for a virtual classroom experience where students and lecturer can interact with each other.
  3. Lecturer visits to Gauteng, Cape Town, Durban and East London (as per lecturer requirements). The academic staff involved in presenting a module will visit your delivery point on a weekend to lecture for a full day at each centre if they deem it academically necessary.



Gauteng: Centurion Academy, Highveld Campus, 48 Charles de Gaulle Crescent, Centurion, Gauteng.
Cape Town: Prestige Academy, Bellville Business Park, DJ Wood Way, Bellville, Cape Town.
Durban: South African Sugar Association, Kwa-Shukela, Conference Centre, 170 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe.
East London: Nelson Mandela University Business School East London and Border Kei Office, 63 Devereux Avenue, Vincent, East London.


Group Work

All students accepted onto the MBA programme are assigned to a syndicate group. Group members are selected and assigned according to their professional expertise and experience so as to best replicate a management team in the working environment. MBA students will work together in their groups over the two-year period. You will be required to meet with your group members on a regular basis (at least once a week) to work on assignments.


Tests and Exams

All tests and exams are written at the delivery points (Gauteng, Cape Town, Durban or East London). Test are written on weekends (Saturdays) and exams in the week. 


Main Campus & International Head Office

Nelson Mandela University Business School
2nd Avenue Campus
2nd Avenue
Port Elizabeth, 6000
South Africa


Video Conferencing Venues

The delivery points for the video conferencing sessions, tests and exams and day visits are:

  • Gauteng: Centurion Academy, Highveld Campus, 48 Charles de Gaulle Crescent, Centurion, Gauteng.
  • Cape Town: Prestige Academy, Bellville Business Park, DJ Wood Way, Bellville, Cape Town.
  • Durban: South African Sugar Association, Kwa-Shukela, Conference Centre, 170 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe.
  • East London: Nelson Mandela University Business School East London and Border Kei Office, 63 Devereux Avenue, Vincent, East London.


Learning Methods & Techniques

Formal Lectures. Analyses of case studies. International Guest Speakers and Lecturers. International study visits. Facilitated Group Discussion. Presentation of Group Assignments. Conducting applied research on real business problems.


International Learning Experience

An international learning experience is offered through our network of Business School Affiliates around the world and the Nelson Mandela University Office for International Education as well as our cohort of international students.

Included in our programme are optional overseas fieldtrips as part of formal learning programmes, study abroad opportunities at partner universities and an international pool of guest lecturers.


Nelson Mandela University Lecturers

Our faculty and lecturers are the driving force behind our cutting-edge programmes and provide the best learning experience.

Media, industry, working individuals and professionals, government and leaders turn to our faculty for the latest insights, knowledge and expertise.

We are driven by a set of values geared to ensure that employees and students are holistically empowered as leaders, innovators, agents of change and independent thinkers that will contribute to ecological and economic sustainability and the upliftment of community and society.


2022 Application Season:

5 April 2021 - 1 November 2021 (COB)