1. Is your MBA Accredited?
We are fully accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and members of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA). Our MBA programme is internationally accredited by the global Association of MBAs (AMBA).
2. What are Rhodes Business School's admission requirements?
Applicants should have an NQF8 qualification (i.e. an Honours degree, Post-graduate Diploma or a four year bachelor’s degree), be proficient in English and have obtained a pass in Mathematics at the level of Matric or equivalent, in the School Leavers’ assessment and 3 years full-time work experience.
3. I do not have the requisite NQF8 qualification, what options do I have?
Option 1. You can apply for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This option is assessed on each individuals merits, meaning we consider your academic performance in your Bachelor degree (the higher the results the better), management experience (the longer and more senior, the better), your reason for doing the MBA, your admission score test (ideally GMAT) and your referees. The challenge is that we cannot admit more than 10% of the class under RPL. So if the MBA class is 30, no more than 3 can be admitted. If it is 40, no more than 4. This means that we have to wait until the END of the application process (once the class size has been confirmed) and we will then choose those who we consider the best candidates. You could very well fall within this category, but there is a chance that you won’t.
Option 2. You can apply for the Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management (PDEM) - Full time or Part Time. Passing the PDEM gives you access to the MBA the following year. This can be completed in 1 year.
4. How do I apply?
Visit our website at www.ru.ac.za/businessschool and download the relevant application forms or telephone us on +27 (0)46 603 8617.
5. What documents must I submit with my application?
You must pay careful attention to what documents we require, but in short we will require an application form, two referees' reports (Note each referee must have known you for at least one year. One referee should be your current or most recent employer and the other an independent person who can provide insights into your academic potential), a certified copy of your ID or passport if you are not a South citizen, a certified copy of your degree certificates, an academic transcript (sent directly from the academic institution where you studied), two colour passport photographs and your results of an admissions test (GMAT or NBT).
6. What personal characteristics do you look for?
One of our great strengths is the diversity of our student background, you will get to work with people from the private and public sectors, from diverse professions (doctors, lawyers, engineers) and from many different countries. First and foremost we look for candidates who demonstrate professionalism, integrity and respect for others. A high level of emotional intelligence, ability to work in a team, accept pressurized situations and achieving deadlines will put you in good stead. Lastly, we want people who absolutely committed to sustainability, are passionate about it and want to make a positive difference to their organisations and communities.
Teaching follows an integrated approach to management education characterised by our 4E Model .
7. What is the deadline for application?
Applications must be submitted at the latest by the 31 October.
8. How long after I have applied would I know the status of my application?
We normally work on a 2 week turn-around time for the applications’ review and approval. So students generally receive their responses by end November.
9. Will I be required to write an admissions test?
Normally candidates will only be admitted to the programme if they hold at least a NQF8 qualification in any discipline, are proficient in English, have passed Mathematics at the school leavers’ level, and some relevant practical experience. All applicants are required to sit the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or a South African equivalent (NBT) http://nbt.ac.za. If you take the NBT test, you are only required to sit the Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) test (not the Mathematics test). Furthermore, those applicants for whom English is a foreign language are required to sit an appropriate English language test.
If you need to submit your application and have not yet written the test, send in your application with a covering letter notifying us of the date of your NBT or GMAT test, and let us have the results as soon as you have them. Details of dates and venues where the NBT can be written, can be found at http://www.nbt.ac.za/index.php/where-can-i-write
10. What modes of delivery do you offer?
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) offered by the Rhodes Business School is a course-work degree together with a dissertation of 15 000 words. The course-work comprises 124 credits and the dissertation accounts for 60 credits of the total 184 credits. The degree is offered on a part-time, modular basis over two and a half years. In the first two years, candidates are required to attend three two-week teaching blocks in Grahamstown each year and to complete work-based assignments in the periods between the teaching blocks.
The final six months is dedicated to the completion of the dissertation. The Rhodes Business School’s essence is “Leadership for Sustainability” and hence leadership and sustainability principles underline all subjects in the MBA curriculum. Emphasis is placed on business continuity, as well as achieving a balance between economic, social and environmental sustainability (the Triple Bottom Line). The Business School has committed itself to abide by the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).
Truly disciplined students can complete the part-time programme in two years.
We also offer an accelerated programme of study, whereby the course work can be completed in a year and a half, but students have to devote themselves full-time to their studies.
11. What subjects do you offer in MBA?
Our essence is ‘Leadership for Sustainability’, Leadership and Sustainability principles are fully mainstreamed in our teaching and learning.
For part-time students in Year 1, the subjects are divided into Teaching Block (TB) as follows: (TB1) MBA Orientation, Economics, Principles of Sustainability; (TB2) Academic Skills, Stewardship & Governance, Responsible Leadership; (TB3) Financial Management, Sustainable Marketing, People Management. (Note if you have not passed any tertiary level Financial Accounting, then it is compulsory that you also do the Financial & Quantitative Literacy Course in Year 1 which is done at the end of TB1).
In Year 2, the subjects are (TB4) Research Methods, Quantitative Decision-Making, Project Management or Sustainable Law; (TB5) Management Accounting, Operations Management, Climate Change or Entrepreneurship; (TB6) Strategic Management, Ethical Organization, Knowledge Management or Environmental Economics. We also offer an International Option, in place of the three subjects in Teaching Block of the second year, whereby you can study abroad (at your own cost) at institutions where we have an exchange agreement.
For students on the accelerated programme subject are completed in the first year as follows: TB1, TB4, TB2, TB5, TB3 and TB6.
These are reviewed and updated annually.
12. Am I required to submit a dissertation?
As this is a Masters degree, all students are required to submit a research mini-thesis of 15 000 words. Immedietly after completing the Research Methods module in Teaching Block 4, you will commence preparation of your research proposal to be defended at the Faculty's Higher Degrees Committee in Teaching Block 6. Once approval of the proposal and ethical clearance has been obtained, you will commence your research. The research mini thesis MUST be submitted by 30 June of Year 2 for students on the Accelerated Program and by 30 June of Year 3 for part-time students.
13. Assuming I am accepted, how best should I prepare for the MBA programme?
This is an important question, as you should be under no illusion that embarking on this degree is a very tough process that will require hard work, effort and personal sacrifice.
Most importantly you should discuss the decision with your family first and then your employer whereby you weigh up the trade-offs.
Should you be concerned about any specific course/subject, self-preparation is advised and can be discussed with Rhodes Business School staff specific to the subject; alternatively, some short courses can also assist with additional preparation to the MBA programme (i.e. Fundamentals of Financial Accounting) and prospective MBA students might want to enrol in these prior to starting the MBA programme.
14. I have completed some or most of my MBA in another institution (either inside or outside South Africa) and would like to transfer to Rhodes Business School but I do not want to start all over again. What is the procedure with transferring credits?
As a rule of thumb, no more than 50% of credits may be transferred and you are required to submit a mini reserach thesis according to our requirements. You would need to provide Rhodes Business School with an academic transcript from Business School you have attended as well as course outlines. Each case is dealt with on its merits. The principle that we apply is that should Rhodes Business School offer an equivalent subject you may be credited for the module, subject to us being satisfied that the requisite standard is being applied.
15. What is the intake each year?
Maximum of 40 students each year.
16. How much does your MBA programme cost?
The course fee for the entire MBA programme in today’s money is approximately R130 000, which is payable as follows:
Part-time Students: R52 380 in 2017, R52 380 (plus inflation) in 2018 and R26 190 (plus inflation) in 2019.
Accelerated programme Students: R104 760 in 2017 and R26 190 (plus inflation) in 2018.
This covers tuition, course material, textbooks and examination fees. In addition to this, you will have to bear the cost of transport to and from Grahamstown, your accommodation for the duration of the teaching blocks as well as subsistence for the time you are in Grahamstown.
The registration fee is 10% of the year's fees payable before 22 January 2017. The balance is due by 1 May 2017 or a monthly debit order can be arranged with the University, please make use of the debit order instruction form on the University Fee's Office website.
Please fax your deposit slip with your Student Number as the reference to 046 603 8613 .
For further information please contact us at 046 603 8617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
17. What is the demographic profile of an average class?
For a recent class, the average age was 37, the oldest student was 60 and the youngest was 24. 42% were female. 43% of the class were married and 43% had children.
We have students from all over the world including Afghanistan, China, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Russia, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
18. Does Rhodes Business School offer financial aid?
For the 2017 academic year, a limited number of half bursaries are available. More information regarding eligibility and applying can be found on our website
19. How am I assessed?
There is a mixture of assessments applied, namely participation in class, tests, assignments and examinations. It is also a requirement that you work in syndicates and some subjects may require that you hand-in group assignments. Assignments and exams generally contribute about 40% of the final subject mark. Assignments are normally required to be submitted 6 weeks after the completion of the teaching block and examinations (pertaining to subjects from the preceding teaching block) are written at the commencement of the following teaching block.
20. Tell me about the examinations.
Examinations are normally three hours and are generally open book format. You are required to write them in Grahamstown.
21. What are the main rules that I need to take cognisance of?
Once you have registered, you will be given a student guide which contains all the necessary information regarding the course rules. Some of the more important rules are that you are required to attend all lectures and syndicate work. We apply a sub-minimum of 40% on assignments and examinations. Achieving less than 45% for the overall module, requires that the student repeats the module. An overall mark of between 45% and 49% requires a resubmission of the assignment or rewriting the exam the next time it is set (depending on which of the two were underperformed). A module may only be repeated ONCE. All subjects must be passed. Rhodes Business School does not have aegrotats for missed exams. Should an exam be missed the student will sit for the exam the next time it is written i.e. the next academic year
22. What is the procedure for requesting a leave of absence?
Leave from course or syndicate workgroup sessions is granted only in extra-ordinary circumstances. Reason for absence must be submitted 48 hrs in advance in writing and supporting proof e.g. a letter from a doctor. Leave of absence on compassionate grounds only applies to immediate family. Normal work obligations do not qualify for leave of absence. Please note, an attendance register is signed at every lecture.
23. I am an international student. I would like to embark on an MBA, how do I go about this?
We are delighted that we have had many international students who register each year with us. We have students from afar afield as Afghanistan, China, DRC, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and closer to home Namibia and Swaziland. These students must make the application in the normal way. However, please note that you will be required to write the GMAT at the nearest designated centre to you. Although not all of these questions here are relevant to our international MBA students, please look at the University’s FAQ section (see the link below):http://www.ru.ac.za/international/internationalstudents/frequentlyaskedquestions
24. I was offered a place onto the Rhodes Business School programme previously. Due to circumstances I could not accept the offer. Do I need to reapply?
This depends on when the approval was granted and if there were any conditions attached to that acceptance. Rhodes Business School will assess this on its merits. Please contact us in this regard.
25. Can I use the Rhodes University Library, computer facilities and gym facilities for the two weeks that I am in Grahamstown?
Yes, you are a registered student.
26. Does Rhodes Business School offer Doctoral degrees in Business Administration?
At present we do not offer a DBA. However, students can register for a PhD at Rhodes Business School as long as they have an MBA and there is the necessary supervisory capacity. All potential PhD candidates are required to attend a pre-PhD workshop which is charged separately from the PhD fee (assuming that you are accepted) .
27. What Short Course programmes does Rhodes Business School offer?
We have three categories of short courses on offer, namely:
i. Closed Corporate Courses (which are tailored for specific clients such as Barloworld, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Engen, Enviroserv, First National Bank, Sapia, Spar and Standard Bank) which we offer wherever the client requires them to be conducted.
ii. Public Courses which are open to the public and have a generalist flavour, but are focused on key management development needs around leadership, encompassing the functional areas of strategy, marketing, people management, finance, sustainability. Other very popular courses are project management, operations & logistics, leadership and sustainability programmes. Public courses are offered mainly in East London and Grahamstown
iii. MBA Aligned Courses which are only offered in Grahamstown. We generally reserve 5 places for non-MBA students to sit in and participate in the MBA classes. For more information on the courses please visit our website atwww.ru.ac.za/businessschool or contact Ms Nicole Craig on +27-046-603-8852.
28. Would I find affordable accommodation? Would it be close enough to Rhodes Business School?
The average rate in Grahamstown for a BnB (bed & breakfast) is roughly R500/night. This is a small town; you will be able to walk anywhere. A list of establishments that students use on a regular basis is available if requested. For details on accommodation, please consult the internet and tourism information. For example www.grahamstown-accomodation.co.za . The University also limited accommodation that can be accessed through the Conferencing Office page.