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Get your MBA (accredited on NQF level 9) in 2 years, from the NWU Business School. Walk away with real-world skills, international accreditation and pioneering research.  Admission requirements are a qualification on NQF level 8 (a 4-year professional degree, honours degree or a Post-graduate Diploma) and 3-4 years relevant work experience. The NWU Business School also offers the Post-graduate Diploma in Management on a part-time basis as an alternative route to get you to your MBA. The MBA qualification is regarded as the flagship of business training worldwide and at the NWU Business School we aim to provide just that, a qualification that is accredited and will provide the tools to succeed in the business environment.

The NWU Business School has been delivering competent graduates to Southern Africa who, in turn, are making a proven contribution to social and economic growth in the region. The NWU Business School aims to provide professional postgraduate management and business training.


Sites and methods of delivery

The NWU Business School have three sites of delivery:

Potchefstroom Campus on part-time basis; Afrikaans medium; Saturday mornings;
Vaal Campus on part-time basis; English medium; Monday afternoons;
Mafikeng Campus on block release basis; English medium; Fridays - Sundays.

The minimum duration and maximum duration of the MBA programme are respectively two continuous academic years.

Admission requirements

Admission to the MBA programme is subjected to strict criteria and in accordance with fully accredited business schools in South Africa. Applicants should be in possession of the following requirements:

  • a recognised four-year degree qualification (or equivalent) on NQF level 8. Any international qualification must be verified by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). This verification process is the responsibility of the applicant and not that of the NWU; or
  • an honours degree on NQF level 8; or
  • a post-graduate diploma on NQF level 8;
  • PLUS a minimum of three years working experience;
  • PLUS successful completion of the SHL or NMAT admission test


The NWU Business School MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). For our students it is a guarantee that they receive business training of the highest international standards.

The NWU Business School are also accredited with the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) and is a member of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA).

Fully HEQC accredited; NQF-level 9 MBA 

The fully international accredited MBA programme of the NWU Business School is a comprehensive qualification comprising a wide range of key activities in the world of business. 

Being an influential and quality-audited business school in the MBA-marketplace in South Africa, the NWU Business School has made strategic changes and additions to its MBA programme to expand its value to market. The re-curricularisation of the MBA programme, together with our skills-oriented study schools, serve as a impetus to our faculty for sustained excellence in business learning and associated networking through the system of syndicate group learning methodologies. Alongside this process a greater emphasis on quality and less focus on quantity have emerged, implying that a refined selection process will ensure that we maintain this vision of quality. Notwithstanding all the above assets we were able to maintain our low-cost milieu, thus offering our MBA at a price that will ensure comparative competitiveness – a kind of pareto optimum!

How to apply/register

Step 1
In order to apply for admission, a prospective student needs to complete an application form and submit it with all the required supporting documents as indicated in the Guidelines for applicants, namely a CV, a motivational letter, two ID photos, application fee, as well as certified copies of ID document, academic records and related certificates. The application can then be forwarded to the relevant administrative faculty advisor.  All applications are accepted in electronic as well as printed format.

Step 2
Applicants will be notified with regard to their admission status after the paper selection. Successful applicants will be contacted  to take either the SHL/NMAT admission test.

Step 3
The NWUBusiness School will conduct interviews with the applicants in due course.


Contact details

Wilma Pretorius
Tel: 018 299 1419

Rhonda Ferreira
Tel: 016 910 3011

Lungile Ntsizwane
Tel: 018 389 2351