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DBA Degree

DBA How To Apply

Once you have considered the DBA admission criteria and feel qualified to apply for the DBA programme, you can begin the application process:

  1. We can only accept certified copies of electronic documents.
  2. If you are alumni of the University, we must receive permission from you to request your documentation (academic records, etc.) from our main admissions department. Please ensure you give us your correct NMMU/UPE/Vista/PE Technikon student number. 

VERIFY RECEIPT OF APPLICATION SUBMISSION WITH THE BUSINESS SCHOOL:  It is critical that you contact the Nelson Mandela University Business School once you’ve submitted an application.

Your submission can be verified by emailing:  or calling us on 041 – 504 4047/3777 if we do not acknowledge receipt of your application.


Application Process


  1. Complete the online Business School Application Form by clicking on this link. 
  2. Complete the online Postgraduate Application Form by clicking on this link. 

Once you’ve completed the online Postgraduate Application Form, you will receive an SMS or email stating that you’ve applied. You will also receive a student number as well as a pin that will allow you to upload all your documentation and track the progress of your application.

The certified documentation that we require:

  1. Certified copy of your Identification Document
  2. Certified copy of your Qualification 
  3. Certified copy of your Academic Record/Transcript
  4. Certified copy of your School Leaving Certificate
  5. Marriage Certificate (female applicants only – if applicable)
  6. Masters treatise/thesis completed
  7. Proposal
  8. Comprehensive CV


Additional for International Students only:

      10. English proficiency certificate (if applicable)

      11. Proof of payment of R500.00 application fee (non-refundable)


PLEASE NOTE: An application will be considered ‘incomplete’ if any of these above documents are outstanding.

Once you have submitted all the required documents, your application will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum application criteria. You will receive a notification of the first review evaluation.

If you meet the minimum requirements, your proposal will be circulated to the Business School Research Committee. If your proposal is deemed at a DBA level and within our supervisors’ research areas, you will receive notification from our Research Office.

Please see Application Process for the full application process that will be followed by the University. 


Application Closing Date: 1 November 2019