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DBA Degree

DBA How To Apply

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 that you give us your correct NMMU/UPE/Vista/PE Technicon 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 2338 if we do not acknowledge receipt of your application.


Application Process:


  1. Complete the online Nelson Mandela University Business School Application Form by clicking on THIS LINK >>>; and
  2. Complete the online Nelson Mandela University Postgraduate Application Form by clicking on THIS LINK >>>

Once you’ve completed the online Nelson Mandela University Postgraduate Application Form, you will receive an SMS or email stating that you’ve applied. You will also receive a student number.


The certified documentation that we require:

  1. Certified copy of your Identification Document (ID).
  2. Certified copy of your Qualification (please see Recognition of Prior Learning if you do not have a 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. Concept proposal (3-pages).
  8. Comprehensive CV


Additional for International Students only:

  1. English proficiency certificate (if applicable).
  2. 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 criteria, you will be invited to attend the School’s DP-SLP. Once an applicant has successfully presented his/her proposal at the School’s defence Colloquium, will the applicant be accepted and can he/she register for the DBA.


Concept Proposal:

Nelson Mandela University Business School’s Research Office will only assess Concept Proposals that meet the below requirements:

  1. The cover page must include your name and surname, as well as a clear envisaged study topic AND Business School research theme.
  2. The length of the proposal: 2 pages EXCLUDING the reference list. Proposals that exceed the required length will not be considered.
  3. Font size: 12 Font type: Arial or Times New Roman.
  4. Spacing: 1.5 Margins: 2.54 cm (top, bottom, left and right)
  5. Preferred referencing style: APA Referencing Style


Proposal Content:

The concept proposal must address the problem area and background/rationale/motivation of the study as clearly as possible.