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MBA Degree

Message from the Graduate School Director

The Graduate School, responsible for Masters, Doctoral and Postgraduate Degrees (MBA, DBA and PDBA respectively), is located within the NMMU Business School, which has as its vision to be “a business school of choice, alive to its context, and a thought leader in management and leadership development”.

The NMMU Business School is rated one of the top 200 Best Master’s Degree Programmes in the world and 6th in South Africa by Eduniversal; has received a special award for thought leadership in emerging markets at the Third Annual Asia’s Best Business School Awards by CMO Asia and the World Brand Conference in Singapore; and has been acknowledged by international media (The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Boston Globe) for the role we played in shaping the future of another country through the post-conflict leadership programme and training of South Sudanese leaders after years of civil war.

The Graduate School’s mission statement declares that “we create holistic leaders who respond, interpret, transform and contribute to sustainable development through relevant research, learning and engagement”. We further align ourselves with the vision of our Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, which strives to be recognised for its “positive and empowering contribution towards the local business and broader community”. Our Faculty also expresses a full commitment to engagement with Science, benchmarking against international best practice, and a sensitivity to the needs of our local communities.

Against the above-mentioned background, the Graduate School works hard to develop such thought leaders in business, management and leadership.

Business leaders operate in a world which is characterised by both exciting economic development opportunities and huge inequalities in wealth sharing. In such a situation, effective business leadership, coupled with high levels of consciousness, responsibility and ethics is needed. Business leaders cannot afford not to be alive to their contexts. While pursuing business goals as competitively as possible, business leaders should also actively engage with the real social conditions, lived world and subjectivity of the everyday life of people and communities they work with. Our leadership modules develop such leaders.

Infused into our core modules are cutting-edge leadership development and excellent executive education. Our core modules, embedded in internationally (AMBA and EDAMBA) accredited Masters and Doctoral degrees, focus also intensely on global business strategies, African relevance, entrepreneurship, professional business administration and drivers of economic growth drivers (e.g. ocean economy, agri-business, etc.).

We invite our stakeholders, especially staff, students, business leaders and community leaders, to partner us in the pursuit of our exciting vision and mission.


Prof Cecil Arnolds

Director: Graduate School