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PDBA Diploma


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Applications for 2024 will commence in May 2023.


Below are answers to some frequently asked questions:

What are the fees?

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What is the closing date for applications?



Applications for 2024 will commence from:

May 2023


How long will the application process take before I will have a final answer?

It will take between 15 to 30 days from the moment that you hand in your completed application to you receiving a written letter from us informing you about the result.


What is the first step in the application process?

The first step is to complete and submit the online application forms and submit all your relevant documentation. Please visit the 'How to apply' link regarding the application process.


When does the programme start?

The programme starts in the first week of February of each year and an academic year consists of three 12 week trimesters. The first trimester starts in February; the 2nd trimester in May and the 3rd trimester in August. There is a recess from December to January.


How many classes will I have to attend each week?

Part-time students attend two to three classes per week from 17:30 to 20:30.

Block Release students attend video conferencing classes on weekends, attend three study visits of three days each at the Nelson Mandela University Business School in Port Elizabeth and day visits as the lecturer sees fit in your study centre.


What do I have to pay and when?

A South African student's first payment will be towards a non-refundable fee for your SHL/NMAT/GMAT test. An International Applicant's first payment will include a non-refundable Application Fee (R500.00) as well.


Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, the Nelson Mandela University PDBA fees can be paid in three instalments per year, which makes it a very affordable option for students who are not being sponsored.