Part time


Improve your career prospects and prepare yourself to be a business leader with a Masters of Business Administration from Nelson Mandela University Business School.


Why Nelson Mandela University Business School?

As a student on Nelson Mandela University’s MBA programme you will earn your MBA while gaining valuable, hands-on business experience. Working through case studies and group projects with real organisations, you will be actively involved in your educational experience. You will also learn from business professors, fellow classmates and guest speakers, who come from a variety of different backgrounds, industries and cultures.

Our focus on leadership development is distinctive and considered amongst the best offered in business schools in Africa. We individualise leadership development to fit your needs and to help you understand and leverage your individual strengths, challenges, drivers and capabilities.

Our MBA programme is nationally and internationally accredited. For all our accreditations and rankings, please click on this link.

Admissions Criteria

At Nelson Mandela University Business School, prospective MBA candidates are assessed against rigorous selection criteria.

Prospective students are required to meet the following criteria:


  • four-year Bachelor’s degree at NQF Level 8; a relevant Postgraduate Diploma (in for instance Business Administration (PDBA)) at NQF Level 8; or an applicable Honours degree in the Business Faculty at NQF Level 8.
  • minimum of three years management or five years business working experience.
  • Applicants must reside within a 60 km radius of Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth).
  • Be fluent in English. Applicants not fluent in English will be required to produce an English Proficiency certificate to verify English language skills.

An applicant who meets the above criteria will progress onto the second phase of the application process: the writing of the Psychometric Test.


  • All applicants are required to complete the psychometric test as part of their application process.
  • Students need to score a 5 or higher on each of the assessment criterions on the psychometric (SHL) test; or
  • Students writing the NMAT Test need to obtain a minimum score of 160 out of 360; or
  • Students writing the GMAT test need to obtain a score of 520 or higher.

Once the test has been completed the application will be reviewed and those applicants who meet the application criteria for phase 1 and phase 2 will be asked to partake in an interview (PHASE 3).

Those who do not meet the criteria for phase 1 or phase 2 will not be allowed to further partake in the application process, and their application will be deemed ‘not successful’.


MBA Part-Time explained.

The MBA part-time programme is offered as a part-time course over two years to students residing within a 60km radius of Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth).

Trimester Module Structure



Data Analysis & Decision Making

Strategic Marketing

Accounting for Business*

Leadership 1

International Business

Management Economics

Elective 2

Leadership 2


Research Project Proposal 

People Management

Management Accounting

Leadership 1 (continued)

Business Research Project

Leadership 2 (continued)



Financial Management

Strategic Operations

Business Strategy

Elective 1 

Leadership 1 (continued)


Business Research Project

Leadership 2 (continued)




Exit: MBA Degree

*Accounting for Business: This is an optional introductory accounting module. Students who have successfully completed an accounting course on a tertiary level may elect to be excused from doing this introductory module.


ELECTIVES (can select any 2):

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Lean Enterprise Management
  • Business in Society
  • Sustainable Development
  • Management of Technology

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVE (can select only 1 -  not compulsory)

International Fieldtrip: International Business or Leadership (Students are chosen based on academic merit)



Electives run over 4 days in Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth), from 08:00 – 17:00. Compulsory for all MBA students (Part-Time and Block Release). Leadership 1 & 2 will take place on Saturdays and part-time students will be required to attend a Leadership 2 block release presentation as well.


Class Presentation

Three to four evening classes per week from 17:30 to 20:30.
The year (12 months) is divided into three (3) trimesters (12 weeks per trimester).

Group Work

All students accepted onto the MBA programme are assigned to a syndicate group. Group members are selected and assigned according to their professional expertise and experience so as to best replicate a management team in the working environment. MBA students will work together in their groups over the 24 month period. You will be required to meet with your group members on a regular basis (at least once a week) to work on assignments and projects.

Tests and Exams

All exams are written in (Gqeberha (PE). Tests are written on weekends (Saturdays) and exams in the week.


Main Campus & International Head Office

Nelson Mandela University Business School
2nd Avenue Campus
2nd Avenue
Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth), 6000
South Africa


Learning Methods & Techniques

Formal Lectures. Analyses of case studies. International Guest Speakers and Lecturers. International study visits. Facilitated Group Discussion. Presentation of Group Assignments. Conducting applied research on real business problems.


International Learning Experience

An international learning experience is offered through our network of Business School Affiliates and the Nelson Mandela University Office for International Education as well as our cohort of international students.

Included in our programme are optional overseas fieldtrips as part of formal learning programmes, study abroad opportunities at partner universities and an international pool of guest lecturers.


Nelson Mandela University Lecturers

Our faculty and lecturers are the driving force behind our cutting-edge programmes and provide the best learning experience.

Media, industry, working individuals and professionals, government and leaders turn to our faculty for the latest insights, knowledge and expertise.

We are driven by a set of values geared to ensure that employees and students are holistically empowered as leaders, innovators, agents of change and independent thinkers that will contribute to ecological and economic sustainability and the upliftment of community and society.