MBA Part-Time

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About the course

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:


  • A 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.
  • A minimum of three years management or five years business working experience.
  • Applicants must reside within a 60 km radius of 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 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 Port Elizabeth.

Class Presentation

  • Two to three 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 tests and exams are written in Port Elizabeth. Tests are written on weekends (Saturdays) and exams in the week.

Application Closing Date: 1 November 2019


Start date Location / delivery
No fixed date 2nd Avenue Campus, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

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