Requirements For UCT Business School

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The University of Cape Town has many departments which makes it one of South Africa's most popular universities. One of their departments includes their business school. Here's what you need to know about the requirements that need to be met in order to attend UCT's business school.


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The University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business has been around for 5 decades and are globally recognized. They have programmes that include academic programmes, online courses, short courses, customized programmes, centres and initiative courses.

The Graduate School of business is a university for students who have already obtained a relevant degree. These courses were designed to equip students for fast-growing emerging markets and critical global challenges.

They have 3 campuses which are the Breakwater Campus (Cape Town) GSB Campus (Johannesburg), Solution Space Phillipi and the conference centre (situated at the breakwater campus).

Here are the MBA entry requirements for students who want to attend the UCT business school:

  • Be 25 years or older.
  • Have a minimum of three years of relevant work experience.
  • Be fluent in English. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English will be required to produce a TOEFL certificate to verify fluency in English.
  • Ordinarily, have a minimum GMAT score of 550
    • The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardised test used by local and international business schools, including the UCT Graduate School of Business, as part of the admissions process into competitive graduate programmes.
  • Have a NQF level 8 qualification (a Bachelor Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma).
    • Candidates with a non-South African qualification need to verify the equivalence to a South African degree. This can be done by contacting the South African Qualifications Authority
    • Candidates not meeting the NQF level 8 requirement can apply through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route and submit the Portfolio of Learning (POL) assessment form. Prospective MBA students who will be considered under the RPL policy should have:
      • At least an NQF 4 qualification.
      • A GMAT score > 550. 
      • Relevant work experience of 7 years or more depending on the NQF level qualification above (i.e. prospective students with a lower NQF level need higher levels of work experience). Three or more years of work experience should have been in a management or a relevant professional position.
      • Candidates not meeting the NQF level 8 requirement should be able to demonstrate learning and academic ability that corresponds to the NQF 8 level, including critical thinking, problem-solving and research skills.
  • Submit a CV you can collate your CV as you fill in your information, employment history and qualifications in the pre-application portal.
  • Two referee reports submitted as part of the application 
  • Personal motivations in the form of three essays that will be used for selection purposes
  • Selected applicants will be required to take part in an interview.

The courses offered by the UCT business school can be done part-time or full time. Full-time courses will be 1 year long while part-time courses will be 24 months. 

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