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Master of Business Administration

Postgraduate – Course

Course code 3665

Credit points 180

Abbreviated title MBA

Managing School Business and Economics

Admission and fees

  • Course type

    Masters by coursework

  • Standard duration

    Students at Monash South Africa will receive credit and can complete this programme in 18 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time. Students have a maximum of six years to complete this programme.

  • Mode and location

    Blended learning: Contact on-campus (South Africa) and online support

  • Award/s

    Master of Business Administration


The Monash South Africa (MSA) Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is a professional MBA designed to provide a high level of theoretical engagement, intellectual independence and the ability to resolve complex business problems in an innovative way. This professional MBA embraces the ‘use it now’ concept where students will be able to apply all learnings immediately in their job.

The MBA prepares working professionals to lead their organisations or departments, to understand universal business problems and challenges in the South African and global context and to apply best practices and management styles.

Some of the current challenges facing business leaders include learning to think creatively and finding innovative solutions to problems. We understand that an MBA should be more than just an academic experience, so instead of doing a research dissertation all students will participate in a unique “Innovation Project”. This Innovation Project involves practical research and finding strategic, innovative solutions.

Students in the MBA are typically working in a variety of different fields. They wish to obtain knowledge and skills in functional business areas such as people management, finance, marketing, economic decision-making, innovation and creativity, entrepreneurship, project management and business strategy in a dynamic era.

The MSA MBA is taught by seasoned academics and industry experts with extensive leadership backgrounds in national and international business environments.


The MSA MBA focuses on the role of Innovation in business in the 21st century. Students are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to capitalise on business opportunities and to solve complex problems by using creative and innovative thinking and techniques in all business departments.


Upon successful completion of this MBA it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • identify and appreciate the opportunities and challenges of local and global businesses in an era of global communications, cultural diversity, ethical challenges and rapid innovation
  • give a multifaceted exposition of management issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • enhance strategic thinking by applying integrative and critical thinking and problem solving skills in the business environment
  • develop a professional business and entrepreneurial mindset
  • critique existing theories, models and the body of knowledge by undertaking research activities
  • analyse organizational decisions from an ethical, legal and socially responsible angle
  • acquire a philosophical approach that can create continuous learning and growth in the self, the people and the organisation
  • display leadership skills and achieve personal, business and societal impact

Programme Structure

The programme consists of 9 compulsory units, 1 elective unit and the Innovation Project.

Compulsory units

Elective units

Innovation Project

Programme requirements

  • A minimum of 180 credits is required to obtain the qualification.
  • All units are 15 credits each, and the Innovation Project is combined with the Research methodology unit for 45 credits.
  • All units are compulsory, except the choice between Project management and Entrepreneurship as electives.
  • Each unit is offered over 5 weeks. On-campus contact sessions are every first, third and fifth Saturday from 9:00 to 14:00.

Progression to further studies

The MSA MBA is an NQF 9 qualification at Masters level and allows study towards a doctorate degree.