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Full-time MBA

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USB’s Full-time MBA in a nutshell

International accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
Duration: 1 year
Contents: 18 compulsory modules and 2 electives
Includes: Personal Leadership Development Journey; International Study Module at foreign business school; Research Assignment

Why do USB's Full-time MBA?

USB offers a Full-time MBA over one year, which is aimed at those who want to immerse themselves in their studies without the demands of a full-time job or who want to prepare themselves for a career change. The experience of the Full-time MBA students is fundamentally different from that of the Modular MBA and Blended Learning MBA students. They typically experience much bigger cohesion within the class set-up, network more, and make optimal use of speaker events and other opportunities in class and on campus. Their cohort becomes their “place to belong” during the year. Full-time MBA students will be able to complete their class programme and research assignment within one year. (In 2016, 93% of the Full-time MBA cohort graduated within the one year.)
Here are some of the reasons why you should consider our Full-time MBA:
·         Change your career path: Take one year to prepare yourself for a new career. Immerse yourself in your studies without the demands of a job. Ideal for those who want to prepare for a new career.
·         Increased international exposure: Join full-time students from all over the world at USB and enrich your learning experience.
·         Business connections: Make the most of company visits, and speaker and networking events on campus.

Full-time MBA timetable for 2018 

Term 1: 17 January – 28 March

Term 2: 10 April – 22 June

Term 3: 16 July – 21 September

Term 4: 16 November – 24 November

Deadline for applications

Applications for the Full Time MBA option has closed. This programme is now fully subscribed.


  • Dates for second year of registration: Will be announced later. 
  • Study permits for foreign students at USB: Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students. 
  • Multiple-entry visas: Students from non-SADC African countries and other countries with visa requirements who need to apply for study visas can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registration at USB. This will help students to obtain multiple-entry study visas in case of modular studies. 
  • Timetable changes: USB reserves the right to change dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time.​
  • Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date.