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  • An appropriate Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum period of two years of experience in strategic management or strategic planning
Before you start
  • You will be able to complete the form in steps without losing information.
  • The online application form consists of various sections. In order to process to the next section, all the information in the current section must be completed and accepted by the information management system.
  • The application process is the same for South African and foreign students.
  • It is best to use Google Chrome as web browser when completing your application.
The application process
Go to​a/apply​ and complete the online PGD in Futures Studies application form by completing each of the following sections:
Section 1: Personal details
Section 2: Address details
Section 3: Work and studies
Section 4: Marketing
Section 5: Documentation
Upload the following supporting documentation:
  • Completed and signed application forms
  • Proof of application fee payment
  • Detailed CV
  • Certified copies of degree certificates (which must include a transcript of the subjects)
  • A copy of your ID (or passport for non-South African students)
  • A marriage certificate (where the applicant’s new surname does not match that on the degree certificates).

Section 6: Payment of application fee
Application fee: Bank: Standard Bank; Type of account: cheque account; Account name: US Business School; Account number: 073003069; Branch name: Stellenbosch; Branch code: 050610; Beneficiary name: Stellenbosch University; SWIFT code: SBZAZAJJ. Proof of payment of your application fee and SHL fee should be e-mailed to the cashier at
Section 7: Status
What happens next?
Your application can only be assessed by the selection panel if it is accompanied by your completed online application form, all the supporting documents, proof of your application fee payment, and your completed selection test. The outcome of the selection process will be made known within 30 days or as soon as possible thereafter. 




Study visa requirements for international students

All residential students who are non-South African citizens and are studying at USB require a study visa. Prospective students should contact their nearest South African Foreign Mission (South African Embassy, Consulate or High Commission), normally in their country of origin, to enquire about the requirements for study visas for South Africa. Applicants are required to present themselves in person so that biometric data may be captured.

Students from West Africa can also contact USB's representative for this region in Nigeria while students from East Africa can contact USB's representative for this region in Kenya. (See contact details at the back of the brochure.)  All international students can contact the USB International Office for assistance at

All international students must hold a valid visa for their intended activity prior to entering South Africa. Also note the following:

  • Obtaining a study visa from the South African authorities takes approximately 10 to 12 weeks from the date of application. However, some missions may process applications sooner. Sufficient time should be allowed for study visa applications to be processed.
  • Your study visa application should include a copy of the letter offering a place on USB's MBA (or other programme). This letter will be provided by USB's Academic Administration once the application has been approved. A place on the programme must be confirmed before a study visa application can be considered by the South African Department of Home Affairs. Students should not proceed to Stellenbosch University or USB without a valid visa.
  • Although applicants are expected to determine exactly what they require to apply for a study visa, they can expect to have to provide the following, among others: a police clearance certificate, proof of medical insurance recognised in South Africa, a radiological report, a medical certificate, proof of sufficient funds, and an admission letter from USB. Your nearest South African Foreign Mission will be able to advise in this regard. The onus falls on the student to make sure that he/she submits a complete application pack.
  • All documents should be certified and translated into English before submission (in order not to delay the outcome of the application).


Payment of pro​gramme fees

Foreign students need to pay a deposit of 50% of the annual programme fees by acceptance to the programme and the balance prior to, or upon registration.