Course information

Registration Closes:
21 January 2020
Course Starts:
27 January 2020
15 weeks online
8-12 hours per week
ZAR R24,900
Payment Options
University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development
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Multinationals setting up in Africa hire locals for executive positions, and use credible MBA skills as an application entry-point, according to Andrew Main Wilson, CEO of international accreditation body: The Association of MBAs (AMBA).

This pre-MBA part-time online course is designed to prepare you for a postgraduate or MBA course - covering three of the most challenging subjects of an MBA programme - and arm you with vital, technical business skills to succeed in your career.

Using a practical, case study-based approach, you’ll learn from industry experts about three key pillars of business covered in an MBA course: economics, quantitative methods and managerial accounting.

You’ll use these technical skills to make better managerial decisions, gauge your appetite for a full MBA course, and set yourself apart in industry or as an MBA programme applicant.

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What will set you apart

Fortify your business knowledge and academic prowess on this preparatory MBA online course by gaining the skills to:

    • Navigate the complexities of your business environment with technical business management skills
    • Make informed managerial decisions using your knowledge of local and global market interactions
    • Use statistical analysis to define your current and future business strategies
    • Analyse the financial stability and health of a business, identifying areas for improvement, using financial statements and accounting data
    • Make an educated decision about studying an MBA programme in the future
    • Hit the ground running in your future MBA or postgraduate aspirations

This preparatory MBA course does not guarantee acceptance into an MBA programme, nor does it replace entry requirements such as the GMAT. If you wish to apply for an MBA, you should be aware of the specific requirements and prerequisites.



Course curriculum

Learn from industry experts throughout this preparatory MBA online course, using your own business as a case study and network with driven, like-minded individuals. This preparatory MBA course covers everything from probability theory to financial statements:

Topic 1: Economics Topic 2: Quantitative methods Topic 3: Managerial accounting
Course Module 1: Introduction to key economic principles Course Module 6: Introduction to time value of money Course Module 11: Introduction to accounting
Course Module 2: Basics of microeconomics Course Module 7: Data analysis and summary Course Module 12: Interpreting the income statement
Course Module 3: Macroeconomics: economic growth, development, and unemployment Course Module 8: Probability theory Course Module 13: The balance sheet
Course Module 4: Macroeconomics: balance of payments and inflation Course Module 9: Probability distributions Course Module 14: Cost behaviour
Course Module 5: South Africa’s economy in a global context Course Module 10: Using data to make decisions Course Module 15: Cash management

Your success team

In collaboration with the world's top-tier universities, we design online short courses around the insights of experienced faculty members and authoritative industry experts. On this preparatory MBA online course, you can expect to learn from thought leaders via online video lectures, which will be accessible to you anywhere, any time, allowing you to prepare for an MBA part time.

Brett Hamilton

Brett is an MBA lecturer of business finance and decision analysis. He received his MBA Cum Laude from the University of Stellenbosch Business School, and has over 10 years of experience in business ownership (FMCG, retail and media) and senior management. Brett is experienced in financial modelling, forecasting, valuation and budgeting,  consults in the fields of market/business intelligence and business strategy.

Prof Andre Roux



Professor André Roux has a Masters in Economics and a PhD from Stellenbosch University. He is an expert in economics and futures research, and has over 30 years of academic experience. He is the previous Director of the Institute for Futures Research (IFR), and currently head of the M Phil programme in Futures Studies. André is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University.

Sonja Cilliers



Sonja Cilliers is a Chartered Accountant and is an expert in financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, and executive coaching. She is an MBA lecturer at Stellenbosch Business School and a professional executive coach - allowing for a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical business applications of managerial accounting.

Please note that the following documents are required to complete an online course from the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development:

- Copy of identity document, passport, or driver’s license
- Copy of highest qualification achieved, or CV detailing relevant work experience

If you have queries about these requirements, please contact us on +27 87 551 7292.

Earn a certificate from Stellenbosch University

The part-time MBA Essentials online short course is accredited and certified by Stellenbosch University. It is presented by the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED), in partnership with GetSmarter.

On successful completion of this preparatory MBA online course, you’ll earn a certificate from Stellenbosch University as powerful proof of your new competencies - helping you to stand out from the crowd and get recognised in the job market. You’ll earn up to 20 short course credits, applicable in the domain of University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED).
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 27 January 2020.

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Still have a question? These may help


    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a payment plan option. As the MBA Essentials is 15 weeks, you can opt for either a three-part or a four-part payment plan when you register.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for, please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.