Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs)

The University of Pretoria’s Gibs is an internationally accredited business school, focusing on general management in dynamic markets to significantly improve individual and organisational performance, primarily in the South African environment. In 2013 the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings once again ranked Gibs as the top South African and African business school.

Courses include internationally accredited MBA programmes, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) and a number of executive development courses.

Visit: www.gibs.co.za

Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L), University of Natal

The GSB&L focuses on business, entrepreneurship and leadership. The school was granted Association of African Business Schools (AABS) membership status in 2013 and is a member of the Association of BRIC Business Schools and SABSA.

Qualifications offered include MBA, Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies (MCom) and the Post-graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (PGDLM). Other programmes include the Management Development Programme (MDP) and an array of executive programmes for companies.

Visit: www.gsbl.ukzn.ac.za

Henley Business School SA

Henley is part of the University of Reading, UK and offers the only triple-accredited MBA from an international business school in Africa. It is also the only overseas business school accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education and offers a top-ranked international qualification. The Henley MBA holds the coveted triple-accreditation status: AMBA** (UK), EQUIS*** (Europe), AACSB (USA).

Courses offered include MBA and MBA for Music & Creative Industries.

Visit: www.henleysa.ac.za

Milpark Business School

Milpark Business School was rated among the top five in the PMR.africa 2013 national survey of accredited business schools offering MBA/MBL degrees in SA. The school is accredited by various Setas to offer a range of Further Education and Training (FET) qualifications. Milpark has campuses in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Qualifications offered focus on the niche areas of management, commerce, financial planning, insurance and banking.

Website: www.milpark.ac.za

Northwest University (NWU) Potchefstroom Business School

The AMBA-accredited NWU Potchefstroom Business School is one of SA’s top five accredited business schools. It offers first-class business and management training to leaders and managers who intend to broaden their knowledge and expand their skills set.

Courses include MBA, PhD in Business Administration and a range of short courses in management-related fields.

Visit: www.pbs.nwu.ac.za

Rhodes Business School

Rhodes Business School seeks to equip MBA graduates with the requisite knowledge to fundamentally contribute to ethical and sustainable management practices. The school is accredited by the SA Council on Higher Education and is in the process of earning international accreditation of its MBA programme via AMBA.

Courses include MBA, Post-graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management and various short courses.

Visit: www.ru.ac.za

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB)

The University of Cape Town’s GSB is the only full-time African MBA ranked in the top 100 by the prestigious Financial Times and is one of 59 schools worldwide to be “triple-crowned” with accreditations from AMBA, EQUIS and the AACSB.

Core programmes include an MBA, Executive MBA and Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration. GSB also offers a range of internationally accredited and recognised programmes and leadership development opportunities.

Visit: www.gsb.uct.ac.za

University of South Africa (Unisa) Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL)

The SBL is an autonomous academic department within the College of Economic and Management Sciences at Unisa. As one of the top business schools in SA, the SBL has produced more than one-third of all the MBL/MBA degrees awarded by South African universities since its inception.

Courses offered include MBA, MBL, Doctorate of Business Leadership (DBL), Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration and various short courses.

Visit: www.unisa.ac.za

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)

The USB is one of just three African business schools with an A-rating and is rated by the Aspen Institute in the USA as one of the Top Global 100 business schools.

USB achieved first place in the 2013 PMR.africa rankings – a survey conducted among employers of MBA graduates in SA. (See box for full rankings.)

Courses offered include MBA, PhD in Business Management and Administration, and PhD in Development Finance .

Visit: www.usb.ac.za

Wits Business School (WBS)

WBS is one of Africa’s leading business schools and for several years has featured among the top five of numerous ranking surveys, including the Top MBA in SAa. Programmes are driven by leading-edge business concepts that draw on both local and international best practice.

Courses offered include an MBA and other Master’s business degree courses, as well as an extensive range of short-course executive education, leadership development, and corporate learning options.

Visit: www.wbs.ac.za


  • University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
  • The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
  • University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB)
  • Milpark Business School
  • Potchefstroom Business School (PBS)
  • Rhodes Business School
  • Henley Business School
  • University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL)
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School
  • Wits Business School – University of the Witwatersrand
  • Regenesys Business School
  • Graduate School of Business & Leadership – University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • School of Management – University of the Free State

* AACSB – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business’s (only 5% of business schools in the world hold this accreditation.)

**AMBA – Association of MBAs

***EQUIS – European Quality Improvement System

This article was first published in the DESTINY Career Report.

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