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Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Business Administration

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Welcome to the Johannesburg Business School. We're so pleased that you would like to find out more about doing a PGDip (Business Administration) with a Digital Transformation Lens with us.

At JBS, we understand that digital transformation is at the heart of the changes our world – the business world included – is experiencing. Attempts at responding to these changes, therefore, must begin with a sound and solid understanding of digital transformation, and the ways it is likely to evolve in the future.

By equipping you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel in a global, connected world, our PGDip ensures your relevance and value in your company and industry.

We look forward to welcoming you to JBS as we undertake this exciting journey together.


Yours sincerely,

Dr Randall Carolissen
Dean of the Johannesburg Business School, University of Johannesburg

Register to attend an MBA/PGDip Student Information Session
Learn more about what our new MBA/PGDip programme will offer, including the registration and application processes, at our upcoming Zoom information sessions.

Click here to register for the MBA/PGDip information sessions. 

  • Email:
  • PGDip:
  • Telephone numbers (for both MBA and PGDip):
    • WhatsApp Business: +27 66 134 4507
    • Call Centre: +27 11 559 7600
    • JBS Reception: +27 11 559 7570

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Who is the PGDip for?

The JBS PGDip in Business Administration (with a Digital Transformation Lens) has been carefully curated for managers who want to fast-track their careers.

If you want to complete an MBA, our PGDip also offers entry into our prestigious MBA.

By completing the PGDip, you will be allocated six course credits towards the MBA, which will reduce the length of the MBA from 24 months to 16 months. If you are eager to boost the trajectory of your career, our PGDip is especially for you.

What sets the JBS PGDip apart?

We reimagine the future. You reimagine your career.

When we designed our PGDip (Business Administration) with a Digital Transformation Lens, we were deliberate in our approach. We wanted to create a PGDip that would give you the knowledge and skills you need to have a material impact in the workplace, and to offer a recognised qualification that would stand you in good stead in any company you choose to work for in the future.

Our focus was simple: we wanted to prepare you for business in the digital age.

PGDip Accreditation

The JBS PGDip in Business Administration (with a Digital Transformation Lens) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

What you'll learn during your PGDip

The content of our courses spans a multitude of contexts, from the local to the pan-African and the international. It also involves developing both soft skills and the practical knowledge of business and technology required for managerial success, including the following:

Soft skills

  • People management
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Personal development
  • Collaboration
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Developing empathy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Systems thinking
  • Dealing with complexity

Business and technology

  • Strategy
  • Digital literacy
  • Digital marketing
  • Accounting and financial management
  • Economics and international business
  • E-commerce platforms
  • Customer centricity and innovation
  • Product/Service integration
  • Cloud computing
  • Business law, ethics and sustainability

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Credits towards your JBS MBA

By completing your PGDip, you will earn the following six credits towards completing your JBS MBA:

  1. People management in the new world of work
  2. Competitive strategy: winning in the digital marketplace
  3. Accounting and financial management
  4. Digital technologies
  5. Operations and supply chain management in the digital age
  6. Economics and international business

Our teaching approach

At JBS we strive to impart knowledge and skills that are relevant, practical and impactful.

Our PGDip is innovative in its approach to teaching. We believe in the importance of an interdisciplinary process that uses business simulations, up-to-date case studies, and focused assignments that involve analysing and solving business problems. Through syndicates, or small groups, we help you to learn from your colleagues and to learn about yourself.

Where possible, we conduct our learning in person, but we also offer online lectures and assignments.

Meet your professors and lecturers

We believe the best people to teach you about business are those who are business people themselves. The expert professors of practice who teach our PGDip are involved in businesses, while also serving as passionate academics with interests in various business fields. This combination brings essential practical and theoretical knowledge to our PGDip.

Your faculty include:

  • Professor Lungile Ntsalaze, Professor of Accounting and Head of DPhil Programme at the JBS

  • Professor Herman Singh, CEO of Future Advisory
    Professor of Practice – Digital Technologies
  • Professor Dino Petrarolo, Senior Vice President of Competitive Capabilities International
    Professor of Practice – Operations and Supply-Chain Management

  • Professor Rija Rijamampianina, Professor of People Experience and Leadership

  • Philasande Sokhela, Lecturer at the JBS in Digital Marketing

  • Wayne Moodaley, Lecturer at the JBS in Accounting and Finance

  • Professor Valter Adao, Chief Executive Office and Digital Leader of Cadena Growth Partners
    Professor of Practice – Digital Transformation and Business Innovation

  • Professor Alistair Mokoena, Country Director Google South Africa
    Professor of Practice – Technology and Opportunity

Your physical and digital campuses

JBS is located in Johannesburg, the financial and economic heart of Africa. We move to our brand-new green and smart campus at the start of 2022, which boasts plenty of space for safe, collaborative working.

At JBS, we understand that the digital economy is a global economy. Our state-of-the-art classrooms are therefore designed to connect you to the rest of the world, while our smart work areas are equipped with the latest technology to support you. As a JBS PGDip student, you will form part of an international intellectual network through our close community links with international business schools. Our digitally enabled classrooms will provide access to local and international faculty, as well as guest speakers.

  • Email:
  • PGDip:
  • Telephone numbers (for both MBA and PGDip):
    • WhatsApp Business: +27 66 134 4507
    • Call Centre: +27 11 559 7600
    • JBS Reception: +27 11 559 7570

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Our online PGDip

Our PGDip is also offered online in an asynchronous mode, allowing you to study in your own time. The content of our online PGDip and our face-to-face PGDip is the same, making this option well suited to students with unique working schedules or who are based outside of Johannesburg.

For more information on our online course, please visit

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How the JBS PGDip will benefit you

Our PGDip is designed to enhance your career by giving you the knowledge and skills relevant to excel in today's digitally transformed world. In particular, we prioritise nurturing critical systems thinkers who can cope with uncertainty and complexity. Our international network of academics and business people will offer you global exposure.

All of these features combined will ensure you stand out from the rest.

Duration and course structure
The JBS PGDip takes 12 months to complete, with the study year broken down into four quarters.

Teaching blocks in 2022

The 2022 teaching year will be divided into the following blocks:

Orientation and Study Skills 

Block one             13 January to 19 February 2022
Block two              22 February to 02 April 2022
Block three           5 April to 7 May 2022
Block four            10 May to 9 July 2022
Block five             19 July to 17 September 2022
Block six               20 September to 19 November 2022

Admission requirements
To qualify for the JBS PGDip, you need to have:

  • A bachelor's degree or other NQF Level 7 qualification – this is a prerequisite
  • An overall average of at least 60% in an undergraduate qualification
  • Two years' work experience
  • A demonstrated level of maths literacy: an NQF Level 4 matriculation pass in maths or equivalent (preferred but not essential)
  • Proficiency in English
  • Successfully completed the admission portfolio forms
  • Study permit for South Africa if you are an international applicant

Please note that admission to our PGDip is a competitive process and there are limited places available. Meeting the above requirements does not automatically guarantee your acceptance into the course.

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How to apply

All applications must be completed online:

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2021.


The total fee for the PGDip is approximately R90 000 (plus an additional fee for UJ IT). 

For more information please visit

Membership & Accreditation
The Johannesburg Business School (JBS) is a member of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA) and the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). Our Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Digital Transformation are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).