Your future begins with an MBA at JBS

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Welcome to the Johannesburg Business School. We're delighted that you're considering doing an MBA with us.

Anyone working in business is aware of the increasingly dynamic, volatile and unpredictable nature of the business world. As we confront the implications of digital transformation and the complete reshaping of the world of work, we need to prioritise different ways of thinking and leading. The leaders who succeed amid this flux will be those who are agile enough to see uncertainties as opportunities, rather than threats.

To keep up with these demands, MBAs have had to evolve to ensure graduates are equipped with new and varied forms of knowledge and skills. As a leading innovative business school, JBS has developed a world-class MBA that does exactly that.

Our MBA enables you to consider business challenges from a multidisciplinary perspective, arms you with systemic thinking approaches, and provides you with valuable experience in digital transformation and innovation. While our context is global, our perspective is uniquely pan-African, and our focus is on the individual – you.

Through personal interaction and high-impact practical learning, the JBS MBA will challenge and hone your critical thinking, creativity, social and digital intelligence, and cross-cultural competencies. Our goal is to ensure that you are able to compete in the modern economy confidently and effectively, and adapt to whatever the future may hold.

Our course is on its way to being internationally accredited. We are already accredited nationally, and have the backing of the internationally recognised University of Johannesburg.

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

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  • 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

What sets the JBS MBA apart?

We reimagine the future. You reimagine your career.

When we designed our new MBA for the digitally transformed world, we were deliberate in our approach. We wanted to create the definitive learning experience necessary for you to make yourself relevant and marketable, now and into the future.

Our MBA therefore positions you for success by fine-tuning your critical thinking skills across various disciplines, and helping you to harness the vast opportunities that digital innovation affords. Learning to leverage the possibilities that technology unlocks is critical to ensuring business growth, and this is prioritised both in the subjects we offer and in our approach to teaching and learning.

We place special and sustained emphasis on the human aspect of business, You will be provided opportunities to learn from and engage with highly respected local and international faculty and business practitioners, which will likely open up opportunities for you across the continent and the world.

What you'll learn during your MBA

At JBS, our focus is simple: we want to equip you with everything you need to become a business leader in the digital economy. Our MBA is attuned to this, and will give you all the essential skills you require. The core themes in the JBS MBA include:

  • How digital technologies are enabling opportunities in business
  • Advanced e-commerce platforms for entrepreneurship
  • Ethical Leadership in the digital economy
  • Competitive strategy: winning in the digital marketplace
  • Operations and supply chain management for the digital age
  • Advanced digital marketing
  • Accounting and financial management
  • Critical thinking for business
  • People management in the new world of work
  • Digital Technologies including Cloud computing and mobile
  • Consulting skills, quantitative methods and data analytics
  • Economics and International Business

In addition to these core themes, you will also have the opportunity to choose from electives on offer each year – these are drawn from topics such as:

  • Virtual reality in a business world
  • Disruptive technologies in areas such as tourism, agriculture and medicine
  • Advanced cybersecurity for business
  • People management for empowerment and collaboration
  • Consumer intelligence
  • Entrepreneurship and business start-ups
  • Developing authentic leadership
  • Advanced AI, and robotics for business
  • Big Data and data analytics
  • Blockchain applications for business

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Our teaching approach

Our approach to teaching seeks to bridge the gap between the present and the future, and between the classroom and workplace.

Business leadership is first and foremost a practical and applied skill. Our MBA makes this a reality through our team of business coaches, who will help you to transfer critical skills from the classroom to the workplace by providing one-on-one support. Our coaches come from successful business backgrounds, and are able to help you identify and achieve your goals, and to apply what you have learnt to your career.

Your learning experience at JBS will be intense and demanding, and will involve an engaging combination of debate, dialogue, experiential learning, simulations, and local and international case study analysis. At all times, the content, structure and medium of your studies will be relevant, practical and geared to the technological advances that drive business.

Meet your professors and lecturers

We take pride in the excellent faculty we have assembled for our MBA. Our professors of practice are accomplished business people, who bring their vast knowledge and extensive experience in the world of work to the classroom. Our cutting-edge theory combined with our faculty's boardroom and operational perspectives offer an unrivalled academic experience.

Your faculty include:

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

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

  • Rija Rijamampianina, Professor of People Experience and Leadership

  • Monica Singer, South African Lead for Consensys
    Professor of Practice – Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

  • Philasande Sokhela, Lecturer at the JBS in Digital Marketing

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

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

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

The Capstone Consulting Project

At the end of your JBS MBA, you will bring together all that you have learnt in the Capstone Consulting Project. This is not a traditional research thesis. Instead, it is a challenging consultancy project where you will explore opportunities for solving real-world problems in a chosen business and devise a workable solution. You will be guided by a supervisor, who will help ensure your project's success.

Our International Study Tour elective

As part of the programme, JBS MBA students may choose to go on an optional international study tour, conditions permitting. Potential destinations include China, Argentina, India, Kenya and Ethiopia. This tour offers two weeks of life-changing immersion in the country of your choice, and includes visits to business schools, businesses and government agencies.

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 MBA 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.

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  • 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 MBA

Our MBA is also offered online in an asynchronous mode, allowing you to study in your own time. The content of our online MBA and our face-to-face MBA 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 call or email:

  • Tel: +27 800 233 723 (Toll-free))
  • Tel: +27 10 003 2546 (International)
  • Email:

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How the JBS MBA will benefit you

Our emphasis is on practical, useable learning and skills development that you will be able to apply to your business or organisation in direct and immediate ways. We are focused on ensuring your success by helping you become:

  •  A critical systems thinker who embraces complexity
  • An authentic leader with social and digital intelligence
  • A forward-thinking futurist who is in touch with global business developments

Our MBA is above all a meaningful learning journey that delivers on real-world results and will lend credibility to and heighten your professional position in the marketplace.

Duration and course structure
The JBS MBA takes 24 months to complete, including both module work and the Capstone Consulting Project. There are two streams available to you: Saturday and early-bird lectures. Both streams have two lectures a week of three hours each.

'Weekender' lectures                          
Two lectures on the same day (Saturday)
08:00 to 15:00

'Early-bird' lectures                            
Two mornings a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays
06:30 to 09:30 (includes breakfast)

Teaching blocks in 2022

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

Block one             January to March 2022
Block two             April to June 2022
Block three          June to August 2022
Block four            September to November 2022

Orientation will take place on 20 and 21 January 2022.

The first 'Weekender' class will run on Saturday, 22 January 2022, and the 'Early Bird' classes will start on Tuesday, 25 January 2022.

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

  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or an undergraduate and postgraduate degree or diploma (NQF Level 8)
  • A minimum of four years' work experience, preferably some in management
  • 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 admissions portfolio
  • A study permit for South Africa if you are an international applicant

Please note that admission to our MBA 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 30 November 2021.


The total fee for the MBA is R215,000 (plus an additional fee for UJ IT). It will be billed over the course of the two years of study. 

The cost of travel and accommodation for the optional International Study Tour is not included in the MBA fees. Optional: International Study Tour: $2500 - $5500.

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