(MBA) is the world’s best known and most widely recognised management education qualification. It has become one of the most sought-after qualifications in today’s corporate world as a prerequisite to most top management positions as well as for successful career progression. Worldwide leading business leaders consider an MBA as key to the continual success of careers in sectors like manufacturing, engineering, business, education, healthcare and other service sectors.
To meet the needs of a dynamic and attimes, turbulent business environment, the MBA qualification is itself evolving and adapting. Besides arming MBA graduates with a qualification that would pave the way to top managerial positions within large or multinational corporations, the MBA is also relevant tothose opting for positions within smaller, but progressive companies as well as entrepreneurs wanting to run their own businesses. One of the most compelling reasons to do an MBA is to enhance career opportunities through effective personal development and capacity development.
The challenges imposedby the 21st century make the upgrading and enhancing of skills and qualifications essentialin order to meet the demands set by companies, customers and the rapidly changing environment within which businesses operate.
The level of attainment required for entry into this programme is an appropriate Honours Degree or equivalent qualification OR an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent qualification OR a professional Bachelor’s degree at NQF level 8 (480 credits). In addition to this the applicant must
(i) be 25 years of age or older and
(ii) have at least three years of working experience.
In keeping with the national imperatives of widening access and in line with RBS's mission, a maximum of 10% of the cohort may be admitted via the alternate admissions route of RPL.
The MBA consists of twelve-course modules (eleven core modules and one elective module) and a final research dissertation component. The programme is structured on a four-month trimester basis. Students are required to complete three modules during each trimester. The final stage of the degree comprises the completion of a dissertation. The minimum duration of the MBA programme is twenty months.
The programme comprises of the following structure:
- Strategic and Change Management
- Managerial Economics
- Strategic Marketing
- Global Political Economy
- Leadership and Human Capital Development
- Governance and Sustainability
- Operations and Supply Chain Management
- Information and Knowledge Management
- Accounting and Finance
- Research and Statistical Methods
And one elective from the following modules:
- Islamic Banking and Finance
- Health Care Management
- Public Sector Management
Delivering the MBA Programme
The REGENT Business School MBA programme is primarily offered through the mode of distance learning. This includes a flexible blend of workshops and lectures, syndicated learning and independent study as well as ongoing academic support and mentoring by academic staff.
A dedicated student support division offers administrative assistance and counselling to students during the programme. The programme delivery is sensitive to the diverse needs of students especially those who continue to work full-time while studying via distance learning.
At registration, each student receives a comprehensive study pack containing study materials for each of their registered modules, a detailed academic calendar and other relevant details of the academic programme. In addition to workshops, students also have access to tutor support via telephone or email. The RBS website provides a host of online services and guidance throughout the MBA programme.
The MBA ‘Supported Distance’ Programme
The degree is also offered through an increased delivery plan referred to at RBS as the ‘Supported Distance’ MBA. This option is intended for students who prefer increased contact through their studies. MBA students on the Supported Distance MBA programme attend lectures, undertake case study analyses, business simulations and group work on a weekly basis.
Advantages of the ‘Supported Distance’ programme
Attending lectures together with the same group of students offers:
- A network of colleagues with lasting business and social contacts
- Dedicated study time and interaction with experienced academics
- Access to leading business and industry leaders
The MBA ‘Supported Distance’ programme is offered in the following localities:
Durban, Johannesburg, East London, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia.
Examinations may be written in the following localities :
Durban, Johannesburg, East London, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Windhoek, Lusaka and Matsapha.
Examination venues are determined based on student demand.
Within the context of the RBS MBA Philosophy, the RBS MBA curriculum aims at developing a student’s intellectual ability, executive personality and managerial skills through an appropriate blending of business and multi-disciplinary education. The MBA curriculum provides students with a comprehensive management education of globally recognized best practices with the flexibility of their adaptation to indigenous entrepreneurial and societal context.
The Curriculum of the programme ascends from general management education to specialization in diverse business fields. General management skills like oral and written communication, decision-making, leadership, and teamwork developed among the students at the initial level of the programme will provide them with a solid foundation for more advanced studies at the elective level during subsequent stages.
Core modules taught integrate information and theories from various disciplines, including communication, economics, accounting, quantitative methods, marketing, finance, organizational structure and strategic management.
The RBS MBA prepares students to think critically about business issues in order to enable them to develop strategic level understanding and demonstrate comprehension of complex theoretical constructs in the major business disciplines.
The MBA Dissertation
The concluding element of the MBA programme is choosing a research topic, applying suitable research methods in an organizational context and then analysing and reporting on the results in a dissertation of between 12 000 to 15 000 words.
The research project and its dissertation aim to identify and explore a significant management issue while also meeting personal career aims, academic standards and in many instances organisational objectives.
The dissertation is likely to focus on one of the following:
- Identification and research of a business or management issue of interest or value to students in their careers.
- An organisation-based project, generally with the student’s employer.
- The investigation of a business concept, which could lead to self-employment or a business start-up
Various opportunities for organisation-based projects may arise out of the RBS range of networks and relationships with external stakeholders.
Once the research proposal has been submitted and approved, a research supervisor is allocated to the student. The supervisor will be a specialist in the field of study which the student wishes to investigate and will provide assistance during the dissertation writing process.
In addition, the research department and library will be available for help with sourcing material required for writing up the dissertation. Research clinics are also held regularly to aid progress and help overcome obstacles en route to successful completion. Such thorough dissertation support enables the student to work conscientiously, give of her/his best and complete the dissertation in the allocated time.
Admission requirements for the programme
The level of attainment required for entry into this programme is:
- an appropriate Honours Degree or equivalent qualification OR;
- an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent qualification OR;
- a professional Bachelor’s degree at NQF level 8 (480 credits)
In addition to this the applicant must:
- be 25 years of age or older and;
- have at least three years of working experience
In keeping with the national imperatives of widening access and inline with RBS’s mission, a maximum of 10% of the cohort may be admitted via the alternate admissions route of RPL.