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Master of Business Administration

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2015, and takes no account of developments since that date. Monash South Africa reserves the right to alter the units or programmes currently on offer as well as the admission
requirements to its Higher Certificate in Higher Education Studies and Degree programmes.

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Master of Business Administration

The Monash South Africa (MSA) Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is
a professional MBA designed to provide a high level of theoretical engagement,
intellectual independence and the ability to resolve complex business problems
in an innovative way. This professional MBA embraces the use it now concept
where students will be able to apply all learnings immediately in their job.

The MBA prepares working professionals to lead their organisations or

departments, to understand universal business problems and challenges in the
South African and global context and to apply best practices and management

Some of the current challenges facing business leaders include learning to think
creatively and finding innovative solutions to problems. We understand that an
MBA should be more than just an academic experience, so instead of doing a
research dissertation all students will participate in a unique Innovation Project.
This Innovation Project involves practical research and finding strategic, innovative

Students in the MBA are typically working in a variety of different fields. They
wish to obtain knowledge and skills in functional business areas such as people
management, finance, marketing, economic decision-making, innovation and
creativity, entrepreneurship, project management and business strategy in a
dynamic era.

The MSA MBA is taught by seasoned academics and industry experts with
extensive leadership backgrounds in national and international business
Programme structure Specifically, this unit focuses on increasing your abilities as a creative leader. One who
The programme consists of nine compulsory units, one elective unit and the can readily apply imagination to resolve complex problems and who unleashes the
creative talents of others by establishing a work environment conducive to creative
Innovation Project.
thinking. The ultimate goal is to provide you with a set of proven creativity methods,
skills, and strategies that enable innovative breakthroughs to occur in a deliberate and
Compulsory units
Creativity, innovation and foresight (15 credits)
predictable manner.

Establishing and cultivating customer markets (15 credits)

Leading in a dynamic era (15 credits)
Establishing and cultivating customer markets (Level 9, 15 Credits)

Research methodology (15 credits)

When you see a highly successful product you may wonder whether the product is

Economic decision-making (15 credits)

innovative, different or better than the competitors. Perhaps it is a me-too product but

Money and the firm (15 credits)

with an exceptional marketing programme. Not surprisingly, a clear understanding of the

Accounting measurements for leaders (15 credits)

target audience, the importance of marketing, branding, pricing, distribution, marketing

Managing the globally diverse firm (15 credits)

communications and an understanding of sound marketing strategies are essential for

Business strategy for sustainable competitive advantage (15 credits)

anyone who wishes to achieve a position of leadership.

In this unit you will gain a working knowledge of marketing theory and the practical
Elective units
application of innovative marketing strategies to outsmart the competition.
Project management; or Entrepreneurship (15 credits)

Leading in a dynamic era (Level 9, 15 Credits)

Innovation Project
A key theme of this professional MBA is to be a leader in turbulent times. Being an
The Innovation Project is combined with the Research methodology unit for 45 credits
effective and genuine leader in a dynamic era requires an understanding of leadership
concepts, how leaders think and behave and how various management styles impact
Programme Outline
on situations, opportunities and relationships. Yet, being an effective leader demands
The unit descriptors for the units are as follows: competencies like motivating others, leading creativity, cultural intelligence and
navigating through ambiguity.
Creativity, innovation and foresight (Level 9, 15 Credits)
In this MBA you will focus on being a leader in a dynamic environment. This unit focuses
Through a self- reflective process and studying leadership concepts, you will start to craft
on the importance of innovation and creative thinking in achieving business success.
your PPDP (Personal and Professional Development Plan).
Innovation is not an end result. Rather, through creativity and foresight, it is a way of
thinking that enables individuals and corporations to effectively define critical problems,
This plan serves as your personal roadmap for developing the required leadership
identify possible solutions and foster positive change.
posture and competencies critical for success.

Research Methodology (Level 9, 15 Credits) Stakeholder analyses often leads to controversial decision-making or alternatives that
The goal of this research methodology unit is to provide students with a broad managers find challenging. Good managers develop the skills to balance stakeholder
introduction to scientific research in the business environment and to prepare students expectations while capitalising on opportunities for the organisation. The objective of
for their Innovation Project. Students will develop qualitative and quantitative research this unit is to help you to apply sound financial theory and principles to the analysis of
skills to conduct an independent investigation into the macro and micro-environments, important business decisions.
the competition, the market dynamics, problems and opportunities and will help to
prepare an innovation strategy to solve a serious problem or capitalise on an identified Accounting measurement for leaders (Level 9, 15 Credits)
opportunity and present their findings in the required form. Accounting is a measurement process. Leaders are required to create meaningful
measures. In order to do that they need to know what to measure, how to measure and
Topics to be covered will include research planning, design and execution, innovation what the consequences of the measure might be. This unit introduces basic financial
framework, problemsolving, analysis methods, ethics, and how to compile a business and managerial accounting concepts and examines how leaders can apply these
plan or innovation plan. concepts to strategic analysis and decision-making. Students therefore explore how
to use accounting information within a firm to make effective business and innovation
Economic decision-making (Level 9, 15 Credits) decisions, design control systems, evaluate business performance and the impact of
Global markets are increasingly turbulent and understanding how these markets work is decisions on various stakeholders.
critical to your business success as a leader. This unit is designed to show how you can
use economic theory to frame the challenges associated with managing a firm in a Managing the globally diverse firm (Level 9, 15 Credits)
competitive environment. Contemporary business environments are increasingly competitive, global, fast paced
and knowledge intensive. In these environments, effective use of technology and
To facilitate this understanding, this unit will integrate micro and macro-economic human capital are crucial to an enterprises success and survival. In this unit you will
concepts. From a micro perspective, you will study managerial issues like demand, learn practical issues such as planning and executing staffing strategies, the influence of
supply, opportunity costs, profitability and competitive strategies. You will also analyse human behaviour, creating and sustaining teams, cultural influences, managing power,
real world markets, industries and firms using the key concepts of micro-economics. conflict and politics, managing a global workforce, how to improve productivity, how to
manage change and how to be an effective leader of a globally diverse firm.
From a macro perspective you will develop the skills to create a basic model of the
macro economy emphasising real-world data and relationships. By the end of the unit, Project management (Level 9, 15 Credits, Elective module)
you will be able to evaluate and resolve economic problems in real time. From a simple sole proprietorship to a robust multi-national corporation, organisations
depend upon carefully orchestrated logistics to carry out their endeavors on time and
Money and the firm (Level 9, 15 Credits) within budget. Project management has become as integral as people management
The focus of this unit is on how you will utilise financial information for decision-making. It to the success of the global enterprise, no matter what its size. In this unit students will
is designed for the leader who will be using, rather than producing financial information. examine fundamental principles of project management, and then expand their
Decision-making is an art and a skill. Good decision makers anticipate and evaluate the perspective to consider the complexities of managing existing and innovative new
advantages and disadvantages of various alternatives. They recognise the trade-offs projects across sites, cultures, varying competitive environments and time zones.
inherent in each. This overtly includes rigorous stakeholder analyses and implications.

Entrepreneurship (Level 9, 15 Credits, Elective module)
It has often been said that entrepreneurs are born, not created. This unit gives students The research should involve an environmental scan, identification of a problem
the opportunity to examine and assess the entrepreneurial mindset, characteristics, skills, or opportunity, applying creative thinking and innovation model(s) to prepare an
strengths and goals of successful entrepreneurs. In this highly engaging and media-rich innovation strategy to solve the problem or capitalise on the identified opportunity.
unit students will encounter and develop through a series of topics that will help them
to think creatively, develop opportunities and a business idea using practical skills. This The Innovation Project involves a 50-80 page document. The expected standard is an
idea will be analysed by using opportunity identification techniques, feasibility processes, implementable innovation strategy (e.g. Innovation or new Business plan).
methods for planning innovative entrepreneurial ventures and documents for success.
It is recommended that students start early with their planning as most students
Business strategy for sustainable competitive advantage (Level 9, 15 Credits, successfully complete the units but experience delays in completing the innovation
Capstone module) project.
The purpose of this unit is to integrate all the knowledge acquired during the MBA studies
in order to develop innovative business strategies capable of achieving sustainable Outcomes
competitive advantage. You will also complete your PPDP started in the Leading in a Upon successful completion of this MBA it is expected that graduates will be able to:
dynamic era unit. You will discover how this plan has charted your transformational Identify and appreciate the opportunities and challenges of local and global
journey thus far and it will serve as a starting point of the next phase of your career. businesses in an era of global communications, cultural diversity, ethical
challenges and rapid innovation
To help you think in an integrative fashion you will take the perspective of a consultant Give a multifaceted exposition of management issues from a multi-disciplinary
hired to advise a CEO. Students who come from a functional area of management like perspective
finance, marketing, HR etc. will have opportunities to relate their experience to other Enhance strategic thinking by applying integrative and critical thinking and
functional areas and to develop a multifunctional perspective required of the modern problem solving skills in the business environment
general manager. Develop a professional business and entrepreneurial mindset
The most important outcome of this unit is that you will be able to think and act in an Critique existing theories, models and the body of knowledge by undertaking
innovative strategic way rather than tactical fashion. You will know how to manage research activities
complex strategic and operational situations even when there is a considerable amount Analyse organisational decisions from an ethical, legal and socially responsible
of ambiguity. angle
Acquire a philosophical approach that can create continuous learning and
Innovation project (Level 9, 30 Credits) growth in the self, the people and the organisation
MSA is committed to assist MBA students to prepare a problem/opportunity driven, Display leadership skills and achieve personal, business and societal impact
logically organised, topical Innovation Project. Developing this project is one of the most
comprehensive tasks MBA students will face. Your main source in the early stages of
preparation is the Research methodology unit and you will be assigned to a supervisor.
The Innovation Project topic, scope and approach must be approved by your supervisor
and the company/organisation involved.
Mode of delivery
Teaching and learning uses flexible teaching methods with limited compulsory face-to-
face contact to enrich your learning experience.

A variety of continuous assessments using a variety of assessment methods will be
spread throughout the five weeks it takes to complete each unit.

Site of delivery
The programme is offered at the MSA campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg.

The Master of Business Administration is accredited by the Higher Education Quality
Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered by the
South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA ID: 97383).

Entry requirements
Applicants must have:
an HEQSF level 8 qualification (e.g. a four-year degree, Postgraduate diploma, or
Honours degree) from an accredited institution
practical business experience is highly recommended
if students have an NQF level 7 qualification, relevant work experience and other
credentials they can apply to enter via RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

Applicants will be considered for selection based on previous academic


The Master of Business Administration degree is awarded by Monash South Africa as a
registered private higher education institution in South Africa.

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Classes are offered on the first, third and fifth Saturday morning of every unit. You can South African students are required to pay 30% of the semesters fees
choose to complete in eighteen months full-time; or twenty-four to thirty-six months part- International students are required to pay minimum 80% of the semesters fees
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You can apply and start your studies anytime throughout the year at the start of a new unit.
Each unit is offered over an intensive five-week period incorporating online learning, group work
and contact sessions. You do one unit at a time.
Note: Students have the option to enroll per unit and will be required to pay each unit
Please visit our website for the application closing dates and programme starting upfront and ensure their study visas are valid to cover the specified enrollment period.

*MSA reserves the right to amend intake arrangements.
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Dr. Ludi Koekemoer
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