Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

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Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration


SAQA ID: 118548   NQF LEVEL: 8   

Required Credits: 120
Minimum Duration: 18 Months
Maximum Duration: 3 Years

Programme Convenor: Dr S. Kasai

Programme Overview

TSIBA Business School offers a leading-edge 18-month postgraduate qualification via a blend of high-engagement synchronous (online face to face), blended workshop contact, and asynchronous (in your own time) learning methods.

The blended model of delivery provides a student-friendly experience in alignment with our ethos of providing exceptional business education and universal access to it.

Purpose of the PGDBA?

The PGDBA aims to prepare candidates for middle to senior level roles in administration and management across sectors and industries. The PGDBA has a strong enterprise development focus, which aims to develop candidates not just as productive employees, but creators of jobs and growth opportunities. The PGDBA is the perfect bridge for people seeking entry into advanced management education from other disciplines.

Programme content and structure*


Module name


Compulsory modules


Academic Literacy and Strategic Communication Management






Entrepreneurial Leadership



Entrepreneurial Finance



Strategic Management



Applied Coaching and Mentoring


Electives (Choose one)


Business Ethics, Governance and Sustainability



International Business and Economics



Advanced Project Management



Advanced Operations Management



Advanced Marketing Practice



Digital Business


Total credits required to graduate


*All modules are offered at NQF level 8

Exit Level Outcomes

Successful completion of this qualification will enable graduates to:

  • Critically analyse leadership and management challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurial organisations, and recommend credible solutions
  • Confidently provide operational and strategic leadership in a diverse organisational context
  • Effectively coach and mentor others for entrepreneurial development
  • Exhibit a global management outlook through the lens of the South African economy 
  • Effectively promote ethical management and leadership practices for good corporate and global citizenship
  • Confidently pursue higher studies in business or management education


What is the cost? 

Since opening its doors in 2004, TSIBA has committed to the principle of access to quality business education for all. We hold that financial barriers to excellent tertiary education should not exist. This is social justice in action, a deeply ingrained ethos of TSIBA, and our commitment to investing in those who wish to make an impact. The cost associated with the PDBA is aligned with this ethos.

The 2023 tuition fee for the PGDBA is R44,500 for South African residents or US$2,580 for international candidates.

This tuition fee covers the full 18-month qualification run over three study blocks.

Please note that a non-refundable application fee of R100 is payable to process your application after applying.

Payment is required as follows:

  • A non-refundable minimum initial payment of 10% of the tuition fee (ZAR4,450 or US$258) upon acceptance of the offer to study to secure your place;
  • 30%  (R13,350 or US$774) upon registering for Study Block 1;
  • 30% payable upon registering for Study Block 2; and
  • 30% final payment upon registering for Study Block 3.

A 10% discount on the total fee payable is available for students wishing to pay in total upfront. 

While ensuring that all students continue their studies uninterrupted during the academic programme, academic results and transcripts will only be released to students whose fees are fully paid up at the end of each study block.

Students will be required to settle all outstanding fees in full at the commencement of each study block or to secure outstanding debt through a valid study loan provider (such as MANATI). Students with outstanding tuition fees may be excluded from registering for study blocks.

Repeat modules will incur an additional R5,936 per 16-credit module, except for the two 20-credit modules (Strategic Management and Applied Coaching and Mentoring), which will be charged at R7,420 each.

Deferral of studies will not be refunded, and credit may be held in reserve. In case of deregistration, no refunds will be offered once a module has commenced. Pro-rata refunds may apply for payments towards modules that have not yet commenced.  TSIBA has a fair right to recover costs incurred. 

What are the entrance requirements?

Applicants to the PGDBA must be in possession of:

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent;
  • At least three years of work experience at the managerial level
  • Numeracy and English Literacy at NQF level 4

Applicants should note that shortlisted candidates will be required to take an admissions test. The cost of the admissions test will be credited upon successful acceptance to and registration for the PGDBA.  

Where necessary, selection will be based on academic order of merit and the relevance of prior studies to the PGDBA Curriculum.

Applicants 30 years or older, with significant work experience and alternative education/training in business administration/management, may apply for admission via recognition of prior learning (RPL). Opportunities for RPL admission are limited to 10% of any cohort size and dependent on the applicant’s demonstrated capacity to cope with the demands of the PGBA curriculum.

When does the programme start?

The programme will commence with a one-week synchronous (online face to face) orientation module in February 2023. 

Important Dates:

APIL Selection Test Dates

16 November 2022

9 December 2022

18 January 2023

13 February 2023

What delegates say about the programme:
  • “The entire programme was an eye opener for me, great knowledge, information and skill sharing, substantiated by good and appropriate models, techniques and tactics of coaching and mentorship."
  • “New techniques, tactics, logic, theories in consulting and mentoring.”
  • “The mentorship component was amazing … allowing me to have the confidence and tools to assist clients with organisational design.”
  • “What I learned will help my business as well as my mentees.”
  • "The course has made me more resolute to stay on my path.”