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Bachelor of Business Science

Bachelor of Business Science for 2020

Why study the Bachelor of Business Science?

This Bachelor of Business Science degree offered at IIE MSA allows you to shape your study to match your career goals and interests. It is a degree that gives you highly-valued, globally-relevant skills, increasing your local and international opportunities.

The IIE Bachelor of Business Science degree provides graduates with a broad-based business qualification that is invaluable in forging a career within the world of business. The Bachelor of Business Science degree offers students a quality learning experience in the contemporary, dynamic and interesting field of Business with the opportunity to choose a core discipline in Strategic Management, Marketing Management, Economics, Financial Management, Finance and Accounting (non-SAICA), and Accounting (SAICA accredited). This Bachelor’s degree is designed to prepare students for the increasingly complex demands that they will face in the professional business environment. Graduates will enter the business world with solid theoretical knowledge; supported by strong problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making and strategic skills. This degree gives students a highly marketable balance of knowledge, practical application and skills.

This Bachelor of Business Science degree is aimed at students who are keen to study a broad-based commerce degree along with the opportunity to choose one of the following core disciplines: Strategic Management, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Economics, Finance and Accounting (non-SAICA accredited), and Accounting (SAICA accredited). This choice is made after having received a solid foundation in the theoretical knowledge associated with key management and business disciplines in the first year.

The Bachelor of Business Science with study area in Accounting is a specialist accounting degree which will provide graduates with high level specialised skills in accounting and general skills in South African business law. The programme blends a conceptual theoretical framework with a range of practical applications and covers the basic discipline material through to more specialised accounting concepts.

In your first year you will study subjects like principles of accounting and finance, marketing theory, introduction to management, business statistics and South African business law – giving you a strong foundation to make an informed choice about where your degree will take you.

Study areas include:

  • Accounting – This specialisation is accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing

Membership with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) will allow you to build a career as an accountant or auditor (external or internal) or consultant in private practice, commerce and industry, the academic environment or in government. Areas of specialisation include finance and costing, taxation, auditing, international accounting and many others.


3 years full-time


Accredited by the CHE. Registration: NQF Level 7, SAQA ID 88603

Fees for 2020

Students are advised to pay their deposit on/before registration and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative a payment arrangement can be applied for before the 28 February 2020.

International students registering for the first time at IIE MSA will be subject to an International Student Levy of R6,500 (451.20 USD) payable upon registration.

2020 Annual Fee:

R94,900 (6,587.46 USD)

* Note that fees are subject to an annual increase.

For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure.

Students are responsible for the payment of their own transport and accommodation during the various intakes, as well as for textbooks, computers or other devices to use the Internet.

Payment Methods

For more information on our payment methods visit https://www.iiemsa.co.za/pay-fees/


First Semester (February)

  • On-campus, full-time
Programme code: BBUS312

Graduates wishing to qualify as a CA (SA) must obtain a SAICA-accredited postgraduate qualification after completing the MSA Bachelor of Business Science undergraduate qualification. This Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting takes a minimum of one year to complete and gives access to write SAICA’s Initial Test of Competence.

Hungry for more? This business science degree can lead you to an honours year or other postgraduate offerings.

Successful completion of this programme leads to an IIE qualification.

Bachelor of Business Science Career opportunity

Business skills are in high demand worldwide. They develop leaders with knowledge and expertise across a broad range of disciplines that have immediate value in the workplace.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business Science are prepared for careers in business, industry, government and international organisations. Take advantage of global employment opportunities in a variety of disciplines across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors in fields like:

  • accounting and related fields (choosing the study area in Accounting will create the pathway to becoming a Chartered Accountant with SAICA)
  • management accounting
  • auditing
  • brand management
  • business
  • business analysis
  • city planning
  • corporate social responsibility
  • customer relationship management
  • economics
  • entrepreneurship
  • environmental management
  • ethics
  • government policy
  • international trade
  • investment
  • investment management
  • management
  • marketing
  • motivational speaking
  • organisational wellness
  • people management
  • share trading
  • small business ownership
  • social research
  • tax advisory.

Admissions information for domestic students
Bachelor of Business Science

Entry requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC)
Bachelor pass with English (50%) and Mathematics (50%) or Mathematical Literacy (80%)

National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V))
Bachelor pass with English (50%) and Mathematics (50%) or Mathematical Literacy (80%)

Senior Certificate (SC)
Endorsement with English (50%) and Mathematics HG (50%) or Mathematics SG (80%)

Senior Certificate (Amended) (SC(a))
Please contact us for more information.

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.


More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Admissions information for international students
Bachelor of Business Science

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

An USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies is required and meeting the relevant Maths and English requirements or requisite English test e.g. TOEFL, IELS.

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.


More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Study areas for the Bachelor of Business Science


Accounting is the systematic recording, reporting, and analysis of financial transactions. It can be done on a large scale - for international corporations - or for individuals or for any sized business in-between. There are agreed national and international rules and regulations that govern the work of accountants. Accounting allows a company to analyse its financial performance, and report important statistics such as profit and loss to managers and shareholders.


Economists analyse the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. They focus on how individuals, households, firms and governments interact and how economies work. Microeconomics examines the behaviour of buyers and sellers in the economy while macroeconomics analyses the entire economy and issues affecting it, including unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and monetary and fiscal policy.


If you are interested in a business degree you will probably want, at some point in your career, to move into a management role. Managers plan, organise, lead, and control. Good managers are essential to the successful running of any business no matter what its size.


Identifying and satisfying customer needs profitably form the basis of marketing. It includes creating, communicating, delivering and exchanging goods and services that have value to potential customers and, often, building strong relationships between an organisation and its customers. It can include market research, product development and communication strategies as well as product delivery logistics.

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