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Master of Business Administration

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

The IIE Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a professional degree providing a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence while developing the ability to resolve complex business problems in an innovative way. This MBA embraces a ‘use it now’ approach to the curriculum intended to enable students to apply all learnings immediately in their place of work.

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 styles.

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. Instead of doing a research dissertation all students participate in a unique “Innovation Research Project”, which involves practical research and finding strategic, innovative solutions.

The MBA is taught by seasoned academics and industry experts with extensive leadership backgrounds in national and international business environments.

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE Master of Business Administration (MBA) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 180-credit qualification on level 9 (SAQA ID: 97383).

Who is the MBA degree aimed at?

This IIE Master of Business Administration (MBA) is aimed at working professionals from a variety of different fields who wish to obtain knowledge and skills in functional business areas to advance their careers. These include people management, finance, marketing, economic decision-making, innovation and creativity, entrepreneurship, project management and business strategy.

The MBA focuses on the role of innovation in business in the 21st century. Students are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to capitalise on business opportunities and to solve complex problems by using creative and innovative thinking and techniques.

What entry requirements will I need to study this MBA degree?

To qualify, you must meet the admission requirements as set out below:

Minimum Admission RequirementsNotes
An appropriate HEQSF Level 8 Honours degree ; ORAn overall qualification average of at least 60% is required
A relevant HEQSF Postgraduate Diploma or appropriate equivalent; OR
An appropriate Level 8 Bachelor’s Degree (480 credits) may also be recognised as meeting the minimum entry requirements to a cognate Master’s Degree programme
InternationalA SAQA NQF L8 Evaluation Certificate in an

appropriate field

Students who do not meet the admission requirements may be eligible for admission via alternate means such as RPL. Please enquire at the campus for assistance.

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

How is this MBA degree structured?

All modules, except for the innovation project module, are offered over 10 weeks with five contact sessions which are scheduled for every second Saturday. Contact session dates will be availed to students upon registration. This is followed by further continuous study and assignment submissions via the Learning Management System (LMS). On campus contact sessions are further supported by structured group discussions through Skype/Zoom etc. between classes. The teaching model centres on contact with students and extended contact sessions that run parallel to a student’s self- directed studies with a practical focus, using case studies and business simulations as well as discussion within syndicate groups. We accommodate shifting dynamics within the environment in our curriculum to be contextual relevant.

In total students need to complete 10 modules of 15-credits each (including a module on Research Methodology). Hereafter the MBA Innovation Research Project (30-credits) is the final part of the degree.

Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is reviewed annually thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.

The information contained in each module is designed to prepare you for the journey towards mastering key competencies of the programme.

What about timetables?

The IIE Master of Business Administration (MBA) can be completed in 24 months full-time 24  or  36 months part-time. The academic year runs from February to November.

Timetables remain subject to change throughout the year. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that timetable structures will remain the same during the course of your studies. Class attendance is compulsory.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this MBA degree?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme.

How long do I have to complete this qualification?

The maximum duration to complete this qualification is 3 years full-time, or 4 years part-time.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with the IIE Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree (SAQA ID: 97383).

What career opportunities can I pursue once I have completed this MBA degree?

 The MBA degree is particularly relevant for those who wish to lead an organisation, to understand universal business challenges, to apply best practices and to solve complex problems in the private and public sector. MBA graduates also take jobs with small, medium and large organisations. They often become entrepreneurs by starting their own businesses. There are many job opportunities available in nearly every business industry imaginable.

This degree will open up an attractive range of career advancement options. It is a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities. Typical positions held by past graduates include:

  • Director (23%)
  • Executive management (20%)
  • Chief executive (13%)
  • General management (13%)
  • Senior functional specialist (Marketing, Finance, Legal, Manufacturing, Research and Development) (11%)
  • Unit management (6%)
  • Senior functional specialist (Human Resources) (5%)
  • Other (9%)

The most important business skills associated with our MBA graduates are:

  • the ability to innovate and lead,
  • have strategic insights,
  • solve problems and make decisions,
  • apply knowledge in the workplace,
  • general management,
  • financial management,
  • research and
  • emotional intelligence.

Is it possible to study further and obtain a doctorate qualification once I have completed the Master of Business Administration (MBA)?

The IIE Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 9 – the same level as other equivalent master degrees at both private and public South African institutes of higher education. The opportunity to apply for a doctoral degree at any South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting the specific programme entrance criteria of the selected institution.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of the following:

Disclaimer: Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication. The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.

British Accreditation Council

The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa. It is also accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC); an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution thereby recognising the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The IIE is also accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Felicity Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

IIE MSA students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards.