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Master of International Business

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

The IIE Master of International Business (MIB) advances your business knowledge and gives you the skills to operate with an international perspective. The degree is designed for recent graduates, and also provides an accelerated path for those with relevant work experience. The MIB builds upon your undergraduate credentials and further strengthen your business skills. The inter-disciplinary nature of international business means that you will be engaged in studying international management, law, accounting, economics, marketing and strategy, which all help in developing your strategic and operational knowledge and skills. This is particularly relevant in understanding the complexity of the contemporary international environment. The degree will prepare you with a comprehensive understanding of international business enabling you to provide discipline-based solutions across a variety of roles in the corporate, governmental and non-profit sectors.

The MIB is taught by seasoned academics and industry experts with extensive leadership backgrounds in national and international business environments. You will be exposed to companies operating globally via guest speakers and case studies that will assist to prepare you for the MIB Research Project and its specific focus allowing you to specialise and be on the leading edge of international management.

What is this MIB Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE Master of International Business (MIB) 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 240-credit qualification on level 9 (SAQA ID: 90595).

Who is the MIB degree aimed at?

This IIE Master of International Business (MIB) is aimed at students who are typically working in a variety of different fields. It is designed to develop the capabilities and resources of managers in the global economy. The MIB is the ideal qualification for those seeking to establish or accelerate a career in international business. It is a specialised degree that will enable you to transform from a traditional business manager into a global business leader who understands the complexity of managing in a global society. This qualification specifically focuses on strategic planning for international operations and provides an in-depth understanding of the organisational capabilities required for international operations, including specialised functions such as international marketing, finance, economics and trade law. The degree includes classes that address topics such as imports and exports and intercultural communication against the background of changes brought about by the fourth industrial revolution.

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

To be registered you must have satisfied the admission requirements as set out in the following links:

How is this MIB degree structured?

Modules are offered in block mode (2 ½ days contact sessions on campus) for each module; followed by further continuous study and assignment submissions via the Learning Management System (LMS). Examinations are written on the morning before the above contact sessions, minimising travelling or time out of the office. On campus contact sessions are further supported by structured group discussions through Skype/Zoom etc. between classes. The teaching model centres on contact and extended contact sessions that run parallel to a student’s self-directed studies. Classes are scheduled once a month as per time table from 13h30 – 17h00 on the Wednesday and then 9h00 – 17h00 on the Thursday and Friday.

Students need to complete 9 modules of 20-credits each in total (including a module on Research Methodology). Hereafter you need to complete a module dealing with your Literature Study and Research Methodology (20-credits) before concluding with the MIB Research Project (40-credits) as 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 concepts in the programme.

What about timetables?

The IIE Master of International Business (MIB) can be completed in 18 months full-time or 24 – 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 MIB 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 International Business (MIB) degree (SAQA ID: 90595).

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this MIB degree?

The MIB degree is particularly relevant for those who seek career advancement in the commercial, intergovernmental and non-profit sectors, and others who wish to extend their skills in the analysis and
interpretation of the global business environment. An MIB is an international business degree that will
advance your international business and management knowledge and give you the skills to operate from
a global perspective. This degree is specifically designed for recent graduates and young working
professionals to build on undergraduate credentials and further strengthen business skills.
This degree will open up an attractive range of career advancement options; this degree is a perfect
stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities.

  • Multi-national manager
  • International manager
  • New business manager
  • Regional manager
  • Export and important manager
  • International negotiator
  • Management analyst
  • Import/export agent
  • Foreign business advisor
  • International management consultant

In the MIB you will develop advanced and vital skills in analysis, problem solving, research and
communication that can be applied in a variety of organisational settings. These skills will be
demonstrated in a better understanding of the international world, exhibiting cross-cultural competence
and ethical values.
Is it possible to study further and obtain a doctorate qualification once I have completed the
Master of International Business (MIB)?

The IIE Master of International Business (MIB) degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education
(CHE) and is registered with 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 their
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

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of our student advisors or speak to
Hester Stols (Administrator: MIB), 011 950 4143 or

Alternative you can also speak to Herman Coetzee (Programme manager: MIB)

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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 but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it
being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is 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 confirming our
confidence in 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 students also benefit from knowing that we meet international
standards too. The IIE is 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 Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.
IIE MSA students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice