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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.

How is this MBA degree structured?

All modules, with the exception of the Creativity, Innovation and Foresight (ZPG9003 / IIEPG9002) module, are offered
over 5 weeks. Contact sessions are scheduled for every second Saturday from 9:00 to 14:00 as per detailed course map.
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

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 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 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 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 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 our student advisors or speak to Mpho
Majola (Administrator: MBA), 011 950 4020 or

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

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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.