Masters Program in Business Studies in South Africa

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A Masters degree gives you the opportunity to either further your understanding of a particular question or take off in a completely different way using skills you have gained from your previous undergraduate degree.

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Masters Program in Business Studies in South Africa

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MPhil in Tourism Management (Research)

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4  February 2017 South Africa Port Elizabeth + 1 more

MPhil in Tourism Management (Research) [+]

Best Masters in Business Studies in South Africa. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A relevant Honours degree, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism and/or Hospitality Management or its equivalent at NQF level 8 with an aggregate pass of 60%. RE-ADMISSION In the event of the dissertation being rejected outright by the examiners there will be no further opportunity to re-submit an improved version of that or any other research dissertation (see Rule G4.8.5). DURATION The qualification shall extend over a minimum period of one year and a maximum period of four years of study. [-]

MCom in Economics (Coursework)

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2017 South Africa Port Elizabeth + 1 more

MCom in Economics (Coursework) [+]

GENERAL Except as otherwise provided below, the degree Master of Commerce: Economics shall be awarded in accordance with the General Rules for Masters’ Degrees as published in the General Prospectus and the Postgraduate Research Policy. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS An Honours degree in Economics, or its equivalent, with an aggregate pass of 60%. RE-ADMISSION RULES A Master’s candidate shall be permitted to repeat a failed module once. In the event of a research treatise being rejected outright by the examiners, there will be no further opportunity to re-submit an improved version of that or any other research treatise (see Rule G4.8.5). DURATION The qualification shall extend over a minimum period of one year and a maximum period of four years of full-time study. [-]

MCom in Business Management (Research)

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2017 South Africa Port Elizabeth + 1 more

MCom in Business Management (Coursework) [+]

Best Masters in Business Studies in South Africa. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Unless Senate decides otherwise, candidates shall be admitted to the studies for the degree of Master of Commerce: Business Management only if they have an Honours degree in Business Management. All candidates shall nevertheless be subject to selection. Note: Prospective candidates for the module work programme must apply in good time and present themselves for an interview by the end of September. GENERAL Except as otherwise provided below, the degree of Master of Commerce: Business Management shall be awarded in accordance with the General Rules for Masters’ Degrees as published in the General Prospectus and the Postgraduate Research Policy. DURATION The full-time studies shall extend over a minimum period of one academic year, and the part-time programme over a minimum of two consecutive academic years. [-]

MPhil in Conflict, Transformation and Management (Coursework)

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time February 2017 South Africa Port Elizabeth + 1 more

The programme has been designed to benefit civil servants, middle and top-level management, community leaders, development specialists, foreign service personnel, social practitioners, teachers and school administrators, police officers and all those who manage conflict as part of their daily routine. The programme draws on the vast experience of a range of top South African and international experts in the field. [+]

The programme has been designed to benefit civil servants, middle and top-level management, community leaders, development specialists, foreign service personnel, social practitioners, teachers and school administrators, police officers and all those who manage conflict as part of their daily routine. The programme draws on the vast experience of a range of top South African and international experts in the field. The programme’s depth is its core modules in approaches to the study of conflict, conflict processes, and conflict resolution and management techniques. Variety and specialization are built in through interdisciplinary elective modules in areas such as development and conflict, world conflict, conflict and regional integration and conflict in the workplace. These advanced studies combine distance education in short, intensive contact lecture blocks, opening up the programme to interested candidates irrespective of their geographical location. Once per semester, in March and August, students meet at the NMMU for two weeks of intensive orientation and tuition in the form of lectures and workshops. Course notes and listings of required readings guide students through the on-campus period and the three months of self-study that follow. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Any Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Candidates who have passed the examinations on the grounds that they will be awarded the relevant degree by the University or on the grounds that the required status may later be granted to them, or who have in any other manner (e.g. RPL) attained a level of competence, which in Senate’s opinion is adequate for the purpose of postgraduate studies or research at the required level, may be accepted as candidates for the relevant degree. Career fields Politician [-]

Master of Public Administration

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time February 2017 South Africa Port Elizabeth + 1 more

This internationally accredited professional postgraduate programme is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of public managers. [+]

Best Masters in Business Studies in South Africa. Master of Public Administration This internationally accredited professional postgraduate programme is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of public managers. The programme may be studied in either semi-distance education or part-time format. Faculty of ARTS VISION AND MISSION The vision of our Faculty is to be synonymous with the highest professional standards in Arts Education, acknowledged by the community that we serve for both our academic as well as our cultural leadership. Students are encouraged to strive for excellence in all disciplines. The Faculty offers many academic qualifications with a more vocational and/or professional emphasis. All qualifications are led by qualified and experienced staff, many of whom have national reputations in their chosen fields. Research guidance for postgraduate degree studies leading to the Doctoral level are attended to by expert lecturers and study leaders. [-]

Master of Public and Development Management (MM)

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 1800  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The Master of Management in the field of Public and Development Management is a rigorous academic programme aimed at providing students with the advanced conceptual and analytical abilities they need to become effective public policy-makers and senior public administrators and development practitioners. [+]

The Master of Management in the field of Public and Development Management is a rigorous academic programme aimed at providing students with the advanced conceptual and analytical abilities they need to become effective public policy-makers and senior public administrators and development practitioners. Candidates will require a foundational knowledge of public and development management. This includes a solid grounding in the theory and practice of governance, policy formation, and the management of large organisations, including public bureaucracies. While the Masters programme itself lasts a year, candidates are required to first complete the PDM course, which will provide them with the requisite foundation. Therefore, the Masters degree is effectively a two-year programme. Curriculum Masters students will first be required to complete four NQF level 9 courses. They will then be required to complete a dissertation of about 35000 – 40000 words on a contemporary public or development management subject. The course work and dissertation will each account for 90 of the 180 credits required to obtain the MM degree. The course work is aimed at providing students with the skills they need to conceive, plan, research, and write their dissertations. They also complete a reading elective designed to deepen their understanding of their chosen research topic. Students are required to develop a research proposal, which forms the basis of their dissertations, and to present it to a research committee for approval. The courses are: Quantitative research methods (20 credits) This course builds upon students’ prior knowledge of basic sampling methods and simple statistical inferences, including chi-square tests. This material is briefly revised, and the course then moves on to the formulation of research problems, purpose statements, and research hypotheses for use in quantitative research proposals; survey design, questionnaire construction, and simple data analysis; and hypothesis testing, including power analysis and regression analysis. Qualitative research methods (20 credits) This course teaches students to design and conduct qualitative research, and analyse qualitative data. Subjects include qualitative research paradigm assumptions, qualitative research designs/methods, various techniques and methods for gathering and analysing data, ethical issues, and evaluation. Research proposal design (10 credits) This course helps students to progress from a theoretical understanding of research models and methods to formulating an actual research proposal which will form the basis of their research report. The proposals are presented to and defended before a School proposal panel. Directed reading elective (40 credits) This course assists students to engage in depth with a subject relevant to public or development management. It comprises a series of seminars in which the lecturer and students work together to explore the literature on a given subject. Thesis The thesis is the pinnacle of the Masters programme. After formulating their proposals, students need to conduct original and in-depth research, analyse the results, and integrate research and analysis into a coherent thesis. Students are actively supported by thesis supervisors. All P&DM academic staff members supervise theses in their areas of specialisation. Admissions Applicants for the Masters programme first need to obtain the PDM with a pass mark of 65 per cent. Alternatively, they need to hold an honours degree in public management, obtained with a pass mark of at least 65 per cent. Applicants in the latter category may be required to supplement the standard Masters curriculum with additional courses. Course delivery Both the PDM and MM are offered as full-time, part-time and block study courses. Part-time students attend lectures in the evenings, and block release students attend lectures in two-week periods spaced throughout the year. Workloads Both the PDM and MM programmes are designed to encourage independent research and study. The workloads generally comprise 24 hours of contact time per course, with additional preparation and study hours taking total hours to the relevant NQF requirement. The total workload for the PDM is 1 200 notional hours. The total workload for the MM is 1 800 notional hours. Assessments Students are assessed by means of assignments and written examinations. Class and group assignments are also assessed. All examinations as well as the theses are externally examined. Applications Prospective students need to complete an application form which is available from the faculty office as well as online. They also need to submit records of previous academic performance, and a curriculum vitae. [-]

MPhil in Futures Studies

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
Campus February 2017 South Africa Cape Town

USB’s internationally accredited MPhil in Futures Studies builds on the School’s Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies to deepen your understanding of futures concepts and futures tools. As such, it is aimed at anyone who wants to bring about a more desirable future. It is also aimed at turning you into a professional futurist. This qualification will therefore equip decision makers and strategic planners with essential skills to make strategic long-term decisions so that they can deal with rapid and complex changes both locally and internationally. This is the only MPhil degree of its kind in Africa. [+]

Best Masters in Business Studies in South Africa. USB’s internationally accredited MPhil in Futures Studies builds on the School’s Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies to deepen your understanding of futures concepts and futures tools. As such, it is aimed at anyone who wants to bring about a more desirable future. It is also aimed at turning you into a professional futurist. This qualification will therefore equip decision makers and strategic planners with essential skills to make strategic long-term decisions so that they can deal with rapid and complex changes both locally and internationally. This is the only MPhil degree of its kind in Africa. What can you do with this qualification? Make strategic decisions for the long term: This qualification will equip decision makers and strategic planners with essential skills to make strategic long-term decisions so that they can deal with rapid and complex changes both locally and internationally. Deal with change and complexity: This programme will equip decision makers with ways to deal with change and to make the right decisions to at least survive but preferably thrive as a result of change. The programme will also equip you with techniques and methods to react meaningfully to the growing complexity in the organisational environment and world affairs, especially from an African perspective. Create a desired future: This programme is aimed at anybody who wants to bring about a more ideal future or a desired future, who is willing to engage in meaningful conversations about the future with like-minded people, and who wants to do so in a way that has a scientific base. Develop creativity and professionalism in Futures Studies: The development of creativity and professionalism in the field of Futures Studies is an important overall objective of the programme. Students will be encouraged to develop their own models and practical applications, design protocols and test these in a variety of environments. Become a professional futurist: The content of the programme is aligned with the professional and intellectual skills required for futurists. During the programme you will acquire skills such as consultation and facilitation capabilities, project management, stakeholder analysis, environmental scanning, managing the scenario process, designing a futures project, systems simulation, and strategic planning. The research project is regarded as the culmination of the learning experience, offering you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and abilities you have acquired to a specific field of your choice.​ ​Programme format This programme runs over 2 years, covering 5 modules and a research assignment. The five modules are: Scanning the environment, Quantitative and qualitative futures studies methods, Demography, Technology futures and Applied futures studies. The course content is presented through a series of lectures and workshops, delivered in blended learning format. With blended learning you can choose between on-campus classes and online classes. This makes the programme convenient and accessible for busy business people and executives. It also means you can study while you work. Students have to be thoroughly prepared for blended learning lectures so as to extract optimal benefit from contact sessions. For the course-based part of the programme, you can choose between attending weekly classes (4-hour classes) on campus or, alternatively, downstreaming the classes by logging in and participating online using your own computer or device. Course material is composed of comprehensive course outlines, text books and journal articles. ​PROGRAM​​​​​ME ​​DATES Year 1: Approximately 25 blended learning classes of 4 hours each (1 class per week): February – October Year 2: Research assignment and regular consultations with your study leader Deadline for applications Students from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 November each year Foreign students from non-SADC African countries and rest of world: 30 September each year Important Study permits for foreign students at USB: Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students. Multiple entry visas: Students from non-SADC African countries and other countries with visa requirements who need to apply for study visas can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registration at USB. This will help students to obtain multiple-entry study visas in case of modular studies. Timetable changes: USB reserves the right to change dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time. Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date. [-]

MPhil in Management Coaching

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
Campus February 2017 South Africa Cape Town

This degree will enable you to confidently coach managers and leaders towards reaching their full potential. This programme adheres to international best practice while also emphasising management coaching in a uniquely African context. [+]

This degree will enable you to confidently coach managers and leaders towards reaching their full potential. This programme adheres to international best practice while also emphasising management coaching in a uniquely African context. Learning philosophy The learning philosophy of the MPhil in Management Coaching is based on: Growing human capital, developing talent in leaders and managers Having discovered your own authentic coaching style and having acquired professional coaching skills, you can support the growth of others through coaching. Also, as a manager, you can use a coaching management style to foster a stronger performance culture while offering support for continuous growth. Leading with confidence For executives and professional coaches, management coaching offers a way to develop leadership capabilities that will help you to face both current and potential challenges as you move up the ranks of your organisation. It also allows you to develop your potential into other areas of business or private practice. Using the coaching style that works for you This qualification offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and establish your credentials in management coaching. You will be exposed to various coaching models, approaches and frameworks. At the same time you will be encouraged to discover and experiment with the approaches and frameworks that work best for you in order to develop a personal and authentic style of coaching. Making a difference right from the start Presented in blocks over time, this modular programme is underpinned by solid theory (lectures, case studies, tutorials and assignments) as well as practical experience (giving and receiving coaching, supervision, and research and development). This allows participants to apply their newly acquired skills right from the start. Therefore, much of the value of this work-based programme lies in the practical application of coaching in the workplace during the course of the programme. This ensures exposure to real-world coaching while having access to information and support through various platforms. Also, the research and development part of the programme has to be carried out in your own work environment, which allows for the development of competencies based on real-world experience. This will stand you in good stead once you have graduated. Excelling in management coaching You will learn from distinguished and knowledgeable presenters, and capitalise on the thought leadership of local experts who were pioneers in the field of management coaching in this country. Today, most of these presenters play leading roles in the continued development of coaches worldwide. In addition, only a handful of people worldwide have doctoral degrees in coaching. A number of them will be facilitating and assessing on this MPhil in Management Coaching. During 2013, we have the pleasure of hosting Prof Dusan Stojnov from Serbia – a world expert in constructivism and construct psychology coaching. You will also benefit from comprehensive support throughout the programme. Operating in a multicultural environment The programme adheres to international best practice, while at the same time emphasising management coaching in a uniquely African context, shaped by diversity and varied cultural and educational backgrounds. It is particularly relevant to South African managers and leaders as it takes into account the diversity, traditions and multicultural environments of this country and the greater African continent. For you this also means international application with local specialisation. Enjoying international acknowledgement The USB’s MPhil in Management Coaching is internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS. It is also the only Management Coaching master’s programme fully accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Building invaluable networks On your MPhil in Management Coaching journey, you will collaborate with people from a wide range of cultures, creeds and countries. You will walk the road of professional and personal development with them. This will broaden your views and add depth to your learning experience. During all of this, you will build valuable networks of business contacts and friendships that will last you a lifetime. Upon graduation, you become part of the powerful USB Alumni Association with its 15 000 members, offering access to continued learning, networking and more. Learning outcomes On the successful completion of this programme, participants will demonstrate the ability to: Understand individual coaching frameworks and models underpinning professional coaching practice Understand the multiple theoretical perspectives on coaching Relate these theories to the practical and professional coaching environment Undertake self-directed learning and take responsibility for self-learning Operate in an environment characterised by situations challenging their personal beliefs and ethical points of departure Communicate clearly with a client and manage one-on-one relationships in an ethical and professional way Analyse and synthesise from theory and multi-client experiences Retrieve and process information, and draw inference from quantitative and qualitative information Monitor critically but fairly the growth and progress of the client while learning from the interactions themselves Understand coaching practice that is congruent with their authentic coaching framework and model Produce a research assignment which meets the standards of scholarly research and professional writing. Who will benefit from this degree? Managers, leaders, human capital development experts and learning facilitators in all industries Those working with the human aspect of transferring knowledge Those who support and facilitate growth, performance, relationships and teamwork Structure and content Programme format This work-based, modular programme (block release programme) runs over two years. Apart from a two-day introduction, participants are required to attend four class contact blocks (of a week each) on campus during the first year and complete the final block and a research report during the second year. This will allow students to work full-time while they study. It will also enable working professionals from all over South Africa and beyond its borders to register for the programme. The programme consists of three phases: Phase 1 – class programme: Students have to attend four blocks of one week each on the USB campus during the first year. During this time, they will be exposed to various models to discover their own particular framework for coaching. Coaching practice, case studies and assignments form part of this phase of the programme. Phase 2 – professional assessment: Students’ coaching competence is assessed both in terms of their ability to convey their personal coaching approach and style, and in terms of authentically displaying coaching skills which resonate with their own model. This phase takes one week at the beginning of the second year. Phase 3 – research and development: Students have to complete a research assignment during the second year of enrolment. During this phase, a tutor will be assigned to each student based on the student’s field of interest. Students may schedule a number of face-to-face sessions with their tutors to discuss coaching issues that may arise. The cost of up to five of these sessions is included in the tuition fees. Throughout – triad practice, supervision and coaching: A significant part of the students’ journey is to coach and be coached. They must complete 40 hours of coaching and receive 20 hours of coaching (all of which is self-funded). "5 modules (1 each) and a research assignment over 2 years" Class programme modules The programme will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, case studies, assignments, practical work and independent research. The class programme covers the following: Module 1: Orientation to Coaching; Learning Theory and Learning Styles; Adult Learning and Self-organised Learning; Forming Triads; Positive Psychology; Systems Theory and its Relevance to Management Coaching; Ethics in Coaching; Continuous Professional Development (The Art of Reflection); Integral Coaching Model; Skills Practice and Supervision. Module 2: Coaching Frameworks; The Business Coaching Process; Coaching for Performance; Experiential Models of Coaching; The Role Coaching Plays in Strategy Implementation; Research and Development; Continuous Professional Development, Assignment, Case Studies, Skills Practice and Supervision. Module 3: Coaching for Organisational Alignment; Leadership and Transformation; A Team Approach to Coaching; Research and Development; Assignment, Skills Practice and Supervision; and Psychology Meets Coaching (how to know your limits and set your personal and professional boundaries). Module 4: Exploring Learning Conversations in the Context of the African Tradition of Story-telling; An Integral Approach to Coaching Existentially in a World Characterised by Multiculturalism; An Experiential Approach to Coaching; Research and Development; Skills Practice; and Supervision. Module 5: Professional Assessment of the Student’s Learning Journey; Practical Assessment of Coaching Model and Framework; Practical Assessment of Coaching Ability through a Panel Demonstration; Report Writing; Moderation; Meeting with Tutors; Supervision. USB reserves the right to modify the contents of subjects and to combine subject matter for better integration of learning areas. This is in the interest of continuous improvement of the curriculum DATES Dates for learning modules (compulsory) ​Orientation: 2 – 4 February 2017 Module 1: 6 – 11 March 2017 Module 2: 22 – 27 May 2017 Module 3: 14 – 19 August 2017 Module 4: 30 October – 4 November 2017 Module 5: 22 – 26 January 2018 (professional assessment) Dates for supervision for 2017 group (compulsory) ​7 – 8 April 2017 24 June 2017 16 September 2017 6 January 2018 Deadline for applications South African students: 30 November each year ARPL applicants: 30 October of each year Foreign students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 October each year Foreign students from other African countries and rest of world: 30 September each year Important Study permits for foreign students at USB: Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students. Multiple entry visas: Students from non-SADC African countries and other countries with visa requirements who need to apply for study visas can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registration at USB. This will help students to obtain multiple-entry study visas in case of modular studies.​ Timetable changes: USB reserves the right to change dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time. Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date. ​ [-]