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.
Best Master Programs in Business Management in Africa 2017. 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.
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.
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
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 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
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.