Rhodes University Business School Bursaries

Rhodes University Business School Bursaries

Rhodes Business School is pleased to announce that we have secured bursary funding for TWO half-bursaries (R17,280 each) for Postgraduate Diploma in Enterprise Management (PDEM) full-time studies for the academic year, and NINE half-bursaries (R26,190 each) for Master of Business Administration (MBA) part-time studies.


Candidates who meet the requirements of the PDEM and MBA will be eligible to apply.

Candidates will be assessed on their academic record, track record of leadership and their commitment to leadership for sustainability.

PDEM candidates must have a bachelors degree and may not have majored in management or business administration. PDEM candidates must specifically articulate why they wish to be entrepreneurs and most importantly their commitment to be social entrepreneurs.

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MBA candidates must have an honours degree, postgraduate diploma or four year bachelors degree (NQF8) and a minimum of three years’ work experience. Further, an acknowledgement from the candidate’s employer that they are fully supportive of the decision to read for the MBA will be required. This is extremely important as an MBA is a big undertaking and hence it is crucial that all parties understand the level of commitment required. Any candidate who does not complete the year of study, will be required to repay the bursary.

We also hope that employers will be able to enter into an employer-bursary arrangement as specified in section 10(i)(q) of the Income Tax Act. This will reduce the after-tax cost to the student by between 25% and 41%, which combined with the bursary, will make cost of the MBA in the first year, very reasonable in relative terms. In addition to the eligibility criteria shown above, MBA candidates must specifically articulate why they wish to do an MBA and how it will assist them in reaching their career aspirations.

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Application Process:

Applications will be called for by public advertisement and administered by the Research Office: Postgraduate Funding of Rhodes University and the Rhodes Business School.

Applicants are requested to submit a letter of motivation (800 words) to the Director of the Rhodes Business School (email: mba@ru.ac.za) as to why they would be a potentially suitable candidate.

In addition, an academic CV, academic transcript (reflecting percentages), detailed work experience and a certified copy of an ID/passport. MBA candidates must also provide a motivation of support from their employer.

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