Master of Business Administration

  • Regular MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Modular MBA

Revised Regulations for Students starting in 2011/12

The Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) is internationally recognized as a key qualification for senior corporate managers in today’s changing technological, cultural, political and economic environment. These changes include increasing globalisation of business and technology, presenting opportunities and challenges in the new millennium. In order to take advantage of the opportunities and to deal with the challenges in our fast changing turbulent environment, organizations require knowledgeable and skilled managers with sharp decision making skills, innovation, confidence and vision.

Core Programme Structure (for the General MBA) 3 credits each

MGT751 Management Simulation, MIS, Controlling

MGT750 Organizational Theory and Behavior

MKT778 Business Presentation Skills Seminar

MGT743 Strategic Management

MKT760 Marketing Strategy

ACC700 Management Accounting for Business Decisions

FIN720 Financial Management and Policy

MGT741 Business Research Methods

ECO717 Managerial Economics for Business

MGT742 Operations Management

LAW711 Business Law

MKT761 Consumer and Buyer Behavior

xyz789 24 credits Dessertion

(xyz= ACC.BIS, FIN, MGT, or MKT).

The MBA Programmes consists of sixteen (16) semester courses, comprising twelve (12) compulsory core courses and four (4) optional courses in addition to a compulsory dissertation. Each semester course consists of 75 workload hours over a semester or the equivalent in modular delivery. The normal duration of the full-time MBA programme shall be a minimum of three (3) semesters (1.5 years), and a maximum of 12 semesters, and 1.5 years for the Modular and EMBA.

The MBA Programme

The UB’s full/part-time and modular MBA as well as the modular EMBA are career development generalist degrees. The curriculum provides students with a rigorous and critical grounding in key core and functional areas of business and their inter-relationships. Integrative, interactive and global outlook are the key philosophical drivers behind the curriculum. It further puts emphasis on developing leadership through strategic management with a significant practical and professional orientation. In full compliance with all relevant standards, the programme offers the students the intellectual and practical knowledge required to enhance their competitiveness in the national and global market.

Entrance Qualification

Admission into the MBA Programme is highly competitive. Places are limited, and typically about 30% of all applicants currently gain admission.

Entrance Qualifications (for the General MBA)

41.3.1 The normal minimum entrance requirement for the full/part-time MBA shall be one of the following:

(a) An undergraduate degree in any discipline from this or any other recognized university or institution of higher learning, having earned at least a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.00 scale; or 3.00 out of a 5.00 scale, second class, second division, or its equivalent coupled with at least three years appropriate work experience; or

(b) Relevant professional or postgraduate qualifications deemed equivalent to at least a 2.8 GPA [2(ii)] degree by the Faculty of Business coupled with at least three years appropriate work experience; or

(c) An undergraduate degree at a pass division or equivalent coupled with a post-graduate diploma at credit level or above and at least three years appropriate work experience; or

(d) An undergraduate degree at pass division or equivalent coupled with at least 5 years relevant experience.

Core Courses and Research Project/Dissertation: Students must take and pass (55%) the following twelve (12) compulsory core courses. Students also have to undertake and pass a compulsory research project dissertation of 600 hours simultaneously to or after the coursework of the programme.

Optional Courses: Students must then take and pass four (4) optional courses chosen from a menu of 38 elective courses from the sub disciplines of Business Intelligence Et IT, Sales, Marketing Et Procurement, Trade and Logistics, Leadership Et Capacity Building, Financial Management,and Tourism Et Hospitality Management. The Faculty of Business also offer elective modules comprising three courses suited to support an integrating 3 credit Mini Group Project or Workshop.

Foundation courses: To support participants with non-business first degrees and backgrounds, the new MBA and EMBA introduced six optional courses (1.5 credits each) and an integrating case study (1 credit) prior to the commencement of the MBA programmes. The aim is to bring students up to a required minimum level of competencies, so that the learning experience of business experienced participants in the graduate MBA programmes is not compromised. These courses are: Principles and Practices of Management, Principles of Marketing, Quantitative Analysis for Business, Information Technology for Managers, Economic Concepts for Management.

Core Programme Structure (for the EMBA)

– 3 credits each

FIN791 Advanced Corporate Finance

MGT790 Advanced Business Strategy

MKT790 International Marketing Management

MGT791 Advanced Strategic Leadership

MGT792 Advanced Corporate Governance

MKT761 Consumer and Buyer Behavior

MGT741 Business Research Methods

FIN790 Advanced Financial Accounting

ECO717 Managerial Economics for Business

MGT742 Operations Management

MKT778 Business Presentation Skills Seminar

MGT751 Management Simulation, MIS, Controlling Decisions

xyz789 24 credits Dissertation (xyz = ACC, BIS, FIN, MGT, or MKT).

Part-time and Modular Mode

The part-time and modular modes cover the same curriculum and class room hours as the full-time MBA, but have been designed to meet the needs of participants who are working while they study. While the part-time MBA provides easy access to citizens in the wider Gaborone area, participants in Botswana and the region can cherish the convenient access the modular delivery mode provides. An additional modular Executive MBA (EMBA) demanding further working experience will provide a stimulating environment for more senior managers and administrators. Although structure and the associated workload hours are the same in all MBAs, a number of measures have been taken to suit the Executive version to the particular needs of the more experienced clientele.

The Faculty of Business recognizes the educational benefits of having a diversified group of MBA students; hence selection aims to achieve a balance of participants from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

Entrance Qualifications (for the EMBA)

41.3.2 The normal minimum entrance requirement for the modular Executive MBA shall be one of the following:

a) An undergraduate degree in any discipline from this or any other recognized University or institution of higher learning; or

b) Relevant professional or postgraduate qualifications deemed equivalent to at least a 2.8 GPA [2(ii)] Degree by the Faculty of Business and

c) A minimum of 5 years’ relevant postgraduate professional experience and a proven management track record (managerial experience of minimum two years) in the public or private sector.

d) In certain situations, applicants may also be required to take part in an interview.

Optional MBA Courses

Accounting & Finance Courses – 3 credits each

ACC701 Tax Planning;

ACC703 Ethics In Accounting;

FIN723 Public Sector Financial Management;

FIN725 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management;

FIN726 Financial Statement Analysis;

FIN728 International Business Finance;

FIN729 Financial Planning and Forecasting

FIN730 Financial Innovation and Derivatives;

FIN776 Integration Project;

FIN 721 Financial Institutions and Markets

Business Information System Courses – 3 credits each

BIS781 Information Systems Project Management;

BIS782 E-Business and Ecommerce Management;

BIS783 Enterprise Resource Systems;

BIS784 Systems Analysis and Design;

BIS785 Strategic Information Systems;

BIS786 Management of Information Systems Security;

BIS776 Integration Project.

Marketing Courses – 3 credits each

MKT762 Consumer Behaviour & Organizational Buying;

MKT763 Electronic Commerce;

MKT764 New Product Development and Management

MKT765 Strategic Brand Management

MKT766 Retail Management

MKT767 Internet Marketing

MKT768 Management of Sales Operations

MKT769 Marketing Communications

MKT770 Business Ethics

MKT776 Integration Project.

Management Courses – 3 credits each

MGT748 Entrepreneurship;

MGT749 Compensation And Reward System;

MGT744 Human Resource Management;

MGT745 Human Resource Development

MGT752 Seminar in Human Resource Management

MGT753 Globalisation and International Business Mgmt.

MGT754 Total Quality Management

MGT755 Supply Chain Management

MGT746 Contemporary Issues In Organisational Change and Development;

MGT776 Integration Project.

Tourism and Hospitality Courses – 3 credits each

THM710 Tourism Seminar

THM711 Sustainable Tourism

THM712 Wildlife and Ecotourism

THM713 Communities and Tourism

THM714 Tourism Development and Planning

THM715 Introduction to Tourism

THM776 Integration Project

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