As of 2016, people wanting to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) will be subjected to much stricter admission requirements as the Council on Higher Education seeks to transform the degree locally.
Graduate students who studied a three-year undergrad degree will no longer be eligible for immediate admission as an Honours degree or equivalent four-year qualification will be required in order to apply.
According to Financial Mail, graduates who don’t qualify will first need to complete a one or two-year bridging programme, depending on their business school of choice.
The changes mean MBA hopefuls must be prepared to fork out more money for the degree and spend a few extra years studying.
For those who don’t hold tertiary qualifications, business schools will still be allowed to reserve up to 10% of an MBA class for black applicants in “recognition of prior learning”.
The changes form part of the Council on Higher Education’s drive to get the MBA degree academically upgraded to a Level-9 qualification as opposed to the current Level-8, which is equivalent to an Honours degree.
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