Monash South Africa to launch MBA degree in April 2016
Many busy professionals who are challenged and motivated to advance their careers in business often shy away from a part-time MBA due to the continuous challenges of balancing work and family. To address this problem, Monash South Africa (MSA) is launching a professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree that is specifically designed to offer maximum study flexibility for part-time students seeking better career enhancement prospects.
Professionals can study on their own terms by enrolling in the MBA anytime during the year, since subjects are offered in 5-week blocks, one subject at a time. “If a student finishes a subject and then anticipates a time-sensitive project at work or a major family event, they can simply skip the next 5-week block and resume as needed,” says Dr Ludi Koekemoer, Programme Manager for the MBA within MSA’s School of Business and Economics. “The degree can therefore be completed in 18, 24, or 36 months.”
Besides offering students a high level of theoretical engagement, intellectual independence and the ability to solve complex business problems, the MSA MBA is underpinned by a “use it now” concept, where students are taught how to apply all their learnings immediately in their jobs. This way, students become innovative and creative leaders in dynamic corporate environments. “Innovation is key to our MBA,” says Koekemoer, “and it is one reason why, instead of a standard dissertation at the end of programme, we ask for an Innovation Project that incorporates both business theory and the application of practical creative intelligence that is taught throughout the course, helping students discover their own creative potential and applying it in real world situations.”
The MSA MBA is designed to produce graduates who can make sound business judgments in local and global teams and demonstrate both intellectual confidence and originality. The course uses a blended learning approach that includes online self-study with online voice chats using VoIP technology, in addition to email support, and face-to-face contact sessions with peers and lecturers on selected Saturdays. The result is less frequent, but more focused, trips to the MSA campus in Ruimsig, Roodepoort.
The MSA MBA is a fully accredited NQF level 9 degree with the South African Qualification Authority. To qualify for admission, prospective students must possess an HEQSF level 8 qualification, for example a four-year degree, a Postgraduate diploma, or an Honours degree. Alternatively, if students have an NQF level 7 qualification, relevant work experience and other credentials they can apply to enter via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).