What are the admission criteria?
A successful doctoral candidate has the following attributes:
A track record of consistently high academic achievement;
An alert, enquiring mind;
Good written English skills and an enjoyment of written communication;
A logical mind, supported by strong numeric and analytical skills;
An ability to focus on both detail and the big picture;
Good energy and stamina – must be able to carry a high workload;
Personal effectiveness in managing self and time;
Broad and deep experience in business;
A problem-solving, innovative approach to challenges; and
Clear personal goals and strong achievement motivation.
Doctoral study is not for everyone and it is important that you assess yourself against the above idealised profile and satisfy yourself that there is a good fit. While not all candidates will be alike and not all will fit the profile in all respects, it is unlikely that you will succeed in your doctoral studies unless you measure up well against a significant number of the attributes of a successful doctoral candidate.
Requirements for admission to the doctoral degree include the following:
An MBA degree from a recognised tertiary institution which gives entry to the DBA and PhD, or a Master's degree from a recognised tertiary institution in a related field (e.g. Statistics, Psychology, Economics, etc.) which gives entry only to PhD;
Familiarity with basic statistics;
A compelling 10-page research proposal;
References from two referees, emailed directly to the GIBS research director at email@example.com by 12 September 2016; and
A recent GMAT result (since 2011) or completion of psychometric testing arranged at GIBS. Details are provided under the section dealing with the application process.
For non-South African residents who apply for admission, please note the following two requirements:
A study permit is required for registration at the University of Pretoria. Please enquire at the International Office, University of Pretoria at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 12 420 6610; and
SAQA accreditation is required if your academic qualifications are awarded from an institution outside of South Africa. Please go to the following website to apply: http://www.saqa.org.za/show.asp?id=2890.
We will select the students:
Who best meet the academic criteria above;
Whose proposed research best meet the strategic orientation of the programme – to better understand the challenges of management and business in such an underdeveloped, but dynamic context as Africa; and
Who are most likely to contribute to the intellectual life of the cohort through a combination of rigorous thinking and intellectual generosity.