Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA)

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) provides the opportunity for prospective students with an undergraduate degree to gain an advanced knowledge of business administration and management.

About

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) provides an opportunity for prospective students with an undergraduate degree to gain an advanced knowledge of business administration and management. Students with no management experience can engage in a challenging curriculum which covers finance, strategic management, marketing, human resources, organisational development, business research, business ethics, corporate governance and social responsibility. 


The PGDBA is designed to perform two functions. The first is to cap a Bachelor of Commerce degree with the skills and knowledge required to operate at a more senior level in the business environment. The second is to provide an academic bridge to further study at a Master’s level.

On completion of this qualification, the student may have the option of enrolling for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a research Master's degree in order to further career prospects in management and administration.

 

OUTCOMES

The curriculum and design of the Postgraduate Diploma for Business Administration programme ensure that present and future leaders are equipped for successful careers in the South African economy. The PGDBA reflects a diverse student body and will address the transformational needs of the South African economy. Milpark Business School’s programme aims to contribute towards fulfilling the need of upgrading the skills level of staff in a business environment.

Students will be able to:

  • read and interpret introductory, functional and advanced literature in the field of management science.
  • communicate effectively, using graphical and language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.
  • demonstrate understanding of the business world as a set of open systems, in which each element is embedded in an array of interrelated elements.
  • collect, organise, analyse, and critically evaluate relevant information to enhance management decision‐making.
  • undertake research projects.
  • identify and solve problems in the field of business management, using critical and creative thinking.
  • demonstrate an awareness of the economic, social and political factors which affect public managers and business people.
  • apply conceptual knowledge and practical skills in a specific work context, either working alone or in teams.  

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

* This module is compulsory for all students who have not studied financial management at an undergraduate level or have no working experience in financial management. This course must be completed within the first semester of studies and before students will be allowed to register for Financial Management.

Requirements

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Command of the English language is a requirement.

 

IT REQUIREMENTS

Minimum system requirements:

  • Reliable broadband Internet access
  • Firefox/Internet Explorer/Chrome web browser
  • Microsoft Word
  • PDF Viewer
  • Ability to scan and upload documents
  • Email/Cellphone for notification and communication.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applications from persons who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree (old NQF Level 6 or new NQF Level 7) from a recognised university or institution will be considered. All applicants must complete an entrance assessment. Applicants with extensive work experience and/or proven leadership in their particular field of endeavour may also apply in terms of Milpark’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy; however, admission on these grounds is limited (read more about Milpark’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy).

 

Key Information

MODULE DESCRIPTIONS

LEADERSHIP AND ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR

This module examines inter- and intrapersonal dynamics as they affect the achievement of corporate goals. The course covers various theories of organisational behaviour concepts and applications, including motivation, group dynamics, organisational communication processes, leadership, power, authority, team building and organisational development. Managing change in a complex domestic and international environment is also examined. Students are given a solid foundation from which to examine organisational behaviour in a systematic manner.

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

The aim of this module is to equip students with research skills that will enable them to conduct independent research by carrying out a review of the literature, selecting appropriate research methodologies and techniques, analysing the results, making recommendations and critically assessing the value of a report relevant to a business context.

INTEGRATED MARKETING MANAGEMENT

This module enables students to manage the marketing function in a structured manner. Topics include market segmentation, targeting, positioning and research; product decisions; pricing; channels of distribution; sales management; advertising; new product development; and the integration of the marketing mix. Applied business research and international and ethical considerations are also canvassed.

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

This module is designed to provide students with an essential understanding of the role of strategy in an organisation. Fundamental tools for the strategic analysis of the external and internal environment of the organisation are presented. Students will also develop an appreciation of the strategic thinking process.

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Past experience has revealed the need for an introductory course in financial management prior to students embarking on the PGD level course Financial Management. We have designed an introductory course for students who have not had previous exposure to financial management. This course will provide the necessary skills to better appreciate the fundamental principles of financial management. The PGD Financial Management course then takes these fundamental principles and builds on them. It is absolutely essential for students who have never been exposed to financial management or students who would like to brush up on their financial management knowledge to attend.

GENERAL MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENT

The framework that is provided in this module will give students an understanding of the nature of the principal functions of management and how they constitute the role of the manager.

BUSINESS ETHICS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

This module exposes students to perspectives and philosophies on moral and business ethics. Students will develop skills to identify and manage issues related to ethical practice and decision-making, and will be exposed to the requirements and practice of good corporate governance.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

The purpose of this module is to empower students (business executives, managers and leaders) to understand the influence and impact of business enterprises and their responsibilities. The module examines the social, ethical and environmental issues faced by both business and other kinds of organisations, providing business executives, managers and leaders with a theoretically underpinned analytical perspective of corporate social responsibility and enabling them to critically assess CSR issues, initiatives, drivers and responses.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

This module assists students to develop financial literacy as generalist users of accounting information for the purposes of business decision-making and control. On completion of the module, students will be familiar with the principal terminology and concepts in finance and accounting, and will have successfully compiled a mental model of business dynamics informed by the numerical data available.

How to apply

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email as well as login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark, our online student environment.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.

Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.


Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.

Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.


Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment - proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Registration:

*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

All international students need to apply via the manual admission route and submit original certified documentation.

If the entry requirements for your chosen Milpark qualification is a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need to obtain an exemption certificate from the Higher Education South Africa (HESA). Visit www.hesa.org.za for further information.

If the entry requirement for your chosen Milpark qualification is a prior undergraduate qualification, you need to obtain an equivalent certificate for foreign qualifications completed. Visit www.saqa.co.za for further information.

  1. Students enrolling via distance learning:
    • do not need to comply with any visa or residency requirements.
    • will conclude admission and registration processes at a distance.
    • will receive study materials via courier in their country of residence.
    • will receive support via distance methods.

    Note: Students are liable for additional costs in respect of courier and examinations.
    Please contact the student service centre 086 999 0001 for further information.

  2. Distance learning students who want to visit South Africa to attend a single short workshop or write an examination at a local venue, have to do so based on the normal visa/visiting requirements as stipulated by the Department of International Affairs (or Home Affairs).

    Note: Such a visit does not imply permission to remain in South Africa indefinitely based on registration at Milpark Education.

  3. Distance learning students are not allowed to provide a South African residential or postal address. Such registrations will not be concluded as the normal visa/study permit requirements have to be complied with as for contact/residential students below.

Contact learning

International students who do not have permanent residence in South Africa or who are not South African citizens need to follow the steps below:

Step 1

Consult their embassy/ Department of International Relations/ South African Embassy for specific prerequisites with regards to the legal requirements for registration with a South African academic institution.

Step 2

Obtain:

  • An official provisional admission letter from Milpark.
  • Proof of medical cover. The relevant South African law states:

"In terms of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 as Amended and its Regulations, any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa, must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998."

  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, maintenance and incidental costs.
  • Proof of a cash deposit or bank guarantee equivalent to airfare or transportation costs to the student’s country of origin for repatriation purposes or forfeiture to the state should permit conditions not be complied with.
  • A medical certificate — a clean bill of health is required.

Step 3

Apply for a study permit by submitting Form 1 to the local Department of International Relations/South African Embassy.
The student will need to provide the embassy with an undertaking that they will leave South Africa on completion of her/his studies.

NB: Students should await the outcome of their application prior to making travel arrangements to South Africa.

Step 4

If a student is able to obtain a study permit on time, then they may continue with their application for full admission and registration for their selected modules.

NB: A certified copy of the International student’s passport together with a certified copy of a valid study permit must/will be kept in the student’s record file at Milpark Education. If a student is unable to obtain a study permit on time, then they must postpone their programme until the date on which they are in possession of a study permit.

 

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