UCT Graduate School of Business
UCT Graduate School of Business


The UCT GSB has, over the past 50 years, charted its own, distinctly African, path. Since opening our doors in 1964 with the first class of 17 part-time MBA students, we have set the pace for business education on the continent. The school is one of just 90 global business schools to be triple-crown accredited with quality endorsements from three leading global bodies: AACSB; EQUIS and AMBA.

At the UCT GSB, we understand that we have a responsibility to engage with the socio-political and economic context in which we find ourselves. In light of this, we focus on sustainable impact in African business and society.

We are inspired to turn innovative ideas into relevant solutions, for the challenges that face emerging markets. To this end, our teaching, learning and research is all geared towards building a more prosperous, equitable, and integrated continent.

Our core areas of expertise include values-based leadership, social innovation, innovation and entrepreneurship and sustainable business.

As the authority in business research and education in Africa, we will provide aspiring leaders with the relevant knowledge, skills and competencies to lead change, on our continent, and on the world's stage.

We offer transformative learning experiences that equip tomorrow's leaders to run sustainable organisations and find solutions to the challenges that we collectively face.

Our original and interactive approach takes students and delegates beyond the classroom and immerses them in real-world challenges so that they learn and adapt continuously through application and expertise.


Our open academic programmes are structured to refine knowledge, enhance personal mastery and future proof our graduates by giving them relevant skills, practical experience and the confidence to lead.

  1. Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice
  2. Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance
  3. Master of Business Administration
  4. Master of Business Administration specliasing in Executive Management
  5. Master of Commerce in Development Finance
  6. Master of Philosophy specialising in Inclusive Innovation
  7. CEMS Master of Management specialising in International Management
  8. Doctor of Philosophy specialising in Business Administration


Our suite of short courses offers a focused perspective in key areas of business competence to support a new generation of leaders and managers who are eager to invest in themselves and add value to their organisations.

Our Executive Education focus areas are:

  1. Management Development
  2. Organisational Effectiveness
  3. Business Essentials
  4. Social Innovation and sustainable business
  5. Industry Specific


UCT GSB Customised Programmes are custom-designed to help organisations meet their own particular challenges. We understand that organisations training interventionsneeds to make a significant and relevant impact on their people's performance and move the triple-bottom line. We will help them to think through the problems that they face and design the best solution, working closely with them to ensure that the intervention is precisely focused and aligned to the organisations strategic goals.


  • Top business school in Africa, 9 years in a row by Eduniversal Rating Agency
  • EMBA ranked 46th in the world, and the best in Africa, QS Global EMBA Rankings 2019
  • EMBA ranked 47th in the world and the best in Africa, FT EMBA Rankings 2019
  • 51st in the world for Customised Programmes by the 2019 Financial Times' Global Top 100
  • Only African business school to feature in the 2019 Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking Top 40


  • Gold, EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards 2019
  • 1st Prize, CEEMAN / Emerald Case Writing Competition between 2016 – 2019
  • 1st Place, Emerald / AABS Case Study Competitions between 2014 – 2019
  • First African Business school MBA team to win the 39th annual John Molson International Business Case Competition 2020


We are part of an international community that continuously strives to improve and advance business education and research

  • South African Business Schools Association – SABSA
  • The Academy of Business in Society – ABIS
  • Principles for Responsible Management Education - PRME
  • Graduate Management Admission Council – GMAC
  • Global Business School Network – GBSN
  • Global Network for Advanced Management - GNAM
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UCT Graduate School of Business
Cape Town, South Africa
0860 UCT GSB (828 472)