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Post-Grad Preparation

MBA Essentials Online Course

  • Price from: R25 900
Course modalities & Duration:
  • Online - 15 weeks: 8 – 12 hours per week




The MBA Essentials online course focuses on preparing students for a postgraduate or MBA course by providing the vital, technical business skills to succeed in a career.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at pre-MBA or postgraduate students who want to learn from industry experts about the three essential pillars of business covered in an MBA course: economics, quantitative methods, and managerial accounting.

Why choose this course?

Multinationals establishing services in Africa hire locals for executive positions and use credible MBA skills as an application entry point, says Andrew Main Wilson, CEO of the international accreditation body, the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Over 15 weeks online, students on the USB-ED MBA Essentials online short course are equipped to:

  • Navigate the complexities of their business environment with technical business-management skills
  • Make informed managerial decisions using their knowledge of local and global market interactions
  • Use statistical analysis to define their current and future business strategies
  • Analyse the financial stability and health of a business, identifying areas for improvement, and use financial statements and accounting data
  • Make an educated decision about studying an MBA programme in the future
  • Hit the ground running in their future MBA or postgraduate aspirations

Admission requirements

  • This preparatory MBA course does not guarantee acceptance into an MBA programme, nor does it replace entry requirements such as the GMAT.

What our learning partners had to say

I really enjoyed the MBA Essentials course. It provided a great introduction to the subject matter covered in an MBA. It helped me to decide whether an MBA is something I would enjoy and find valuable for my career.

Kristin Croucher
Senior Director of Clinical Operations, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

[This course] has been a really incredible learning experience with sound content to draw insights from. The online learning experience has been so phenomenal at all points, and my understanding of the topics covered was truly enhanced as I can now make better decisions, and interpret and apply data with clarity and understanding. This has been an interesting journey having to learn from fellow classmates and tapping into other eloquent perceptions regarding the course content. I am truly grateful for, and amazed by, the online support from the GetSmarter team. Thank you in profusion.

Chris Mataboge
Marketing Director, E&R Armature Winders

I really enjoyed this course. It was tough and comprehensive, but I learnt so much, and that is exactly what I wanted from this when I signed up. I was able to challenge myself and apply my mind to real-life scenarios, and I also appreciated that – like in business – there were curveballs and unforeseen sections to questions, forcing me to think outside of the scope of the course. This really was what I would expect and want from a full MBA course, and so seeing it played out on this course was great. Thanks to GetSmarter and the USB-ED team

Mark Ross
Head of Business Development, Namola EMS Group

Coming from an engineering background, my attention to business detail has always been found wanting. This course has provided me with a vital platform to grow and understand my business from a micro and macro point of view. The course was extremely well-structured and presented with the mixture of videos, notes, and practical work. [The] lecturer was exceptional in providing detailed feedback on assignments and any questions, which provided further clarity. Overall, I would highly recommend this course to any person looking to gain an advantage in their own business or personal career, as the foundation skills I have acquired will definitely stand me in good stead. If you show up, put in the work, the results are all worth it.

Filipe Aurelio Dos Santos
Managing Director

As someone without a business or finance background, I found the course to be extremely enlightening. Although I found some of the course content to be challenging, the lecturers and support team are exceptionally competent and helpful. Having completed this course, I feel I can make a far more informed decision to do the full MBA

Kurt Jurgens
Chief Engineer, Tractebel Engineering

I thoroughly enjoyed the content. Being in business for the last 15 years, [this course] has really put the theory behind what I do on a daily basis. Learning online was immersive and it felt like I was in a classroom. It was my first time and it seemed [like] a daunting prospect, but after starting the first module, I realised that it would not be difficult to learn in this environment. I have increased my capacity in these subjects, and it has helped me manage my business better. My classmates taught me so much through their interactions on the discussion forums; very valuable insights from people in various sectors. [The] online support was truly available 24/7, and [they] always gave me solutions to my problems. All in all, a great course.

Ryan Lloyd Adams
Senior Store Manager, Fabiani, TFG

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