PGDM – Postgraduate Diploma in Management

In the dynamic business landscape of today, proficient management is the cornerstone of success. The NWU Business School’s Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) is tailored to furnish individuals with a thorough understanding and grasp of management principles, both theoretically and practically.

Our programme boasts prestigious accreditations from the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) in South Africa, the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), and the Business Graduates Association (BGA). These accreditations attest to our unwavering dedication to quality and our esteemed position in global education. With a legacy of producing competent graduates, our PGDM continues to hone the strategic leadership potential of business managers.

Our curriculum is a harmonious blend of theory and real-world application, ensuring immediate relevance in today’s fast-paced business environment. Our holistic approach to management empowers you to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

We delve into a myriad of business disciplines with an emphasis on ethical leadership, responsible management, and sustainability. As a result, graduates from our programme are equipped with:

  • A comprehensive understanding of responsible business management.
  • Adept problem-solving skills tailored to sustainable organisations.
  • The prowess to engage and communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Welcome to the start of your transformative journey here at the NWU Business School. We pride ourselves on merging academic rigour with practical experience, and we are wholeheartedly committed to “Shaping Executive Minds in Africa!

Important dates for
2024 ENROLLMENT:

APPLICATION DATES FOR 2025:
1 April 2024 – 30 November 2024

REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR 2024:
10 January 2024

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE FOR 2024:
31 January 2024

Diploma Structure:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the NWU Business School is delivered on a full-time and part-time basis. Students can choose according to their preference.

Part-time/distance students can spread their modules over a two-year period to manage their workload. The full-time programme is delivered in contact mode in Potchefstroom and Mafikeng. The part-time programme is offered after-hours in Potchefstroom and Mafikeng in blended mode. With no face-to-face contact sessions, the distance programme is delivered asynchronously and complemented by synchronous question-and-answer sessions provided after hours.

OUR TEACHING & LEARNING APPROACH

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the NWU Business School is delivered on a full-time, part-time and distance learning basis. Students can choose according to their preference.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the class attendance structure for our PGDM candidates:

Contact Learning

In an interactive experience, you will engage in real-time discussions, debates, and group activities with your fellow participants. Additionally, this experience offers networking opportunities, and an opportunity to build valuable connections with classmates, academic teams, and industry professionals, enhancing your future career prospects. Hands-on learning is also emphasised, with participants actively participating in practical exercises, and case studies, applying theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios.

part time learning

One main advantage of studying part-time is flexibility, allowing you to balance work, personal commitments, and studying effectively as class attendance is after hours or in study blocks. This flexibility enables one to continue working while upgrading skills and qualifications in pursuit of career advancement without interrupting employment. Additionally, newly acquired knowledge can be applied directly to the workplace, leading to immediate impact, skill development, and real-world application. You will also be able to spread your studies over an extended period, easing financial and workload burden.

distance learning

With distance learning, you can conveniently access course materials and lectures anytime, anywhere, allowing you to fit your studies around personal and professional commitments. The flexibility of customizing study schedules promotes a healthy work-life-study balance, accommodating individual preferences and time zones. It also offers cost-effectiveness by saving on commuting and accommodation expenses typically associated with traditional learning, making education more affordable. Additionally, distance learning offers global accessibility, as you can join a diverse community of learners from around the world, enriching the learning experience with varied perspectives and insights.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

At the NWU Business School, we uphold rigorous admission standards to ensure the quality and excellence of our Post-graduate Diploma in Management. We benchmark our admission criteria against accredited business schools and industry best practices.

MODULES IN THE PROGRAMME:

  • Corporate Governance
  • General Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Reporting
  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • New Venture Creation
  • Human Resource Management for Line Managers
  • Principles of Marketing and Advertising
  • Research Methodology
  • Project Management
  • Information Management

Why complete my PGDM at the NWU Business School?

Small Business and Entrepreneurial Focus

Our programmes are designed with an understanding of the unique needs and challenges of the small business sector, particularly within a developing country context. This focus prepares you to drive growth and innovation in small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Strategic and Critical Thinking

Our curriculum emphasises strategic and critical thinking skills. We complement your academic learning with personal coaching, leadership programmes and thought leadership events, such as Pitsos, ThinkTanks and Road Shows, featuring prominent speakers from various industries.

Commitment to African Development

Our focus on local challenges and opportunities reflects our commitment to Africa’s development. By incorporating global debates and learning from international best practices, we ensure our students can contribute meaningfully on both local and global stages.

Economic Recovery Post-Pandemic

In the wake of the pandemic, our programmes significantly emphasise the country’s economic recovery. We actively work towards finding solutions for issues related to corruption and integrity studies, equipping our students to be agents of positive change in their professional lives.

Community Service and Social Impact

 We are deeply committed to community service and, over the last seven years, we have assisted more than 250 organisations with sustainable management skills and systems. Our service-learning initiatives empower you to make a real-world impact while applying what you’ve learned.

Integration of Learning Content

Our programmes strongly focus on integrating learning content into a single cross-functional application in the capstone Company Project. This approach ensures that you graduate with a comprehensive understanding of how different business disciplines work together.

Emphasis on Entrepreneurship

The NWU Business School recognises the potential of entrepreneurship to drive economic growth, particularly in a developing country context. Our programmes have a strong entrepreneurial focus, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to successfully start and manage your business.

PROGRAMME LEADER

Ms Tebello Msimanga

Ms Msimanga plays a big role in ensuring that every programme participant acquires the best business practices and thought leadership skills that can in turn be applied to the multi-disciplinary challenges every business professional encounters on their road to career success.

Application Process

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

1. Outstanding Fees: Ensure all outstanding fees from previous qualifications are settled. Please note that registration for 2024 will be denied if any fees from the previous year remain unpaid.

2. Early Payment: To expedite your registration process, we recommend paying the registration fee in December.

3. International Students: All international students must settle the full amount for their proposed study and associated costs before finalising registration.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

At the NWU Business School, we uphold rigorous admission standards to ensure the quality and excellence of our Post-graduate Diploma in Management. We benchmark our admission criteria against accredited business schools and industry best practices.

All applicants must fulfil the following minimum requirements:

Academic Qualification:

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree with 360 credits.

BTech or Advanced Diploma (NQF 7) Students: Candidates with a BTech (NQF 7) will be considered if they achieved a 60% mark in their final year of study, and have at least two years of relevant work experience.

Requirements:

Candidates must have at least two years of proven, relevant work experience or achieve a 60% pass rate in all final-year prescribed modules in the third- or fourth (final) year of their undergraduate programme.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

Candidates can apply for RPL if they have accumulated sufficient managerial experience. The closing date for RPL applications is 31 July of the year preceding the year of study.

Computer Literacy:

Applicants must be computer literate and have internet access.

APPLICATION PROCESS

APPLICATION
STEP 1

APPLICATION
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APPLICATION
STEP 3

EXTRA
INFORMATION

You must upload several documents on the online application system, while completing the online form. 

Be sure to have the following at hand:

  • A comprehensive CV,
  • An essay showcasing your motivation for pursuing a PGDM and your work experience
  • An electronic copy of your ID document,
  • An electronic copy of your academic record,
  • An electronic copy of your degree certificate(s).

Follow the link below to the online application form

Applicants will be notified regarding their application status after the initial screening. Applicants who pass the screening phase will be contacted with relevant details to complete the required selection test.

APPLICATION PROCESS

APPLICATION
STEP 1

You must upload several documents on the online application system, while completing the online form. 

APPLICATION
STEP 2

Be sure to have the following at hand:

  • A comprehensive CV,
  • An essay showcasing your motivation for pursuing a PGDM and your work experience
  • An electronic copy of your ID document,
  • An electronic copy of your academic record,
  • An electronic copy of your degree certificate(s).

APPLICATION
STEP 3

Follow the link below to the online application form

EXTRA
INFORMATION

Applicants will be notified regarding their application status after the initial screening. Applicants who pass the screening phase will be contacted with relevant details to complete the required selection test.