Master's & doctoral degrees

Master of Business Leadership

Qualification code: 90086
NQF level: 9
Total credits: 180
SAQA ID: 98030

Admission requirements

Hold an honours bachelor's degree or a postgraduate diploma, or a 480-credit bachelor's degree with a minimum of 96 credits at level 8; be proficient in the English language and may be required to do a language proficiency test; have had at least five years' relevant managerial, specialist or professional experience to ensure that they can benefit from the programme and contribute meaningfully to discussions, assignments and the study schools, where applicable and submit an abbreviated Curriculum Vitae. Applicants that meet the minimum admission criteria will be required to undertake the NMAT test by GMAC in support of selection

Coursework master's degree

A master's degree by coursework requires a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual dependence, and a research project culminating in the acceptance of a dissertation of limited scope. The curriculum generally comprises subjects where you are required to write examinations, and submit a research proposal module and a short dissertation. In most cases, you need to pass at least two  modules before you may register for the research proposal module. You will only be able to register for the short dissertation if you comply with the requirements of the research proposal module.

Please note: Once you have passed all the modules, but fail the research proposal module, you will not be permitted to continue with the qualification.

Research focus areas

Click here to view a list of departments and research focus areas for the College of Economic and Management Sciences.

Research outline

Unisa’s admission policy has changed and you are now required to submit a detailed research outline for each master's and doctoral qualification for which you apply. No application submitted without a detailed research outline will be considered. Although this research outline may differ for each qualification or academic department, the basic information required is as follows:

  • Title
  • Summary of topic
  • Short literature review
  • Expected contribution of the study
  • Methodology to be followed
  • Availability of the data
  • List of references
  • Reasons why you are interested in the topic

Plagiarism of any form is unacceptable. Please take note of Unisa's Policy for Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism.

Student fees and funding your studies

Application fee

Pay the online application fee of R115,00 once you have received your Unisa student number.

Please note: 

  • The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa.
  • An application for a student number does not constitute an application for admission. After you receive your student number, you must still complete the online application for admission and upload the compulsory supporting documents.

Student fees

Click here for the 2019 student fee information. The fee information for the 2020 academic year will be available at the time of registration. 

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Apply for a student number and apply for admission

Applications for admission to Unisa have been extended. Apply now!

Click here to apply for a student number and apply for admission.

Please ensure that you apply for a Unisa student number, apply for admission and upload all the supporting documents during the application period.


Only students whose application for admission was approved and re-registering students (who made sufficient progress during the current academic year) will be allowed to register online within the approved registration period for the 2020 academic year. No printed registration forms will be accepted.

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