DBL - Doctor of Business Leadership degree (NQF level 10)

Applications open 15 September and close 6 November for the 2021 intake

The more informed you are, the more empowered you are and the greater your chances of achieving success.  Beyond gaining knowledge, DBL students are given the platform, skills and competence to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in business management and leadership.

Admission requirements and supporting documents

  • An MBL, MBA or equivalent Master's degree from an accredited tertiary institution (provide a clear copy of degree as well as transcript indicating the symbol or percentage obtained for each module and indicating that the qualification was completed)
  • An average pass mark of 65% and above for the Master's degree
  • Submit a 2,500-word research outline fitting the research focus areas of the SBL displayed below
  • Submit a recent Curriculum Vitae
  • Submit a clear copy of ID or passport.

From 2020, first time Master’s and Doctoral candidates are required to submit a manuscript(s) for publication to a peer reviewed accredited journal as part of the thesis or dissertation phase. Colleges should notify prospective students of this requirement prior to registration. Acknowledgement of submission of manuscript (s) from the journal editor should be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies: Master’s and Doctoral Examination section by the supervisor. The submission of the manuscript(s) should be done before the final submission of the thesis or dissertation for external examination. The submitted manuscript(s) should be based on the research undertaken during Master’s and Doctoral studies; and should be deemed acceptable to the supervisor. Results will not be released until the submission of proof of acknowledgement by the Journal Editor is submitted by the supervisor.

a) In the case of:

i) a mini-dissertation, no manuscript is required
ii) a dissertation, one manuscript; and
iii) in the case of a thesis two manuscripts should be submitted for publication.

b) Candidates should play a role and/or major role (in formulating the ideas and the results) in writing the manuscript for publication. The candidate should be the first author in a co-authored manuscript.

The Graduate School of Business Leadership may institute additional selection criteria as deemed necessary.

Click here to view the research focus areas for the Graduate School of Business Leadership.

DBL Tuition Fees

DBL proposal module fee: R13 325
Thesis fee: R31 941 (both payable in full upon registration)

An additional administrative levy of R2500 is payable by all new applicants.

* Please note that fees stipulated above are provisional and subject to change pending Council approval.  An approximate 2,2% increase on fees can be expected for the 2021 academic year.

Last modified: 2020/12/11