University of Stellenbosch Business School

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University of Stellenbosch Business School
Established 1964
Type Business School
Dean Prof. Johann de Villiers
Director Prof. John Powell
Academic staff
Students 746 MBA
383 MDefF
73 MPhil Coaching
102 MPhil Future Studies
Location Bellville, WP, ZA
33°53′4.55″S 18°37′37.11″E / 33.8845972°S 18.6269750°E / -33.8845972; 18.6269750Coordinates: 33°53′4.55″S 18°37′37.11″E / 33.8845972°S 18.6269750°E / -33.8845972; 18.6269750
Campus Urban

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) is the business school of the University of Stellenbosch in Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa.


The University of Stellenbosch Business School was founded in 1964 with 14 MBA students. Four years later the first DBA degree was conferred. In 1981 the current premises in Bellville has been acquired and five years later the department relocated to the Bellville Park Campus. In 1989 MBA student numbers reached 580. The name of the Department of Business Management and Administration changed to the Graduate School of Business (now the USB) in 1992. In 2003 the first students enrol for the new Master's in Development Finance (MDevFin). The USB received the EQUIS accreditation in 2001 followed by the AMBA accreditation in 2002. [1]


The hilltop campus of the USB is situated in Bellville, about halfway between Cape Town's central business district and the town of Stellenbosch – home of the USB's mother institution, Stellenbosch University.

Publications and Journals[edit]

USB publishes USB Agenda and Leader's Lab Journal biannually. In addition the USB manages the following journals:

  • South African Journal of Business Management
  • Journal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics (in collaboration with the Bureau for Economic Research)
  • The Investment Analysts Journal (in collaboration with The Investment Analysts Society of Southern Africa and the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town)

USB main building entrance


The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) was ranked 39 out of the 100 leading business schools in the world, according to the Aspen Institute’s 2009-10 edition of its alternative Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey. The USB is also the only business school to be included in the Top 100 list.[2] It was named the top business school in South Africa by the Professional Management Review [3]

In the 2010 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, USB was placed as the fifth best business school in Africa and the Middle East[4] The USB is currently only one of two South African Business Schools to be awarded 5 Palms by Eduniversal and to be ranked as a ‘Universal Business School with major international influence’[5] The USB has been an EQUIS Accredited school for the past 5 years and is also accredited by the Association of MBAs.[6]

In 2012, the USB became the only business school in Africa to earn Triple accreditation. The most recent accreditation was bestowed on the school from the AACSB.The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business has since also received triple accreditation. [7]

Graduate Programs[edit]

The University of Stellenbosch Business School offers a number of graduate programs:

  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
  • MPhil in Development Finance (MDevFin)
  • MPhil in Futures Studies (IFR)
  • MPhil In Management Coaching (MCoach)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Dispute Settlement
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership
  • Short Courses (USB-ED)

MBA Program Options[edit]

Full Time MBA
The Full-time MBA lecture programme is presented in English only, and runs over 18 months. Students must attend classes on campus over a period of 11 months and complete a research report in the remainder of the time.[8]
Modular MBA
The modular MBA is a block release programme that enables business executives to attend lectures without infringing too much upon their work obligations, irrespective of where they live. Students attend one orientation block and ten study blocks of classes spread over three years and finish their research reports during the third year. Graduation usually takes place in March after the completion of the three years. Two of the three modular MBA programmes at the USB are presented in English. USB offers one Afrikaans program. The one English programme commences in January while a second one commences in June.[9]
Part-time MBA
The part-time MBA is presented in English and runs over three years. Lectures are scheduled over a period of two years and students finish their research reports in the third year. However, it is possible to complete the research report while still doing the lecture programme. As from the 2012 intake, classes will be presented on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.[10]

The learners in the part-time class are usually full-time working professionals who come from diverse backgrounds and industries which encourages a stimulating learning environment.

Research Centres[edit]

The USB has various centres of specialised research, with focus on African leadership. [11]

Sustainability and Social Involvement[edit]

The USB is international recognized by the Beyond Grey Pinstripes for promoting social and environmental sustainability and has endorsed the Principles for Responsible Management Education to promote corporate responsibility and sustainability in business education. [12]


The USB Alumni Association has a countrywide and growing international footprint with a regional presence in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Namibia, West Africa, East Africa, Central Region, Germany and the United Kingdom. Initiatives to keep in touch and build beneficial relationships with alumni include the USB's Social Impact Initiative, Fundraising Gala Event, Leader's Angle talks, elective courses, refresher seminars, various networking opportunities, newsletters and magazines (USB Agenda and Leader's Lab).

USB campus


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