Applications for 2021 will be considered from March 2020

(Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate any more PhD applications for 2019 and 2020. Should you be interested in applying for 2021, kindly contact us during 2020.)

The UFS Business School is firmly established as a leader in the provision of management and leadership programmes in the country, fully accredited by the Council for Higher Education (CHE), a member of the South African Association for Business Schools (SABSA),  Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Business School has been awarded 3 Palmes by Eduniversal and belongs in the 3rd League of the 1 000 Best Business Schools worldwide.

With the PhD programme, the school completes its menu of academic options. The PhD will be awarded with an endorsement of 'Business Administration.'

The candidate has a minimum of 24 months (two years) to complete the PhD. Thereafter the rules of the university apply.


Minimum entrance requirements:

  • A first degree or equivalent with an average of 65% for all the modules (credits must be at least 360 and the qualification should be at NQF level 7)
  • An MBA or equivalent master's degree with an average of 65% for all the modules
  • At least 65% for Business Research Methods done on a master's level
  • At least 65% for an expanded MBA or equivalent dissertation (minimum 60 credits) with a duration of at least one academic year

Please complete the application form and attach all relevant documents as specified in the UFS Business School Brochure.

Should you need more information, please contact
Jo'Anni Deacon
T: +27 51 401 7301


Mrs Ansie Barnard
+27 51 401 3204