In the face of increased demand and a dramatic increase in applications across its Master of Business Administration (MBA) portfolio, the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has introduced two additional MBA programmes for 2014 – an extra part-time intake as well as a ‘long-block’ modular programme.
The long-block modular programme is a new format aimed at executives residing outside Gauteng who need to travel to GIBS, as well as local executives who want to schedule their studies in longer blocks. The programme stretches over 21 months, with eight to nine – day ‘long-block’ modules every second month. Between modules students interact via an on-line learning platform to stay connected while not on campus.
The elective choices, compulsory Global Module (during which students travel to one of six destinations of their choice around the world) and research report remain unchanged from the existing modular programme. Face-to-face contact time remains unchanged.
Professor Nicola Kleyn, executive director, academic programmes, says: “At GIBS we are firmly committed to the face-to-face tuition model for all of our MBA programmes. It is this interaction between faculty, business leaders and students which makes the GIBS MBA so impactful. This new long-block modular format will allow executives greater scheduling flexibility without reducing the number of contact days on the programme.”
The additional part-time, evenings and Saturdays, intake is due to an increase in demand from students who wish to complete their MBA while minimising time away from the office.
GIBS has thus added a second intake for 2014 to accommodate the increased demand.
With the addition of the long-block modular programme GIBS now offers a comprehensive portfolio of MBA programmes and is the only internationally accredited business school to offer all face-to-face tuition tuition formats.