MBA Essentials

Online Short Course

From the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development.

Gain the technical skills to make more informed business decisions, while building a solid foundation from which to tackle your future MBA.
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The MBA Essentials online short course from USB Executive Development allows you to enhance your knowledge on economics, accounting, probability theory, and cost behaviour. Guided by faculty experts, you’ll explore in-depth case studies designed to equip you with the knowledge to make better managerial decisions.

You qualify for a 15% discount on this course. Use the code COACH15 when you register to claim your savings.

Who is this course for?

  • Professionals who want to elevate their managerial competency
  • Working executives who require technical business skills to advance their careers
  • Those who are considering pursuing a full MBA degree, but want to explore some of the subject matter covered

ZAR 25,000 (South African Rands)

Course Includes:

  • 15 weeks, excluding 1 week orientation
  • 8–12 hours of self-paced learning per week, entirely online
  • No prerequisites
  • Certificate of completion
  • English
  • 15% CoachED discount coupon code: COACH15
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Module 1

Introduction to key economic principles

Gain an overview of the economics field and the principles that form the basis of economics.

Module 2

Basics of microeconomics

Learn about the fundamentals of microeconomics, such as supply and demand.

Module 3

Macroeconomics: Economic growth, development, and unemployment

Explore economic growth and development and gain insight into unemployment.

Module 4

Macroeconomics: Balance of payments and inflation

Learn about the foreign exchange market, its impact on the value of a country’s currency, and how central banks control money supply and influence inflation.

Module 5

South Africa’s economy in a global context

Explore the African economy in a global economic context.

Module 6

Introduction to time value of money

Discover the world of quantitative methods through the real-world application of time value of money.

Module 7

Data analysis and summary

Learn the importance of statistics and how to gather and interpret data.

Module 8

Probability theory

Explore the concept of probability, how it is calculated, and how it can be applied in real-world scenarios.

Module 9

Probability distributions

Discover how to use certain variables, probabilities and probability distributions to measure quality control in a business.

Module 10

Using data to make decisions

Learn how to calculate and apply the concepts of statistical decision theory to improve decision-making processes.

Module 11

Introduction to accounting

Discover accounting, debits and credits and the double-entry system.

Module 12

Interpreting the income statement

Familiarise yourself with the components of the income statement, basic ratios and comparisons.

Module 13

The balance sheet

Explore the basics of the balance sheet, and learn more about concepts like share capital, retained earnings, and ratio calculations.

Module 14

Cost behaviour

Learn how to use cost behaviour to make informed business decisions.

Module 15

Cash management

Discover cash concepts, the cash budget, cash flows, and the importance of positive cash flows.

GetSmarter Dr Andre Roux

Your Course Convenors

Dr André Roux

Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University

Topic Focus: Economics

Professor Roux has a master’s in economics and a PhD from Stellenbosch University. He is an expert in economics and futures research, and has over 30 years of academic experience. He is the previous director of the Institute for Futures Research (IFR), and is currently head of the MPhil programme in futures studies.

GetSmarter Sonja Cilliers

Sonja Cilliers

Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch Business School

Topic Focus: Managerial Accounting

Sonja Cilliers is a chartered accountant and expert in financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, and executive coaching. She is an MBA lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch Business School and a professional executive coach, allowing for a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and insight into the practical business applications of managerial accounting.


“I really enjoyed the MBA Essentials course. It provided a great introduction to the subject matter covered in an MBA. It helped me to decide whether an MBA is something I would enjoy and find valuable for my career.”

Kristin Croucher | Senior Director, Clinical Operations, IAVI

“The MBA Essentials course was clinical and to the point. The online learning experience was fantastic and allowed me to plan my studies around the course content. The flexibility was great, and the support was even better. Overall, I gained lots of value and insight over the duration of the course.”

Tyler Carmichael | Administration Manager, Macsteel Trading

“I had a really incredible learning experience, with sound course content from which to draw insights. The online learning experience has been so phenomenal, and my understanding of the topics covered was truly enhanced. I can now make better decisions, and interpret and apply data with clarity. It has been an interesting journey, having to learn from fellow classmates and tapping into other eloquent perceptions of the course content.”

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MBA Essentials

From the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development.