Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration with a Digital Transformation Lens (Contact)

Our new Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Business Administration is a one-year qualification focusing on digital transformation. It will enhance your career in any industry and empower you to shift your focus to the digital aspects of a business.

  • NQF Level 8
  • Course Code: E19BAQ
  • 2023 Applications Are Open
  • Closing Date Extended: 31 December 2022

Contact PGDip Delivery

Our Contact PGDip is offered on a part-time basis with morning classes held from 6.30am to 9.30am, and the option to opt for Saturday classes. Lectures take the form of blended learning through online and contact sessions. The programme has 12 modules.

PGDip Modules

  • Orientation and Study Skills

  • People Management in the New World of Work

  • Competitive Strategy: Winning in the Digital Marketplace

  • Accounting and Financial Management

  • Digital Technologies

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management in the Digital Age

  • Economics and International Business

  • Personal Development

  • Digital Marketing

  • Entrepreneurship with a Growth Mindset

  • Business Law, Ethics and Sustainability in a Digital Era

  • E-Business Platforms and Customer-Centric Innovations
  • Systems Thinking and Complexity


Opening a Digital World of Opportunities

What to expect

The JBS PGDip is structured to develop both soft skills and the practical knowledge of business and technology required for managerial success, including the following:

Soft skills

  • People management
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Personal development
  • Collaboration
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Developing empathy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Systems thinking
  • Dealing with complexity

Business and technology

  • Strategy

  • Digital literacy

  • Digital marketing

  • Accounting and financial management

  • Economics and international business

  • E-commerce platforms

  • Product/Service integration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Cloud computing
  • Business law, ethics and sustainability


Completing our PGDip course earns students the following six credits towards completing their JBS MBA:

  1. People management in the new world of work
  2. Competitive strategy: winning in the digital marketplace
  3. Accounting and financial management
  4. Digital technologies
  5. Operations and supply chain management in the digital age
  6. Economics and international business

Teaching Approach

Our PGDip is innovative in its approach to teaching. We believe in the importance of an interdisciplinary process that uses business simulations, up-to-date case studies, and focused assignments that involve analysing and solving business problems. Through syndicates, or small groups, we help you to learn from your colleagues and to learn about yourself.

Where possible, we conduct our learning in person, but we also offer online lectures and assignments.

PGDip Faculty

The expert professors of practice who teach our PGDip are involved in businesses, while also serving as passionate academics with interests in various business fields. This combination brings essential practical and theoretical knowledge to our PGDip.

Meet your professors and lecturers

Professor Lungile Ntsalaze
Professor and Head of DPhil Programme at the JBS

Herman Singh
CEO of Future Advisory
Professor of Practice – Digital Technologies

Dr Dino Petrarolo
Senior Vice President of Competitive Capabilities International
Professor of Practice – Operations and Supply-Chain Management

Professor Rija Rijamampianina
Professor of People Experience and Leadership

Philasande Sokhela
Lecturer at the JBS in Digital Marketing

Wayne Moodaley
Senior Lecturer at the JBS in Accounting and Finance

Valter Adao
Chief Executive Office and Digital Leader of Cadena Growth Partners
Professor of Practice – Digital Transformation and Business Innovation

Dr Alistair Mokoena
Country Director Google South Africa
Professor of Practice – Technology and Opportunity

Online PGDip

Our PGDip is conveniently offered online in an asynchronous mode, allowing you the benefit to study in your own time, in your own space. The content of our online MBA is the same as our face-to-face MBA, making this option well suited to students with unique working schedules or who are based outside of Johannesburg.

For more information on our online course

Course Structure

The JBS PGDip is a 12-month course broken down into four study quarters.

Teaching blocks in 2022

The JBS PGDip is a 12-month course broken down into four study quarters.

Orientation and Study Skills

Block 1 – 13 January to 19 February 2022

Block 2 – 22 February to 2 April 2022

Block 3 – 5 April to 7 May 2022

Block 4 – 10 May to 9 July 2022

Block 5 – 19 July to 17 September 2022

Block 6 – 20 September to 19 November 2022


The following requirements are necessary to qualify for the JBS PGDip:

  • A bachelor’s degree or other NQF Level 7 qualification – this is a prerequisite

  • An overall average of at least 60% in an undergraduate qualification

  • Two-years’ work experience

  • A demonstrated level of maths literacy: an NQF Level 4 matriculation pass in maths or equivalent (preferred but not essential)

  • Proficiency in English

  • Successfully completed the admission portfolio forms

  • Study permit for South Africa if you are an international applicant

NB: Places are limited and due to the competitive nature of our admission process, meeting the above requirements does not guarantee acceptance.


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Closing Date

Application closing date for the PGDip is
31 December 2022.


The total cost for the PGDip is approximately R90,000.

This includes all tuition fees and textbooks but excludes the UJ IT access fee and registration fee. (Approximately R1,040 once off).


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Academic Programmes

Face-to-Face MBA

PGDip in Digital Transformation
DPhil in Digital Transformation
Online MBA