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Africa attracts students from around the world for Master degree programs. Africa has something to offer everyone, from exciting cities, to quaint villages and intense outdoor activities to relaxing beaches. There are universities located throughout Africa with high quality business programs, making an MBA in Africa an increasingly popular choice for many students. Those that choose this degree will find a truly rewarding experience with top-notch education, culture, and personal and professional growth.

You can learn more about an MBA in Africa by scrolling through the sections below. Find out more about the opportunities that are waiting for you!

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Africa’s market of 1.2 billion people holds huge promise

Africa’s 1.2 billion people hold plenty of promise. They are young: south of the Sahara, their median age is below 25 everywhere except in South Africa. They are better educated than ever before and they are richer, according to the World Bank. Some of the gains may seem modest, but they are sufficiently established to prove lasting. We now actually see the Africa of business magazines and bank ads: a continent that is rising at a prodigious pace and creating profitable new markets for multinational firms (The Economist special report).

Hills University (in French called ‘Université des Collines’) is a private university founded in 2009 in Bujumbura, Burundi. UC uses the Coursera open education platform to offer the courses that are required to obtain the UC African MBA. UC has been recognized by the Ministry of Education (in French: Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique) of Burundi as an institute for higher education in 2010. UC has been recognized as a non-profit organisation (ASBL) by the Ministry of the Interior in 2009. By ministerial decree, UC is authorized for academic studies in the fields of Law (Faculté de Droit, 1/3/2010) and Management (Faculté de Gestion, 20/1/2010). The original documents can be viewed here.

All of the courses include:

  • 100% online and learning on the go with iOS & Android apps
  • Certificates highlighting new skills & achievements
  • Video lectures from world-renowned instructors
  • Instant feedback and auto-graded assignments
  • Engaging discussion forums

Progress tracking & real-time analytics

We measure the impact of your program with advanced tools and detailed analytics. By following their progress, we can help our students learn more efficiently and effectively.

Personalized Learning & Development Programs

With hand-pick courses we have created customized programs aligned with our student’s exact needs. Our Learning & Development Programs help push students forward on key competencies they need to stay competitive.

MBA in Africa

An MBA in Africa will involve a curriculum that enables students to build a strong foundation in core business principles, such as marketing, management, finance, human resources, ethics, and law. Due to an increasingly globalized business market, many MBA programs in Africa teach from an international perspective within a diverse student environment. Generally, students taking an MBA in Africa will experience coursework, research, internship, and a thesis.

Why Africa

Africa is projected to be the world’s second-fastest growing economy by 2020. With growth comes a need for leaders who can address and navigate challenges and opportunities. UC is excited to contribute to the region’s human and economic development by educating leaders committed to making an impact on the continent.

Coursera Open Education

We use the Coursera platform to offer our education. Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors who wanted to share their knowledge and skills with the world. Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng put their courses online for anyone to take – and taught more learners in a few months than they could have in an entire lifetime in the classroom.

Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate. If you have received the required certificates, you will obtain the accredited UC degree.

Very Good Reasons to Study Business Administration

Deciding to study Business Administration is a big decision to take for aspiring global managers. Is choosing our business school worth the time and financial investment as well as the demanding entry requirements? If you’re preparing to enter the competitive business world of today, we believe it is. Our degree will offer you a wealth of advantages, especially as the courses are offered by top universities with a very good reputation. Getting a higher salary after graduation, landing a top management position or even becoming your own boss are just a few of the extra advantages.


English for Business and Entrepreneurship

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

Essential Skills for International Business


We are proud to offer the world’s most flexible and effective learning method, combining powerful, adaptive learning tools with supportive and qualified teachers.

Who is this degree for

With the innovative African MBA program, we have reimagined MBA education and created an MBA program that makes the online experience a new kind of educational experience. The program welcomes people from varied backgrounds, like arts, science, engineering, finance, accounting, consulting, marketing, medicine, military, and many more. The African MBA is for anyone who wants to enhance their business acumen and leadership capabilities either to change careers or just get better in their profession and understand the business side of things.

The program covers (amongst other topics): Finance, Management, Marketing, International law, African specialisation topics, Business English, Academic development, Negotiation, Entrepreneurship and International business.


Application Requirements

Read this information carefully, as requirements to apply to this program may be updated regularly.


We evaluate three criteria when considering candidates for the BBA/MBA/DBA Program: intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities that will add to the development of Africa.

Commitment to Developing Africa

You must be a citizen of an African country. Dual citizens are eligible for application as long as you hold citizenship of an African nation. Residents of an African country who do not have citizenship belonging to an African country are ineligible at this time.

Africa students must return to work in Africa, within two years of graduation, for a period of at least two years. students pursue a wide variety of careers after graduation. As an Africa graduate, you will devote the management and leadership skills learned at UDC to developing the African economy. As such, we expect graduates to work for African organizations with significant operations and impact in the region.

Application Process

1. Apply to the UDC African BBA/MBA/DBA Program

You will be asked to provide:
  • Educational history. Official transcripts are not considered at this stage.
  • You may also submit the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and/or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), if available. These are optional.
  • Awards and honors (academic, professional, or personal)
  • Employment history. Letters of recommendation are not considered at this stage.
  • One-page resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 250-word essay addressing how you plan to make an impact in Africa

2. Enroll in one-year BBA/MBA/DBA Program

3. Successfully complete the one-year Program

4. Within two years of graduation from the Program, return to Africa

  • Work in Africa – in a business, government, or non-profit organization – for at least two consecutive years.

International Social Institute

Hills University’s online MBA-program is managed by the Foundation International Social Institute (ISI) in The Hague, The Netherlands. ISI’s visiting address is Noordwal 10, The Hague. Postal address: Postbus 26, NL-3300 AA Dordrecht.


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