Masters of Business Administration

Our MBA programme has three options/pathways that addresses the current needs of the business and economy in the global context. We aim at developing future business leaders for emerging and developed economies.

Next start date

13 August 2018

Format

Online

Structure

10 courses offered on a modular basis. Each course runs for eight weeks.

How to apply

Complete our online application form

Fees per course

US$ 550
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Programme overview

The demand for competent and creative business leaders and managers with skills to take business practice to the next level in the African context and beyond  is undisputed today.

This is exacerbated by the dearth of requisite skills given the situation and realities on the ground exhibited in most training institutions.

Transforming existing business practices will not happen overnight but is possible when sufficient numbers of business professionals adhere to best business practices.

African business practices 3.0 will not only make business practices more efficient in terms of human and financial resources, but will also have a knock-on effect in terms of the region’s social and economic development.

The programme builds on existing skills to ensure that resulting practices are taken to the next level.

All courses in the programme are built to ensure that local realities are taken into account while at the same time looking to international best practices to bring business realities and practices in the region into line with international standards and practices.

The overall aim of the programme is to develop a cadre of dynamic, creative, and highly-trained business professionals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to bring about change in existing business practices in the East Africa region.

Target students
Our MBA programme is designed for:
  • individuals and executives seeking appropriate management and leadership skills
  • individuals seeking competencies to better position themselves for future advancement and success.
  • people seeking career advancement
  • people who are looking to change industry or job function
  • graduates that expect to develop skills and critical thinking in business, management and administration.
  • those looking to gain the entrepreneurial tools that will enable them to put their own business plan into practice.

Entry requirements
To be eligible to join the programme, you should have completed a Bachelors degree with an honours class (at least 2nd Class Lower). 

You will also be required to pass our online Graduate Admission Test. 

The course is also open to recent graduates with Bachelors degree intending to pursue academic careers to PhD in future.
Nationalities represented
Average years work experience
Average age of our students

Why study with us

You will have an opportunity to study and consult with an international staff made up of leading academics, practitioners and researchers in International Studies from 22 countries.

Our Business Administration programme consists of a diverse, international and friendly group of professionals who, together, make a rich social and professional network that allows exchange of broad experiences, knowledge, and practices for you to engage in future for consultancies, career and job opportunities.

Designed with busy people in mind, the programme is delivered 100% online giving you the opportunity to study at the convenience of your home, office or smartphone, saving you the trouble of travelling to the lecture room or even leaving your home country.

The modular nature of the programme and the favourable teaching hours allow you to attend only those courses that you can afford in a year, thus offering you the opportunity to learn while you earn and fitting your studies around your work, family and life commitments, without taking a career break.

Our application process is free of charge. Our fees payment schedule is flexible, allowing you to pay in modular instalments. International students can even pay in local currency.

We have five intakes a year (January, March, May, August and October), thus allowing you to join at your earliest convenience.

We also have opportunities for scholarships and bursaries, as well as partnerships for internship and mentoring with leaders in the relevant industry of interest. 

We have five intakes per year

Programme structure (Executive MBA)

The programme consists of 10 courses offered on a modular basis over a 20-month period followed by six months to finalise the dissertation or research paper. Each course runs for eight weeks.

Given the nature of today’s world, all organizations need to keep up with the changing times in order to remain literally in business. Successfully managing the process of strategic planning and implementation will grow a better and more successful organization. Strategic Management focuses on all the issues that relate to the process of strategy formation in organizations: the planning and implementation of strategy, strategic change/transformation and “turn-around processes”, the improvement of an organization’s strategic competences at various levels inside the organization, and on characteristics of organizations that manage to be successful and survive over long periods of time.

Nowadays organisations, public or private, large or small, local or international are intricate entities that require constant attention and care. This course will lead you through several stages aimed at better understanding of organisations and the functioning of the people within them. 

International Business (IB) is concerned with the issues facing international companies and governments in dealing with all types of cross-border transactions. This course will lay considerable emphasis on understanding the global dynamics of our world, including an understanding of the contexts of global business. Thinking globally — and understanding how to bring different cultures together. 

Mr. Francis Kamulegeya Country Senior Partner, PWC

We need to pioneer new approaches to educating students and training workers in the fields that will matter in a technology-enabled job market.

Up to 50% scholarship available 

How programme is delivered

Courses are delivered via the Moodle e-learning platform, which is user-friendly and does not require extensive computer knowledge. Content is uploaded for the student to read at his/her pace. 

Common spaces are provided for students to interact amongst themselves or do group work under the supervision of the tutors. Lectures are conducted online using the user-friendly Zoom software used internationally by other great universities. 

Our free online library gives access to close to 50 million resources in over 300 publisher databases.  

Research

Tutors and students in master of business administration are engaged in research projects focused on but not limited to:

  • talent management in emerging economies
  • managing multinational organisations
  • micro, small and medium enterprise growth
  • entrepreneurship development
  • micro finance  management
  • local economic development
  • gender and economic development
  • project monitoring and evaluation
  • marketing and management.

VUU has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to be an all around manager in the field of health

Dr. Leonard Were

MD Manager, Public Health

Meet your head of programme

Dr Anthony Tibaingana

Dr. Anthony was born and brought up in Kampala, Uganda. He followed his ancestral to become a teacher. He is a renowned universities academic. Having worked as a teacher/ lecturer in business schools in Uganda. Anthony developed an early interest in business education and started as a personal tutor at the department of distance education Makerere University in 2004.

During his masters training, he was a teaching assistant in marketing and became heavily involved in educational development across various years of the master course.

From 2008, Anthony completed both his MBA. From 2011, Anthony became a Head of Department of Marketing and Management until April 2017.

Anthony completed his PhD in Business Administration at the University of Pretoria.

In 2018 he took up a Programme Leader post at VUU.  Anthony has a wealth of experience in business and management and also works as a private consultant in business, marketing and management.

2013-2017 PhD University of Pretoria, Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa.

June -2012 Certificate in General Management, Administrative Staff College India

2005-2007 Masters in Business Administration (Marketing) Makerere University Uganda

1999-2003 Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) Makerere University Uganda

1996-1998 Diploma in Environment and Practical Skills Makerere Institute of Environment

1994-1996 Nakasero Senior Secondary School (Uganda advanced certificate of education)

1990-1993 Old Kampala Senior Secondary School (Uganda certificate of education)

Anthony teaches several courses which include the following:

  • Strategic marketing management 
  • Principles of management
  • Business administration
  • Research methods
  • Principles of marketing
  • Sales force management
  • Marketing research
  • Services marketing
  • Business Communication skills 
  • Marketing channels.
 

My research interests focus on:

  • consumer behaviour
  • marketing management
  • salesforce management
  • marketing research
  • small and medium enterprise growth.

 

In conducting research I like to apply mixed methods that combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to-data collection and analysis. Whenever possible I uses participatory methodologies in collecting data.

Abankwah. R., Ganamotse, G., Samuelsson, M., Thuso, M. and A. Tibaingana. 2017, The emerging properties of business accelerators: the case of Botswana, Namibia and Uganda Global Business Labs. Journal of entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging economies. Volume 3, Issue 1, January

Tibaingana, A. (2014). Do Organisational Managers Understand Psychological Contract? Merit Research Journal of Education and Review (ISSN: 2350-2282) Vol. 2(8) pp. 132-134, August, 2014 online

http://www.meritresearchjournals.org/er/index.htm Copyright © 2014 Merit Research Journals

Tibaingana, A. (2014). Why Effective Leadership is Paramount in Organisations. Journal of Educational Policy and Entrepreneurial Research (JEPER) www.iiste.org Vol.1, N0.1, September 2014. Pp. 15-21

Kajumbula, R. I. C. H. A. R. D., & Tibaingana, A. N. T. H. O. N. Y. (2006). Incorporating Relationship Marketing as a Learner Support Measure in the Quality Assurance Policy for Distance Learning at Makerere University, Uganda.

Tibaingana, A. (2015). The work of my hands. Author’s Parlour. Available at amazon kindle

 

  • 2018: Lecturer department of marketing and management, school of Business Makerere University
  • 2018: Senate representative to council, Virtual university of Uganda
  • 2018-2020: Represent the College of Business and Management to Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA)
  • 2018: Council member,Virtual University of Uganda
  • 2011-2017: Chair Department of Marketing and Management Makerere University
  • 2014-2016: Served as country manager Global Business Labs
  • 2014: Board member of Uganda National Entrepreneur Development Institute
  • 2013: Mentor, Mastercard Scholars program at Makerere University
  • 2014: Board member of Uganda National Entrepreneur Development Institute
  • 2013: Mentor, Mastercard Scholars program at Makerere University
  • 2012 to date Board Member Angels’ Voice choir St Gyavira Catholic Parish Bunamwaya
  • 2013 to date Board Member Catholic Mens’ Guild St Matia Mulumba Catholic Parish Old Kampala
  • 2010: Coordinator in charge of teaching and time tabling Department of Marketing and Management Makerere University
  • 2009-2015: Short Courses Coordinator School of Business, College of Business and Management Sciences, Makerere University
  • 2006-2008: Research Coordinator Department of Open and Distance Education (B.com External) Makerere University.
  • 2002-2008: Coordinator B.com Marketing and Purchasing options department of Open and Distance Education I.A.C.E Makerere University
  • 2005-2007: Chairman M.B.A 2005/2006 in take Makerere University (FEMA)
  • 2000-2003: Guild Representative Makerere University Private Students Association
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