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ALUSB’s 20-month MBA programme uses technology to leapfrog traditional MBA learning models. Rather than a residential program that takes students out of the workforce for as much as two years and emphasizes theoretical approaches, the ALUSB MBA uses a cutting-edge ‘flipped’ educational model that emphasizes student-centered, participatory learning based on real-world issues. Instead of simply memorizing frameworks and formulae, ALUSB MBA students will gain key problem-solving, strategic-thinking, communication, and leadership skills—as well as a peer network drawn from countries across the continent.
To be eligible to apply to the ALUSB MBA programme, you will need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. In addition, we look for candidates with a minimum of five years work experience and preferably some management experience who are in full-time employment.
There is no application fee.
The Admissions Committee will issue an admissions decision within four weeks of the round application deadline, providing that your application is complete and all materials are received by the Admissions team.
Yes. You will need two professional reference letters from people who can give an accurate, detailed description of your work experience, character and leadership abilities. One of the letters must come from your supervisor at your current or former place of work. The second letter can come from a supervisor or a colleague.
The ALUSB online application form will guide you on this process.
You should ensure referees submit reference letters before the application deadline. You can, however, still submit your application before your referees have completed their forms. Note that the Admissions Committee will not review your application until your referees have completed their references.
No formal approval from your employer is needed by the ALUSB Admissions Committee. As this part-time MBA part-time MBA programme requires dedicating at least 20 hours of study time each week during online periods, and six weeks of in-person sessions over the course of 20 months, we strongly recommend that you align with your organisation and direct manager ahead of committing to this programme.
Absolutely. Self-employed, entrepreneurial candidates can reap tremendous benefits from the MBA programme and we encourage them to apply.
No, we do not require that you take the GMAT or GRE exams to apply to ALU School of Business.
Once formally submitted, no changes can be made to the application. However if there is a change in your situation that you think would significantly affect how we assess your application, you can send us additional information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If denied admission to a programme, you can generally re-apply in two years time. Check your communication from the Admissions team for specific information.
Certainly. We however ask that you explain your reasons for seeking a second MBA in the Academic section of the online application form.
There is no minimum academic grade requirement. Your academic transcript is one of several items we review as part of our holistic admissions process.
Yes, you should submit your application materials before the deadline, preferably when submitting the application. Professional recommendations can come in a few days after the deadline. We understand that your recommenders are busy people!
All MBA course descriptions can be found here.
Yes. You will require a stable wifi connection to complete the online parts of this part-time MBA.
The Capstone Project is designed to allow you to impact your organisation immediately. You will be asked to identify and solve a large problem that your organisation is currently facing. You will submit a project proposal and it will be refined and accepted by ALUSB and possibly your manager at work. This will require coordination between your employer and ALUSB’s curriculum team to design a beneficial real-world management experience that will impact your organisation.
ALUSB will work with self-employed candidates to design suitable Capstone Projects.
The ALUSB MBA costs $15,000 per-year ($30,000 total), which includes tuition fees for online courses and costs of all in-person workshops. Travel and accommodation costs during in-person workshops are not included in this figure.
Yes, you can access MBA financing options here. We understand that every student’s financial situation is different, and we are committed to working with every admitted student to try to organise available sources of financing in a way that makes it possible for them to attend the ALUSB MBA. Note, ALUSB does not offer full MBA scholarships.
No, travel and accommodation costs are not included. Students pay for accommodation and travel themselves. They are quite creative and can offer advice on great accommodation deals in Kigali, Rwanda. Contact us email@example.com for more information.
A complete list of programme faculty can be reviewed on our ALUSB faculty page.
All ALU courses are offered in English.
The ALUSB MBA is awarded by ALU Rwanda and is accredited by Rwanda’s Higher Education Council.
The MBA degree will be awarded by the African Leadership University School of Business (ALUSB), which is the school that will appear on the degree certificate. While ALUSB is collaborating with other institutions to deliver a number of the online courses in the ALU MBA programme, the bulk of the degree will be designed and delivered by ALUSB, consistent with our commitment to creating a degree that is as relevant as possible to African business leaders. As such, while the ALU MBA will provide alumni status at ALU and access to a number of ALU-related networks (ALU alumni; the African Leadership Network), the MBA degree will not confer special status (alumni or other) at the other institutions.
Due to the large number of applications we anticipate, we will not be able to provide personalised feedback to applicants.
Yes, head over to our Executive Education page to find out more.
We have two separate MBA intakes per year, starting every March and October.