Frequently Asked Questions
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HOW IS THE MBA PROGRAMME STRUCTURED?
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.
What are the academic requirements to apply to the ALUSB MBA programme?
ALUSB requires that all admitted students hold a bachelor’s degree with honours (level 5, 480 credits or equivalent) as the main entry criteria to pursue a Masters at our institution.
WHEN WILL THE MBA PROGRAMME START?
The next MBA cohort will start in March 2021. The previous class began October 2020.
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES THE ALUSB MBA?
Generally we are distinguished in the following areas: Building a passionate, powerful pan-African network among students, faculty and the wider African Leadership Group. A strong emphasis on Leadership Development, which makes up about 25% of the ALUSB MBA curriculum. An MBA curriculum that is steeped in the context of doing business on the continent – through experienced faculty from across Africa and business cases that are focused on Africa.
WHY DO I NEED A GENERAL MBA DEGREE?
Many students are deciding between earning a general MBA degree, and a degree in a more narrow specific business discipline – listen as Vice Dean Catherine Duggan addresses this inquiry from a recent webinar.
WHERE CAN I FIND A DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION GUIDE?
You may download our brief application guide right here. But please continue to explore the answers on this page to the most frequently asked questions regarding ALUSB and our programmes.
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY TO THE ALUSB MBA PROGRAMME?
Applicants will generally have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and have demonstrated high academic achievement in their programme. In addition, applicants should have a minimum of five years work experience and preferably some management experience.
WHAT DOES THE IDEAL MBA CANDIDATE LOOK LIKE?
Candidates are generally expected to have 5 to 10 years of work experience and are ideally looking to propel themselves into high impact careers by rapidly becoming senior leaders within their organization. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate a passion for doing business across the African continent and must have a strong desire to develop a global perspective.
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Please visit the Admissions section of our website for more information on the ALUSB MBA application process.
IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE, AND IF SO, HOW MUCH?
There is no application fee.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION?
The time required to complete the application varies from person to person. The strongest applications demonstrate thoughtful reflection and articulation of the applicant’s leadership journey.
WHEN WILL I KNOW WHETHER MY APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL?
The Admissions Committee will issue admissions decisions on a rolling basis. You can expect to receive a decision from us within a month of the application round in which you submitted your application.
DO I NEED REFERENCE LETTERS TO APPLY TO THE ALU MBA PROGRAMME?
Yes. You will need 2 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.
WHO SHOULD I CHOOSE TO SUBMIT MY REFERENCE LETTERS?
Your reference letters should come from people who know you well and can attest to your leadership, work experience and personal qualities. Current or recent direct supervisors are often well placed to do this. If you choose to have a colleague submit one of your reference letters, you should pick someone with whom you have worked directly and who knows you well.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR SUBMITTING REFERENCE LETTERS?
As part of the application process you will be asked to provide the contact information of the individuals you would like to submit your reference letters. The ALUSB admissions team will then reach out to these individuals with instructions on how to submit reference letters online.
IS THE REFERENCE LETTER DEADLINE THE SAME AS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
Yes. You should ensure referees submit reference letters before the application deadline. We, however, encourage you to go ahead and submit your part of the application whether or not referees have submitted reference letters.
DO I NEED TO GET APPROVAL FROM MY EMPLOYER BEFORE APPLYING TO THE ALUSB MBA PROGRAMME?
This is a decision that you will have to make. However, since the programme requires dedicating a significant amount of time each week, and periodic one-week in-person intensive sessions, it might be prudent that your organisation and direct manager be aware of your potential involvement in the programme. Moreover, ALUSB will work with your supervisors to design your Capstone Project and with your organisation generally to provide 360º feedback.
CAN I APPLY TO THE ALUSB MBA PROGRAMME IF I AM SELF-EMPLOYED?
Absolutely. Self-employed, entrepreneurial candidates can reap tremendous benefits from the programme and we encourage them to apply.
HOW DO I ADD NEW INFORMATION AFTER I HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED MY APPLICATION?
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, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO I NEED TO TAKE THE GRE OR THE GMAT IN ORDER TO APPLY?
Simply, no, we do not require that you take the GMAT or GRE exams before applying.
I APPLIED TO THE ALUSB MBA PROGRAMME LAST YEAR. CAN I REAPPLY THIS YEAR?
No, you can reapply to the programme in two years. To import data from your previous application please register as a new applicant using the same email address you used in your previous application. At the top of the overview page in the new application, please click the button “Click to Import Demographic Information from 2018 Application Cycle”.
I ALREADY HAVE AN MBA. CAN I APPLY TO ALUSB?
Certainly. We however ask that you explain your reasons for seeking a second MBA.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM ACADEMIC GRADE NEEDED TO APPLY TO THE MBA PROGRAMME?
There is no minimum academic grade requirement. Your grade is only one of many things we review in determining your admission.
DO I NEED TO SUBMIT ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
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!
CURRICULUM & LEARNING
WHAT ARE THE CORE CLASSES THAT EACH PARTICIPANT IS REQUIRED TO TAKE?
A full course catalogue can be found on the Courses section of our website.
WILL I NEED INTERNET ACCESS TO COMPLETE MY ONLINE COURSES?
Yes. You will require strong Internet access to complete online courses.
WHAT IS THE CAPSTONE PROJECT IN YEAR 2?
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.
FEES & FUNDING
HOW MUCH DOES THE ALUSB MBA COST PER YEAR?
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.
DOES ALUSB OFFER FINANCIAL AID?
We understand that every student’s financial situation is different, and we are committed to working with every admitted student to try to organize available sources of financing in a way that makes it possible for them to attend the ALUSB MBA.
IS TRAVEL COST AND ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED IN THE TUITION FEE?
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.
IS THERE ANY OTHER PROGRAMME YOU OFFER APART FROM MBA?
No. At the moment we only offer the MBA programme.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AGE OF THE ALUSB MBA COHORT?
We expect that the middle 50% of the ALUSB MBA class will have 5-10 years work experience. However there is no age restriction and qualified candidates of all ages are encouraged to apply.
WHO IS THE FACULTY FOR THE ALU SCHOOL OF BUSINESS?
A complete list of programme faculty can be reviewed on our faculty page here.
HOW DO I CONTACT ALU MBA FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/ IN CASE I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
WHAT IS THE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AT ALU?
All ALU courses are offered in English.
IS ALUSB ACCREDITED?
The ALUSB MBA is awarded by ALU Rwanda and is accredited by Rwanda’s Higher Education Council.
Which universities appear on the final certificate?
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.
WILL ALU PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ADMITTED?
Due to the large number of applications we anticipate, we will not be able to provide personalised feedback to applicants.
DO YOU HAVE LEADERSHIP SHORT COURSES?
No. development forms 30% of the MBA curriculum.
HOW MANY MBA INTAKES / COHORTS DO YOU HAVE IN A YEAR?
We have two separate intakes per year, which start every March and October.
HOW DOES A TWO-YEAR MBA PROGRAMME DIFFER FROM A ONE-YEAR PROGRAMME?
ALUSB believes that a two-year MBA programme provides the ideal amount of time to acquire and apply fundamental knowledge and skills, become fully immersed in the programme, build vital relationships and experience a strong, transformational impact, particularly in the area of leadership.
WHERE ARE YOUR FACULTY MEMBERS FROM?
Our faculty come from all over the continent and beyond. We do not have geographical limits.