Commonwealth of Learning


A. Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA) : OUpm003

B. Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CEMPA) : OUpm004

C. MBA: OUpm005

D. MBA with specialisation in Marketing Management/HRM/Financial Services/Tourism Management/Financial Risk Management/Public Administration/Investment/Taxation/Property Management (common first year modules with CEMBA) :OUpm006

E. MBA Educational Leadership: OUpm007 


Note: Specialisation in Public Administration/Property Management/Hotel Management is not availbale for the intake August 2016.



The delivery of MBA/MPA programmes has been in the past quite expensive and restrictive due to the high cost of higher education and the physical limitations of the traditional mode of delivery. The Commonwealth of Learning has developed the CEMBA/CEMPA programmes to respond to the need to increase access to such programmes. The Open and distance Learning mode of delivery was identified as the privileged mode of learning to overcome such traditional barriers as time constraints and high cost of studies. COL acted as a facilitator for the development of the programmes by a consortium of partner institutions in the Commonwealth.

Admission Requirements:

In general, admission to the CEMBA/CEMPA Programme requires the following:

  • An undergraduate degree with good standing
  • A minimum of two years of relevant post-qualification experience
  • Residency within Commonwealth countries (where the programme is offered)
  • A working knowledge of the English language at the post-graduate studies level

In general, admission to the MBA: OUpm005, MBA with specialisation: OUpm006, MBA Educational Leadership: OUpm007 requires the following:

A Bachelor’s degree with at least second class from a recognised University or alternative qualifications, including professional qualifications, acceptable to the Open University of Mauritius. Candidates must have a good mastery of English Language. Prior Learning and Prior Experiential Learning may be considered by the University for admission to this programme. Applicants may be asked to pass an entry test.


The rationale for the programme and COL's objectives:

  • To enable learners in the Commonwealth countries where the programme is offered to obtain Master degrees in the areas of Business Administration and Public Administration, contributing to their professional growth and career advancement and to their countries’ development
  • To develop human resources in various aspects of the areas mentioned above
  • To develop quality post-graduate programmes that can be implemented widely in Commonwealth countries and can be recognized across the Commonwealth.