Institutional page (daVinci institute)
On this page you will find information and links relevant to the postgraduate programme in which we focus on Organisational Praxis. It is relevant to the particular institution only. Information relating to the other institutions and the main page can be accesses on the right.
Background to and general information of the DaVinci Institute can be found on this page.
Being a university of work, the DaVinci Institute does not follow requirements that public universities might uphold themselves of a strict prerequisite of a degree in a particular discipline. As an institution their focus is different than public universities. DaVinci is a ‘mode 2‘ institution whereas most public universities might still be referred to as operating form a ‘mode 1’ perspective. (For ‘mode 2’ see also here)
While some do not regard the difference between mode 1 and 2 wholly significant the important practical implication is that a MSc (or then PhD) with DaVinci is open to theological and non-theological disciplines alike. They do follow the principle of Recognition of Prior learning (RPL).
One of the challenges with studying at DaVinci might be that in comparison to public universities who enjoy government research subsidies, DaVinci is a prestigious private institution that does not. In the absence of government subsidies masters degrees programmes (such as the MBA degree) all cost in the vicinity of slightly more than R100,000 (ZAR). MBA programmes typically (even at public universities) are not subsidised by the government since they are professional degrees as opposed to research intensive degrees. (Our approach is a research approach with professional application).
Since private institutions work differently with fees the allowed duration within which to complete a masters or PhD porgramme is generally longer than at public universities.
If you come from a non-theological background DaVinci may however be able to assist you in approaching your organisation for in-part funding.
Since the degree that will be conferred is a non-theological or non-religious related degree (though more expensive) DaVinci offers a viable professional option beyond being tied to the clerical profession (if that is what is desired).