Bachelor of Public Administration Honours

An Honours in Public Administration will expand your knowledge in the field of public administration with a sound understanding of research methodologies, organisational strategy, structure, systems and organisational culture.

1 year
NQF Level 8
120 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support 
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • Honours in Public Administration distance learning


The economic and social progress of society is largely dependent on the effectiveness of its public administration. Globally, the domain of public administration has witnessed a heightened focus on service delivery, governance, accountability, transparency and reporting. In order to meet these challenges, governments have widened their search for ethical and effective public administrators.

 These individuals are expected to handle matters arising from a diverse society, excel at community service goals, promote constructive civic and social engagement and most importantly, provide leadership, service and lifelong learning to the larger community.

The Bachelor of Public Administration Honours is a one-year postgraduate programme aimed at students who have completed the relevant first degree and who intend to consolidate and strengthen their expertise in the field of Public Administration. 

This programme is pivotal to the development of research capacity in the methodology and techniques of Public Administration. The programme also focuses on equipping students with a sound understanding of organisational strategy, structure, systems and organisational culture.

Career Opportunities

  • Public Official
  • City Manager
  • Municipal Manager
  • Manager in Quasi-autonomous institutions
  • Senior Manager/ Analyst
  • Corporate Executive
  • Entrepreneur

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year

All students must complete four core modules in the first semester. In semester two, students must complete a research report and two core modules.

Semester 1

  • Theory and Science of Public Administration
  • Planning and Policy Analysis in the Public Sector
  • Research Methodology
  • Leadership in the Public Sector

Semester 2

  • Politics in the Public Sector
  • Management of Public and Municipal Finance
  • Research Project

Admission Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is a relevant Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Diploma at NQF level 7.
  • It is possible to gain entry to the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 30 years.
  • For further information on this alternative route, please contact a student advisor. All applicants with an international qualification will be considered in accordance with MANCOSA’s institutional rules.

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