Bachelor of Public Administration

The Bachelor of Public Administration focuses on the principles and practices of government administration and management in the public sector.

3 years
NQF Level 7
360 credits

Key features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • Public Administration Distance Learning


The Bachelor of Public Administration programme is an undergraduate degree programme which focuses on the principles and practices of Public Administration and Management in the Public Sector. The Public Administration courses equip the student to function effectively and efficiently in public service organisations.

It also examines local systems of government. This includes an understanding of the different types of local government and their constitutional relations with the intermediate and central government. It also examines public policy issues and priorities. The programme has the primary purpose of providing a well rounded, broad education that equips students with the knowledge base and methodology principles that enable them to enter the labour market.


Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Public Administration degree, the student should be able to:

  • Facilitate capacity building and public administration development in order to promote and accelerate economic development,
  • Empower students with public administration management skills and competencies necessary to function in and contribute to the advancement of private and public sector organisations,
  • Contribute to the supply of professional skills in the Southern African Development community,
  • Cater for the career and economic needs of students who are in full-time employment and students out of school who choose distance education programmes,
  • Create an awareness of research activity which contributes to social development;
  • Equip the student to function effectively and efficiently in public service organisations, and
  • Prepare students to enter postgraduate studies.

Programme structure

Duration: 3 years

Year 1

Semester 1
  • Public Administration 1A
  • Economics 1A
  • End User Computing/Digital Transformation in the Business Environment
  • Business Mathematics

Semester 2

  • Public Administration 1B
  • Economics 1B
  • Business Communication
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Public Administration 2A
  • Local Government 1A
  • Administrative Law
  • Public Sector Economics

Semester 2

  • Public Administration 2B
  • Local Government 1B
  • Contemporary South African Politics
  • Ethics in the Public Sector

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Public Administration 3A
  • Public Administration 3B
  • Local Government 2A
  • Research in the Public Sector

Semester 2

  • Public Administration 3C
  • Public Administration 3D
  • Local Government 2B
  • Public Sector Budgeting

Admission requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English
  • A Higher Certificate; an Advanced Certificate or Diploma
  • It is possible in some cases, to gain entry into the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


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