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 programme equips 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 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.

Who Should Apply?

  • School leavers who wish to pursue a career in the public sector
  • Public service employees who wish to upgrade their skills.


A Bachelor’s Degree is the minimum entry requirement for admission onto a Postgraduate Diploma or a cognate Honours degree.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered through online learning and digital support.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the programme, graduates can aspire to the following positions:
  • Public Manager
  • Immigration Administrator
  • Local Government Manager

Programme Structure

Duration: 3 years

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Business Mathematics
  • Microeconomic Essentials

Elective – Choose one of the following electives

  • End User Computing
  • Digital Transformation in the Business Environment

Semester 2

  • Comparative Systems of Public Administration
  • Macroeconomic Essentials
  • Business Communication
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Public Management Environment
  • Municipal Structures and Administration
  • Administrative Law
  • Public Sector Economics

Semester 2

  • Management in the Public Sector
  • Contemporary Issues in Local Government
  • Contemporary South African Politics
  • Ethics in the Public Sector

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Public Sector Reform
  • Policy and Public Service Delivery
  • Sustainable Local Governance
  • Research in the Public Sector

Semester 2

  • Evolution of Public Administration
  • Improving Public Administration
  • Global Perspectives to Local Economic Development
  • 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
  • Applicants that did not achieve a Bachelors pass in Matric and are over the age of 23 years will be considered via mature age exemption
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 23 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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