Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration will enable you to gain a wealth of relevant knowledge and skills required for a rapidly developing state in Africa.

1.5 years
NQF Level 9
180 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • MPA Degree distance learning


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a highly sought after programme providing postgraduate training for employees in the public sector, quasi-autonomous organisations and non-government organisation (NGO) sectors.

The MPA programme offers students a wealth of relevant knowledge and skills required in a rapidly developing African continent.

The MPA programme is varied in its content and style and is academically challenging and stimulating as an NQF level 9 qualification.

Career Opportunities

  • Senior Public Officials
  • Municipal Managers
  • City Managers
  • Parliamentary Officials
  • Managers in Quasi-autonomous institutions

Programme Structure

Duration: 18 Months

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Public Policy Development Analysis
  • Strategic Public Sector Governance
  • Research Methodology and Applied Statistical Techniques

Semester 2

  • Public Administration and Development Management Theory
  • Advanced Financial Management in the Public Sector
  • Programme Planning and Project Management

Year 2

Elective: Choose 1 module:

  • Public Sector Leadership and Change Management
  • Professional Ethics for Public Service Managers
  • Development Economics
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
  • Sustainability and Disaster Management
  • Dissertation

Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for the MPA programme is a relevant Bachelor of Honours Degree or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma at NQF level 8.

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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