Bachelor of Public Administration

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Develop proficient skills in the fields of management and administration, particularly geared towards development and administration in the wider public sector

NQF Level 7


SAQA - 71778

Fulfilled By

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WHY study towards a Bachelor of Public Administration Degree?

Public Administration is “Centrally concerned with the organisation of government policies and programmes as well as the behaviour of officials (usually no-elected) formally responsible for their conduct “ Many unelected public servants can be considered to be public administrators, including inter alia, heads of cities, provincial and National departments such as municipal budget directors, human resources (H.R) administrators, municipal managers, state mental health directors, cabinet secretaries. Public Administrators are Public servants working in public departments and related agencies, at all levels of government.

What CAREER PATH's can I choose after completing this QUALIFICATION?

Government Officials

Public Relations and Fundraising Manager

Management Analyst

Public Administration Consultant

City Manager





Semester 1

Public administration 101
Local government 101
Information and Communication Technology
Semester 2

Public administration 102
Local government 102
Public sector accounting 102

Semester 1

Public administration 201
Local government 201
Ethics in the public sector
Public law
Semester 2

Public administration 202
Local government 202
Public sector supply chain management
Labour Law

Semester 1

Public Administration 301
Local Government 301
Research in the Public Sector
Public sector budgeting
Semester 2
Public administration 302
Local Government 302
Disaster Management
Political Science


Identify public administration and development management challenges of the 21st century and contribute towards solving identified challenges.
Promote ethical and professional standards in the work environment.
Display objectivity in the management of affairs.
Understand the political, social and economic environments in which public administration and management are practiced.
Effectively and efficiently consult with all stakeholders as a member of a management team in the public sector environment.
Evaluate public management related information.
Communicate public management related issues.
Consult effectively and efficiently with all stakeholders in the public sector environment.

ADMISSION requirements

A national senior certificate with minimum Bachelor’s Degree admission or relevant NQF4 qualification or equivalent; ‘A’ or ‘O’ level certificates.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to the respective undergraduate programme, but have appropriate work experience, may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as a form of alternative admission to the programme. Admissions via the RPL route are based on the candidate’s prior studies, age, work and management experience. All admissions are subject to the approval of the RBS Selection Committee.