School of Management, IT and Governance

Bachelor of Administration (Public Administration)

  • The Bachelor of Administration degree is only offered at the Westville campus.
  • It is a three-year full-time qualification, which brings together the disciplines of Public Administration, Human Resources and Business Management.
  • This inter-disciplinary approach of the programme promotes the study of governance at all levels through carefully designed modules of the relevant disciplines.

The structure and content of the programme are designed to develop skills and competencies of students to prepare them for a career in the public sector. The programme offers students an opportunity to gain insight into the theory and practice of public affairs, administration, and policy analysis and development management. The programme lays the foundation for a workforce to address the skills deficit at higher levels of public, public-private partnerships and non-governmental organisations. It provides a platform for those wanting to advance to postgraduate studies in Public Governance.

The Council for Higher Education in the country places emphasis on institutions of higher learning to contribute to the transformation of South Africa. The Bachelor of Administration degree is designed to build capacity in and transformation of the public sector environment. Development of knowledge, skills and competencies for enhanced service delivery is a key focus of this degree. Therefore, the rationale is to create a new cadre of individuals equipped with the ability to think critically and independently in a way that interrogates existing knowledge and helps create new knowledge. Producing graduates who are integrative and critical thinkers is consistent with contributing to transformation in South Africa by addressing challenges facing the public sector.

3 years

* NSC with bachelor pass and a minimum of 28 NSC points (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Level 3 Mathematics
  • Level 4 English (home or first additional language)
  • Level 4 Life Orientation or equivalent
UKZN-UEL Certificate in Public Administration or equivalent School approved qualification with minimum
  • 60% weighted average
  • 50% final mark for Introduction to Management Studies module (CBAP0MS) (or an approved Mathematics module)
  • Diplomat
  • Municipal Manager
  • Public Manager
  • Lecturer
  • NGO Manager
  • Administrator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Services Administrator
  • Project Administrator
  • Administrative Service Manager
  • Activist/ Lobbyist
  • Communications Officer
  • Contract Administrator
  • Program Analyst
  • Program Director
  • City Manager
  • Mayor

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Third Year