Master of Administration (MAdmin) Pipeline only

NQF Exit Level 9


The MAdmin programme is a full research masters programme designed to attract senior and mid-careerists as well as those new to public and not-for-profit organizational affairs. With student employability and workplace promotions in mind, projects are undertaken to shape socially-conscious researchers who are trained to empirically investigate and critically interrogate societal issues with local manifestation – be the issues urban or rural – in a global context. While meeting the dire need for applied research in public governance, students learn how to include citizens as co-creators of research findings. Programme projects promote African-led globalization through relevant scholarship and research, community engagement through dissertation research that adds value to organizations and the community, and the nurturing of postgraduate students through student-supervisor relations – all of which help make the discipline, School and university an institution of choice. Dissertations which meet certain criteria may lay the foundation for accessing doctoral study, if desired.


While there is no coursework required of students, students must attend regular sessions with their supervisors, follow guidance from supervisors, and submit progress reports as advised. Students are further expected to attend research and writing workshops convened by the discipline, the School of Management, IT and Governance or the College of Law and Management Studies and to participate in academic and practitioner driven conferences. Registrants may undertake full-time or part-time study.


Minimum 1 year

Programme teaching and supervision

Students enter into a contract with the supervisor to govern the research experience. Dissertation and thesis supervisors are drawn from the discipline or other duly qualified academics upon review and approval by the Dean and Head of School and/or the Research and Higher Degrees Committee.


First Year

Second Year

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