Bachelor of Public Administration

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

3 years
NQF Level 7
360 credits

Key features

  • Relevant to the economic context of the business environment.
  • Based on Industry trends and needs
  • Benchmarked against sound business & accounting principles
  • Flexible Programme Delivery options
  •  Easily accessible support
  • Builds a sustainable advantage

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Public Administration is the implementation of government policy and also an academic discipline that studies this implementation and prepares civil servants for working in the public service. As a “field of inquiry with a diverse scope” its fundamental goal… is to advance management and policies so that government can function efficiently, effectively, economically and equitably. “Some of the various definitions offered for the term are: “the management of public programme”, the “translation of politics into the reality that citizens see every day”; and “the study of government decision making, the analysis of policies themselves, the various inputs that have produced them, and the inputs necessary to produce alternative policies.”

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.


Upon successful completion of the programme, the student should be able to:

  • 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.

Programme structure

Duration: 3 years

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Public administration 101
  • Local government 101
  • Microeconomics
  • Information and Communication Technology

Semester 2

  • Public administration 102
  • Local government 102
  • Macroeconomics
  • Public sector accounting 102

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

Admission requirements

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 candidate’s prior studies, age, work and management experience. All admissions are subject to the approval of the RBS Selection Committee.

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