Bachelor of Public Administration

Designed to provide students with fundamental and progressive skills in management and administration so they can become well-developed public administrators.

3 years
NQF Level 7
360 credits

Course Overview

Are you drawn to the prospect of taking on a leadership role in public administration? Do you see yourself shaping governmental policies and ensuring the effective functioning of public organisations? If so, our Bachelor of Public Administration course offers the ideal path to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge required for success in this field.

Our program provides a comprehensive understanding of public management principles and practices through a blend of theoretical learning and practical applications. You’ll explore areas such as government policies, organisational management, budgeting, and strategic planning, gaining insights into how public organisations operate and learning strategies for promoting efficiency, accountability, and equity.

Moreover, our curriculum emphasises ethical leadership, effective communication, and strategic decision-making, empowering you to tackle real-world challenges and drive positive change in your community.

Whether you aspire to work in government agencies, non-profit organizations, or international institutions, a bachelor’s degree in public administration opens doors to rewarding career opportunities. Join us in our Bachelor of Public Administration course and embark on a fulfilling career dedicated to serving the public good.

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  • Teaches students how to work at all levels of government. 
  • Provides students with the ability to identify and solve public administration and management challenges of the 21st century.
  • Equips students with essential communication skills to communicate public management-related issues. 
  • Teaches students to view public businesses from a future-focused perspective so they can effectively manage executive-level operations.
  • Gives students the needed skills to consult with all stakeholders in the public sector environment. 
  • Enables students to display objectivity in the management of affairs. 
  • Trains students to promote and practice ethical standards in the work environment.
  • Gives students a comprehensive understanding of public administration and management of political, social, and economic environments. 
  • Provides students with the expertise they need to analyse policies and make effective government decisions.

Course details

The Bachelor of Public Administration is a three-year distance learning programme with a student-focused approach. It allows students with various needs and responsibilities to study even while being employed full-time.

After registration, students will receive a full study pack and have continuous access to their instructors by phone or email.

Applicants can choose between two course delivery options:

Option 1: Distance learning

This option is excellent for those who want to study independently. Modules for distance learning include workshops, independent reading, and case-study analysis. Distance learning also offers additional workshops over the course of two weekends each semester. This makes it possible for students to communicate and connect with their teachers and peers in actual settings.

(Workshops are hosted in areas with sufficient demand.)

Option 2: Rich-distance learning

The rich-distance learning option is ideal for students who value frequent interaction with professors and fellow students while also enjoying independent study. This option allows students to interact with teachers and other students in formal, online class interactions.

Rich-distance learning is an excellent choice for those who want to experience the “conventional” way of studying but at a significantly reduced cost.


Bachelor of Public Administration: Welcome Lindokuhle

Embark on a journey with Welcome Lindokuhle, a distinguished graduate of the Bachelor of Public Administration, as he shares his enlightening experience. Witness Welcome’s academic voyage, his challenges, triumphs, and the profound insights gained along the way, all of which have prepared him for a promising career dedicated to public service.

Course structure and modules

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


Upon successful completion of this course, students will have learned the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue the following careers: 

  • Accounting and Financial Specialist
  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Administrator
  • City Manager
  • Communications Specialist
  • Customs and Excise Officer
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Executive Secretary
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Human Resource Administrator
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Labour Relations Specialist
  • Legal Administrator
  • Operations Researcher
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Advisor
  • Population Studies Analyst
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Public Relations Researcher
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Regional Planner
  • Strategic Leader
  • IT Manager

Entry requirements

To enrol in the Bachelor of Public Administration, applicants must have one of the following: 

  • A national senior certificate with minimum Bachelor’s Degree admission
  • A relevant NQF Level 4 qualification OR equivalent (‘A’ or ‘O’ level certificates) 

Applicants who do not meet the requirements but have the necessary work experience can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an alternative admission to the course. These admissions are based on the applicant’s prior studies, work, management experience, and age. 

All submissions are subject to the approval of the RBS Selection Committee.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Bachelor of Public Administration program is a comprehensive undergraduate degree designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in the field of public administration. It covers various aspects of public management, including government policies, organizational management, budgeting, and strategic planning.

If you are passionate about making a difference in your community, possess strong leadership qualities, and have an interest in governmental policies and public organizations, then the Bachelor of Public Administration program may be an excellent fit for you. Whether you aspire to work in government agencies, non-profit organizations, or international institutions, this program equips you with the tools to succeed in the public sector.

The Bachelor of Public Administration program offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Comprehensive understanding of public management principles and practices
  • Practical skills development through hands-on learning experiences
  • Opportunities to network with professionals in the field
  • Preparation for a wide range of rewarding career opportunities in the public sector
  • Emphasis on ethical leadership, effective communication, and strategic decision-making

The Bachelor of Public Administration program is offered both on a full-time and part-time basis to accommodate students’ diverse schedules and commitments. Whether you prefer a traditional full-time schedule or need the flexibility of part-time study, we have options available to suit your needs.

We offer flexible course delivery options to accommodate students’ preferences and circumstances. Our program may include in-person classes, online courses, or a combination of both, allowing students to customize their learning experience according to their needs and preferences.

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