Diploma in Public Administration

Faculty of Commerce







The Diploma in Public Administration is a three-year qualification that reflects the needs of management in the public sector where both hard and soft skills are in short supply. Competent practitioners in this sector are required to improve quality standards, increase productivity levels, address performance requirements, and obtain current and appropriate knowledge and skills in key management areas. In today’s world of Public Administration characterised by corruption, abuse of public funds and service delivery deficiency, the Diploma in Public Administration is designed to mould future Public Administrators that are ethical, accountable, and responsible, with a passion to contribute to the development of the economy.

The programme duration is 3 years minimum

Learners could pursue a career as a:

  • Manager within the local, provincial and national government
  • Public administration officer
  • Supervisors and administration clerks in the various branches of the public sector and quasi-governmentOrganisations
  • Public Administration Consultancy
  • Public Affairs Executive
  • Public Policy Researcher

Upon successful completion of your programme, you will receive a certificate depicting: Diploma in Public Administration and an academic transcript. These documents will be issued at the annual graduation ceremony, couriered to the nearest branch, or posted to you, provided that your account is in order.It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they meet all the programme requirements before a qualification can be issued.

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The minimum requirements for Diploma in Public Administration are:
A Grade 12 Certificate with admission to diploma studies
An achievement rating of 3 (40% - 49%) in 4 recognized 20 credit-bearing subjects
Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
English at grade 12/NQF level 4 or equivalent
Age Exemption (23 years or older)
At least five years of post-Secondary School experience in the field in which the student wishes to study and

  • Proof of English language proficiency and
  • National Senior Certificate or equivalent
  • Mature age applicants, 45 years and older without a school leaving qualification, may apply for conditional exemption.
  • Foreign Students whose first language is not English, may be required to provide proof of proficiency in English prior to admission to the programme.


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