​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This Public Administration qualification gives students the stepping stone they need to pursue a career in the public and non-profit sector. This IIE qualification looks at the basic areas of public administration, combined with a focus on management, the political environment and the role of ethics.​


After completing this IIE qualification, graduates can work in any government department or work as a human resource administrator, public policy or political analyst.


This IIE qualification enhances your creative, problem solving and analytical skills and also encourages strong communication skills.


Full-time: This is a three year full-time qualification offered by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Full-time lectures take place during the day on weekdays.  Qualification offered at the following campuses: Braamfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria CBD, Pietermaritzburg, Durban CBD, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane.  


This qualification can also be completed on the distance learning option. Distance modules are only offered in bundles, there are two bundles (semester 1 and semester 2). You can do a maximum of two bundles a year and you cannot register for individual modules.​ Speak to your sales consultant for more information on the bundles.​ 

No application fee for IIE Distance/Online Learning


This Bachelor's Degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). It is also registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) on Level 7 (SAQA ID No: 96410). On successful completion you will receive a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), the leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.


• A  National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission- A minimum of 30 % for English coupled with a minimum of 50% for four x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes LO which is a 10 credit subject); OR
• A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60 % in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation , with a minimum of 70% in the  four  vocational subjects is required;  OR
• A Senior Certificate (SC) (with endorsement) or equivalent  is required; OR
• Alternatively, a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

Mature Age Exemption:

• Candidates having attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with a  Senior Certificate with a minimum of 40% in at least four higher or standard grade subjects, at least three of which shall have been passed simultaneously and one of which shall be a recognised higher grade subject; OR
• Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

RPL – demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s resolution 6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary conditional admission (if applicable).

If you are an international student, you must ensure that:

  • you have an equivalent qualification to the aforementioned;
  • your equivalent qualification is evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA);
  • you have a valid study visa issued in the name of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) that covers the duration of your studies.​



Programme Type



  • Business Management 1A
  • Human Resource Management 1A
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Human Resource Management 1B
  • Public Administration 1A
  • Public Administration 1B
  • Political Science 1
  • Business Management 1B

  • Public Administration 2A
  • Public Administration 2B
  • Economics 1A
  • Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers
  • Administrative Law
  • Economics 1B
  • Political Science 2
  • Project Management

  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Administration 3A
  • Public Economics
  • Introduction to Research
  • Public Administration 3B
  • Political Science 3
  • Research Practice​
​​In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme, and have met all Work Integrated Learning requirements.​​ ​ In some, but limited instances some modules may change. At the time of registration, please check that the entry requirements and fees have not changed.

The Independent Institute of Education’s official prospectus is available on www.iie.ac.za and on the library webpage. Information in this prospectus takes precedence over other programme and qualification information provided​.​

To get the best out of the blended learning experience a wireless device with Intel Pentium 4 Processor or later running at 1GHZ or faster, 2GB of RAM, 250GB Hard Disk, 1280x800 or higher display resolution and Sound Card is required. Windows 8.1 or later