​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


On completion, the IIE graduate will be skilled in areas of administration, which includes financial management and control, human resource management, local government administration, public policy, ethical leadership and political science which are essential within the public sector.




  • Manager (Middle Manager and First-line Managers)
  • Administrator
  • Financial Planner
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Human Resource Administrator
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Political Analyst
  • Municipal Manager
  • Municipal Councillor


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.


The Independent Institute of Education (THE IIE) offers you the opportunity to start with a higher certificate and progress into a diploma or degree.  There are several pathways offered at IIE Rosebank College that enable access to higher-level qualifications.  Speak to the student advisor for more information. 

Minimum Admission Requirements EnglishNotes
NSC: Bachelor pass with30% 
NC(V): Bachelor pass with 50% 
SC: Endorsement -none with33.3% 
SC(a): Bachelor passA minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/ SC(a) OR with a min. of 33.3% in SC
InternationalAn USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies is required with 30% or equivalent for English.
A cognate Higher Certificate or 240 credit Diploma OR  an Advanced Certificate or 360 credit Diploma may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.If discipline not cognate at least 20% of credits must be academic literacy or numeracy related.

USAf approved cognate foundation programme

Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme from a registered and accredited provider may be admitted.


An USAf Exemption Certificate is required   -   the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.

Transfer studentsCandidates who have successfully completed at least 120 credits on the first year of a cognate degree may be admitted.  However, if a student completed less than 120 credits, the admission criteria on the NSC or equivalent apply.
OQSF qualifications

Candidates with an OQSF Level 5 cognate qualification may be admitted, provided the OQSF qualification has at least 120 credits at NQF Level 5.

An USAf Exemption Certificate is required   -   the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.

General Education Development (GED) - An USA qualification developed by the American Council on Education (ACE)Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have an USAf Foreign Conditional Exemption Certificate as well as NBT: AQL  results and have obtained a score of at least 51 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least 40 for Quantitative  Literacy (QL).

Senate Discretionary AdmissionsMature 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.


An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student and where required, an application for a degree exemption certificate to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Candidates must 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



·       To be awarded this qualification, a minimum final year mark of 50% for each module must be achieved.


·       This factsheet is valid for the 2021 academic year only.


  • Free software is available to all registered IIE Rosebank College students. The software includes and is not limited to MS Excel, MS Project, MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Outlook, which come with Office 365 bundle. Students can access the software using their RCONNECT email address at FTP//




To get the best out of the blended learning experience, you will need a computer or laptop with WIFI, Windows 8.1 or higher, Intel Pentium 4 Processor or higher, 1Ghz Processor or higher, 4 GB RAM or higher, 3 GB of available disk space, and a screen resolution of a minimum 1280 x 800.


NB: this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication.  The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason."