The Bachelor of Public Administration qualification is also offered through online learning. 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.


Studying through online learning allows you the flexibility to upskill yourself and do other things such as work, it is worth mentioning that ebooks for those studying online IIE qualifications are included. We all know how expensive it can be to purchase study material, we have therefore included textbooks in your distance learning tuition fees.


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.


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



To ensure that you get the most out of your online learning experience you will need a laptop or digital device with a sound card, a web cam and have access to the internet.  


  •  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
  • Work Integrated Learning

  • 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.
  • · The fees for all Online IIE qualifications include ebooks subject to terms and conditions.
  • 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//



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."