Bachelor of Public Administration

Programme Type: Degree

​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 fundamental areas of public administration, municipal management combined with a focus on the political environment and the role of ethics.

  • Industry: Commerce
  • Duration: 3 years
  • SAQA: 96410
  • NQF: Level 7
  • Credits: 363

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

Minimum Admission Requirements EnglishNotes
NSC: Bachelor pass with30% 
NC(V): Bachelor pass with 50% 
SC: Endorsement - pass 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 is required meeting the English requirements.
A cognate Higher Certificate OR cognate 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.
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.

Senate Discretionary Mature Age Admission for students with a Senior Certificate with endorsementCandidates 23 years and older at point of registration, with an endorsed Senior Certificate can be accepted on a senate discretionary mature age admission. Their academic progress will be tracked and reported at Senate. An USAf Exemption Certificate is not required.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Where candidates do not satisfy the formal admission requirements for this qualification, The IIE may consider an admission application in terms of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer, Recognition of Prior Learning and Qualification Completion Policy (IIE010).
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).


Face-to-face: This is a three-year full-time qualification offered by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) at IIE Rosebank College. Face-to-face lectures take place during the day on weekdays at the following campuses: Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pretoria CBD, Cape Town, Durban, Polokwane, Pietermaritzburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Online/Distance: This IIE qualification is available through IIE Distance Learning for individuals wanting to study and work. Speak to one of our student advisors for more information


Year 1 

  • Business Information Systems
  • Applied Communication Techniques
  • Business Management 1A
  • Public Administration 1A
  • Human Resource Management
  • Political Science 1
  • Business Management 1B
  • Public Administration 1B

Year 2

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

Year 3

  • Public Administration 3A
  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Economics
  • Introduction to Research
  • Public Administration 3B
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Research Practice
  • Political Science 3





  • Early Bird Application Fee R150 (Payable by 31 December) | Late Application Fee R300 (1 January to 28 February), non-refundable.


  • Application Fee R3 500


  • *R300 All modes


  • Full-Time R1 600


  • Cash Fee: R32 590 
  • Total Term Fee: R36 550 | Instalment (11 Months) R3 150 
  • Fees for Bloemfontein, Nelson Mandela Bay, Polokwane, Pietermaritzburg: Cash Fee: R28 490 | Total Term Fee: 31 490, Instalment (11 Months) R2 690. 

*Ts & Cs Apply. Please ensure you consult a student advisor before registering to confirm fee and admission requirements. Returning Students,  please contact your campus for full registration details. Please note all early bird fees expire on 31 December, do take note when you apply or register.


The IIE Bachelor of Public Administration is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 363-credit qualification on Level 7 (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), a leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.


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.

  • 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.



  • To be awarded this qualification, a minimum final year mark of 50% for each module must be achieved.
  • This information is valid for the 2022 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//
  • The fees for all Online IIE qualifications include prescribed textbooks supplied in e-book format. Where an e-book is not available, the prescribed textbook will be provided in an alternate format.


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 information was 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.


​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.

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