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Students are required to complete 5 compulsory modules, 3 elective modules, plus a Mini-Thesis.

(2 years full-time, 3 years part-time)

Admission Requirements

  • Honours degree or equivalent in public administration or a related field; A Bachelors degree, plus postgraduate diploma in public administration or a related field;

  • 3-year Bachelors degree in public administration or a related field, plus appropriate practical work    experience, and demonstration of competence to proceed at the masters level;

  • A minimum average of 60% is required in the qualifying degree or postgraduate diploma. 

Core Masters Modules

  • ​Theoretical and Comparative Approaches to Governance,   

  • Public Administration and Public Management

  • Advanced Public Policy Analysis and Management 

  • Global, Regional and Domestic Context of Governance and Public Administration in Contemporary South Africa

  • Research Methods and Skills

  • Research Seminar

Elective Masters Modules

  • Programme and Project Management in the Public Sector 

  • Public Sector Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation  

  • Managing Change in the Public Sector 

  • Public Finance and Budgeting 

  • Administrative Law 

  • Development Policy, Planning and Management 

  • Urban Development 

  • Rural Development 

  • Gender and Development Management  

  • Intergovernmental Relations 

  • Local Government Planning and Management 

  • Citizenship, Democracy and Development 

  • ​Bureaucracy and Democracy ​


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