BA in Public Management and Governance

*Refer to the Faculty Rules and Regulations for Rules of Access pertaining this programme

With a BA in Public Management and Governance you can have a career as Public Managers in State Departments, Provincial Departments and Municipalities, Public, Private and NGO Sector, Administrative and Managerial Positions.

Admission requirements

  • Minimum APS:
    • 26 with Mathematics OR
    • 28 with Mathematical Literacy
  • English: 5 (60%+)
  • Mathematics: 3 (40%+)
  • Mathematical Literacy: 5 (60%+)

Meeting the Faculty’s minimum requirements for a particular programme does not necessarily guarantee admission to that programme as specific selection criteria may be applied and due to space constraints.

BA Hons in Public Management and Governance

In the Public Management and Governance Honours Degree, the student specializes in five separate sub-disciplines. These sub-disciplines reflect various generic management dimensions including Advanced Public Policy Management, Advanced Human Resource Management, and Advanced Public Financial Management. They are complemented by a compulsory module on the research methodology of public administration and governance. This module aims to develop the candidate’s research skills to enable him/her to do research independently. A compulsory research essay of approximately 12 000 words must be submitted for completion of the Degree. The modules that are offered may change from year to year. Students are selected on academic merit.

Admission requirements

Any student with a Bachelor’s Degree with Public Administration or equivalent as a major subject (including a BTech Degree, a four-year tertiary Diploma or Advanced Diploma) with an acceptable study record will be admitted to the BA Public Management and Governance Honours programme.

For students with a Bachelor’s Degree other than a Degree in Public Administration/Public Management/Public Governance/Development Studies with Public Governance/Public Administration as a major, the requirements are: the passing of five NQF Level 6 admission modules in Public Administration, Public Management and/or Development Management (or the equivalent of 120 credits for similar modules at other universities) or meeting the RPL policy requirements of the University according to which the equivalent of 120 credits at NQF Level 6 are assessed and recognised before enrolment for the BA Honours Degree in Public Management and Governance at the UJ.

The admission modules are:

  1. Research Methods and Writing Skills for Public and Development Management;
  2. Orientation to Public Management Functions;
  3. Orientation to Public Policy;
  4. Orientation to Public Human Resource and Financial Management;
  5. The Constitutional and Institutional Frameworks for Public Administration and Governance.

Duration of programme

Full-time: 1 year / Part-time: 2 years

Contact details

Name: Ms Z Jansen / Tel: 011 559 2447 / Email:


  • BA in Public Management and Governance: Full-time: 3 years
  • BA Hons in Public Management and Governance: Full-time: 1 year / Part-time: 2 years

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.

End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 6, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Feb 2020
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5,000 USD
Tuition estimate per year | Accommodation estimate: USD 2500 per year
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