- A completed bachelor’s degree (e.g BTech, BSos, BEd) or equivalent with an average of at least 60%.
- Administrative and managerial experience, preferably in the public sector, as deemed adequate and appropriate by the Departmental Postgraduate Selection Committee.
- A candidate may be refused admission to a master’s degree by the Director of the School of Public Management and Administration if he/she does not comply with the standard of competence in the subject as determined by the department – with the proviso that a candidate who does not comply with the required level of competence, may be admitted, provided that he/she completes additional study assignments and/or examinations.
- The number of students will be determined in line with the growth strategy of the University of Pretoria as approved by the Executive.
Other programme-specific information
Seven prescribed modules as well as a mini-dissertation must be completed. The programme must be completed within two years after the first registration for the degree. The Dean may, at the recommendation of the Postgraduate Committee, cancel the registration of a student during any academic year if his/her academic progress is not satisfactory.
Examinations and pass requirements
- A semester mark of at least 45% is required to qualify for the examination.
- A subminimum of 45% is required in the examination in each of the modules.
- Credit is obtained for each module in which a final mark of at least 50% has been achieved.
- Only one supplementary examination in a maximum of two modules is permitted.
- A candidate may not present himself/herself for an examination in the same module more than twice, except with the approval of the Dean, on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Public Management and Administration. In the context of this regulation the phrase "may not sit an examination more than twice in the same module" as it appears in General Regulation G.32(b).2, implies that a candidate may not sit for an examination in a module, including one supplementary examination, more than three times.
- Supplementary examinations cover the same subject matter as was the case for the examinations.
Mini-dissertations, curricula and modules
- The degree programme requires that a mini-dissertation must be submitted for examination.
- Information on modules, credits and syllabi is available, on request, from the relevant head of department.
- The mini-dissertation must be submitted to the MPA Administrator Coordinator for examination after permission is granted by the supervisor.
Submission of mini-dissertation
The mini-dissertation is submitted to the MPA Administrator Coordinator, as per Research flow Diagram approved by the SPMA Research Committee.
For examination purposes, a student must, in consultation with the supervisor, submit a sufficient number of bound copies of the mini-dissertation, printed on good quality paper and of good letter quality, to the MPA Administrator Coordinator. Permission to submit the dissertation in unbound form may be obtained from the supervisor concerned.
In addition to the copies already mentioned, each successful student must submit a final bound paper copy as well as an electronic copy of the approved dissertation to the MPA Administrator Coordinator in the format specified by the SPMA Postgraduate Committee.