Formal selection takes place and work experience is required.
The option is directed towards the candidates already active within the field of public administration. Candidates from national, provincial and local spheres of government will obtain entry into the programme. Candidates will gain in-depth knowledge of the administrative and management functions, from a South African and comparative perspective. Emphasis is placed on the three spheres of government with reference to aspects such as public resources management, policy studies, public sector ethics, organisation studies and the role of the state.
- National Senior Certificate with admission to degree studies /age exemption certificate
- Departmental Selection
- Three years' working experience
Other programme-specific information
Note: See the alphabetical list of modules for prerequisites of all modules.
Specialisation modules: PAD 312, 322
To be considered a "major subject" the equivalent of four 14-week modules, including two at 300-level, must be passed provided that:
- the following modules which are offered at 300-level only, are also considered "major subjects": Labour law 311 (ABR 311), Labour relations 320 (ABV 320), and International business management 359 and 369 (OBS 359 and 369);
- only two 14-week modules, or the equivalent thereof, that are not preceded by the 100- and 200-level modules, may be taken for degree purposes. In other words, at least four 14-week modules must be taken at 300-level that are preceded by the 100- and 200-level, except for modules offered on 200- and 300-level only.
Promotion to next study year
According to General Regulation G.3 students have to comply with certain requirements as set by the Faculty Board.
- A student must pass at least 4 core semester or 2 core year modules to be admitted to the subsequent year of study.
- If a student has passed less than the required minimum of 4 core semester or 2 core year modules, he/she will not be readmitted to the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Such a student may apply in writing to the Faculty's Admissions Committee to be readmitted conditionally – with the proviso that the Admissions Committee may set further conditions with regards to the student's academic progress. The Faculty's Admissions Committee may deny a student's application for readmission.
- If a student has been readmitted conditionally, his/her academic progress will be monitored after the first semester examinations to determine whether he/she has complied with the requirements set by the Admissions Committee. If not, his/her studies will be suspended.
- A student whose studies have been suspended because of his/her poor academic performance has the right to appeal against the decision of the Faculty's Admissions Committee.
- A student may be refused promotion to a subsequent year of study if the prescribed tuition fees are not paid.
- A student may be refused admission to the examination, or promotion to a subsequent year of study or promotion in a module (if applicable) if he/ she fails to fulfil the attendance requirements. Class attendance in all modules and for the full duration of all programmes is compulsory for all students.
Pass with distinction
- A degree may be awarded with distinction provided the candidate meets the following criteria:
- Completes the degree within three years;
- Obtains a Cumulative Grade Point Average CGPA) of 75%;
- Repeated passed modules will not be considered. The initial pass mark of module will be used when calculating the GPA.
- Transferees from other faculties and from other universities who still complete their bachelor degrees (including credits transferred and recognised from the degrees they registered for originally) within three years will be considered as exceptional cases by the Dean.
- The GPA will be not be rounded up to a whole number.
- Exceptional cases will be considered by the Dean.
Minimum requirements for bachelor's degrees; semester and year modules; new regulations
- Students who commenced their studies before 2015 must complete the programme in terms of the curriculum of the year in which they commenced their studies, or in terms of the curriculum of the year in which they switched to their current field of specialisation. Students who prefer to do so may, however, apply to change over to the latest curriculum, but then they should comply with all the requirements thereof and they may not revert to the regulations of an earlier year.
- Students who are registering for a degree programme for the first time in 2015 must take the modules indicated under the particular field of specialisation.
Please note: Only two 14-week modules, or the equivalent thereof, that are not preceded by the 100- and 200-level modules, may be taken for degree purposes. In other words, at least four 14-week modules must be taken at 300-level that are preceded by the 100- and 200-level, except for modules offered on 200- and 300-level only.
It is thus the responsibility of students to ensure before registration, that their curricula comply with all the requirements of the applicable regulations.