The Diploma in Public Management and Administration aims to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills required to perform effectively in the corporate arena. This qualification was developed in partnership with industry to meet their needs and produce employable students with relevant skills in the field of Public Management. The qualification promotes understanding of the value that Public Management can provide to society, and the economy at large. Due to the ongoing transformation process, career opportunities in government are expanding and there is a great demand for skilled civil servants. The public sector in South Africa is notorious for poor service standards and the poor delivery of services. The Diploma in Public Management and Administration was created in line with national objectives regarding the shortage of skills within the industry and in response to real needs: local, regional and national.


The programme duration is 3 years on a full-time basis, or 4 years on a part-time basis.

Career fields

  • Local Government
  • Political Administration
  • Community Development
  • Public Services


On successful completion of the programme, you will receive an ICESA Diploma in Public Management and Administration

Admission Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Diploma endorsement or
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4 with Diploma endorsement or
  • A Amended Senior Certificate (ASC), with Diploma endorsement or
  • A Senior Certificate (SC) or Foreign School leaving Certificate that complies with minimum admission requirements for Diploma study as gazetted by the Matriculation Brd (Equivalency evaluation is completed with the Matriculation Brd) or
  • A Senate discretionary admission or Mature Age (23 and 45 years of age): Conditions apply or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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