SPL (School of Public Leadership)
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MPA & MA/MCom in PDM

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The aim of this Programme is to develop and finish the knowledge and skills of students and mid-career public and development managers, who have already obtained an Honours degree in Public Administration/Public and Development Management, in a specific focus area of development, public management and policy management and to establish and promote independent research on issues to promote good governance in the local, provincial, national and regional public and development sectors. Enhancing advance skills in public management law is an additional goal.

Admission Requirements

A BAHons/BAdminHons/HonsBCom/BEconHons in Public and Development Management, BHons in Public Administration and the Advanced Diploma in Public Administration or an Honours degree in Public and Development Management obtained at another university. An acceptable study record in the preceding programme is also required. An average of 65% in the preceding programme is deemed to be acceptable, although other factors, such as the mark obtained for the research component of the preceding programme, may be considered if applicants attained at least 60% in the preceding programme.

Assessment

The programme offers two options:

i) Full Research Option

The student must, besides a course in appropriate Advanced Research Methodology and Academic Writing (if the student has not successfully completed such a course previously), complete a thesis of 120 credits under guidance of a senior academic. The thesis is then subjected to examination by the study leader, an internal examiner and an external examiner. The thesis must provide evidence of the candidate's ability to integrate existing data, information and knowledge in order to generate new knowledge and wisdom.


ii) Taught Option

Students need to choose three electives of 30 credits each in addition following an appropriate, advanced course in Research Methodology and Academic Writing Skills. Students must participate in a Capstone Laboratory where various activities are aimed at integrated assessment through an oral examination. In addition, the candidate must also complete a 90 credit thesis that is subjected to all the qualitative requirements of a thesis and a full examination by the study leader, an internal examiner and an external examiner.


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A final mark of 50% is required to pass a module and a final mark of 75% to pass with distinction (cum laude). Accordingly an average final mark of 50% is required to pass the programme and an average final mark of 75% to pass with distinction (cum laude).

 

Course Fees

Online Application fee: R100

MPA (50% thesis) tuition fee total 1 st yr: ±R46 096.00*  incl. books (excl. travelling and accommodation you may incur)

MPA (100% thesis) tuition fee total 1 st yr: ±R41 570.00* incl. books (excl. travelling and accommodation you may incur)

Registration fee: R8278.00

*The registration fee is a minimum payment towards the total tuition fee. It is therefore not an additional payment besides the amounts mentioned above.

 

Enquiries

For further information on fees, bursaries, accommodation or curriculum please contact Ms. Riana Moore at Tel +27 (0)21 918 4400 or email djam@sun.ac.za

International students must address enquiries to the International office at e-mail address interoff@sun.ac.za