Bachelor Of Science Degree In Public Administration (3 Years)


Program Description

This is a 3-year program on full time as well as parallel. The curriculum of this program emphasizes on an integrated approach whereby the student will acquire a basic education to develop his intellectual and analytical ability while at the same time acquiring the body of knowledge and skills in professional management. As such, the first two years will be spent mainly in basic education in the older disciplines of Mathematics, Communication, Economics, and Humanities while the remaining two years will be devoted mainly to specialized subjects in accounting, economics, marketing, finance, human resources management, risk management, quantitative analysis, and public sector management.

Entry Requirements

  1. Five credit passes in the GCE ordinary level examination
  2. At least two passes at the advanced level or equivalent university admission qualifications in applicant’s country of origin
  3. Subjects passes must include Mathematics and English Language at the ‘O’ level (or French or Portuguese for non-English speakers)
  4. Preference will be given to students with A-level passes innumerate/analytical subjects such as Accounting, Economics, Management of Business, Mathematics, Sciences, and Geography

Program Structure

Year One Semester One

  1. MPM101 Introduction to Public Administration and Management (3 credits)
  2. MPM102 Politics and Public Sector Management (3 credits)
  3. MPM104 Organizational Behaviour (3 credits)
  4. HCS101 Communication Skills (3 credits)
  5. HFR111 French for Beginners I (3 credits)
  6. HIT100 Introduction to Information Technology (2 credits)

Total credit hours: 18

Year One Semester Two

  1. MPM105 International Relations and Diplomacy (3 credits)
  2. MPM106 Statistics in Public Management (3 credits)
  3. MPM108 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (3 credits)
  4. HCS102 Communication Skills II (3 credits)
  5. CIS102 Micro Computer Applications (3 credits)
  6. HFR112 French for Beginners II (3 credits)

Total credit hours: 18

Year Two Semester One

  1. MPM201 Project Management (3 credits)
  2. MPM202 Introduction to Public Sector Economics (3 credits)
  3. MPM203 Research Methods (3 credits)
  4. MPM204 Introduction to Public Policy (3 credits)
  5. HAS100 Introduction to African Studies (3 credits)

Total credit hours: 18

Year Two Semester Two

  1. MPM205 Strategic Planning and Management in the Public Sector (3 credits)
  2. MPM206 Public Finance (3 credits)
  3. MPM207 Local Government Administration (3 credits)
  4. MPM208 Public Accounting (3 credits)
  5. TEV200 Ethics and Christian Values (2 credits)

Total credit hours: 14

Year Three Semester One

  1. MPM301 Administrative Law, Ethics, and Professionalism (4 credits)
  2. MPM302 Public Policy Analysis (4 credits)
  3. MPM303 Development Administration and Results Based Management (4 credits)
  4. MPM304 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (4 credits)

Total credit hours: 16

Year Four Semester Two

  1. MPM305 Comparative Public Management (4 credits)
  2. MPM306 Governance and Leadership (4 credits)
  3. MPM307 General Paper(5 credits) (3 credits)
  4. MPM308 Research Project (3 credits)

Total credit hours: 16

Financial Assistance

Africa University, in its bid to make higher education accessible to youths in Africa, and being aware of the low-income status of the average African family, offers funding to deserving students to assist with payment of their University fees. The University’s Financial Aid Committee is responsible for awarding this assistance. The assistance is awarded on the basis of merit, need and character and it falls into two categories: Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Financial Aid

This is normally meant for assistance with payment of tuition fees and it is available to students from second year onwards. The need of the student is assessed based on their application, supporting documents and information from any referees. The student’s academic performance as indicated by his/her C.G.P.A is also used to determine the level of assistance. Those students performing very well are awarded more than their counterparts as a way of rewarding their efforts and motivating them to continue aiming for higher academic excellence. Students who get onto the Dean’s list will also be assisted with payment of tuition and those whose performance falls below the C.G.P.A. required to graduate will not receive assistance.


Students must apply for scholarships through the Financial Aid Office. Different organizations, churches, and individuals set up scholarships which are awarded to deserving applicants, who must also satisfy any special criteria that may be set by the benefactor.(e.g. it may be required that the recipient is of a specified gender or in a specified Faculty or from a specified country.) Scholarships awarded may cover full fees for the recipient or may be partial, covering only specified fees. Where a student receives awards from more than one source and the total amount of the awards exceeds the total fees payable no refunds will be made, to the beneficiary. Any such excess is recovered from Financial Aid and awarded to another needy student.

Work Study

All students receiving financial assistance are expected to work in any of the University’s units for a specified number of hours a week as a token of appreciation for the award. Currently, those working outdoors are expected to work for two hours a week and those working indoors work for four hours a week.

Last updated Jul 2018

About the School

Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by the action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Thi ... Read More

Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by the action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. This amazing institution was founded in response to the call by African Bishops for a university for the whole of Africa to foster intellectual, moral, ethical and spiritual growth in its students. Read less
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