Project Description

Master of Business Administration – Public Sector Management (63MBPS)

The purpose of this qualification is to develop graduates that are productive, competitive, entrepreneurial, and capable of driving new start-ups, and private and public sector organisations towards a knowledge-based economy, economic growth, job creation and improved quality of life. The minimum duration is 2 years. Students who complete the MBA programme will be able to pursue further studies in Business Administration or a related cognate area of learning at NQF Level 10, for instance, DBA and PhD in business administration or management. The programme equips students with the following skills: teamwork, social networking, collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, managing 21st business organisations efficiently, managing diversity, global management, and research. Students who complete the MBA programme will be able to pursue careers in the following areas: managerial positions in the private sector, senior administrative positions in the public sector, leadership in private and public organisations, leading start-up ventures, work in international agencies, and managers in non-governmental and international organisations.

The Masters in Business Administration seeks to recruit suitably qualified students who can benefit from contributing to and completing the programme. To be considered for admission to this programme, a prospective student must:

  • Prospective students must have a Namibian National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 8 Bachelor (Honours) degree qualification or equivalent, from the University of Namibia or any other recognised institution, in the chosen field of study.
  • Have a minimum of two years of experience in a supervisory or management position verifiable at enrolment application. Applicants are required to submit a reference letter from the employer that confirms their supervisory and managerial experience as part of the admission process.

Additional Selection Criteria

Should there be too many students that qualify for admission, those with more years of experience in managerial positions will be given priority. The selection of candidates will be made on a high point on the University of Namibia evaluation scale guided by matters of equity as outlined in the national policy document.

Students who complete the MBA programme will be able to pursue further studies in Business Administration or a related cognate area of learning at NQF Level 10, for instance:

  • Doctorate in Business Administration/PhD in management related fields of the University of Namibia and other recognised Universities.

Blended learning conducted through e-learning augmented by face-to-face lessons on a block-Release Basis.

The minimum duration of this programme is two (2) years.

Taught modules will be assessed through formative and summative assessments. On successful completion of taught modules, students are expected to complete a mini thesis which will be assessed following the University’s regulations as outlined in the Admission, Assessment and Graduation Board guidelines. The weighting of the assessment of each course shall be as follows:

  • All modules will be assessed through formative and summative assessments. The weighting will be as follows:  25% individual assignments, 25% group assignments/case analysis/case assignments and 50% test(s) (taken under examination conditions)/examination.
  • To pass a module, a minimum final mark of 50% is required.
  • The final mark for each module will be calculated using a ratio of 50% CA mark: Exam mark of 50%.
  • Notwithstanding the above, a subminimum of at least 40% will apply to the Exam Mark.
  • MBA mini theses submitted shall be examined by at least two examiners approved by the Faculty Admission, Assessment and Graduation Board. At least one of the examiners in each case must be external to the University of Namibia, except where the student is a staff member, in which case all the examiners must be external.
  • To pass the MBA thesis, the student must obtain a minimum final mark of 50% from each examiner as per the University of Namibia’s Postgraduate Support Services Regulations.

The MBA qualification will be awarded to candidates who have completed the 280 credits at Level 9 as prescribed in the curriculum and have met all the administrative and financial requirements of the University.

Note: these modules can either be offered in first or second semester according to structure of the timetable, students are urged to consult the timetable.

NQF Level: 9

First Semester

ModuleModule codeCredits
Academic Writing for Post- Graduate StudiesUAE581916
Advanced Business EthicsCBBI599912
Business Research MethodsCBRM598024
Public Sector Management & LeadershipCBPS599912
Managing Public Projects & ProgrammesCBMP599912
Managing Public FinancesCBPF599912
Managing Human Resources in the Public SectorCBHR599912
Strategic Performance ManagementCBSP599912
Total credits100

Second Semester

ModuleModule codeCredits
Knowledge Management in the Public SectorCBKM599912
Strategic Issues in Parastatal ManagementCBIM599912
Strategic Issues at the Politics- Bureaucracy InterfaceCBHM599912
Economics of the Public SectorCBNL599912
Strategic Issues in Sectoral ManagementCBSL599912
Total credits60

Third Semester

ModuleModule codeCredits
Business Project in Public Sector ManagementCBPP590984
Total credits240

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