Philosophy and Objectives of the programme

Public Administration is an academic field of study that is concerned with the management of human and material resources in the government sector in order to achieve the desired societal objective. In other words, the programme is concerned with the systematic and analytic study of the management of public resources so as to achieve the collective goal of building a better society. The study of public Administration is useful for the understanding of how men, money and materials could be managed and utilized to the maximum interest of citizens.

The Department of Public Administration of Paul University, Awka strives to prepare students, from diverse backgrounds, to become professionals with the knowledge and skills required for ethical leadership in the public, non-profit and private sectors through effective teaching, applied and scholarly research, visitations to places of academic interest particularly in government establishments and service to developing communities.

Theoretically, the progamme is intended to expose the students to the need for all members to participate in managing public resources.

The Objectives of the Programme Include:

  1. To equip the students with skills, knowledge and methodology needed for effective management of public resources.
  2. To produce graduates who possess the skill, confidence and techniques necessary for efficient performance in government establishments.
  3. To inculcate in the students the necessary values, skills and techniques for effective and moral leadership in public institutions and the society at large.
  4. To produce individuals who will be committed in handling community and national affairs.
  5. To instill in our graduates the value of high regard for public Administration, individuals that will understand the need for community and national services, rather than regard Public Administration as a service for “Whiteman”.
  6. In view of the fact that the overall essence of education is the development of the society, the programme will produce graduates who will value efficiency, effectiveness. increased productivity, and values that can yield progress and optimum utilization of the resources in the government sector so as to achieve improved living standard of the people.

1.3 The Programme

         The department offers undergraduates courses in Public Administration to qualified candidates. The programme has four year duration with intensive classroom lectures blended with seminars(s), symposia, tutorials and visits to ministries, parastatals and other places of academic interest in federal, State and Local Government. Planned visits are done to such institutions as:

  • National Assembly
  • State House of Assembly
  • Ministries in the Federal, State and Local Governments.
  • Other important public institutions.

These are done at least once before the graduation of the students.

The library is the major laboratory.

1.4 Admission Requirements

To qualify to be admitted into the department, the candidate is expected to meet the following requirements:

  1. The general university requirements
  2. Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or GCE O’ Level  or its equivalent with credit passes in five subjects, which must include English Language, Mathematics, Government, and two other social science subjects obtained in not more than two sittings. Candidates with a Diploma in a relevant and related field of study or three Advanced level papers could be considered for Direct Entry Admission.
  3. All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must enroll for and write the selection examination organized by an accredited examination body such as JAMB.

1.5  Duration of Academic Programme

The normal period for a degree shall be four years. The maximum duration of the programme shall not exceed 50% of the normal period.

Normal duration in year(s) 50% Allowable to the nearest whole number in years Maximum period in years.
1 1 1
2 1 3
3 2 5
4 2 6

A student who is unable to complete the programme within the maximum extended period shall be required to withdraw from the university permanently.


The degree programme is structured indicate:

  1. Major Courses: these are compulsory courses in the students courses related to the field of study
  2. Required Ancillary Courses: these are compulsory courses related to the student’s field of study.
  3. General Studies Course: These are compulsory courses outside the students main fields of study designed to give him/her the basic principles of all major areas of knowledge as they exist in their interrelationship
  4. Elective: These are non-compulsory courses within or outside the students department.

A student is expected to pass all major courses, required ancillary courses and general studies courses registered. A student who fails to pass any elective course(s) registered after two attempts may be permitted to drop such course(s) using “Add and Drop Card” provided it does not affect the minimum credit load required for graduation.

The programme is structured to indicate core courses, ancillary courses, general studies and electives. All courses of the department are coded to show at a glance the department offering the course(s), the level and the stress area.