B.Sc. in Public Administration - University of Lagos | Educartis

5 years
Distance Learning


Course Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Public Administration is offered at the University of Lagos’ Distance Learning Institute. The 5-year degree and distance learning programme provides in-depth analysis and information about the business of governance. It deals comprehensively with all elements involved in the public sector, explaining their interactions and how they influence national or organisational decision making. Using a comprehensive approach, the degree programme discusses various dynamics of management, which includes funding, politics, project management, people management and community development.

From schools, organizations and business entities to government agencies, all facets of the society thrive on functional administrative skills and wide knowledge of human relationships. Offering all of these, the degree course in Public Administration becomes a platform to gain the requisite skills much needed in the competitive management space. During the study period with the University of Lagos, students are exposed to the systems of managing people, programmes and virtually everything around them, which position them to function productively within any public space.

Upon the completion of the distance degree programme, you would be a professional and stakeholder in the field of public science, holding a Bachelor's’ Degree in Public Administration, and respected to have acquired the rare skills of managing public resources excellently.
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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

 The 5-year Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration enables you to do the following:

  • Create project management strategies to include budgeting, project planning, and human resource coordination.
  • Define a definite guide for public enterprises that encompasses the establishment, running and service delivery.
  • Influence public policies and decisions of national interest, banking on your deep insight into the society and social dynamics.
  • Function as an effective team leader, or coordinate human resources effectively by helping people to express their best on any current project. 
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Certification obtained

Upon completion of this degree programme, you will receive a Bachelor of Science (also Bachelor’s Degree) in Public Administration.

What jobs will I qualify for?

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Administrative and Executive Manager
  • Reform Facilitator
  • Business Development Manager


When do I start?

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Admission Criteria

To apply for BSc in Public Administration Distance Learning Programme, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • WASSCE/SSCE/GCE/NECO (O’ Level) or its equivalent with 5 credits to include English Language, Mathematics, Government plus any other two (2) subjects at not more than two(2) sittings.
  • Certificates and not Statement of Result Slips are acceptable for WASSCE/SSCE/GCE/NECO results obtained before 2015.
  • Applicants for Distance Learning Institute programme shall not be less than 21 years of age by 31st December, 2017 i.e. applicants whose date of birth were on or before 31st December, 1996
  • Candidates awaiting results are not eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Visit the UNILAG application portal
Step 2: Click “Start a Fresh Application”
Step 3: Select Distance Learning Institute as application Type, then provide your Surname, First name, Middle name, mobile number and email address.
Step 4: Click the pay now to pay the application fee of N17, 500 (Seventeen Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) only: online or print the payment advice to make payment at any Commercial Bank.
Step 5: Return to the application portal after payment, click 'continue application,' provide your payment reference number and your surname in lowercase as password.
Step 6: Complete the application form and submit online and print a copy. (Applicant is also given the opportunity to save Application Form and later complete the Form in case certain information are not readily available.

Note: All completed application forms are to be submitted on or before 31st July, 2018. Candidates should also be on the lookout for the date and details of a selection test/screening

Payment options

  • Online Payment
Click the “pay now” button to pay the application fee of N17, 500 (Seventeen Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) only, directly online.

  • Bank Deposit
After filling out the application form on the registration portal, print the payment advice to make payment (same as above) at any Commercial Bank.

Detailed course information

Introduction to Budgeting
  • Project Management
  • Organisational Conflict and Management
  • Inter-Governmental Relations
  • Theory and Practice of Planning
  • Public Finance and Administration
  • Public Financial Administration
  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Social and Welfare Administration in Nigeria
  • Programme Evaluation
  • Manpower Planning and Utilization
  • Administrative Practices & Processes
  • Theory And Practice Of Nigerian Public Administration
  • Public Enterprises Management
  • Introduction To International Relations
  • Rural community Development
  • Environmental Politics And Administration
  • Administrative Law
  • Foundations of Industrial Relations
  • Public Policy making and Analysis
  • Traditional Administration System
  • Research Method
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Administration of Higher Education in Nigeria
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Organisation and Administrative Theory
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Introduction to Local Government Administration
  • Politics & Administration at state level
  • Theories of Development and Underdevelopment
  • Ethics and accountability in Administration
  • Introduction to Inter-Government Relations
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Elements Of Government
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Statistics I
  • Mathematics I
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Course Provider

Email & Website
  • informationunit@unilag.edu.ng
  • https://www.unilag.edu.ng
Phone & Location
  • +23417339832
  • +23412802439
  • University Road, Akoka
  • Medical College, Idi-Araba, Surulere