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Diploma in Public and Development Management (PDM)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management is offered in the fields of Public and Development Management (PDM), Security (S) and Public and Development Sector Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). 

The PDM is an honours equivalent qualification designed to provide a blend of theory and practical skills to enable better performance as managers in the public sector.

Also offered is a fully online Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management (PDPM)

The 12-month Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management (PDPM) will prepare you for professional and managerial leadership roles in the public, development, and not-for-profit sectors. It will also provide you with the knowledge and skills to act ethically and effectively. Enhance your decision-making capacity, learn about conceptual frameworks for public management, and engage critically with the governance debates taking place today.

Entry Requirements

Entrance Criteria and Applications

Our criteria

  • Applicants require a solid Bachelor’s degree transcript or equivalent and preferably two years of relevant work experience in the public, parastatal or NGO sectors. 


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You will need to attach

  • A brief letter of motivation indicating why you would like to study for your Postgraduate Diploma or Masters at the Wits School of Governance.
  • A curriculum vitae, detailing your degrees, your employment experience.
  • Official transcripts of your qualifications showing degree, courses and results (if you are still studying for a qualifying degree, please provide your interim mid-year results).
  • Your graduation certificates (certified copies and then originals).
  • Verification and comparison of any foreign qualifications from the South Africa Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
  • IELTS Language Proficiency scores (if your previous qualification was not through the medium of English)).

Moving beyond the Postgraduate Diploma

Once you have equipped yourself with the foundation provided by the PDM courses, and provided that you have managed to achieve an average mark of 65% or above, you may apply for acceptance to the Master of Management.  On the Masters programme you will complete courses focused on developing your applied research capacity, and a directed reading seminar which will provide you with a strong theoretical and conceptual base for your research report.