School of Commerce

Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Human Resources

Are you interested in the people aspect of business? Do you view people as an integral part of a successful business? Do you enjoy helping people to function at their best? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you should consider enrolling in Milpark Education’s BBA (with a major in Human Resources).

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The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a major in Human Resource Management (HR) is designed to offer a wellbalanced exposure to the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to operate effectively in a general management environment, or as a foundation for postgraduate studies in Business Administration or related areas.

The BBA qualification sets a broad foundation for a conceptual and functional understanding of business management issues, and this qualification is built around learning areas in Business Management with a major in Human Resource Management. Students are exposed to specific areas in HR in a carefully integrated manner that reinforces lateral learning to achieve the set outcomes of the qualification. One of the exit outcomes of the qualification focuses specifically on developing an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the role of entrepreneurship in business and economic development. In addition to the major focus areas, students are exposed to fields such as Project Management, Business Management and Leadership Development, which are selected to align the qualification to the demands of the contemporary business organisation.


The BBA degree with a major in HR would be suitable for candidates:

  • who require a generalist qualification as foundation in the fields of Business and Human Resource Management.
  • who would like to acquire knowledge of the key principles, rules and theories applicable to management, with a focus on the Human Resource Management discipline.
  • who would like to pursue a formal qualification for a desired career or even career advancement in the field of Business and Human Resource Management.
  • who regard themselves as entrepreneurs and would like to start their own business or who need a more formal qualification to run their current business more successfully. At the end of the qualification, students will be able to contribute to their own business venture or the workforce in a positive, ethical and sustainable manner. 


Successful completion of this qualification should enable the
student to:

  1. Communicate effectively in a business environment.
  2. Demonstrate competence in conceptualising, conducting and reporting on business research at a basic level.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding and application of management principles in a business environment.
  4. Determine the potential impact of legal and economic factors on a business organisation.
  5. Demonstrate a functional understanding of the roles, core processes and interfaces between the various departments of a business.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to contribute to a process of driving transformation and change within a business organisation.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the role of entrepreneurship in business and economic development.



In the table below, the "Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3" columns correspond with the complexity of the coursework and progression of the academic levels. These labels align with international BBA standards. The columns do not represent the time it takes for a student to complete the qualification at Milpark. Students have a minimum of four (4) years, and a maximum of nine (9) years, to complete the qualification. This allows for flexibility on the learning journey, at a pace that enables students the best possible opportunity for successful outcomes.

* Please note that Induction to Business Studies and Business Numeracy and are only offered via Distance Learning Online (DLO) and should be completed in the first semester of study.
** This subject must be registered for by all first-year students at the beginning of Semester 1; the subject is only available on DL.


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Induction to Business Studies*
Business Numeracy*
Introduction to Business Management
Business Communication
Principles of Microeconomics 
End-User Computing**
Finance for Managers 
Principles of Human Resource
Business Ethics 
General Management
Organisational Behaviour
Business Research Methods
Performance and Productivity
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Marketing Management Practice
Business Law
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Accounting 
Management and Leadership
Workplace Relations 
Project Management
Technology and Innovation
Strategic Human Resources
136 120 134


The admission criteria for the Bachelor of Business Administration are as follows:

If the candidate matriculated in 2007 or earlier Candidates who matriculated in 2007 or earlier require aSenior Certificate with matriculation endorsement/exemption for degree studies.

Candidates who have a Senior Certificate but who do not meet the matriculation endorsement/exemption requirements stated above, may apply to Universities South Africa (USAF), for mature age exemption (

If the candidate matriculated in 2008 or later

Candidates require a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 50% in four NSC 20-credit subjects, including English as the language of instruction at Milpark Education, as certified by Umalusi. Candidates who have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) but who do not meet the matriculation endorsement/exemption requirements stated above, may apply to Universities South Africa (USAF), for mature age exemption (

Candidates who have completed a relevant Higher Certificate (NQF 5) or Diploma (NQF 6) in the field of business or commerce, may also be admitted to the BBA degree.

Other certificates

Any applicant who has a certificate other than a South African National Senior Certificate has to provide:

  • a SAQA Certificate of Equivalence, if they want to enrol for a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma or Postgraduate qualification (;
  • or a USAF Exemption Certificate, if they want to enrol for a Bachelor’s degree (

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications

Milpark admits a small number of students onto its programme via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants interested in applying via RPL will be considered individually by the relevant Dean.

Distance Learning Online (DLO)

Distance Learning (DL)

Cycle 1 Semester 1
Close of Registration: 12 January 2024 Close of Admission/application: 2 February 2024
  Close of Registration: 19 February 2024


Cycle 2 Semester 2
Close of Registration: 12 March 2024 Close of Admission/application: 28 June 2024
  Close of Registration: 29 July 2024


Cycle 3  
Close of Registration: 21 June 2024  


Cycle 4  
Close of Registration: 16 August 2024  



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