School of Commerce

Bachelor of Business Administration

Interested in a career in business administration? Then the BBA is the programme for you. This all-encompassing programme will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to operate effectively in a management role within the banking sector. It also serves as a foundation for those wanting to do postgraduate studies in Business Administration.

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The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is designed to offer a well-balanced 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.

In order to set a broad foundation for a conceptual and functional understanding of management issues, this qualification is built around three learning areas, namely, Business Management, Marketing and Human Resource Management. Students are exposed to these areas 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, Financial Management and Leadership Development, which are selected to align the qualification to the demands of the contemporary business organisation.


The BBA degree would be suitable for candidates:

  • who require a generalist qualification as foundation in the fields of Marketing, Business and Human Resource Management. The additional modules allow students to acquire knowledge of the key principles, rules and theories applicable to management.
  • who would like to pursue a formal qualification for a desired career or even career advancement in the field of Marketing, 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. 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. 

Year 1 Year 2  Year 3
Induction to Business Studies
Business Numeracy 
Introduction to Business Management
Business Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
End-User Computing**
Operations Management 
Finance for Managers 
Business Ethics 
Principles of Human Resource
General Management
Organisational Behaviour
Business Research Methods
Year 1 Year 2  Year 3
Marketing Management Practice
Business Law 
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Accounting
Management and Leadership
Workplace Relations 
Electives (choose one):
Digital Marketing 
Project Management 
Strategic Management
International Business
Technology and Innovation
136 140 128
* Please note that Induction to Business Studies and Business Numeracy 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 via Distance Learning (DL).

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 a Senior 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