The Department of Public Administration at North Carolina Central University is a community of teachers, researchers, public servants students and community partners that work collaboratively to prepare students, from diverse backgrounds, to become professionals with the knowledge and skills required for ethical leadership in the public and non-profit sectors. The department seeks to accomplish its mission through effective teaching, applied and scholarly research and service to developing communities. The Department is a unit within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the NCCU Graduate School. We have three major functional areas which are essential in creating a learning experience that provides students with both the theoretical foundation and the practical experience needed to accomplish our mission to develop public sector leaders and managers:
The department traces its origin to the establishment of an undergraduate Public Administration concentration. Under the leadership of Dr. Tyrone Baines, this concentration, created within the Department of Political Science started in 1973 and grew to produce an impressive array of public sector professionals. The Master of Public Administration program was established in 1985 and was led by Dr. Clarence Brown. The mission of the North Carolina Central University Master of Public Administration program is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to become professionals with the ability to ethically apply the knowledge and skills required for leadership and management for the public interest. In 2001, under the guidance of Dr. William Lewis, Public Administration became a autonomous department. In 2005, under the direction of Ronald Penny, Esq, the department initiated the Executive-MidCareer MPA track.
The undergraduate and MPA programs continues to experience very positive growth. During 2007-2008 BA enrollment was over 75 and MPA student enrollment was 230 making our graduate program one of the largest outside of the Law School. The NCCU graduate program has historically been at night. As a result the MPA program has historically attracted a large percentage of in-service students. In recent years students in the MPA program are both in-service and pre-service.
MPA graduates from North Carolina Central have a wide variety of employment opportunities that include city, county, state, and federal governments, international assignments, nonprofit, and private corporations. Students have successfully competed for prestigious programs such as the Presidential Management Internship, the Capital City Fellows, the Prince George County Public Policy Fellows Program, the HUD Intern Program, and the Government-wide Acquisition Management Intern Program as well as other nonprofit and local government management programs.
Department of Public Administration Mission
The Department of Public Administration at North Carolina Central University strives to prepare students, from diverse backgrounds, to become professionals with the knowledge and skills required for ethical leadership in the public and non-profit sectors through effective teaching, applied and scholarly research and service to developing communities.
In order to accomplish the mission, the department shall, in an environment that nurtures individual growth, equip students with the knowledge and skills to:
In partnership with the public and non-profit sectors, the Department of Public Administration strives to serve developing communities by empowering their leaders to make informed and equitable decisions.
The faculty seeks to advance the study of public administration and public policy through research that assists in resolving issues facing developing communities.
Mission of the NCCU MPA Program
The mission of the North Carolina Central University Master of Public Administration Program is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to become professionals with the ability to ethically apply the knowledge and skills required for leadership and management for the public interest.
While the distinctions in these two mission statements are subtle, the MPA mission is made to specifically focus the Master of Public Administration Program on the higher expectations for these students. These higher expectations focus the program’s energy on the development of MPA students that can demonstrate the program identified set of knowledge and skills required for a public sector leader or manager to address an actual issue in a professional manner. We expect an MPA student to not merely identify the issues, as might be expected at the undergraduate level. MPA students must demonstrate the skills required to use appropriate qualitative and quantitative analytical tools to ethically resolve the issues in the best interest of the organization and the public.