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Masters of Public Administration - General Track

Degree Offered: Master of Public Administration (M.P.A)

Program Description: The mission of the Masters of Public Administration program at North Carolina Central University is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to become professionals with the ability to ethically apply the knowledge and skills required to lead and manage.

The Department of Public Administration seeks to prepare students for leadership and management roles in the public sector through a Master of Public Administration program with multiple tracks.  In order to meet student needs, the MPA degree is currently offered in two tracks a General MPA track and the Executive MPA track.

The General MPA track is comprised of students currently working in the public sector as well as pre-service students. The General MPA track is the largest track with nearly one hundred and sixty (160) full and part-time students.  That track admits an average of fifty-five (55) students on an annual basis.  While most students are admitted during the fall semester, a small contingency of students is admitted to start in the spring semester.  Classes are relatively small.  Enrollment in most courses range from twelve (12) to twenty five (25) students.  All General MPA track classes are at night, typically starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 8:45 p.m.  Consistent with the intent, this track attracts a mixture of both in-service and pre-service students. The average age of General MPA track students ranges between 24 and 35 years age.  Nearly 60% of the students in this track hold public sector or other positions.

The learning objectives and the requirements for graduation are the same for all MPA tracks. However, the General MPA track allows students the flexibility to select courses in the order that best fits their individual needs.  The MPA degree at NCCU requires students to:

  1. Complete a minimum of 47 semester hours of graduate courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to graduate. No more than six hours of the 47 may be from 4000-level courses.
  2. Successfully submit a Digital Student Learning Portfolio of developmental experiences (compact disk)
  3. Successfully present a Student Learning Portfolio before a panel of faculty

Our students are successful in receiving appointments to a number of prestigious management internship programs and in obtaining appointments as city managers, division directors, budget or program analysts, program directors, nonprofit leaders and a myriad of other challenging public sector positions. 

Required Standardized Test: GRE General Exam

Minimum Admissions Requirements: Admissions into the MPA program are based upon an evaluation of the “whole person”. Thus no one factor will determine the status of a candidate’s application.  An applicant’s admission is determined by the academic background of the applicant, all portions of GRE score with particular emphasis on the Analytical Writing score, the personal statement, the professional background, letters of evaluation and the applicant’s resume. Students with a substantial post baccalaureate career record tend to be evaluated more on their career progression, personal statement, the professional background, letters of evaluation and the applicant’s resume.  Students with limited professional level post baccalaureate career records are tend to be evaluated more on their academic background, GRE score, personal statement and letters of evaluation

Additional Admissions Criteria: None

Application Deadline: Same as Graduate School

Prerequisites: The Program has no prerequisite courses. However, students that did not complete an American Government course will be require to complete PADG 5050 American Government during their first or second semester.  Students without an undergraduate course in statistics or research methods are generally required to complete an undergraduate course in statistics prior to enrollment in PADG 5600 Quantitative Analysis and Program Evaluation

Number of Graduate Faculty: 10

Number of Students: 165

Location of Course Offerings: Durham NC

MPA Handbook

Graduate Program Director:

Ronald G. Penny, Esq.
Chair Department of Public Administration
919-530-5202
rgpenny@nccu.edu