The mission of the North Carolina Central University Master of Public Administration (MPA) 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. This is a professional graduate degree that enable graduates to be effective public sector and non-profit agency leaders.
Consistent with the North Carolina Central University admission philosophy, MPA students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Thus, the Program offers a curriculum that is challenging and not merely a series of courses but rather a constructive and integrated learning experience. Thus, the central tenet of the Program curriculum is to create a learning experience that is designed to take students from various backgrounds and prepare them to become professionals with the ability to ethically apply the knowledge and skills required for leadership and management in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Thus, a set of competencies required to work as public administrators with the ability to ethically apply the knowledge and skills required for leadership or management in the public sector. Those broad competencies are:
1. Leadership and Professionalism
2. Management of Public Service Organizations
3. Application of Quantitative and Qualitative Techniques of Analysis
4. Understanding Public Policy and Organizational Environments