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Master of Public Administration: General Track

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Program Description

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 ninety (190) full and part-time students. That track admits an average of fifty-five (55) students on an annual basis.

Most General track students are admitted during the fall semester. However, 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. on Monday through Thursday.

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 of 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 some courses that best fit their individual needs. This track also provides students with greater opportunities to structure a Student Learning Portfolio that will accommodate broader career options. Students generally graduate from this track in twenty-four (24) to thirty (30) months.

While the program welcomes applications from all potential students who are able to meet the academic rigor, the general track is designed to accommodate students who are:
1. Graduated from an undergraduate program within the last 7 years, or
2. Government employees seeking to improve their professional skills and qualifications, or
3. Mid-career employees seeking to advance to upper administrative and management roles in their organizations, or
4. International students, or
5. Public and private sector employees who have made a career change or are pursuing a new career direction

Careers In This Field


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Additional Requirements

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 candidates application.  An applicants 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 applicants 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 applicants 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.

Contact Information

Name: Emmanuel Oritsejafor - Chair and Professor
Email: eoritsejafor@nccu.edu
Phone: (919) 530-5202
Fax: (919) 530-7977
Office Location: 319 Albert N. Whiting Criminal Justice Building
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