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Executive Master of Public Administration

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) is a track within the MPA program. It is comprised of candidates with 4–5 years of full-time executive or supervisory experience in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. EMPA students continue their employment while completing their course of study in an 18-month period. The EMPA for North Carolina Central University is offered as two required summer experiences and three full semester experiences. Students are enrolled in three classes per semester. One class is 100% online, and two classes are face-to-face. Face-to-face classes are held on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The EMPA program offers a hybrid learning model (50% online and 50% face-to-face) in which students complete their coursework online using the Blackboard learning management system.

Students are admitted into the EMPA track as part of a cohort of 20–25 students. The students proceed through their course of study as members of this cohort. Each cohort participates in the same set of learning experiences. The requirements for graduation for all MPA tracks are the same. The program is structured so that students are able to earn a degree in 18 months.

The EMPA track is designed to accommodate students who (1) are seeking to improve their professional skills and qualifications, (2) are seeking to advance to upper administrative and higher management roles in their organizations, or (3) are public and private sector employees who have made a career change or are pursuing a career closely associated with the public sector.

Tuition and Associated Fees

Tuition and fees for the EMPA track are higher than the traditional MPA track's tuition and fees. The nature of the program explains the increase in cost. Specifically, the EMPA program has an all-inclusive pricing model. Thus, students pay one charge to cover many of the costs that students in other programs pay in addition to the university tuition and fees. Among other expenses, EMPA charges cover the following:

  • Airfare, lodging, and ground transportation for two weeks abroad (The second summer experience includes a mandatory trip abroad)
  • Three meals per weekend
  • All books and case studies for courses
  • Access to university computer systems (Banner, Blackboard, and library databases)
  • A Professional Development Weekend Session
  • A parking pass for parking on campus
  • An electronic tablet

Note: Tuition waivers are not applicable for the EMPA track.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the program manager:

Dr. Larrisha McGill-Youngblood at lmcgilly@nccu.edu or (919) 530-6622.

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