Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor, Chairperson
Christopher Kimaru, Coordinator, MPA Program
Larrisha McGill-Youngblood, Coordinator, EMPA Program
Department Telephone: (919) 530-7265
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 students with no experience. 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. Classes are conducted in the evening Monday thru Thursday and completion typically takes from 24 to 30 months.
The Executive MPA track is limited to candidates with four (4) years of full time professional, executive or supervisory experience in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. The Executive MPA track students range from thirty (30) to fifty-five (55) years old and generally have ten (10) or more years of work experience.
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 during two (2) required summer experiences and three (3) full semester experiences. Class sessions are held on weekends. Classes begin on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and are held for eight (8) hours on Saturday. The second summer experience includes a mandatory trip abroad that is paid for as a part of a student’s tuition.
The MPA learning experience is a composite of the 5 major components that provide students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the competencies that are a part of the program design.