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About the School of Graduate Studies


The School of Graduate Studies at NCCU promotes and supports academic excellence for a diverse population of students, and communicates the benefits of graduate education across the NCCU community and beyond.  It fosters a centralized, supportive, and collaborative environment for all graduate students and faculty to reach their educational and career goals.  The School of Graduate Studies promotes high academic standards through its commitment to high-quality education, engagement in cutting-edge research, excellent professional development services, and values and respects diversity across graduate programs.


North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a state-supported liberal arts institution, was chartered in 1909 as a private institution and opened to students on July 10, 1910. It was founded by Dr. James E. Shepard. NCCU was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as an “A” class institution in 1937 and was admitted to membership in that association in 1957. The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate work in liberal arts and the professions. Pursuant thereto, graduate courses in the Arts and Sciences were first offered in that same year; the School of Law began operation in 1940, and the School of Library Science was established in 1941.  Now the School of Graduate Studies offers over 30 graduate degree programs at the Master's level and one Ph.D. degree program.

NCCU Graduate Programs

NCCU’s School of Graduate Studies has developed graduate programs with diversity and variety of interests in mind. It aims to develop independent study, originality, and competence in research and/or in the application of critical thinking to professional problems. Graduate and professional degrees are offered and conferred through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Education, Law, and Library and Information Sciences. The School of Business and the School of Library and Information Sciences offer joint degree programs with the School of Law: Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor/Master of Library Science. The School of Business and the School of Library and Information Sciences also offer a joint degree with each other. Several teacher licensure programs are offered through the School of Education. The PhD degree in Integrated Biosciences is offered through the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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