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Admissions Overview

Requirements for Admission

  1. Bachelor's degree
  2. Typically a B average in the undergraduate major and a generally strong academic record

The MPA Program is offered in two formats:

  • On-campus for traditional track MPA students 
  • On-campus and online for Executive track MPA students. Students complete their coursework online via Blackboard one weekend per month

MPA at North Carolina Central University Application

Apply online here. MPA at North Carolina Central University offers students two start dates per calendar year:

  • MPA traditional track-August and January
  • Executive MPA track-January and May


For general questions about the graduate school admissions process or admissions application, contact Graduate Studies by phone (919) 530-7396 or by e-mail (gradadmissions@nccu.edu). Please provide the following materials to Graduate Studies Online here:

  • Most recent resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One unofficial transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application. Official transcripts for each university attended must be sent to the School of Graduate Studies at North Carolina Central University, 123-A Taylor Education Building, Durham, NC 27707
  • Application fee (either online during the application process or by check through the mail)
  • Statement of Purpose

Each applicant is required to submit a statement of purpose, usually one to two pages in length, responding to the question, "Why do you want to earn an MPA from North Carolina Central University?" In your statement, please address the following:

  • Your professional goals
  • Experiences that have led you to consider a public service career
  • Why the MPA program at North Carolina Central University would be a good fit for you
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