UNC-Pembroke's Master of Public Administration will prepare you for a leadership role in public organizations. The MPA program is anchored in both theory and application and emphasizes the critical areas of political institutions and processes, managerial and leadership concepts and skills, and analytical skills and techniques. The program is appropriate if you are a practicing or aspiring administrator in a public-sector or nonprofit organization or in a private-sector organization that has public-interest linkages. If you already have an administrative or managerial position, the MPA program will refine, update, and improve your career potential and help add value to your performance. If you are just starting out, the program is an excellent way to build the educational foundation for a career in management and leadership.
The MPA program counts its multidisciplinary character and its public management base among its significant and unique strengths. The core discipline of the program is political science and public administration. Contributing disciplines include business administration, criminal justice, computer science, economics, and health administration.
After you complete the initial required courses in the program, you will choose a concentration of courses in one of four fields: criminal justice, emergency management, management, or health administration – or you can consult with the program director to create a custom concentration of six elective courses of your choosing.
The courses in the online MPA program are the same courses offered by the on-campus program, but you take your courses entirely online. Regular UNC-Pembroke faculty design and teach your online courses. You will stay in contact with your instructors, participate in classroom activities, and complete all the same work as students studying on campus, as required and on time, but you will do it from your computer at home. If you are not already practicing in the field, you must also complete 3 credit hours of field experience. Online course delivery is enhanced by various interactive Internet-based learning applications and by streaming video. Although it is not required, we recommend that you attend the orientation for new graduate students at the beginning of the program and meet with your mentor before you begin your capstone project.