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UNCP’s MPA program rated a ‘best buy’

September 15, 2008

UNC Pembroke’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and its three tracks in emergency management, criminal justice and health administration were rated a “Best Buy” by the national editorial review team of

The ranking is based on a review of 18 competing options nationwide among regional accredited universities. To meet’s standards, its researchers search nationwide for the highest quality, most affordable online degree programs.

A “Best Buy” designation indicates that a program has been reviewed and judged to offer a high quality distance masters to a national audience at tuition rates well below the national average.

At $4,113 for in-state students and $22,089 for out-of-state students, UNCP’s MPA program ranked number one in’s 2008 survey.

UNCP’s degree is available completely online or in the classroom and is UNCP’s largest and one of its most popular master’s degree programs with more than 200 students enrolled.

Dr. Daniel Barbee, director of UNCP’s MPA program, said he is happy to see the program recognized this way for the second year.

“We are pleased here at UNCP to be able to offer the combination of affordability, quality and flexibility that we have in our MPA program,” Dr. Barbee said. “I think it must be said also that we have a very high quality core faculty and a committed cadre of excellent practitioner/adjunct professors teaching in our program.

“In short, we are very competitive on every program dimension, and are happy to continue to serve students who wish to enhance their careers by earning our degree,” he said.

The average cost of a distance master’s in the public administration and public affairs area, according to’s national survey is $18,264. is a consumer watchdog and advocacy group that rates, ranks, and verifies the cost, quality and credibility of online colleges and universities.

Founded in 1989, by Vicky Phillips, a psychologist and college registrar, developed America's very first online counseling center for adult distance learners on America Online.

“ congratulates UNCP on its contribution toward making quality education more accessible to all Americans through innovative delivery methods coupled with fiscally responsive practices,” said Melissa Eubank, Director Information Services for

“The number one question our counselors receive relates to affordability. Consumers want to know where they can obtain a high quality degree at a reasonable cost,” Eubank added. “We launched our Best Buy Award program to help spotlight and promote the truly affordable gems of online learning.

“We are pleased to recommend UNCP’s program as a national Best Buy,” she said.

The complete Best Buy Rankings are viewable at:’s “Top Six Ranked Best Buys Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Affairs Programs” are at

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