Welcome from the Department Chair

We welcome you to the Department of Political Science and Public Administration!  As chair of the PSPA Department, I encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions about our program.  Please come visit us and learn more about our amazing students, engaging programs, and dedicated faculty.

With low faculty to student ratios, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration offers an environment where students can develop mentorships with professors to help them achieve their career aspirations.  We provide several programs including our newest program—the five year, combined BA/MPA degree program.  Students can study to earn their bachelor’s degree in any of our four undergraduate political science concentrations and begin work on their MPA degree in their senior year.  This program is well suited for high achieving students that have a 3.4 overall GPA or higher during their junior year.  Please look at the link available under the Program and Degrees tab for more information.  We also offer a competitive and fast growing Masters of Public Administration.  

The MPA program trains students for leadership positions within public and non-profit sector organizations and bureaucracies. Students interested in private sector employment in industries with strong governmental interactions and regulation will also benefit from seeking an MPA degree. We believe in “aggressive” career development, preparing you to move beyond existing career positions as opportunities arise. Education to accelerate career access.

The MPA at UNCP can be completed as a fully online program.  

We look forward to meeting you as you join us here at #BraveNation! 

Go Braves!

Dr. Emily A. Sharum


Dr. Emily A. Sharum

Chair and Associate Professor

Department of Political Science and Public Administration

University of North Carolina, Pembroke

Belk Hall, 602