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North Carolina HBCU to launch its first graduate program

January 6, 2021 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A historically Black college in North Carolina is offering a graduate program for the first time in its 154-year history, officials announced Wednesday.

Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh said in a news release that beginning this year, it will offer an online Master of Public Administration program designed to prepare career professionals to serve in leadership roles such as public managers and policy analysts. The announcement comes one year after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved the school’s request to offer online programs.

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According to the news release, the program operates in six 8-week sessions throughout the academic year and is designed to accept students regardless of their undergraduate degree background. It will provide five courses that are designed to provide an understanding of the nature of public administration.

“Launching the MPA program is a new dimension that we have reached to support the workforce needs of the region,” Dr. Maria A. Lumpkin, the school’s interim president, said in the news release. “Saint Augustine’s educates change makers to build flourishing futures. Transformative leaders in the public and social sectors need education that helps to move organizations beyond the status quo.”