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Graduate CoverGraduate education in the School of Graduate Studies at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will present you with an opportunity to study and work with renowned scholars in an intimate and nurturing environment. Along with producing cutting-edge research, faculty are devoted to facilitating the teaching-learning relationship with students. Indeed, one of the many advantages of attending graduate school at NCCU is that sound research does not replace quality teaching, rather, scholarly activity influences the depth of instruction that you will receive in the university’s academic programs.

At NCCU, you will be encouraged and equipped to become 21st Century change agents. As a student in one of over 40 graduate programs, of which several are executive and professional degrees, you will have an opportunity to research as well as conduct practical, hands-on-training in state-of-the-art facilities. Working as a graduate research assistant in a lab, conducting workshops with teacher practitioners, presenting at conferences, publishing in critically-reviewed publications, and participating in organizations such as Graduate Student Association (GSA) are only samplings of how you will be able to develop both professionally and personally.

Becoming a part of the School of Graduate Studies will place you in an intellectually stimulating and vibrantly diverse community. Exchanging ideas and collaborating within a competitive university population, where over 20 countries and varied ideals are represented, will prepare you to participate in a global society. As an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) that is committed to diversity and excellence, we intentionally and enthusiastically celebrate cultural differences and how they influence prescribed courses of action.

We are proud that our professors educate and investigate by exemplifying what they expect from their students. Our esteemed faculty members model their dedication and spirit of service in their professional endeavors and creations. In addition to the classroom and campus environment, they consult with business and political leaders, collaborate with researchers at other institutions, and spearhead service projects in local communities to to address current societal challenges. For instance, in September 2006, NCCU, specifically the Department of Criminal Justice, became one of the first charter- members of The Homeland Security/Defense Education Consortium, a network of teaching and research institutions focused on promoting education, research, and cooperation related to and supporting the homeland security/defense mission. Another example that illustrates service is !Hablemos!, which is housed in the School of Education. NCCU graduate students enrolled in the Communication Disorders Program investigate bilingual speech-language issues and provide bilingual and Spanish-only services to Hispanic children with speech-language impairments. The goal of this unique program is to graduate speech-language pathologists with a bilingual focus and to provide currently enrolled students the opportunity to use Spanish and Spanish interpreters in a clinical setting.

North Carolina Central University now offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Integrated Biosciences. This Ph.D. degree program began fall 2012. It has been more than 50 years since the university awarded the doctoral degree. Our interdisciplinary doctorate offers two concentrations—Biomedical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The program housed in the College of Arts and Sciences also draws on the resources of NCCU’s Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (JLC–BBRI), the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) and the School of Library and Information Sciences.

After completing a rigorous graduate program of study at NCCU, you will be prepared to navigate a terminal-degree program as well as pursue a career in your discipline. By becoming a member of an elite club of alumni who have benefitted from an excellent academic and social learning experience, you will cement your success. We look forward to your joining us in a commitment to making a positive difference in our global community.


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North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a state-supported liberal arts institution, was chartered in 1909 as a private institution and opened to students on July 10, 1910. It was founded by Dr. James E. Shepard. NCCU was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as an “A” class institution in 1937 and was admitted to membership in that association in 1957. The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate work in liberal arts and the professions. Pursuant thereto, graduate courses in the Arts and Sciences were first offered in that same year; the School of Law began operation in 1940, and the School of Library Science was established in 1941.

The School of Graduate Studies at NCCU is organized by subject matter departments which offer graduate instruction leading to advanced degrees. The School of Graduate Studies confers degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Library and Information Sciences, and School of Law.  The College of Arts and Sciences includes programs in the liberal arts and in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to provide world-class education and to produce leaders that are culturally sensitive and engaged in their respective fields of study.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
1801 Fayetteville Street
Taylor Education Building, Room 123
Durham, North Carolina 27707