NCCU's stellar Jazz Studies faculty includes Dr. Ira Wiggins (Director, saxophone), Branford Marsalis (Artist-in-Residence, saxophone), Joey Calderazzo (Artist-in-Residence, piano), Brian Horton (saxophone), Arnold George (saxophone/vocal), Lenora Helm (vocal), Albert Strong (trumpet), Robert Trowers (trombone), Ed Paolantonio (piano), Baron Tymas (guitar), Damon Brown (bass) and Thomas Taylor (percussion). In addition to our faculty, some of the world's greatest talents perform here with our students and their own groups. Just within the last year, artists such as Steve Wilson, Bobby Broom, Christian McBride, Nnenna Freelon and Jimmy Heath have graced our campus with performances and workshops. It is no surprise, then, that scores of recent alumni have been honored with IAJE all-star band spots, Kennedy Center Jazz Ahead Fellowship awards and touring spots with major artists. It is also no surprise that the NCCU Jazz Ensemble was the only student ensemble to play at the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival.
The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate study programs in liberal arts and the professions at North Carolina Central University. In ensuing years with the creation of several programs, the Graduate School has grown to offering degrees in the following.
College of Behavioral and Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Science and Technology
School of Business
School of Education
School of Liberal Arts
School of Library and Information Sciences
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.