Administrative Officers Management Program


Certificate | Administrative Officers Management Program

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) is a unique educational program for law enforcement professionals, police officers and public safety personnel. Three times a year (Spring, Summer and Fall), a class of 30 participants lives in residence at the NC State Highway Patrol Training Academy, located in Raleigh, NC, for an intensive 12-week academic program during which they earn 15 college credits (9 undergraduate and 6 graduate) and a certificate of completion. Participants, who come from across the U.S. and international locations, are nominated by their department or agency.


Departments and agencies are invited to nominate candidates for admission. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of prior academic work, demonstrated ability to work at the academic level required by the program, and the candidate's assignment within his or her organization indicating management responsibilities or expectations.

Applications must include:

  • Recommendation/endorsement by the candidate's agency or department
  • Written statement by the candidate
  • College/university transcripts of the candidate

Application deadlines: Three groups per year (Summer, Fall and Spring) are admitted, with deadlines of mid-April (Summer), end of July (Fall), and end of December (Spring).


This 15-credit program includes three undergraduate courses and two graduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $890 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $3,555 for North Carolina residents and $13,350 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

All AOMP participants must take the full load of 15 credits during the 12-week program; there is no provision for part-time participation. Participants will receive credit for their coursework on a North Carolina State University transcript, which will also state that they have earned a certificate of completion.

Career Prospects

AOMP is a partnership that brings together the theoretical perspective of the faculty and the practical experience of police officers in an effort to produce the effective and efficient public management techniques that are demanded in these increasingly complex times. In this partnership, the most up-to-date research in management and leadership is always placed in the context faced by law enforcement administrators. This “theory into practice” perspective gives participants the opportunity to make meaningful change in their organizations.

Participants in the Administrative Officers Management Program enroll in five academic courses, 3 credits each, for a total of 15 credit hours. (400-level courses are undergraduate; 500-level courses are graduate)

PA 410 - Public Administration for Police Supervisors

Units: 3

Introduces law enforcement supervisors to the subject of Public Administration as a field of intellectual inquiry and as a field of professional activity. Students will learn how important founding principles such as federalism, separation of powers, equity, and democratic accountability impact police organizations today. The more practical concerns of police administrators including budgeting and financial management, labor-management relations, and personnel law are also considered. Available only to distance education students enrolled in the AOMP.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

PA 412 - Management Skills & Practices for Police Supervision

Units: 3

The purpose of this course is to introduce law enforcement supervisors to management skills that can enhance their individual and organizational effectiveness. Students will learn collaborative leadership, conflict resolution, staff development, group problem solving, delegation and coaching. The skills taught in this class are considered theoretically [through reading assignments and lectures], experientially [through role plays, assessment center exercises, and management inventories], and analytically [through written analyses and class discussions]. Available only to distance education students enrolled in the AOMP.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

PA 411 - Managing Police Organizational Behavior

Units: 3

This course is designed to prepare police managers to develop more efficient and effective organizations. Particular attention is given to improving leadership and interpersonal communication skills through self assessment. Students will also study group dynamics, team building, and the importance of employee empowerment within a law enforcement context. Problem-solving g tools and assessments utilized by police agencies to facilitate organizational change are also considered. Available only to distance education students enrolled in the AOMP.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

PS 585 - Constitutional and Legal Principles for Police Supervisors

Units: 3

Intensive look at the constitutional underpinnings and restrictions on laws and government agency policies impacting police agencies. Specific constitutional protections relating to interrogation and search of employees, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and drug testing. Legal risks and liabilities facing police managers and how to reduce these risks.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

PS 598 - Special Topics In Political Science

Units: 1 - 6

Detailed investigation of a topic. Topic and mode of study determined by student and a faculty member.

Offered in Fall and Spring

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 20, 2019
SpringJanuary 2, 2020
SummerJune 21, 2019

Dr. James R. Brunet

Director, Administrative Officers Management Program

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Campus Box 7614

Raleigh, NC 27695