The Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) is a unique educational program for public safety professionals seeking career advancement. Three times a year (Spring, Summer and Fall), a class of 25 participants lives in residence at the NC State Highway Patrol Training Academy 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., must be nominated by their department or agency.
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 required in these increasingly complex times. In this partnership, the most up-to-date research in management and leadership is exemplified in the context faced by law enforcement administrators. This “theory into practice” perspective gives participants the opportunity to make meaningful change in their organizations.
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 five courses, all charged at the undergraduate rate. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $916 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $3,555 for North Carolina residents and $13,740 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.
Approximately 50% of those working in administrative officer positions (police chiefs, wardens and security supervisors) have an associate or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, business, public administration or sociology. For those who do not have a degree, the AOMP is a time-efficient, concentrated and specialized alternative to the traditional education path of an associate or a bachelor’s degree.
Those who have a degree and want to seek additional specialized expertise find this program provides training, knowledge and best practices required for security and law enforcement administrator positions. The curriculum is highly specific to the field and is taught by seasoned law enforcement professionals and professors who are in touch with current on-the-ground practices. The AOMP delivers the knowledge and credentials required for advancement in security and law enforcement careers.
The AOMP of the School of Public and International Affairs provides management and leadership education for law enforcement careers since 1989, serving over 2,300 graduates, including 138 police chiefs and sheriffs.