Leadership in the Public Sector - Military - Online and Distance Education

Leadership in the Public Sector - Military

Undergraduate Degrees | Leadership in the Public Sector - Military

Leadership in the Public Sector - Military

Entrance Exam: Not Required

Note About Application Deadlines: Often, students begin the Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS) program by taking courses as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. The application deadlines shown below are for NDS enrollment.  See the Undergraduate Admissions website for formal admission application deadlines.

Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS) is an undergraduate degree completion program that is delivered entirely online. It does not provide a military track per se; students enroll into the LPS-BA program. This program page exists to make it clear that the LPS-BA program accommodates military orders.

Leaders make a difference for the future. The Leadership in the Public Sector program gives you the chance to make a difference for yourself, your nation and the world.

This program provides an education that accommodates military orders. Soldiers and their family members can work towards their bachelor's degree wherever they are stationed. Exams can be taken off-site from around the world. As long as a student begins the program while stationed in NC, they can retain in-state tuition no matter where they are assigned, as long as they maintain their enrollment status.

Why NC State Online and Distance Education?

LPS is specifically created to provide military and non-traditional students with a liberal arts foundation in the ethical, theoretical, and policy analytical skills necessary to be effective leaders in public sector organizations. The LPS core curriculum focuses on leadership in local, state, federal, and nonprofit organizations, but the program itself includes a broad range of courses that allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree requirements within North Carolina State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The LPS program, thus, allows students to advance their military career or prepare for transition to the civilian sector no matter where they are stationed or deployed, and earn a B.A. degree that is identical to any other NC State University degree. LPS graduates find career opportunities in public and nonprofit organizations, and in firms, and additional educational options in political science, public administration, nonprofit sector management, and law.


The application process for LPS students is similar to all other undergraduate programs on campus. However, there are some differences for military applicants.

Leadership in the Public Sector program (LPS) is a degree completion program and designed to offer a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) to non-traditional students who do not have access to a brick and mortar college or university. In this regard, active military personnel and their families stationed in North Carolina are encouraged to apply for LPS. You are also encouraged to apply if you have been un-enrolled from NCSU for more than 3 years. Traditional students who are currently enrolled in a regular degree program at North Carolina State University will NOT be accepted to LPS.

Transfer Military Credits for Degree Completion

The LPS program is designed to serve a constituency for whom traditional education is not a possibility. To better serve our non-traditional students in the military, the LPS program is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges. Our membership in SOC allows active military personnel and veterans to transfer certain military credits into their LPS plan of study.

Please talk with your LPS advisor about the types of military credit that may be transferred, or contact the VA Certifying Official, Daniel Hackley, at dphackle@ncsu.edu or 919.515.3048.

The following videos may assist soldiers and their families to determine how their existing and future course credit transfers into the LPS program.

The videos below provide information about how to determine how your credit hours transfer into NCSU and the LPS program.

Transfer Course Equivalencies

Courses Transferring Into The LPS Curriculum Video

Admission Qualifications

To be admitted to the LPS distance education degree completion program, the most competitive candidates have:

  • An Associate of Arts degree (A.A) or an Associate of Science degree (A.S.) or 60 transferable credit hours of college-level work including a sufficient amount of social science courses.
  • A 3.0 GPA on his/her completed approved college level work.  However, emphasis will be placed on the most recent academic coursework completed.
  • A college level English (4hrs)
  • A college level Math (3hrs)
  • A demonstrated language proficiency in English, if the applicant’s native language is not English.
  • A complete application form

Please understand that admission is competitive and meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission.

Before you submit your application you may contact us and we can help determine how many of your existing credit hours will transfer to NCSU, which can also help determine potential admissibility to the program. We can evaluate your existing transcripts and calculate your cumulative GPA. Please contact the LPS academic adviser, Ms. LaShica Waters, at ldwaters@ncsu.edu. Please feel free to contact us for further information and/or to discuss your qualifications.

This program is not open to international students.

Restriction on Curriculum (Major) Change for LPS Students

Admission into the LPS program does not ensure admission into any other academic program at NC State University. The LPS program has distinctive application, admission, enrollment, and credit transfer criteria which differ from other NC State University traditional (face-to-face) majors. In this regard, our students are able to transfer more credit hours from other institutions (especially, from the military) and have flexibility to take only 30 of their last 45 credits at NC State University. Hence, major (curriculum) change from LPS to a traditional NCSU degree is highly restricted. Final authority regarding transfer of courses rests with the individual academic units. In the case of the LPS program that unit is the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

To check the credit equivalents that can be transferred to LPS Program, visit the NC State credit equivalency page

Returning Students

If you have been away from NCSU for three or more years, you can get your college degree through the LPS program without ever setting foot on the NCSU campus. (Unless you want to, of course!)  All required courses are available online, and you can work at your own pace, without missing a single day of work!

If you are a previously enrolled undergraduate degree LPS student but did not attend the previous semester (fall/spring), you must also complete a readmission application and have received an official notice of readmission before attempting to enroll (register).

Students who were eligible to continue at the time of leaving and who have a grade point average of at least 2.0 on all courses taken at NC State are eligible to be readmitted to their former program, provided the program has the capacity to accept additional students.

Readmission Application: Click here for your Readmission Application.

* All required materials must be submitted before your application will be reviewed. Students on first-time suspension should see the Counseling Center regarding Alternative Readmission.

NOTE: There is a $60.00 Readmission processing fee that will be charged to you at the time of enrollment (registration).

Steps to Re-apply and Enroll

  1. Readmission applications should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than 30 days prior to the date of the desired enrollment. Please be aware that enrollment restrictions may be imposed at any time which may affect your readmission.
  2. Once you have received your notice of readmission, you must obtain your PIN from the LPS advisor in your respective college or via e-mail for non-degree students. PINs are not available at Registration and Records.
  3. You will enroll (register) online via MyPack Portal at the appropriate enrollment (registration) time using your unity ID, password and PIN. Enrollment (Registration) times are determined by classification and are available on the Enrollment (Registration) Calendar.


For students transferring in 72 credits, this B.A. degree completion program requires 50 undergraduate credits. 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 $11,850 for North Carolina residents and $45,800 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees and About Veterans Education for further information.

Plan of Study

Total Hours Required
The B.A. in Leadership in the Public Sector will require 122 total hours. Of these total hours, 72 credit hours may be transferred.

Grades Required
Students admitted into the B.A. in Leadership in the Public Sector program will be expected to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. Courses used to complete the Major Field of Study must be completed with a “C-” or better. A 2.0 GPA in the major is required.

Foreign Language Requirement
Students majoring in Leadership in the Public Sector will be required to complete the FLS-201 course as a part of the foreign language requirement for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Enrollment Requirement
Applicants for transfer into the LPS Program at NC State University must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on their completed approved college level work. Moreover, no more than 72 semester hours of approved college credit will be accepted for transfer.

Graduation Requirements
There is no time limit on the completion of the B.A. degree in LPS; however, most students are expected to graduate in a maximum of four years. Students who successfully complete 30 credits of LPS major courses and accumulate 92 hours required university credits will be eligible to graduate.

Students who plan to graduate in specific terms should discuss the timing of grade reporting with their instructors in order to prevent delays.

Our Students Say

"I’m pleased to say that my coworkers can certainly tell a difference in my behavior — my responses to different situations and my attitudes are all better because of my LPS experience. A counselor said to me just last week that she could tell I was going to be a great leader because I cared and because I could get people to follow me for anything!"

- Amanda Buchanan
"Since I have a lot to juggle with a full home and work life, I knew that taking online classes on my own schedule would be important. What I didn’t expect was how crucial the discussion boards and interaction with my classmates would become. Being able to collaborate with fellow students and having instructors who really care about my success makes me feel like I’m making a valuable investment in my education."

- James Johnson
"My experience in LPS was a very positive one, and certainly one that put me in a position to move even further forward, so I really appreciate the great network you all have created there."

- Benjamin Johnson