Leadership in the Public Sector - Military

 

Bachelor of Arts | Leadership in the Public Sector - Military

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Entrance Exam: Not required

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.

Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS) is an undergraduate degree completion program that is delivered entirely online. The program provides an education that accommodates military orders.  Soldiers and their family members can work towards their B.A. 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?

NOTE: The application deadlines posted below are for NDS students applying for the LPS certificate. Please view the application deadlines for the B.A. degree here.

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, Arts 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.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

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.

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!

Readmission
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.

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.

Departmental Requirements

LPS 200 - Introduction to Public Leadership

Units: 3

This introductory course is designed for students who are interested in exploring public sector leadership. It starts with acquainting how to conduct adequate academic research for studying leadership. Covering fundamental concepts and assumptions of leadership, it will focus on necessary skills and approaches for good public and non-profit sector leadership. The course will also address contemporary e-government practices and the role of information technology in the public sector.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 2 2018 Fall Term

LPS 315 - Public Leadership

Units: 3

Nature and varieties of political leadership by elected and appointed officials in government, officials and volunteers in nonprofit organizations, and leaders of political movements and community groups drawing on literature in political science, self-assessment of student's leadership characteristics and examination of outlets for political leadership activity.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

LPS 320 - Research Methodology for the Public Sector

Units: 3

This course will teach students to investigate political and policy related questions in a systematic and scientifically rigorous fashion. Students will become familiar with the basic toolkit of social science methodology, practice basic data analysis, and develop a research project. They will acquire the skills essential for evaluating the claims of others and for advancing sound arguments of their own. This knowledge is applicable in a wide variety of organizational research, needs assessment, program and performance evaluation.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

LPS 425 - Leadership in the Public & Nonprofit Sectors Captsone

Units: 3

Leadership is a critical topic in public, nonprofit, and business administration. Leadership is what we expect of U.S. presidents, association directors, and CEOs, as well as of mid-level and frontline supervisors. Clearly, leaders are awarded the accolades when the organization succeeds and given the blame for its failures. But organizations succeed not just because of the top leader's actions; a positive leadership climate that pervades the organization helps it to learn, adapt, and perform at a high level. Only LPS major students must complete LPS 200 Introduction to Public Leadership course prior to enrolling in LPS 425.

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term

Departmental Electives

200 Level Elective Courses - Choose Three

IDS 201 - Environmental Ethics

Units: 3

Interdisciplinary consideration of ways in which field of study coupled with personal/cultural values contribute towards either solving or compounding environmental problems; provides framework for process of making ethical decisions.

GEP: Global Knowledge

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

LPS 201 - The Humanitarian Response to Conflict

Units: 3

LPS 201 offers up an introduction to the ideals and paradoxes of humanitarian intervention, with a special emphasis on military responses to humanitarian crises. This course explores the history, animating ideals and contemporary paradoxes of humanitarian action and related military interventions. Throughout history and ever increasingly in the present, there is an intersection between military and humanitarian operations in conflict zones.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

LPS 202 - Essentials of Fundraising for Leaders in Public and Non-Profit Institutions

Units: 3

The course covers the basics of fundraising for public and non-profit agencies which include the agencies history, board development, event planning, and the motivation of the giver. In addition, the students will learn the elements of grant proposals related to public sector agencies. The work will include case studies, weekly lectures, discussion assignments, final exam and a special event planning proposal.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Fall Term

LPS 205 - International Leadership for the Public Sector

Units: 3

Perspectives on leadership dilemmas and strategies in a globalized, knowledge-based, network-dependent environment. Challenges of state and nation-building abroad. Trans-border policy concerns for the national, state, and local governments. Applications of soft power and public diplomacy. International interactions of non-profit and non-governmental organizations. International aspects of informal and grass roots activism.

Offered in Fall Only

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PHI 221 - Contemporary Moral Issues

Units: 3

Philosophical analysis and theory applied to a broad range of contemporary moral issues, including euthanasia, suicide, capital punishment, abortion, war, famine relief, and environmental concerns.

GEP: Humanities

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

PHI 250 - Thinking Logically

Units: 3

Deductive arguments attempt to guarantee their conclusions. Inductive arguments attempt to make their conclusions more probable. Using a small number of simple, powerful logical techniques, this course teaches you how to find, analyze and evaluate deductive and inductive arguments, and thus how to avoid the most common errors in reasoning.

GEP: Mathematical Sciences

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Fall Term

PS 202 - State and Local Government

Units: 3

State and local governments within the context of the American federal system. Special emphasis on federalism, the constitutional/legal relationships between state and local governments, and the institutions, organizational forms, and political processes in American state and local government.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 2 2018 Fall Term

300 Level Elective Courses - Choose Two

HI 335 - The World at War

Units: 3

Comparative history of the experience of war over time and place. Topics include the interactions between war and society; effects on combatants and non-combatants, especially women and children; and the role of technology.

GEP: Humanities

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Fall Term

PA 311 - Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Units: 3

This course will be an introductory course for the study og policy anaylsis, i.e. the systematic study of political-issue problems and alternative policy choices. An individula semester-long project will be completed by each student that identifies a policy issue of interest to the student and various alternatives to implement or improve the policy. Students will measure outcomes of their alternative choices and choose a course of action based on anticipated outcomes.

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Fall Term

PA 332 - Human Resource Management in Public Sector

Units: 3

PA 332 is a fundamental, comprehensive course designed to provide a view of the major influence human resources management has in a productive public sector organization. Specifically, it examines the challenges of managing complex work systems in the political and institutional environments. Emphasis is given to the challenges facing the public sector in attracting and developing human assets in an environment of conflicting goals, stakeholder obligations and a highly aware electorate. With theoretical concepts established, the focus will shift to practical implementation tools to include recruitment, retention, compensation, and evaluation techniques.

Offered in Spring Only

PS 301 - The Presidency and Congress

Units: 3

Historical development, selection, and internal organization of the presidency and congress. Discussion of the relations between the branches and the influence of public opinion, interest groups and parties on the federal government. Analysis of the legislative process.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1

PS 303 - Race in U.S. Politics

Units: 3

Race in American politics with emphasis on the African-American political experience: civil rights legislation, voting rights, political representation, campaigns and party politics, survey attitudes, and public policies including affirmative action.

GEP: Social Sciences

GEP: U.S. Diversity

Offered in Fall and Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

PS 305 - The Justice System in the American Political Process

Units: 3

Criminal justice process and civil justice system in the American judiciary, including court organization and legal professionals such as police, attorneys and judges; formulation and implementation of policies by law enforcement and the courts; impact of political system upon police, attorneys and judges; interaction between public and legal professionals in judicial decision making. Students who have successfully completed PS 306 or PS 311 may not receive credit for PS 305.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Fall Term

PS 310 - Public Policy

Units: 3

Introduction to public policy formulation and analysis, including agenda-setting strategies, problems of legitimation, the appropriations process, implementation, evaluation, resolution, and termination.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

PS 312 - Introduction to Public Administration

Units: 3

Administration in city, state and national governments: effectiveness and responsiveness, involvement in policy areas, and issues of ethics and responsibilities.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Summer Term 2 2018 Fall Term

PS 314 - Science, Technology and Public Policy

Units: 3

Societal impacts of science and technology. Structures and processes for formulation, implementation, evaluation of United States science and technology policy. Political implications of selected issues in science and technology policy studies.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Only

PS 331 - U.S. Foreign Policy

Units: 3

The content, formulation, and execution of U.S. foreign policy during the postwar period, with concentration on major issues and trends, the instruments for implementing foreign policy, and analysis of the policy-making process.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

PSY 307 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Units: 3

Surveys the application of psychological theories and methods to problems involving people in working settings. Topics include: organizational and management theory; work motivation and job satisfaction; job and organizational analysis; performance evaluation; personnel recruitment, selection, and placement; and personnel training and development.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term

STS 302 - Contemporary Science, Technology and Human Values

Units: 3

Interdisciplinary evaluation of recent and potential influences of current scientific and technological developments on US and non-US societies. Emerging social, ethical, and intellectual issues include: The adequacy of contemporary scientific frameworks; the relations among science, technology, and society; the social consequences of scientific and technological applications, and human prospects and possibilities.

GEP: Global Knowledge

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

STS 322 - Technological Catastrophes

Units: 3

Interdisciplinary examination of the human, organizational and technical factors contributing to the causes and impacts of recent technological accidents such as the Bhopal chemical leak, the space shuttle Challenger explosion, the Chernobyl nuclear accident, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Evaluation of risk assessment, risk perception and risk communication strategies. Consideration of options for living with complex technological systems.

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

400 Level Elective Courses - Choose One

HI 453 - United States-Latin American Relations Since 1823

Units: 3

Critical analysis of the last two centuries of relations between the US and Latin America. Exploration of major policies using primary sources and declassified CIA documents. Major themes include US economic, political, and military influence, covert and overt US interventions, and response by Latin American governments. Historical perspectives on contemporary inter-American problems on drugs, environment, debt crisis, human rights abuses, and the impact of the Latino population in the U.S. Credit will not be given both for HI 453 and HI 553.

GEP: Humanities

GEP: U.S. Diversity

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

LPS 400 - Advanced Military Leadership Theory

Units: 3

Advanced Military Leadership Theory [AMLT] is a challenging course that will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of leadership, values and ethics, personal development, decision-making, influencing and motivating others and team tactics in problem solving and mission accomplishment. Especially military officers enrolled in the LPS program will gain immediate benefit from the leadership self-assessments and new leadership strategies.

Offered in Fall and Summer

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2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Fall Term

LPS 490 - Undergraduate Internship in Leadership in the Public Sector

Units: 1 - 3

Students can earn 1-3 credits for completing internships in the public sector or non-profit agencies. Emphasis is placed on gaining work experience needed to explore and plan careers in the public and non-profit sector. Students must prepare an internship proposal. Students must provide own transportation for internship. Intern liability insurance is required. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Fall Term

PA 420 - State and Local Economic Development Policy

Units: 3

In many communities, both rural and urban, the most immediate policy problem confronting public leaders is how to improve the local economy. The purpose of this course is to introduce public leaders to the tasks and challenges in policy development for improving the economies of communities. This course introduces students to the strategies fir attracting and retaining public and private investments in a local economy. An individual semester long project will be completed by each student that presents an original economic development strategy, program or project for a specific community [city/town or county].

Offered in Spring Only

General Elective and Education Courses - 32 hours

Precise course requirements depend on what coursework you transfer
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Academic Writing Research - ENG 101 (Not offered online)
  • History I
  • History II
  • Literature I
  • Literature II
  • Foreign Language 200 Level
  • Philosophy
  • Arts and Letters
  • Social Science (3 Different)
  • Additional Social Science
General Education Program
  • GEP Mathematical Science
  • GEP Natural Sciences
  • PE & Healthy Living
  • GEP Additional Breadth (Math or Science)
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • GEP Diversity
  • GEP Global Knowledge
  • Foreign Language Proficiency
  • Free Electives
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 20, 2018
SpringJanuary 2, 2019
SummerJune 21, 2018

LaShica Waters

Program Academic Advisor

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

919.513.4330
ldwaters@ncsu.edu

Dr. Amanda Ross Edwards

LPS Program Director

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

919.513.0881
amanda_edwards@ncsu.edu

Our Students Say

"I now have a job in the public sector, and they were really excited that I have the degree that I do… Personal experience plus the degree program has helped me a lot in this position. And I am constantly told that there are numerous opportunities throughout the organization if I want to do something different."

- Chelsa Williamson
"The best thing about the LPS program is the online delivery. It has allowed me to have a career and family while not taking away from either of them. I knew that NC State offers world-class degrees and knew that quality would extend to my experience obtaining an online degree. Between the wonderful instructors and ability to learn at my own speed, I found that distance education from NC State was actually better for me than a traditional classroom."

- Jason Waters
"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