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Bachelor of Arts | Leadership in the Public Sector

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The Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS) program is an online B.A. degree completion program designed for students who have completed an associate’s degree (AA or AS) or earned more than 60 credit hours of college-level courses. The program is specifically created to provide non-traditional students with a liberal arts foundation in the ethical, theoretical, and policy analytical skills necessary to be effective leaders in public and nonprofit sector organizations.

The primary premise of the program is that exercising effective leadership in the public sector has unique features that make leadership more challenging but ultimately more rewarding than leadership in the private sector. Since students are not required to come to campus at all, this program allows students to change or advance their career without taking a leave of absence or adhering to a rigid class schedule. LPS graduates earn a B.A degree that is equal in academic quality and rigor to any other NC State University degree. LPS graduates find career opportunities in public and nonprofit organizations, as well as private firms, or seek advanced degrees in political science, public administration, nonprofit sector management, and law.

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The Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS) program is an online B.A. degree completion program designed for students who have completed an associate’s degree (AA or AS) or earned more than 60 credit hours of college-level courses. The program is specifically created to provide non-traditional students with a liberal arts foundation in the ethical, theoretical, and policy analytical skills necessary to be effective leaders in public and nonprofit sector organizations. The primary premise of the program is that exercising effective leadership in the public sector has unique features that make leadership more challenging but ultimately more rewarding than leadership in the private sector. Since students are not required to come to campus at all, this program allows students to change or advance their career without taking a leave of absence or adhering to a rigid class schedule. LPS graduates earn a B.A degree that is equal in academic quality and rigor to any other NC State University degree.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

To earn the degree, an applicant must be admitted as a transfer student through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The most competitive candidates for admission into LPS are those who have approximately 60 transferable credit hours (OR an AA or AS degree with 60 transferable hours; not an AAS) and a combined cumulative transfer GPA of 3.0 from every college/university attended. However, emphasis will be placed on the most recent academic coursework completed.

Transfer credit should include a sufficient number of social science courses to satisfy the general education component of the major. In addition, transfer students must have taken and passed a college level math course and a college level English course comparable to NCSU's ENG 101 (4 hours) to be eligible.

To earn the B.A. degree in LPS, you must be admitted to the program by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Transfer Equivalency

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

Pre-application Assessment

The LPS program provides unofficial transcript evaluations. We can discuss with you whether you are currently qualified to enroll and/or approximately how long it would take you to complete the LPS degree if you were to enroll. Please note, however, that although we offer a pre-application assessment, the final decision for admission rests with the admissions office at NCSU.

If you would like assistance with a pre-application assessment or have more general questions about the program, please contact LaShica Waters, LPS Advisor at 919.513.4330 or  ldwaters@ncsu.edu

Send unofficial transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended to LaShica Waters at:

  • Email: ldwaters@ncsu.edu (preferred method)
  • Fax: 919-515-7333
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    North Carolina State University
    School of Public and International Affairs
    Caldwell 210 , Campus Box 8102
    Raleigh, NC 27695

 

PLAN OF STUDY

122 credits overall are required to earn the B.A. degree. Students admitted with 60 credits that apply toward the degree thus have 62 credits remaining. These remaining credits typically include:

  • 30 credits of LPS major requirements, including:
  • LPS core courses: 12 credit hours
  1. LPS 200 Introduction to Public Leadership (3 credit hours)
  2. PS 315 Public Leadership (3)
  3. PS 471 Public Opinion Research Methods (3)
  4. LPS 425 Leadership in the Public & Non-profit Sector Capstone (3)
  • 200-level courses (from an approved list): 9 credit hours
  • 300-level courses (from an approved list): 6 credit hours
  • 400-level course (from an approved list): 3 credit hours

32 credit hours of free elective and general education (precise course requirements depend on what the student transfers in)

CAREER PROSPECTS

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Advance your career through educational attainment: Non-profit and government employers are looking for graduates with a bachelor’s degree from NC State University. LPS graduates find career opportunities in public and nonprofit organizations, and further their education in fields such as political science, public administration, nonprofit sector management, and law.

Some students use the degree as a first step for acquiring teaching accreditation; others are interested in government careers. Both of these fields are expected to be in heavy demand in the foreseeable future. Other students are already fully engaged in their careers and would like to complete their bachelors to further their career potential. Or they may plan to complete their LPS degree and continue their education and future career opportunities by applying to graduate school.

Public Sector Industry Job Trends

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There are many positions available related to an LPS degree from NCSU.

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 Only

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 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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2016 Spring Term 2016 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 and Spring

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 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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2016 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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 2

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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2016 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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2016 Fall Term

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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 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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2016 Spring Term 2016 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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 2 2016 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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2016 Spring 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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2016 Spring Term 2016 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

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2016 Spring Term

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 Only

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

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 Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Summer Term 1 2016 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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2016 Spring 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 Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 2 2016 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 Spring 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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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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 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 Only

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2016 Summer Term 1 2016 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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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 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

Tuition Level: Undergraduate

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $231.88
Total Estimated Cost for 62 (students transferring in 60 hours) Credits Completed at NC State: $14,376.56

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $647.88
Total Estimated Cost for 62 (students transferring in 60 hours) Credits Completed at NC State: $40,168.56

Approximate cost per semester: $2,086.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 15, 2017
SpringJanuary 5, 2017
SummerMay 15, 2017

LaShica Waters

Program Academic Advisor

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

Dr. Tracy Appling

External Relations and Internship Director
Teaching Assistant Professor

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

919.513.0232
tracy_appling@ncsu.edu

Our Students Say

"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
"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
"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