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Bachelor of Arts Online Degree Completion Program: Leadership in the Public Sector


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.

LaShica Waters,
Program Academic Advisor
Phone: 919-513-4330
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

LPS graduates find career opportunities in state and local government, public and nonprofit organizations, relevant positions in firms, and additional educational options in political science, public administration, nonprofit sector management, and law. The degree may meet the particular academic needs of those in the military.

(What will I learn?)

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)

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 62 (for students with 60 transfer credit hours)

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

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; click on Transfer Applicants tab for current deadlines.

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Although precise course requirements depend on what the individual student transfers in, students admitted to the LPS program may pursue full-time or part-time study. A full-time student taking four courses (12 credit hours) in each of the Fall, Spring and Summer terms can complete 36 credit hours in a year; thus, full-time students admitted with 60 credit hours can complete the estimated 62 credit hours required for graduation in less than two years. Part-time students will take longer, depending on course load.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to apply for admission or register to take courses. Courses are offered online in Fall, Spring and Summer academic terms. Students may begin to take courses before being admitted by registering as a non-degree studies (NDS) student; however, it is advisable to speak to the director or academic advisor of the LPS degree program before taking courses and to apply for admission as soon as possible.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Undergraduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Undergraduate ASG, Undergraduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $14,012.62
Non-resident: $33,232.62

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