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About Leadership in the Public Sector

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.

Online ClassroomLeadership in the Public Sector (LPS) is an undergraduate degree completion program that is delivered entirely by distance education.  The LPS program allows students to change or advance their career without taking a leave of absence or adhering to a rigid class schedule 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, as well as private firms, or seek advanced degrees in political science, public administration, nonprofit sector management, and law.

One of the main challenges of the 21st century is the creation and advancement of effective public and non profit organizations. To evaluate and to participate effectively in organizations of the future requires a broad based understanding of the political, philosophical, and practical dimensions of public leadership. The LPS on-line degree 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 sector organizations.

The LPS program is a distance education degree completion program designed to focus on leadership in non-market environments (such as local, state, and federal government organizations, and non-profit institutions.) The primary assumption is that whereas leadership technique may be universally applied, effective leadership in public and nonprofit organizations must negotiate unique organizational and political contexts.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.

LPS students have used their degree as a first step for acquiring teaching accreditation; others have interest 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 are completing their bachelors to further their career potential.  Other students plan to complete their LPS degree and continue their education and future career opportunities by applying to graduate or professional school.