Admission to LPS

The application process for LPS students is similar to all other undergraduate programs on campus. However, a few differences reflect the LPS program’s unique position at NC State as the university’s only 100% online undergraduate degree completion program. 

Pre-Application Assessment

The LPS program provides unofficial transcript evaluations. We can discuss with you whether you are currently qualified to enroll or what additional requirements you need to be more competitive. Please note, however, that although we offer a pre-application assessment, the final decision on admission rests with the admissions office at NC State. Also, if you have an AA or AS degree from any NC Community College with a 3.0+ GPA, you are automatically competitive for admission and do not need to request a transcript evaluation.

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

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

  • EMAIL: (preferred method)
  • FAX: 919-515-7333
  • MAIL: Leadership in the Public Sector
    North Carolina State University
    School of Public and International Affairs
    Caldwell 218, Campus Box 8102
    Raleigh, NC 27695

Please contact LaShica Waters for an unofficial transcription evaluation to ensure you’re competitive for admission prior to application. Evaluations are typically returned within two weeks but may take longer during peak advising seasons.

Bachelor Degree-Completion

Leadership in the Public Sector is a degree completion program that offers a Bachelor of Arts degree to non-traditional students who do not have access to a brick and mortar college or university. Active military personnel and their families stationed in North Carolina, working adults and community college graduates are encouraged to apply. Likewise, if you have been un-enrolled from NC State for more than three years, consider applying. However, the LPS program cannot accept traditional students who are currently enrolled in a regular degree program at NC State. 

Online and distance education are an important part of North Carolina State University’s program offerings and mission. However, due to recent changes in higher education regulations, the university will no longer be able to accept applications for admission, allow registration for courses, or offer online programs and courses for students residing in Minnesota. NC State will work with state authorities to allow students in Minnesota who are currently enrolled in an NC State online degree or certificate to complete their programs. For questions, please contact DELTA at (919) 515-9030 or email:

If you are considering completing your degree as an online student, we suggest you explore what it means to be a successful distance education student. You may also want to explore the distance education resources available to LPS students. Please note that a maximum of 72 credit hours will transfer into the LPS program.

Apply for Bachelor Degree Completion Program

To be admitted to the LPS distance education degree completion program, a competitive candidate must have:

  • An Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) or Associate of Science degree (A.S.) or approximately 60 university credit hours of college-level work including a significant amount of social science courses.
  • A 3.0 GPA on your completed approved college level work. However, emphasis will be placed on the most recent academic coursework completed
  • A college-level English course (4 hours)
  • A college-level math course (3 hours)
  • A complete application form

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

The admission deadlines are the same as other transfer programs on campus.

Fall: February 15
Applications received after February 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Spring: October 1
Applications received after October 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Summer: No Application Available
If you are accepted for the Fall term, you may request to change your entry date to Summer by emailing Undergraduate Admissions.

Admission into the LPS program does not ensure admission into any other academic program at NC State. The LPS program has distinctive application, admission, enrollment and credit transfer criteria which differ from other NC State traditional (face-to-face) majors. In this regard, our students are able to transfer more credit hours from other institutions and have flexibility to take only 30 of their last 45 credits at NC State. Due to this, double majoring and major (curriculum) change from LPS to a traditional NC State degree is highly restricted.

In addition, traditional students who are currently enrolled in a regular degree program at North Carolina State University cannot request to change their major to LPS. However, you are encouraged to seek admission into the LPS program if you have been un-enrolled from NC State for more than 3 years and seeking readmission specifically in the LPS program only. For further information please contact the LPS advisor to see if you are eligible and to learn more about the process.

Total Hours Required
The B.A. in Leadership in the Public Sector will require 122 total hours. Of these total hours, a maximum of 72 credit hours may be transferred. The complete list of degree requirements in greater detail can be found on the courses page. All university and College of Humanities and Social Sciences requirements for graduation must also be completed by students.

Before you submit your application, you may contact us and we can help determine how many of your existing credit hours will transfer to NC State, 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 advisor at Please feel free to contact us for further information and/or to discuss your qualifications.

To check the credit equivalents that can be transferred to LPS Program, visit the NC State credit equivalency page. It should be noted that final authority regarding transferability of courses and those courses applicability towards a particular degree rests with the individual academic units. The LPS program is part of the College of Humanities and Arts and Sciences.

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 a 200-level FL course as a part of the foreign language requirement for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is highly recommended that you complete this requirement before in the LPS degree program.

Enrollment Requirement
Applicants for transfer into the LPS program at NC State 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 of 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.

If you have been away from NC State for three or more years, you can get your college degree through the LPS program without ever setting foot on the NC State 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 $50.00 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.

LPS Certificate Program

The Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS) Undergraduate Certificate is designed for those students who want to develop the knowledge and skills to be effective leaders in the public sector. Students in this program will survey leadership theories, research, and applied practices in order to learn and apply necessary skills, methods, and techniques of effective leadership in public and non-profit organizations. This certificate program is offered entirely online and available only for non-traditional or non-degree seeking students.

The primary assumption of the program is that leading public and nonprofit organizations presents a more challenging but ultimately more rewarding career than leadership in the private sector. The Leadership in the Public Sector Certificate program provides non-degree students with a liberal arts foundation in the ethical, theoretical, and policy analytical skills necessary to be effective “values-based” leaders in the public and non-profit organizations.

The LPS certificate curriculum provides quality, focused leadership study for adult learners and military transfer students. The certificate program is delivered completely online, allowing students to gain academic knowledge that furthers their career goals without taking a leave of absence or adhering to a rigid class.

Apply for LPS Certificate Program

Students pursuing university certificate programs enroll as non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. After acceptance as an NDS student, contact the LPS program advisor to enroll in the LPS certificate program.

There is no time limit on completion of the certificate; however, if students wish to take a “break” from the certificate program, they must notify the LPS academic advisor. This will allow us to keep track of the number of enrolled certificate students.

Students who complete the certificate may apply for admittance to the Bachelor of Arts Online Degree Completion Program: Leadership in the Public Sector. If a certificate student completes the B.A. degree, then the certificate will be removed from their transcript, as students may not have a certificate or a minor degree in the same major degree.

Admission into the B.A. program is competitive and fulfilling the certificate requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.


Undergraduate Certificate

Spring 2018: January 4
Summer I 2018: May 15
Summer II 2018: June 21

Click here to access a PDF of the LPS Certificate Requirements.