The value of the Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration degree program resides in its innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum and quality of instruction. This online degree prepares you, as a public safety professional, with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage and assume positions of leadership in public safety organizations.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

The Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration (PSLA) degree promotes safer and healthier communities by preparing our students to engage in the effective management of emergency services. Our program contributes to the professional development of current or future practitioners as the next generation of leaders in law enforcement, fire protection, and emergency medical services. Our students serve communities across North America in public, private or nonprofit sector organizations. We offer a leading-edge program that addresses the complex array of 21st century challenges which require thoughtful and informed leadership. The 33-credit hour program can be completed in as little as one year. Students have the option to choose one concentration from the following:

The mission of the Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration program is to prepare students to be an agent of positive change in public safety agencies, to enhance their capabilities in problem-solving, to assist their efforts in improving the collective well-being of our local communities, and to advance innovation in public safety and health services delivery. The program faculty and its students are committed to the pursuit of applied research that improves public safety delivery. Through teaching, research and service, the program assumes a major responsibility that it contributes to the health, safety and well-being of local communities.

ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions:

  • Research is the forefront of all academic activities with 20 research centers for advancing research and discovery around challenges that affect us globally
  • Home to ASU’s most diverse student body —and the largest community of first-generation college students
  • #1 university in the U.S. for innovation
  • Named a prestigious global university
  • #2 university in the country for online undergraduate degree programs


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The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity.


Recent Faculty Highlights Include:

  • Fellow by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association
  • Director inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice, public administration or public service, sociology or social work, public safety or fire service management, parks and recreation management, applied sciences or another closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Graduate application and application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Written statement
  • Proof of English proficiency

Additional Admission Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The written statement, at least one page in length, should describe the applicant's educational and career goals and long-term professional development strategy.

There are no required admission examinations.

Current employment in an organization in this field or at least two years of prior professional experience in this or a related field or a bachelor's degree in a related area are required.

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