Online Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration (PSLA)

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.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/20/2020


Total classes: 11

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 33

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Details

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.

Featured courses


Program core

PAF 505: Public Policy Analysis


Program core

PAF 506: Public Budgeting and Finance


Program core

PAF 507: Public Human Resource Management


Program core

PAF 508: Organization Behavior


Program core

PAF 571: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Analysis


Culminating experience

CPP 593: Applied Project


Related careers

Graduates with a Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. 

Police officer

Firefighter

Paramedic

Emergency medical technician

Chief of police

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and 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 of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and 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 of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Admission requirements

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

Nationally recognized public service programs

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community. 

Top 10


Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Top 15


Best Public Affairs Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

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research centers.

25+


academic programs offered online. 
 

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