Online Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration – Executive Police Administration

Arizona State University’s Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration with a concentration in executive police administration aims to prepare you for an influential career in law enforcement administration. You’ll gain skills in problem-solving and analysis to investigate and implement crime-reduction strategies in the communities you serve.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 03/11/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 11

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 33

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Advance your career with a master’s in executive police administration

This master’s concentration incorporates a range of holistic perspectives to help you become a better collaborator, problem-solver and leader within law enforcement administration. This program encourages you to investigate the underlying causes of crime. You’ll also learn how to think through strategies to prevent and reduce crime and create strong and resilient communities.

Courses provide a solid foundation in data analysis, organizational leadership, public policy and administration. With these skills, you’ll be prepared to be a positive agent of change within police departments and law enforcement agencies.

What is law enforcement administration? Do I need a master's degree for executive roles?

 

Law enforcement administration organizes and ensures police departments operate according to standards and legal requirements. Administering a police department or other emergency service unit requires in-depth knowledge of the fields of law, public service and emergency management. It also requires a strong ability to understand the needs of your staff and community.

If you’re looking to lead in law enforcement administration, a law enforcement degree will help you gain the skills and experience needed to compete with other qualified candidates for the job.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Police leadership and management courses

Throughout this master’s in executive police administration concentration, you’ll complete courses covering a variety of topics, ranging from public policy to public budgeting and finance. This program culminates with a capstone course in which you’ll complete an applied project of your choosing.


Core

Geographic Information Systems and Analysis


Core

Organization Behavior


Core

Program Evaluation for Emergency Management and Homeland Security


Core

Public Budgeting and Finance


Core

Public Human Resource Management


Concentration

Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation


Concentration

Seminar in Criminal Justice


Concentration

Seminar in Criminal Justice Organization and Management


The police administration roles you’ll be prepared for

This master’s in executive police administration concentration equips you to perform managerial duties in federal, state, local, territorial and tribal law enforcement agencies. You’ll also be prepared for probation and parole, child support services, homeland security and allied security professions. Career examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Chief of police

First-line police supervisor

Police detective

Police dispatcher

Special agent

Learn from leaders in public safety leadership and administration

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.

Learn from leaders in public safety leadership and administration

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.

How to apply

Applicants for the executive police administration master’s degree must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Application requirements

Additional admission information

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.

#1


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#2


in the U.S. and #7 in the world for hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism, according to the Center for World University Rankings.

Top 5


Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management in the nation, according to U.S. News & Report.

Top 10


best online master's in criminal justice programs for veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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