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

A law enforcement degree can set you up for an influential career in law enforcement administration. With this master’s degree, 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: 10/12/2020


Total classes: 11

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 33

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A law enforcement degree to advance your policing career

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

The Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration provides a solid foundation in data analysis, organizational management and leadership, and 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 to get a job?

 

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 about 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 are seeking to lead in law enforcement administration, a law enforcement degree will help you gain the skills and experience you need to compete with other qualified candidates for the job.

Policing and law administration classes

You’ll take courses covering a variety of topics, from public policy to public budgeting and finance. You’ll also complete courses within the executive police administration concentration. The program culminates with a capstone course in which you’ll complete an applied project of your choosing.


Required

Program Evaluation for Emergency Management and Homeland Security


Required

Geographic Information Systems and Analysis


Required

Public Budgeting and Finance


Required

Public Human Resource Management


Required

Organization Behavior


Concentration

Seminar in Criminal Justice


Concentration

Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation


Concentration

Seminar in Criminal Justice Organization & Management


What jobs can I get with a law enforcement degree?

A policing degree will equip 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.

Chief of police

First-line police supervisor

Police dispatcher

Police detective

Special agent

Learn from leaders in emergency management and public service

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 emergency management and public service

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.

Application requirements for a law enforcement degree

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

Join the school that puts community health and safety first

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.

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