Master of Public Safety Administration (MPSA)
The Command College, in association with Columbus State University, provides a program of study that goes beyond what is currently available in public safety executive and management development courses, serving as a "graduate school" for public safety executives. To meet present and future training and educational needs of public safety executives, the Command College offers a study program that is distinctive, flexible and comprehensive.
Executive positions within Public Safety Administration
Program of Study
|Area 1 Program Core|
|MPSA 6105||Leadership in Public Safety Administration||3|
|MPSA 6116||Human Resource Management and Development||3|
|MPSA 6126||Fiscal Management and Public Finance||3|
|MPSA 6136||Applied Research in Public Safety Administration||3|
|Area A Total||12|
|Area 2 Required Courses|
|MPSA 6125||Organizational and Management Realities||3|
|MPSA 6146||Strategic Planning and Policy Development||3|
|MPSA 6156||Legal Issues and Trends in Public Safety Administration||3|
|Area 2 Total||9|
|Area 3 Program Electives|
|Select five of the following:||15|
|Felony Task Force Management|
|Managing Marginal Employees|
|Terrorism Response by Public Safety Managers I|
|Terrorism Response by Public Safety Managers II|
|Burden of Command: Leader vs. Manager|
|Critical Incident Management|
|Essential Skills for Professional Management|
|Strategic Approach to Homeland Security for Public Safety Administrators|
|Performance Appraisals and Evaluations|
|Selected Topics in Public Safety Administration|
|National Security Policy|
|Area 3 Total||15|
|Area 4 Exit Requirements|
|MPSA 6000||Master in Public Safety Administration Comprehensive Examination||0|
|Area 4 Total||0|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
Applicants must currently be in a supervisory or managerial position in a public safety agency, with significant responsibilities in the areas of management of personnel, interpretation of policies or supervision of other crucial agency functions.
Additional Program Requirements
The Command College brings together leaders in corporate and public management to provide public safety executives with intense training in the best available management theory and practice, to render innovative solutions to organizational problems and to address important issues in managing public service organizations effectively.
Students enrolled in Command College attend twelve (12) intensive cohort sessions of classes over a two-year period, completing 460 hours of classes divided into 40-hour modules:
- Leadership in Public Safety Administration
- Human Resource Management and Development
- Fiscal Management and Public Finance
- Legal Issues and Trends in Public Safety Administration
- Strategic Planning and Policy Development
- Organizational and Management Realities
- Research in Public Safety Administration
- Five (5) Auxiliary Courses
Completion of each module/course will provide POST training and 3 semester hours of academic credit.
Program Learning Outcomes
Completion of this degree program will provide graduates with the skills to lead public service agencies effectively. Specifically, graduates will
- Describe and assess, in writing and in class discussions, the central concepts of human resource management.
- Identify and assess, in writing, trends in civil and legal liabilities.
- Develop mock strategic plans and effectively assess existing strategic plans embedded in case studies.
- Apply the central concepts of efficient administration in the context of case studies.
- Apply a standard of ethics and fairness amid political, legal, fiscal, and cultural complexities presented in case studies.
- In a semester long research project, identify, assess, and develop a plan that uses the type of data that can inform executive-level decisions in public safety agencies.