Master of Public Safety Administration (MPSA)


Program of Study

Area 1 Program Core
MPSA 6105Leadership in Public Safety Administration3
MPSA 6116Human Resource Management and Development3
MPSA 6126Fiscal Management and Public Finance3
MPSA 6136Applied Research in Public Safety Administration3
Area A Total12
Area 2 Required Courses
MPSA 6125Organizational and Management Realities3
MPSA 6146Strategic Planning and Policy Development3
MPSA 6156Legal Issues and Trends in Public Safety Administration3
Area 2 Total9
Area 3 Program Electives
Select five of the following:15
Felony Task Force Management
Internal Affairs
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
Employment Process
Essential Skills for Professional Management
Media Relations
Strategic Approach to Homeland Security for Public Safety Administrators
Performance Appraisals and Evaluations
Selected Topics in Public Safety Administration
National Security Policy
Area 3 Total15
Area 4 Exit Requirements
MPSA 6000Master in Public Safety Administration Comprehensive Examination0
Area 4 Total0
Total Credit Hours36

Admission Requirements

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.