Public Safety Leadership & Administration, MPSLA

About the program

The Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration is a graduate degree program designed primarily for public safety professionals. An advanced degree is an important key to career progression within public safety administration. Those with an advanced degree have an advantage that makes a difference as they seek to advance in their professions - a practical understanding of public safety organization administration. Graduates of this program should expect to find employment and advancement in all levels of government agencies including those within the local, state and federal level as well as private sector organizations.

Program details

Please note: the program below outlines the requirements for students admitted Fall 2016 and after. For those with an admission start before Fall 2016, please see the program requirements listed here.

Program requires the following: 33 credit hours including an applied project course (CPP 593 or PAF 593). Students pick one of three concentration areas in which to focus: Emergency Medical Services - Mobile Integrated Healthcare, Executive Fire Administration, or Executive Police Administration. These concentrations allow students to develop the specialized knowledge and expertise necessary for professional and career opportunities related to those areas.

Emergency Medical Services - Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MPSLA-EMS) stresses entrepreneurship in pre-hospital critical care provision and addresses a rapidly emerging discipline at the intersection of traditional EMS, public safety, public health, and out-of-hospital health care. Required courses, concentration courses and electives for this concentration.

Executive Fire Administration (MPSLA-Fire) is focused on developing knowledge and expertise relating to the challenges of managing public fire services while stressing innovative approaches to service delivery and community risk deduction. Required courses, concentration courses and electives for this concentration.

Executive Police Administration (MPSLA-Police) examines the criminal justice system and enhances the leadership, management, and administrative knowledge, skills, and abilities of present and aspiring senior and mid-level managers in local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies, as well as related fields such as corrections or probation. Required courses, concentration courses and electives for this concentration.

All MPSLA students share a common core foundation that stress management, administration, policy, data analysis, personnel, and finance. The concentrations allow students to specialize more fully  on those areas in which they are interested within the wider umbrella of public safety.

Please note: the program below outlines the requirements for students admitted Fall 2016 and after. For those with an admission start before Fall 2016, please see the program requirements listed here.

required core courses: 15 hours

  • PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis (3)
  • PAF 506 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PAF 507 Public Human Resource Management (3)
  • PAF 508 Organization Behavior (3)
  • CPP 591 Topic: GIS for Hazards Analysis (3)

electives: 15 hours (choose five courses)

  • CPP 530 Leadership for Innovation in Public Fire Services (3)
  • CPP 540 Foundations of EMS Systems (3)
  • CPP 550 Community Paramedicine and Mobile Integrated Healthcare (3)
  • CPP 560 Emergency Services Operations Analysis and Planning (3)
  • CRJ 501 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRJ 510 Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation (3)
  • CRJ 512 Seminar in Policing (3)
  • CRJ 513 Seminar in Courts and Sentencing (3)
  • CRJ 514 Seminar in Corrections (3)
  • CRJ 515 Seminar in Women and Crime (3)
  • CRJ 518 Seminar on Race/Ethnicity, Crime and Justice (3)
  • CRJ 520 Seminar on Violent Crime (3)
  • CRJ 521 Seminar on the Nature of Crime (3)
  • CRJ 553 Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (3)
  • CRJ 554 Homeland Security (3)
  • CRJ 598 Special Topics: Police and Int'l Terrorism-Israel (3)
  • HCD 502 Health Care Systems and Design (3)
  • HCD 511 Health Economics, Policy and Payment Models (3)
  • HCD 520 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health Disparities and System Access (3)
  • HCD 575 Leadership & Professionalism (3)
  • PAF 552 Integrated Emergency Management (3)
  • PAF 555 Information Technology in Emergency Management (3)
  • PAF 561 Interoperability for Emergency Managers (3)
  • PAF 574 Diversity, Ethics, and Leading Public Change (3)

culminating experience: 3 hours
(must be taken during final semester)

  • CPP 593 Applied Project (3)

total required credit hours: 33 hours

Admissions requirements

Degree(s): minimum of a bachelor's degree or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice, public administration or public service, sociology or social work, public safety or fire service management, parks and recreation management, applied sciences, environmental sciences or geography, public health, or another closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university

GPA: minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program; minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the applicable master's degree

English Proficiency Requirement: The English proficiency requirements are the same as the Division of Graduate Education requirement. An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Required Admission Examinations: none

Letters of Recommendation: two letters of recommendation

A written statement, at least one-page in length, which describes the applicant's educational and career goals and long-term professional development strategy

Current employment in an organization in this field or at least two years of prior professional experience in this or a related field or a bachelor's degree in a related area

Application process

You will apply for admission through the online application at Graduate Education. You will be required to pay a $70 nonrefundable application fee (non-U.S. citizen fee is $90). You will receive an emailed acknowledgement letter that will include an ID number and information on how to access your My ASU page. You may check your application status on My ASU. Submit an application by June 30 (for fall semester) or November 30 (for spring semester):

This program is offered through ASU Online. You may apply to the program through the program’s link on the ASU Online website.

Admission decisions are made after all of the application materials have been received.

Please note: Because ASU receives applications from many highly qualified students, some applicants may be denied admission for reasons not related to their academic performance (e.g., program capacity, mentor availability, program match).

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