Accredited Online Master's Degree Program
About Public Safety
The Master of Professional Studies with the concentration in Public Safety is an interdisciplinary program of study designed to provide the public safety professional with leadership and strategic management tools to lead and serve in one of the nation’s growing professions. The focus of the program is to provide these professionals with the opportunity to develop important skills in risk assessment and disaster preparations, crisis response, public safety leadership, research and administration in the various components of law enforcement, homeland security, emergency management, and other public service systems that include local, state, and federal agencies. This degree also has an embedded certificate in Public Safety.
Spring application deadline is November 26.
Course Requirements & Descriptions
Core Requirements (all required)
PRST 6100 Professional Environment Issues and Ethics (3)
Overview of ethics in general, with practical tools for assessing ethical dimensions of professional life, diagnosing or identifying the moral issues at hand, and then developing reasonable options to address particular moral and ethical issues.
PRST 6200 Globalization and the Professions (3)
The purpose of this course is to assess the impact of globalization on professional life. The course examines globalization as it relates to information flow, mass media, government and public safety.
PRST 6300 Research Methods (3)
The student and application of research methods appropriate to professional studies. The course will provide a general introduction to research methods, as well as providing practical exposure to Problem Statements, Literature Reviews, Writing the Research Proposal, and Organization of the Research Report. Quantitative and Qualitative Research methodologies will be covered.
Public Safety Concentration Requirements
PRST 6710 – Risk Assessment and Prevention (3)
This course provides discussion for risk assessment and vulnerability analysis application to manmade and natural disasters. The course will also review methods for preparing public safety personnel, and the communities they serve, for potential disaster and emergency response.
PRST 6720 – Crisis Response Management (3)
This course will focus on response issues surrounding a natural or man-made crisis/disaster. A focus will be given to Commanding, Controlling, Communicating, Coordinating, and Cooperating during a crisis according to NIMS/ICS standards.
PRST 6730 – Leadership in Public Safety (3)
This course examines the history and development of leadership within public safety organizations. Principles, styles, and theories of leadership, management, and administration are discussed.
PRST 6740 – Diversity in Public Safety (3)
This course examines the impact of diversity, culture, and ethnic origin on public safety response and assessment, and is designed to better prepare individuals to meet the challenge of cultural diversity in organizations. Attention is given to how language, tradition, gender, age, race, education, economic structure, and organizational philosophy interact to create a set of rules for acceptable behaviors in complex organizations and society.
PRST 6750 – Preparedness & Mitigation (3)
This course is intended to provide a more focused discussion of preparedness and mitigation as it relates to homeland security and emergency management. This course will address strategic planning and mitigation measures that create effective preparedness and mitigation plans. The course will also cover federal government policies, procedures, and funding opportunities for public safety organizations.
PRST 6760 – Funding in Public Safety (3)
This course will provide an overview of fiscal requirements for public safety organizations. This will include budget concerns, payroll, and liability issues, as well as grant acquisition.
PRST 6780 - Intelligence Gathering (3)
This course examines the theoretical and analytical concepts for gathering intelligence. A brief history of gathering and current concerns/trends will also be examined. The course will cover approaches used in public safety agencies.
Professional Project (required)
PRST 6998 Professional Project (3)
Taken as the final course of the program. Students should begin planning the project when they enter the program. Please consult with your advisor about appropriate topics and submit your proposal for approval prior to entering the final project course.
The Professional Project is the last requirement for the MPS Degree, serving as the integrative culmination of the program of study. It should be a substantial piece of independent research or a significant professional project that is logically consistent with the theme and content of the program of study. Student’s work should demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of a body of professional literature related to a specific topic. The Project should grow out of the program of study and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the knowledge gained from this program of study.