Learn to Lead the Next Generation of First Responders.

Lewis University's online master's in Public Safety Administration is a 36-hour program that provides students with a contemporary course of study that is practical and flexible to meet the needs of public safety professionals. The online program teaches you to efficiently manage resources and lead teams in this evolving field, while directing first responders. Through this master's in public safety, students will also learn to reduce the threat of potential hazards at the local, state and federal levels through applied theories and practices surrounding both risk management and crisis intervention.

Lewis University's online Master of Science in Public Safety Administration teaches the vital skills to navigate and address the complex challenges of public safety while confidently leading and communicating with authorities in times of crisis. Students will also develop a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals involved in emergency management and response, public safety, environmental protection and more.


The master's in emergency management program is designed around a comprehensive graduate-level curriculum that goes above and beyond what is currently available in most public safety management training and development programs. Completion of the Public Safety Administration coursework will provide you with the skills needed to lead public safety departments at the local, state and federal levels. A sample of the courses you will take to prepare you for management or executive-level careers in public safety include:

  • Public Safety Administration and Management – This course provides a study of public safety management theories, methodologies and practices, as well as an examination of the responsibilities of public safety managers.
  • Public Safety Law and Civil Liability – This course provides an in-depth examination of the relationship between law and public safety, as well as a study of the liability of public safety personnel.
  • Public Safety Administration Incident Command – This course examines the roles and responsibilities of fire, police and EMS, how different public safety departments work together in response to emergency scenarios and how public safety directors coordinate complex response efforts.

“I have really enjoyed the courses/topics regarding motivation and leadership. These issues are not things that are concrete, you cannot research it and find an exact answer like a math problem. The experience of the educators (professors) are incomparable.”

– Brian O’Connell ’21, Online M.S. in Public Safety Administration


Program Outcomes

Upon graduating from Lewis' online M.S. in Public Safety Administration program, you'll be prepared to:

  • Critically analyze issues associated with decision-making, communication and conflict resolution that impact organizational behavior.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of leadership theories, concepts and practices as related to the effective management of organizations.
  • Discern principles and theories of motivation that relate to employee performance and behavior within organizations.
  • Formulate creative responses to complex issues through critical analysis.
  • Model ethical and professional behaviors to guide inquiry and practice in a global and diverse society.
  • Synthesize theoretical and research concepts from multiple perspectives to inform inquiry and practice.
  • Systematically examine principles and values of managing diversity within organizations.

Gain Concrete Skills That Are Vital in Public Safety

  • Expand your skills in creative thinking and innovative problem-solving
  • Communicate effectively within your department, outside agencies and the public
  • Learn to develop new leaders within your organization
  • Successfully manage complex budgets, allocate resources and analyze data

"I was just blown away by the amount of applicable knowledge I learned. I really feel like I have the knowledge to be successful in a public safety administration career."

– Kelly McNally '19, Online MS in Public Safety Administration


A Nationally Recognized Education

  • U S News and World Report Top 25 Regional University in the MidwestLewis University in Romeoville, Ill. is a nationally recognized university by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Colleges of Distinction, College Access & Opportunity and GI Jobs.
  • Enter a robust graduate program that provides you with the ethical framework to influence your decision-making as a public safety professional.
  • Join the legacy of Lewis' public safety alumni community.

Gain Real-World Insights

Receive a first-class, real-world education from experienced and connected practitioner faculty actively serving on the front lines of public safety leadership. Our faculty is strengthening leadership in the public sector by helping to shape the next generation of public safety executives. Enroll in an online public safety administration degree program taught by leaders in the field who bring decades of combined professional experience in such areas as correctional facility management, law enforcement administration, and public safety human resources development.

“The professors are great and so supportive of your academic growth. They were always available for any questions.”

– Kelly McNally '19, Online MS in Public Safety Administration


Career Opportunities for Public Safety Professionals

Lewis University's online Master's in Public Safety Administration is designed to help those who are preparing to manage police, fire, emergency medical services, law enforcement services and other public safety occupations in our society. The online program is ideal for students interested in challenging yet rewarding leadership career opportunities in the public safety field, such as chief security officer, emergency management coordinator, homeland security officer, loss prevention manager and natural disaster response administrator.

This master's degree program can prepare you for any number of high-paying public safety administration jobs, and the convenience and flexibility of the program's online distance learning format means you can develop the skills needed for leadership in the public sector without sacrificing your current work or family duties.

Begin Leading Now

Become a leader in public safety with Lewis University's Public Safety Administration master's program, available online and on campus. Call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or request more information.

Interested in visiting the campus? Lewis University is located minutes away from Joliet and 35 miles southwest of Chicago in Romeoville, Ill.