A Public Safety Educational Program You Can Put to Work

The 36-hour online Master of Science in Public Safety Administration program can be completed within two years. Since the program is entirely online, students have the flexibility to gain an advanced education, while still focusing on their career and personal responsibilities. There are 12 courses required to complete this 36 credit hour program. At the conclusion of the coursework, the student must successfully pass a one-week comprehensive examination.

Core Courses: (36 credit hours)

PSAD-52000 Public Safety Administration and Management (3 credits)

A study of methodology and practice of public safety management. This course will give a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities of administration and management in the field of public safety. This course will examine organizational structure, interpersonal skills and leadership development.

^ top

PSAD-52300 Fiscal Management for Public Safety Administrators (3 credits)

This course will present the processes of budget preparation for public service practitioners. It shall include comparative analysis of major line item expenses, contractual and consultative items. This course will examine the problems of governmental funding, service and equipment cutbacks, cost comparison and accessibility of federal grants.

^ top

PSAD-52700 Public Safety Leadership Theory and Practice (3 credits)

This course will consist of an analysis of contemporary practices in public safety leadership. Emphasis is on application of theoretical concepts to actual administrative/leadership situations. This course is designed to provide a capability for the student in the field of administration and leadership in the public sector.

^ top

PSAD-53300 Public Safety Training - Management and Development (3 credits)

This course concentrates on practices and combines theory and application of skills necessary to develop successful administrative and leadership abilities in the field of public safety training. Issues of discussion will include organizational effectiveness, individual/employee assessment and enhancement of effectiveness, and service to the community.

^ top

PSAD-53600 Ethics, Integrity and Social Responsibility (3 credits)

A study of how personal values and ethical perspectives shape the field of public safety. Includes the role of values in determining moral obligations of administrators and their subordinates, use of morality and values and their influence in creating policy, and organizational vision.

^ top

PSAD-53900 Public Safety Law and Civil Liability (3 credits)

An in-depth examination of current issues and laws regarding the liability of public safety employees. Case law and landmark decisions will be discussed.

^ top

PSAD-54500 Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3 credits)

This course will examine civil rights legislation, benchmark judicial decisions and their impact on public safety practitioners. Topics will include employee dissatisfaction, controversial promotion tests, strikes/job actions and unionization. Both theory and practice will be utilized to examine current major issues among public safety practitioners including contract negotiations, collective bargaining and arbitration.

^ top

PSAD-55000 Human Resources Development (3 credits)

This course concentrates on the practice and theory of personnel and organizational development. This course will examine managing creativity, establishing successful leadership practices, professional development of employees, organizational barriers to advancement and implementation of innovative projects.

^ top

PSAD-55300 Multicultural Diversity (3 credits)

Public safety practitioners are charged with the responsibility of serving the public needs through a variety of services. This course will examine the role of the public safety practitioner and the relationship to the community. This course will include the development of resources, identification of community problems and the special needs of serving a diverse population within the community.

^ top

PSAD-55600 Organizational Behavior in Public Safety Systems (3 credits)

This course focuses on individual and group behavior within public safety systems. It also focuses on analyzing organizational systems, dynamics and culture with specific emphasis on public safety organizations. The course will cover organizational theories, leadership approaches, decision making, communication, organizational change, conflict, power and politics. It will also introduce human resource management concepts as related to organizational behavior.

^ top

PSAD-58100 Research Methods I (3 credits)

This course introduces students to both quantitative and qualitative research methods useful for academic and professional inquiry. Additionally, the course examines strengths and major criticisms of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions. The course also focuses on identifying the types of methodologies best suited for investigating different types of problems and questions. The course will provide students with the knowledge of how to develop research questions and design research proposals for the initial preparation for embarking on a new research project.

^ top

PSAD-58200 Research Methods II (3 credits)

This course is sequential to Research Methods I. it focuses on applied methods of research. Students will be expected to draw from and actualize the research methods and theory previously taught in Research Methods I. With instructional oversight, students will be required to work individually and complete one research project to demonstrate and refine their skills as researchers.

Pre-requisite: PSAD-58100 Research Methods I

^ top

Become a Leader in Public Safety Administration

Discover more about the Master of Science in Public Safety Administration course offerings at Lewis University. Call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or click here to request more information and find out which path is right for you.