Master of Public Administration:
Concentration in Public Safety

Our Public Safety concentration is designed to give students a focused background in local and state Public Safety, from the perspectives of Emergency Management, Criminal Justice, Fire Science, or National Security. In consultation with their academic advisor, students who choose this concentration must choose three courses (9 credits) from the array of graduate public safety courses offered by the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.  Course include those from within the domains of Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Fire Science, Legal Studies or National Security as well as others that are approved by the student’s academic advisor.

To complete this program, students must earn 33 credit hours. Eight core courses are required for all MPA students and provide the first 24 credit hours. Students then complete three additional concentration courses to earn the remaining 9 credit hours. Below is a sample of courses offered in this program. Note that courses may change occasionally and not all courses are offered each term. Contact us for a full list of current courses.

Required Courses (8 courses/24 credits)

  • PADM 6601 – Principles of Public Administration
  • PADM 6602 – Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • PADM 6611 – Research Methods in Public Administration
  • PADM 6620 – Personnel Administration and Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector
  • PADM 6625 – Administrative Behavior
  • PADM 6632 – Public Finance and Budgeting
  • PADM 6635 – Political Economy
  • PADM 6690 – Research Seminar

Public Safety Concentration Courses

(below are some examples; confirm with your academic advisor)

  • PADM 6670 – Grant Writing in the Public and Non-Profit Sector
  • PADM 6670 – Grant Writing in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
  • PADM 6674 – Public Leadership
  • EMGT 6601 – Principles of Emergency Management
  • EMGT 6602 – Social Dimensions of Disaster
  • CJST 6631 – Investigations I
  • INVS 6622 – Bribery & Corruption Investigations
  • INVS 6607 – Supervising and Managing the Investigative Unit and Process