M.S. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership


Public safety leadership is vital in providing timely responses to natural and man-made disasters, protecting public and private property, and addressing various criminal activities. More is asked of today’s public safety professionals: more education, more skills, and more collaboration. Those who strive to lead must assume increased responsibility and develop advanced expertise.

Mercer University’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership is a fully online degree program that equips and positions you to meet and exceed rising professional expectations through coursework that covers a broad spectrum of converging challenges. Courses are taught by well-credentialed faculty who are experienced and accomplished in the area of public safety. The program is 30 credit hours with courses offered in eight-week sessions, allowing students to complete the program in as little as 16 months.

Designed to meet the academic requirements of those who are new to this field of study as well as professionals already employed with public safety-related agencies, this graduate program focuses on developing advanced professional competencies.

The program places emphasis on excellence in:
  • Leadership practices,
  • Effective cooperation,
  • Ethical behavior,
  • Critical thinking, and
  • Consolidated public service.

Additionally, the degree provides students with a thorough understanding of associated areas of interest in public safety operating environments.


Mercer University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership degree program equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed at the highest level in their professional field, such as:
  • Anti-terrorism task force directors
  • Disaster relief and emergency response directors
  • Homeland security directors
  • Federal agents
  • Chief deputy sheriffs
  • Police chiefs
  • Probation, parole, correctional administrators and commissioners, and assistant chiefs
  • Fire chiefs
  • Private security firm managers
Through the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership program, you will develop professional knowledge and skills in the following areas:
  • Leadership
  • Global Perspectives of Public Safety
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Organizational Communication
  • Research, Analysis, and Problem Solving


All program coursework is delivered completely online, which provides students the flexibility and convenience to continue working while earning their degree at their own pace.