M.S. Public Safety Leadership


The Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership is designed to meet the academic requirements of those who are new to the field of study and professionals who are already employed in the agencies within the public safety field. The M.S. program focuses on developing advanced professional competencies with an 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. The program is offered in a hybrid format, allowing students to work while earning their degree.

Public Safety leadership is vital in providing timely responses to natural and man-made disasters, property protection, 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. Mercer University positions you to address these expectations through a graduate degree that covers a broad spectrum of converging challenges. Courses are taught by experienced and accomplished faculty in the area of public safety.

Through the 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


Mercer University's Master of Science degree in Public Safety Leadership equips candidates with the knowledge and skills to succeed at the highest level, including:
  • 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
  • Managers of private security firms


Delivery Format

The Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership is offered as a hybrid, distance-learning program with 70% of the coursework to be completed online. This flexible delivery format requires students to meet only once per month on the Henry campus.