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M.S. in Public Safety Management

M.S. in Public Safety Management Program Description

This degree program is designed to develop the administrative and functional expertise of police, fire, emergency management and other government officials involved in providing public safety services at federal, state and local levels. The program focuses on developing skills needed to manage the people and resources within the student’s specific discipline, in addition to recognizing how all public safety organizations function within the all-hazard approach to incident mitigation. Students with specific interest in law enforcement may follow a track of study with a Concentration in Law Enforcement Administration. This concentration develops the administrative and functional expertise of police commanders and those individuals aspiring to upper management positions in police departments having federal, state, urban and suburban jurisdiction, in addition to managers who supervise private-sector firms and services.

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Students applying for admission must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) above 3.00 for full admission. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00 will be considered for admission on a provisional basis. Such applicants may be required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores as a condition for admission. Students must achieve a grade of at least B in your first two courses while in a provisional status. Upon completion, the student’s application will be reviewed for a full admissions decision.

Applicants should submit or have sent to the Office of Graduate Operations the following:

  • a completed Saint Joseph’s University graduate application.
  • official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework. If you are a SJU graduate the Office of Graduate Operations will obtain your SJU transcripts for you.
  • a current resumé
  • two letters of recommendation (professional) from at least two faculty or employers appraising the candidate’s promise and capacity for graduate study, reflecting, from a professional’s point of view, the candidate’s ability to pursue a rigorous, independent course of study at the graduate level.
  • a personal statement outlining the candidate's professional goals and educational objectives for the program including the applicant's rationale for program choice and professional study
  • $35 application fee – waived if attended an Open House or an SJU graduate.