Learn how to lead mindfully and connect communities within today’s contemporary public safety industry.

Be prepared to lead with confidence. Marian’s Master of Science in Professional Practice in Public Safety (MS PPPS) is an advanced degree designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge for contemporary executive leadership in public safety. Professionals in police departments, fire departments, federal government bureaus, wildlife protection agencies, military, and more will be prepared for advanced opportunities.

For more than 80 years, Marian University has been educating professionals and future leaders. We help students connect the needs of the community with those of the public-safety sector in order to raise the quality of life for all.

As a Marian PPPS student you’ll benefit from:

  • Convenient, 100% online format 
  • Rigorous curriculum designed by leaders in the industry 
  • Hands-on competency-based learning experiences 

The Master of Science in Professional Practice in Public Safety provides the foundation for current and future leaders to succeed in a joint community effort to raise standards and improve problem-solving in relation to contemporary issues in public safety.

Learn more about advancing your public safety career today.

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The Program

The MS in Professional Practice in Public Safety empowers leaders in public safety with the knowledge and tools to succeed in mindful leadership within their communities. The hands-on curriculum combined with online convenience allows current professionals to advance their career and perform their jobs more effectively with a high-quality, convenient program.  

Capstone Project

The capstone project is designed to give students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in real-world situations. It consists of a research-based project that allows students to look at an existing agency or simulated agency problem and identify areas of potential development and enhanced performance.  Students may present findings and recommendations for quality improvement.

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MPath Online Program Schedule: Flexible Program

The MS in Professional Practice in Public Safety is one of the Marian University MPath graduate programs offered in a flexible program format. Students in flexible program degree paths experience a unique online learning platform. Students can move forward on a clearly laid out path that helps them meet their individual and professional goals. Courses are offered in 4-week blocks with 12 start dates per year. Track your success with clear and measurable competencies and engage in an online network of faculty and peers who will be the foundation of your professional network in years to come.  

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PPPS Course Descriptions


Upon successful completion of this master’s program, the learner will be able to synthesize elements of practice in policing that include community collaboration, civilian governance, co-production policing, procedural justice, implicit bias and bias-based policing responses, as well as management of challenges within the police culture/sub-culture. Such synthesis will enable the learner to perform more effectively as a mindful servant to the community, a police agency and its members.

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If you have any questions or concerns during this process, please contact:

Adult & Online Studies
45 South National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

920.923.8726 or 1-800-2-MARIAN ext. 8726