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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31 credits as follows:

 

Introduction to the synthesis of critical elements of professional communication from organizational, interagency, and community perspectives. Focus on public information dissemination and communication with the media and community.

Exploration of the process of communicating effectively in the written and oral form in public safety management. Investigation of knowing your audience and delivering communication that improves performance.

Study of the process of efficiency of organizational communication. Analysis of the organizational climate and how good communication can result in effective management of all personnel toward a common goal and mission.

Learn the fundamentals of public safety human resources management with a focus on the personnel selection and hiring process. Introduction of wage and benefits analysis of employees and labor relations.

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Expand understanding of the legal environment in which public safety human resources management operates. Constitutional, statutory, and administrative law applicable to the workplace will be examined.

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Synthesize knowledge of human resources management in the areas of public sector wages, benefits, policies, labor relations, and dispute resolution.

Seminar on the major concepts involved in the practice of professionalism in public safety administration. Synthesis of elements of practice that include community collaboration, civilian governance, co-production, and procedural justice.

Examination of the challenges within the public safety culture/sub-culture. Exploration of how these cultures impact the ability of government agencies to perform their duties and achieve the mission they are attempting to meet.

Examination of the concepts of the governmental budgeting process as well as the accounting, reporting, and auditing processes. Engagement in an analysis of financial data with the objective of making informed management decisions as they relate to labor and benefit costs, equipment purchases, and long term planning.

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Application of the concepts of the governmental budgeting process as well as the accounting, reporting, and auditing processes. Analysis of financial data with the objective of making informed management decisions as they relate to labor and benefit costs, equipment purchases, and long term planning.

An overview and comprehensive coverage of statistical tests and analyses of common public safety management demands. The first of four research and statistics courses, this course will cover an introduction to research and statistics; descriptive statistics, and identification of different statistical tests and when to use each.

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Overview and comprehensive coverage of experimental statistical tests, design, and analyses of common Public Safety demands.

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Application of surveys and assessment design, including reliability and validity, and factor analysis. Use of research methods and data analysis techniques useful for academic and professional inquiry. Focuses on identifying the types of methodologies and data analytics techniques best suited for investigating different types of problems and questions.

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An overview and comprehensive coverage of statistical tests and analyses of common Public Safety demands. Qualitative research and correlational design and analyses, ending with competency assessments showing your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Application of sound managerial techniques in the public employment field. Develop an understanding of strategic planning as it relates to creation of organizational policies.

Application of sound managerial techniques in the public employment field. Develop an understanding of strategic planning as it relates to creation of organizational policies. As part of this strategic planning process, there will be an emphasis on new and future technology and their impact on public safety.

Application of sounds managerial techniques in public safety management. Develop an understanding of management programs and projects, and their long-term impact on organization.

Examination of the major concepts and theories associated with advanced leadership in public safety. Analysis of multiple theories and application of practical skills.

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Application of the major concepts and theories associated with advanced leadership in Public Safety. Analysis of multiple theories and application of practical skills. Formulation of a personal profile that infuses both concepts and practices as the foundation of leadership excellence.

Development of skills in directing the confluence of emotional, psychological and physical wellness within an organization and among its members. Exploration of the effects of stress and emotional dynamics within the workplace and throughout an employee’s career.

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Examination of the components of emotional psychological and physical wellness. Application of emotional, psychological and physical wellness to an organizational environment that is mindful of comprehensive employee wellness.

Perform a needs assessment and identify a specific organizational need within a public safety agency. Demonstrate skills acquired throughout the Professional Practice in Public Safety Program to propose a research project with a goal of resolving the need.

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While demonstrating skills acquired throughout the Professional Practice in Public Safety Program, research solutions to an identified need within a public safety agency.

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Develop and present a comprehensive research project detailing a plan to respond to identified needs of a public safety agency.

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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