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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30 credits as follows:

 

This course is a seminar in the major concepts of professionalism in Police Administration. Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to synthesize critical elements of professional communication from organizational, interagency, community and global perspectives. Further, he/she will be able to evaluate the climate of communication and, in influential ways, execute advanced professional-communication practices.

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The course on public safety human resources is aimed to emphasize the application of sound managerial techniques in public sector employment. An examination of the legal environment in which public safety agencies operate will occur. Constitutional, statutory, and administrative law applicable to managing a public sector criminal justice agency will be evaluated and an understanding of how labor relations connects to these laws and regulations will be examined.

This course is a seminar in the major concepts involved in the practice of professionalism in Police Administration. Upon successful completion of this course, 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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This course will examine the governmental budgeting process as well as the accounting, reporting, and auditing processes. A primary goal of the course is to engage the students 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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This course is the first of two research methods and data analysis courses. The combined coursework will introduce students to various research methods and data analysis techniques useful for academic and professional inquiry. Additionally, the courses focus on identifying the types of methodologies and data analytic techniques best suited for investigating different types of problems and questions. During the first semester, students will be introduced to research methods and statistics broadly, including its use in public safety; learn about descriptive statistics, probability, and hypothesis testing; and the methods and analysis of lab and field experiments.

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The course is the second is the second of two research-methods and data-analysis courses. The combined coursework will introduce students to various research methods and data analysis techniques useful for academic and professional inquiry. Additionally, the courses focus on identifying the types of methodologies and data analytic techniques best suited for investigating different types of problems and questions. During the second semester, students will learn about the methods of analysis of correlational research with emphasis on creating, using, and analyzing surveys; the methods and analysis of qualitative research including program and policy evaluation; and various practices for disseminating research findings.

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This course is designed to emphasize the application of sound managerial techniques. Students will develop an understanding of strategic planning as it relates to creation of organizational policies, managing of programs and projects, and the long-term impact on organizations. As part of this strategic planning process, there will be an emphasis on new and future technology and their impact on public safety.

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This course is a seminar in the major concepts and theories associated with advanced leadership in Policing. Through analysis of multiple theories and application of practical skills, the learner will be able to formulate a personal profile that infuses both concepts and practices as the foundation of leadership excellence in policing.

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This course involves the development of leadership skills in directing the confluence of emotional, psychological and physical wellness within an organization and among its members. Graduate Degree Candidates (GDCs) will explore the effects of stress and emotional dynamics within the workplace and throughout an employee’s career. Additionally, the components of personal, physical wellness will be examined. Revelations resulting from the study of the emotional, psychological and physical wellness facets of policing will be applied to the GDC’s conceptualization of an organizational environment that is mindful of comprehensive employee wellness.

The Capstone project comprises the demonstrated culmination of skills acquired throughout the M.S. in Professional Practice in Public Safety Program. The project will be conducted by a team of Graduate Degree Candidates (GDCs) responsible for consulting with a public safety agency. The team will perform a needs assessment and will identify and respond to a specific need that correlates to the acquired skills of the GDC’s with the goal of improving professional practice within the host agency. Upon completion of the project, the team will present and defend the project to a panel comprised of representatives of the host agency, the program chairperson, and a graduate degree committee.

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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