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Program Description

The Master of Public Safety and Homeland Security Administration degree provides advanced practical coursework in the areas of public safety and homeland security administration. It is designed for public safety professionals who possess a bachelor’s degree in public safety, fire services, or other related disciplines, and have extensive work experience in the public safety industry. Because the degree is available online and at off-campus locations only, students have the ability to earn credit while fulfilling work and other professional obligations.

The Master of Public Safety and Homeland Security Administration degree is designed to:

  • Develop and expand the body of knowledge in the public safety, fire service, and emergency management disciplines.
  • Enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills to diagnose, analyze, and provide solutions to complex public safety, fire service, and emergency management situations.
  • Train executive and managerial leaders in public safety, fire service, and emergency management organizations.
  • Provide the necessary credentials for career advancement in public safety, fire service, and emergency management fields.

Curriculum

The Master of Public Safety and Homeland Security Administration degree has a minimum requirement of 39 semester hours for graduation (31 for In-Service) for graduation. Students may complete the degree in as little as 16 months or 4 semesters. Generally students will enroll for 3 classes each semester, except for the final semester, during which students will enroll in four classes.

There are two tracks to the program. The first track is the In-Service track for those individuals who have graduated from the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Office (EFO) program. This track requires 30 hours of course work.

Those students who are not EFO graduates need 9 additional hours of coursework. Those 9 additional hours would bring the Pre-Service requirement to 39 semester hours of work.

In-Service Curriculum (30 SH)

PSM 500 Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction
PSM 501 Legal Administrative Law for Fire, Homeland Security, and Emergency Management
PSM 503 Public Policy/Ethics in the Fire Service
PSM 504 Fiscal/Financial Management in the Fire Service
PSM 506 Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Management
PSM 507 Public Management of the Fire Service
PSM 508 Critical Issues in Homeland Security Management
PSM 509 Strategic Planning in Fire, Homeland Security, and Emergency Management
PSM 510 Dispute Resolution/Mediation/Negotiation in the Fire Service
PSM 512 Practicum Exercise

Pre-Service Curriculum (39 SH)

PSM 500 Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction
PSM 501 Legal Administrative Law for Fire, Homeland Security, and Emergency Management
PSM 502 Emergency Management
PSM 503 Public Policy/Ethics in the Fire Service
PSM 504 Fiscal/Financial Management in the Fire Service
PSM 505 Executive Leadership in Fire, Homland Security, and Emergency Management
PSM 506 Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Management
PSM 507 Public Management of the Fire Service
PSM 508 Critical Issues in Homeland Security Management
PSM 509 Strategic Planning in Fire, Homeland Security, and Emergency Management
PSM 510 Dispute Resolution/Mediation/Negotiation in the Fire Service
PSM 511 Critical Thinking and Decision in Fire, Homeland Security, and Emergency Management
PSM 512 Practicum Exercise