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2016-2017 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2016-2017 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Safety Administration, M.A.

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The Master of Arts in Public Safety Administration is designed for public safety professionals seeking to increase their knowledge and skills to lead and manage public safety organizations. The safety and well-being of our communities have become a greater challenge to public safety professionals because of our changing world. Public safety professionals must build partnerships, solve problems, and protect assets and individuals while maintaining civil liberties. Service demands have exceeded budget capacity resulting in a need to be more effective and efficient in providing quality service on a daily basis and during disasters. The Master of Arts in Public Safety Administration will provide graduates the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to lead and manage public safety organizations and increase partnerships in the community and with other organizations.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Lead and develop public safety organizations.
  2. Integrate human resource strategies to achieve organizational goals.
  3. Manage financial resources to achieve strategic goals.
  4. Assess risk and promote quality.
  5. Foster organizational and public trust by implementing accountability and integrity processes.
  6. Engage and influence the political, ethical, social, and policy environments that impact public safety.
  7. Assess technologies to solve problems or improve organizational performance.
  8. Plan strategies to address threats to the health and well being of communities, specific targets, and events.

Public Safety Administration program is no longer accepting applicants into the program.

Degree Requirements

Required Public Safety Administration Courses 18 cr.
Required Management Courses 12 cr.
Required Capstone Course 3 cr.
Elective Courses 3 cr.
Total 36 cr.


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to master degree programs at any time during the year. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. All applicants must complete an interview with a program administrator.

Application Process

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel) and,
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor’s degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent or carried to the university in an envelope sealed by the granting university. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services,, or Educational Credential Evaluators,, and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards.) and,
  3. A personal statement which includes:
    1. brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience and,
    2. statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program and,
    3. description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities and,
    4. personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability and,
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

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