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Advising & Curriculum Overview


Advising

Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the program director to ensure that educational goals are being met. For a personal consultation about your career plans and how Graduate Programs in Public Safety Leadership and Administration can empower you to meet your goals, contact the academic program director, Dr. Les Andrist via email: landrist@umd.edu.

Curriculum Overview

Graduate Programs in Public Safety Leadership and Administration include a Master of Professional Studies and two Graduate Certificates. The required courses for each of the Graduate Certificates are also offered as part of the Master of Professional Studies. Students who successfully complete requirements for a Graduate Certificate may apply these credits towards the Master of Professional Studies if the student applies and is admitted.

MPS-Public Safety Leadership and Administration

The MPS-Public Safety Leadership and Administration is a 30-credit, 10-course graduate program that provides advanced training in organizational leadership, cultural competency, and data interpretation. Students learn to evaluate their organizations, provide innovative recommendations, rationally evaluate data and statistics, and manage interpersonal conflicts. A student successfully completing this degree will be able to evaluate their organization, provide innovative recommendations, rationally evaluate data and statistics, and more deftly manage interpersonal conflict.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of key statistical methods by interpreting tables and graphs.
  • Demonstrate ability to distinguish between high and low quality evaluations.
  • Apply leadership strategies to accommodate organization diversity.
  • Examine human interaction and human behavior to better work with organizational members to solve complex problems.
  • Identify and understand key constitutional law concepts as they relate to the practice of policing and public safety.
  • Analyze public safety issues that arise under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments.

GC-Criminal Justice Administration

The GC-Criminal Justice Administration is a 12-credit, 4-course graduate program that trains students to analyze law enforcement ethics and strategies for contemplating legal, cultural, and political issues in an applied working environment.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in the ability to read, interpret, and synthesize (in writing) important research related to the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ethics of law enforcement and strategies for balancing legal, cultural, and political issues in an applied working environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the research methods used in the study of criminology and criminal justice and explain how to apply the knowledge gained in robust findings to decisions made in the field.
  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of one of the following:
    • The demands of criminal justice leadership in the context of working with other social service agencies.
    • Responses to heightened terrorist threat.
    • The complexities of working within a university setting to ensure campus safety.
    • Technologies in modern policing.

GC-Leadership in Diverse Organizations

The GC-Leadership in Diverse Organizations is a 12-credit, 4-course graduate program that provides training in leadership skill sets and credentials to sufficiently deliver on strategic planning promises. Learn how to evaluate organizations for best practices, implement policies that impact the capacity to lead organizations, and understand social interaction and human behavior to solve complex problems.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate their organization in terms of employee outcomes and best practices
  • Understand policies that impact the capacity to lead organizations.
  • Develop strategies to lead diverse organizations.
  • Better understand human interaction and human behavior to better work with organizational members to solve complex problems.
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