MA in Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership


Public Safety and Law Enforcement leader

The Only Master’s Degree in Its Class

Whether you're a veteran officer, public safety professional or federal agent, furthering your education can help you further your career. A pioneer in police graduate education, the University of St. Thomas has nearly 50 years of experience enhancing community relationships and preparing peace officers for a wide range of leadership roles in local, state and federal agencies. Just look at the success of its alumni – many are police chiefs or hold advanced positions in state and county law enforcement, as well as in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.

Now 100% Online


Once only available at St. Thomas’ Minneapolis/St. Paul campuses, the University’s Master of Arts in Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership is now also 100% online. That means professionals like you can take advantage of this career-building program anytime, anywhere, with instructor-led video-based lectures and an interactive online classroom environment. Through state-of-the-art technology, you can talk about on-the-job experiences and network with a diverse set of classmates, from federal agents to state and local law enforcement personnel.

Why St. Thomas?


  • The only graduate program online to combine public safety and law enforcement leadership
  • Nearly 50 years of peace officer graduate education
  • Partnerships with police and community organizations nationwide
  • Frontrunner in program design, curriculum and applied learning
  • Leadership-centric curriculum from Minnesota’s largest private institution
  • 1 out of every 8 graduates is now a police chief or sheriff*
  • Ranked a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report
  • Strong network of faculty, alumni and current students that support and sustain you through a successful career

*Source: University of St. Thomas office of graduate admissions

What You’ll Learn


The University of St. Thomas’ Master of Arts in Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership will help you advance your leadership skills and strengthen your critical thinking capacity. Curriculum is designed by educators, as well as police chiefs, officers and alumni, ensuring students learn how to:

  • Understand roles, purposes and philosophies of public safety leaders in safe communities
  • Identify, analyze and develop strategies for solving community problems from a public safety or law enforcement perspective
  • Understand federal and national policy-making
  • Integrate conflict resolution and decision-making into leadership
  • Examine challenges and traditions of diverse multicultural communities
  • Develop and enhance relationships between agencies and the community, empathizing with people and their problems
  • Provide public safety and law enforcement services in a fair, personal and ethical manner
  • Communicate effectively, think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good

Who Should Enroll


This graduate program is designed for bachelor's degree-holding public safety or law enforcement professionals wanting to improve leadership skills; affect positive change at the local, state or national levels; and increase opportunities for career advancement.

University of St. Thomas alumni can be found in federal, state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies: