Master's in Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership


Public Safety and Law Enforcement leader

The Only Master’s Degree in Its Class

Position yourself for advancement with a Master’s Degree or Graduate Certificate in Public Safety & Law Enforcement Leadership – 100% online. Like a master’s in public administration, this invaluable degree strengthens your leadership, communication and critical thinking skills, preparing you for leadership roles in local, state and federal government and more. Whether you aspire to be police or fire chief, mayor, a city or town manager or a planning and public works official, you’ll gain the competitive edge you need with the University of St. Thomas. The university has nearly 50 years of experience enhancing community relationships and preparing peace officers for a wide range of leadership roles. Successful alumni include police chiefs and those holding advanced positions in state and county law enforcement,the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.

What You'll Learn


  • Study the ways that organizations develop and change
  • Acquire techniques for communicating effectively and motivating others
  • Understand how laws, court decisions and legal theories affect policing and the community
  • Explore systems for tracking trends, needs and issues at global, national, state, regional and local levels
  • Examine methods for assessing community wants, needs and resources
  • Learn how to plan, organize, implement and evaluate tactics, programs and strategies
  • Discover how to forge effective partnerships and catalyze community action
  • Gain an understanding of federal and national policy making
  • Determine why it’s important to analyze the ethical aspects of your relationships and decisions
  • Understand how to synthesize information to form more critical understanding of a situation
  • Investigate best practices for hiring, discipline, collective bargaining, budgeting and training
  • Discover strategies for instilling strong leadership skills in your employees
  • Examine approaches to conflict resolution and decision making and how they impact public confidence

Why St. Thomas?


  • Complete your master's degree in as little as two years
  • The only graduate program online to combine public safety and law enforcement leadership
  • Nearly 50 years of peace officer graduate education
  • Dedicated, award-winning professors who are recognized experts in their fields
  • Strong network of faculty, alumni and students who support and sustain you throughout your career
  • Successful alumni include police chiefs and officials in state and county law enforcement, the Department of Justice and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • 1 out of every 8 graduates is now a police chief or sheriff*
  • Partnerships with police and community organizations nationwide
  • Ranked a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named a Best National University and a Best Bang for the Buck (National) by Washington Monthly
  • Named one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes

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

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:

Now 100% Online


Once only available on the Minneapolis/St. Paul campuses of the University of St. Thomas, the Master of Arts in Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership is now available 100% online. That means busy professionals like you can take advantage of this quality-of-life-building program anytime, anywhere from any Internet-ready computer or mobile device. Streaming video and downloadable audio and video lectures allow you to learn when and where it’s convenient for you. Best of all, you will be part of a vibrant interactive community that includes instructor-led discussion boards, asynchronous VoiceThread®, chat, instant messaging, group study, social and professional networking and more. Network with a diverse set of classmates, from federal agents to state and local law enforcement personnel. This program is designed to help you connect with professors and colleagues who will be there to support you long after graduation.