With Southern New Hampshire University’s online MS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Public Safety Administration, you’ll be prepared to advance your career in law enforcement, specifically in leadership positions that address public policy. A public safety administration master’s degree will give you the know-how to take on challenges facing society today and learn how policy decisions are made and implemented at the national, state and local levels. Courses are designed with the present and future administrator or leader in mind: All have a direct application to the challenges of managing a criminal justice agency.
Our specialized criminal justice master’s programs, such as the public safety administration master’s degree, focus on different areas of law enforcement. The coursework in this criminal justice online program deals with forecasting and public budgeting, police and community behavior, and scenario planning. You'll understand how to navigate the complexities of the American criminal justice system, and learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your public safety administration master’s degree online at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Candidates must also submit a professional resume.
Those graduating from public safety administration master’s degree programs today typically work for local, state and federal governments, as well as nonprofit and educational organizations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth in many related jobs: Opportunities for auditors (13 percent growth), city and county managers (10 percent), safety and other inspectors (7 percent), investigators (11 percent) and management relations specialists (7 percent) are all expected to increase through 2022. Earning a criminal justice master’s degree online with SNHU can be a significant advantage in career advancement and promotion to senior responsibility roles in public safety organizations.
The curriculum for the public safety administration master’s degree combines the core of our criminal justice online program with the theories and analysis needed to take the reins in public safety. Experienced faculty will help you develop into a leader with strategic planning and management skills.
This course offers the Criminal Justice graduate student the opportunity to identify, analyze and discuss the most prevalent issues affecting the delivery of criminal justice and public safety services today. Students will examine the civic responsibilities of criminal justice professionals and the challenges facing our contemporary criminal justice system, while also developing an understanding of the key criminal justice theories.
This course will emphasize the principles of strategic management, ethical leadership, and community involvement as they apply to a public safety organization. The course will focus on the student's development of leadership qualities that address the difficult questions, such as risk management and budgetary constraints, faced by public safety leaders. [Note: Equate with JUS-603]
This course focuses on the relationship between prevailing criminological theories and the development and implementation of public policy. Students will learn how to evaluate policy recommendations and their effect on a range of public safety organizations.
This course provides the student with the techniques, strategies, and methods used to measure, evaluate and assess agency performance. It will focus on optimal definitions of performance, how they can be achieved and assessed for effectiveness in order to build effective public service organizations.
This course is a study of select issues and problems concerning the judicial process in the court system. Students will gain a broad understanding of local, state and federal courts, the appeals process, jurisdictional issues, and managing organizations through the judicial process. [Note: Equate with JUS-602]
This course promotes the value of using both quantitative and qualitative research methods in leadership, planning and decision-making. Students will learn how to forge data-driven strategies for effective criminal justice problem-solving. [Note: Equate with JUS-604]
This survey course introduces the analysis, interpretation, and management of conflict in contemporary organizational settings. Using interdisciplinary lenses, the course explores systemic, interpersonal, and other causes of conflict; conflict's influence on workplace communication and decision-making; and the relationship between conflict, leadership, and career advancement.
This course provides the student with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of effective research strategies for the benefit of a select criminal justice agency. Students will produce a study that serves to demonstrate their grasp of research methodologies and data analysis. The final product will provide the agency with a viable analysis and recommendations for problem assessment and resolution.
This course is designed to introduce students to the foundations and constraints that form the environment of the public administration. It will encourage and enable the view of governance issues through the eyes of a public administrator. The course is structured to provide basic skills and set the context of contemporary political, social, economic, and administrative realities. It explores responsive, equitable, effective, efficient, and accountable governance processes, public policies, and institutional-based programs. It also examines, from a multidisciplinary perspective, those essential competencies, values, and issues important to public service organizations and the importance of public policy at the local, state, national and international levels.
This course is designed to provide an academic foundation to applied strategic management in public service. Identifying the factors that differentiate public service from the private sector, strategic planning and the implications those differences have for managers. Emphasis is placed on applied strategic planning and management including how to create a mission statement, conduct a SWOT analysis, conduct a stakeholder analysis, writing goals and objectives, and how to design and implement a performance measurement and management system. Current approaches to strategic management used by federal, state, local, and non-profit organizations are emphasized.
This course emphasizes the strategic role of the human resource manager in performing functions of recruitment, hiring, training, career development and other contemporary processes within the organizational setting. It serves as an introduction to the areas of compensation, collective bargaining, affirmative action and other regulatory procedures and requirements as they relate to contemporary applications in organizations.
This course examines the key functions and responsibilities of a public safety administrator, including management of organizational structure, strategic decision-making, fiscal responsibility, and coordinated public safety approaches to address fiscal, political, and social challenges. Students examine fiscal management, the problems of governmental funding, service and equipment cutbacks, cost comparison, and accessibility of federal grants. Additionally, the course reinforces ethical foundations in public safety, critical thinking and analysis, and innovative solutions to contemporary public safety problems. Students also explore administrative opportunities within public safety, and career paths to reach these positions.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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