Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership

Master of Arts in Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership

‌As the first higher education institution in Minnesota to offer public safety supervisory and executive education, the Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership program educates professionals who aspire to be leaders in their organizations. Our cohort-based in-person program encourages collegial learning, and professional networking, and hands on experience with relationship building skills that extend outside the classroom. You will join an unsurpassed network of more than 20 alumni currently working as police chiefs in Minnesota (Chiefs List) and you will learn from faculty and experienced police educators who provide diverse perspectives to your learning.

  • The cohort-based, in-person, program meets on Tuesday evenings September through June for two years, with a special opportunity to earn three credits during the summer during a week in Washington, DC, studying federal and national policy making.
  • As a cohort you will take one 8-week class at a time together for two school years. The schedule and progression is set and you are able to focus on your coursework and experience within the group of professionals and learners. 

What you can earn

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)


Where you will learn

  • Cohort-based classes (Minneapolis/St. Paul area)


When to start

  • Every Fall
 MA + Certificate

MA: 31


For the MA:

PLLD 751   Public Safety Law
PLLD 752   Public Safety Leadership, Administration and Change
PLLD 753   Community Building and Dynamics of Community Organizations for PSLEL
PLLD 780   Integrative Seminar
PLLD 801   Leadership and Organizational Theory
PLLD 807   Foundations of Leadership: An Intellectual and Ethical Practice
PLLD 845   Conflict, Communication and Decision-Making
PLLD 851   Community Assessment and Evaluation
PLLD 813   Leadership as Critical Reflection
PLLD 841   Federal and National Policy Making and Law Enforcement in DC
PLLD 750   Contemporary Topics for Public Safety


 Tuesdays 5:00 - 9:30 P.M.

1 | Meet the requirements:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale)

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for conditional admission, which requires:

  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee.

2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
  • Personal statement

3 | Submit the supplementary materials:

  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

2019-2020 Tuition Rates
The 2019-2020 tuition rate will take effect beginning in summer 2019. The required technology fee (per semester/term) is $56.25 for one graduate course and $112.50 for two or more. 

Degree-seeking and certificate programs: $625 per credit ($1,875 per course)
Non-degree program: $625 per credit

To learn more about financial aid, please visit the Graduate Financial Aid website.

Policy Trip to Washington D.C.

The cohort based Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership program includes a course in Washington D.C.  The trip offers unique opportunities to observe and interact with the policy process at a national level as well as meet and network with influential figures working and facilitating change in Washington D.C.

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the area of policy reform, being inspired by change agents working on locally, nationally and globally  or simply catching up on the latest qualitative research findings, annual events and conferences sponsored by the department of Leadership, Policy and Administration offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include continuing education units for a variety of professions.  

Yellow Ribbon Eligible
The University of St. Thomas is proud to continue a long tradition of supporting veterans and military families by participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please visit our Veteran Resources page or Graduate Financial Aid for more information.