M.Sc. Online

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership

Mercer University

16 months
7380 USD/year
7380 USD/year
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Leadership in criminal justice and public safety is essential to provide timely responses to natural disasters, ensure property protection, and address criminal activities. Mercer University’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership emphasizes excellence in leadership, cooperation, ethical behavior, critical thinking, and consolidated public service. 


Key facts

This program is ideal for individuals seeking to enter or advance within the field. Students benefit from:

  • Highly-credentialed faculty experienced in the public safety field
  • A tailored program experience with electives in public safety-related subject areas such as deviant behavior, forensic psychology, and disaster response
  • Enhanced ethical decision-making, negotiation, and critical thinking skills
  • A flexible, fully online program to minimize disruptions to busy schedules

Designed for busy and working adults

Mercer University understands that you have many demands on your time, and so we offer flexible classes that work with your schedule. The M.S. in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership is a fully online degree program, so you can learn at your own pace. The same access to faculty and campus resources is available to students taking courses online as it is for on-campus students.

Aspire to a leadership role in criminal justice

Individuals who complete Mercer’s M.S. in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership are qualified to succeed at the highest level in the field. Graduates may pursue a variety of positions and leadership roles, including:

  • Chief Deputy Sheriff
  • Commissioner
  • Correctional Administrator
  • Disaster Relief and Emergency Response Director
  • Federal Agent
  • Parole Administrator
  • Police Chief
  • Private Security Firm Manager
  • Probation Administrator

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Multidisciplinary View of Theories and Models of Leadership
  • Organizational Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Negotiations
  • Leadership and Ethics in Public Safety
  • Seminar on Terrorism
  • Research Analysis
  • Master Research Report plus a Comprehensive Examination
  • Application of Statistic Design

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 16 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
151 (verbal)
143 (quantitative)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • $35 Non-refundable Application Fee ($100 for International Applicants)
  • MAT or GRE Test Score
  • Unofficial MAT or GRE Test Score
  • Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Autobiography and Career Goals
  • Résumé

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
  • Official Translations
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. 
  • Financial Guarantee
  • Visa Status

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    7380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3690 USD per semester during 16 months.
  • National

    7380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3690 USD per semester during 16 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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