Master of Public Safety

The Master of Public Safety (MPS) answers the call for public safety education that develops leadership skills and contextualizes law enforcement in the broader landscape of society and social change. The part-time, interdisciplinary program prepares public safety professionals by broadening their understanding of relational policing, emerging public safety threats, and appropriate responses to improve the safety of their communities.

Six key themes are woven throughout the curriculum: constitutional literacy, relational policing, evidence-based strategies, diversity awareness and sensitivity, public health, and safety and wellness.

  • Schedule & Format

    • Low residency in Charlottesville, VA
    • Cohort, executive format
    • Face-to-face with online instruction
    • Part time
    • Complete in 20 months / 5 semesters 

    More about online learning

  • Focus

    For public safety leaders from local, state, and federal agencies, including law enforcement, private security, public health, corrections, fire and emergency medical services, emergency management, and the military.
  • Admission

    Individuals with an undergraduate degree, and 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate coursework are invited to apply. We will begin accepting applications in 2019.


    Fall: May 15, 2019

    The program is awaiting final approval from State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

    Admission Details

  • Tuition

    Tuition and fees are $38,250 ($32,585 tuition and $5,665 fees).

    Students will be charged $1,275 per credit hour (includes tuition and fees). 

    Fees cover lodging and some meals while on Grounds in Charlottesville. Students are responsible for their own transportation and textbooks. 


With law enforcement coming under increased scrutiny, there is a pressing need for leaders who are firmly grounded in our constitutional framework, who can build strong community relationships, and who are knowledgeable about the many complex challenges facing most departments.

Meet Our Faculty

Tim Longo

Tim Longo

MPS graduates will gain the data-driven knowledge, best practices, and practical skills required for law enforcement leadership.