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Public Safety Administration Program FAQ's      

As part of our 50 year heritage serving the needs of working adult students in Northwest Indiana and Chicago, we recognize the challenges that often face the returning adult student: hectic professional lives, family commitments, social activities, and a host of other obligations. To overcome these barriers, the PSA program is designed to meet the needs of the working professional.

How does the program work?

A group of students called a learning cohort is enrolled. This group will remain together throughout the duration of the program, allowing students to develop bonds that serve to strengthen and support academic, social, and professional achievement.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

It takes students approximately 24 months to complete the degree by attending one four-hour class session each week.

When do the classes meet?

Based on enrollment, courses in the program are “mirrored”. Mirrored courses allow students to attend either a morning or evening session of class each week. This eliminates the time barriers posed by shift changes and court appearances. Students can attend whichever class session is most convenient each week.

Where do classes meet?

Classes are held at the main campus of Calumet College of St. Joseph and in Chicago. The main campus is located just two miles from the Chicago Skyway in Whiting, Indiana. The street address of Calumet College is 2400 New York Avenue. We also hold classes in Chicago at IIT, located at 10 West 35th Street and The Chicago Police Academy, located at 1300 West Jackson Boulevard.

How much does the program cost?

Eliminating the annual increase in college tuition costs, enrolled students are locked into a tuition charge that will not increase during the duration of the program. Tuition charges including all books is $21,600 for the 2008-09 academic year. Additionally, there is an $100.00 technology fee per semester as well as a $100.00 graduation fee. There is no fee for parking at the main campus location only.

Who teaches in this program?

Instructors in the program are academically qualified faculty who have previous or current law enforcement experience.

What courses will I take?

Students will take a series of 12 courses. Each of these courses is 6-7 weeks long. Topics include labor negotiations, communication dynamics, civil liability, public policy analysis, and others.

What do I need to get accepted?

Applicants to the Public Safety Administration graduate program must:

  • Have graduated from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution with a baccalaureate degree

  • Present evidence of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate course work

  • Complete the application process

Applicants deficient in one of more of these areas may petition the Director of the Public Safety Administration Graduate program.

What do I do next?

Your first step is to complete the application for admission. Please request official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that you have attended. For further information regarding the program, please contact Graduate Office at (219) 473-4295 or (773) 721-0202, ext. 295.


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Contact InformationProgram Director: David J. Plebanski

Room: 100A
Telephone: (219) 473-4274
FAX: (219) 473-4610
E-mail:dplebanski@ccsj.edu