Master of Science in Public Safety Administration

Calumet College of St. Joseph places the resources of higher education in the service of the common good.

The primary purpose of the Public Safety Administration Program is to prepare students to assume advanced leadership positions within the broad area of public safety. The program aims to prepare a graduate capable of applying innovative management skills and principled leadership in a variety of settings, thereby contributing to the advancement of the field of public safety. Such leaders will be prepared to influence others to meet the challenges of function effectively and ethically, not only as deterrents to crime, but also as agents of greater social justice in the communities they serve.

The Master of Science in Public Safety Administration is an innovative and practitioner-oriented degree offering. The program complements and expands the institution’s historic commitment to addressing the educational need of individuals engaged in law enforcement and related fields. Structured as an accelerated, adult-learning initiative, the degree program removes the time and space barriers that often prevent working professionals from completing graduate level education.

  • No GMAT required
  • ONE night a week, 22 month accelerated program
  • Exceptional student support services
  • Qualified faculty with experience in their fields
  • Multiple financial aid options

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Career Options with this degree include, but are not limited to work as:

  • a police officer or detective
  • an emergency management director
  • an executive director
  • an operations manager
  • a program manager


Danny McGuire, Ed.D.

Asssistant Professor; Program Director, Public Safety Administration, Public Safety Management, and the Public Safety Institute

Michael Genova, J.D.

Professor; Program Director, Criminal Justice

Monica Lopez, M.S.

Instructor; Program Director, Public Safety Management


Objectives and requirements

The PSA program is designed to prepare the student to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the far reaching impact of public safety issues on societal systems, public policy, institutions and the ethos of the country;
  2. Explain the historical, economic, psychological, legal, social, and political forces that influence human behavior and its effect on society;
  3. Communicate a comprehensive knowledge base of the concepts, theories, principles, and laws that affect public safety and homeland security;
  4. Articulate a distinct insight into the multi-dimensional nature of terrorism from an urban perspective with a global vision;
  5. Explain the dimensions of public safety policy and how it is shaped, analyzed, evaluated, and influenced by various stakeholders;
  6. Evolve a personal and professional philosophy that reflects an ethical obligation to social justice and contributes to self-growth, respect for others, and professional commitment;
  7. Evaluate the reliability, validity, and applicability of the body of research relevant to public safety administration; and
  8. Demonstrate mastery of critical thinking skills, written and oral communication skills, and technological competence
In addition to submitting the standard graduate application, applicants for the Public Safety Administration (PSA) Program must
  • Have graduated from an accredited post-secondary institution with a baccalaureate degree.
To begin the application process:
  • Secure an application packet from the Coordinator of Graduate Student Services at (219) 473-4215.
  • Complete the application form and submit it with the $25.00 application fee and appropriate accompanying documents at least two months prior to the cohort start date.
    • Accompanying documents include a written statement of purpose indicating interest in the program and official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and/or graduate coursework completed.

Classes meet once a week via Zoom. Zoom is an online meeting platform that gives you a face to face experience, while maintaining the luxury of attending class from anywhere you are. Classes are delivered live via Zoom from 9AM-1PM. If you are unable to watch the live session, courses are recorded and saved so that you can watch them and complete your work within a week’s time.

Purpose and Rationale

The rationale of a Graduate Assistantship is to further the professional academic development of the graduate student. The assistantship is expected to serve as a meaningful learning experience and a way for the graduate student to work for an institution in his or her chosen field. It is expected that the student will contribute on a professional level to enhance the learning environment of undergraduate and other graduate students.

The responsibility of a Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant (GA) is responsible for working with various Faculty members across different Graduate Programs. Activities may include the following:

  • Support of teaching, which can include work as a Teaching Assistant (TA). This task may involve grading assignments and working directly with students under the tutelage of Graduate Faculty.
  • The Graduate Assistant may also conduct academically significant research related to his or her academic program under the guidance of a faculty member.
  • The student could also be involved in administrative duties and other professional activities, ideally related to his or her field.

To be eligible for the Assistantship, the student must first gain admission to graduate study. He/she must register and maintain at least 6 semester credits of graduate coursework. Full time Assistantships are awarded for each academic year but can be awarded for up to (2) years. Students must apply each academic year.

  • There is a limit of 2 GA’s per a Graduate Program (Certain conditions apply).
  • GA’s receive a full tuition waiver for up to 12 credits per semester (Fees not included).
  • GA’s work approximately 15 hours a week while school is in session during the academic year.
  • Only students in good academic standing with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection as GA’s.
  • The GPA of 3.0 must be maintained during the assistantship process.

Student must apply directly to Academic Affairs Office for each position of interest.

  • Student must submit a general application to the Academic Affairs Office.
  • A resume must accompany the application.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Applications are due at least two months before the start of the fall or spring semester.
  • Interview with the Graduate Program Director of the program in which the student is applying.

Download Graduate Assistantship Application

How are positions allocated and assigned?

Application forms are submitted to Graduate Program Directors for initial review. If the Graduate Program Director approves the application, he or she then forwards it for approval to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Following all three approvals both the Financial Aid Office and the Academic Affairs Office will issue a letter of appointment for the GA to sign. Each Graduate Assistant reports to the Supervising Faculty Member identified in the letter of appointment. Although most Graduate Assistants apply for work in their own department, other Graduate Program Directors may require the skills of a student from another department. This can be a great way for a Graduate Assistant to get varying types of experiences.


The supervisor will review the job description with the Graduate Assistant and determine a mutually agreeable schedule for the year. Graduate Assistants should have some significant responsibility/project assigned which may be included on their resumes for the future. A collaborative evaluation will be conducted at the end of each academic year to examine how the original job description matches the reality of day to day activities. In a rare instance where a Graduate Assistant is not performing his/her duties, at the written request of the Graduate Supervisor, the person may be removed by the Vice/President of Academic Affairs.

How Fellowship Award is Applied

The Graduate Assistant Grant is to be applied to the student’s financial aid package for the current semester that he or she is serving. This grant will be applied for graduate coursework only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other form of outside scholarships, tuition reimbursement, or veteran’s benefits. Students must comply with the following:

  • Must file a FAFSA for the award year
  • Must be registered for at least 6 graduate credit hours
  • Must work 10-15 hours per week during the semester for which the grant is to be applied
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA while receiving the grant
Credit Hours Tuition
42 (thesis-track program total) $885 / Credit Hour

These numbers do not reflect additional fees which are applicable to every student. For complete tuition and fee amounts, see the tuition and fee schedule.

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