Public Safety Leadership and Administration (MPLA)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Master of Professional Studies in Public Safety Leadership and Administration provides advanced leadership training to personnel working in the area of public safety, including professions in law enforcement, first response, social services, or administrative agencies coordinating with the judicial system. The curriculum combines lessons in organizational leadership, cultural competency, law enforcement, criminal justice, and data interpretation to prepare law enforcement and public safety professionals for leadership roles. Students will be trained on evaluating organizations for best practices, implementing policies that impact the capacity to lead organizations, and understanding social interaction and human behavior to solve complex problems. A student successfully completing this degree will be able to evaluate their organization, provide innovative recommendations, rationally evaluate data and statistics, and more deftly manage interpersonal conflict. 

This program is a collaboration between the University of Maryland-Baltimore Carey School of Law, the University of Maryland-College Park Department of Sociology, and the University of Maryland-College Park Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 


Lester Howard Andrist, Ph.D.
Program Director

2112 Art-Sociology Bldg
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 240.821.4841

Websites: and



  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample (optional)


Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents July 28, 2023 December 21, 2022
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants March 15, 2023 September 30, 2022

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website.