Mercer to Launch Executive-Format Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership

The College of Continuing and Professional Studies will launch an executive-format Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership degree in January. Courses in the new format are delivered online with the exception of two weekend sessions per 16-week term. The weekend sessions will initially be offered at Mercer’s Henry County Regional Academic Center. Pending new site approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the classes will move to the Georgia Department of Corrections’ new headquarters at State Offices South at Tift College in the city of Forsyth in August. 

“This degree will help officials from all areas of public safety to learn the vital leadership skills they need to advance in their jobs, while safeguarding the public,” said Dr. Larry Stewart, associate professor and coordinator of the Public Safety Leadership Program. “The online, executive format will accommodate the needs of students in the public safety field, where schedules are rarely 9 to 5.”

The new executive format builds on the successful evening graduate public safety leadership degree program, which launched in 2007, and was the first of its kind in Georgia. It focuses on a holistic approach to public safety education. The degree emphasizes practical training in effective leadership and professional preparation for a variety of fields and positions, including: anti-terrorism task force directors; disaster relief and emergency response directors; emergency medical services personnel; 911-communications personnel; homeland security directors; federal agents; chief deputy sheriffs and police chiefs; probation officers, parole officers, correctional administrators, commissioners and assistant chiefs; fire chiefs, and managers of private security firms.

The 12-course, 36-semester-hour program provides each candidate with a solid foundation in leadership, organization administration, ethics, and research methods. Electives allow the program to be customized to individual career goals, with an array of courses, such as budgeting, corrections, cyber crime, and forensic psychology, all taught by experienced faculty, who contribute both academic expertise and professional accomplishment.

For more information on the Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership, contact Tracey M. Wofford, associate director of admissions, at (678) 547-6422 or (478) 301-6422 or


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