Lead Public Safety in Canada with a Master of Public Safety Degree

Wilfrid Laurier University offers 100% online post-graduate public safety degree programs, including an online Master of Public Safety and five graduate diplomas.

Public safety is an expansive field that focuses on keeping citizens safe from a multitude of threats including crime, natural disasters, terrorism, and more. The Canadian government has issued Public Safety Canada as the department responsible for overseeing citizen protection and maintaining a safe and peaceful society. 

Laurier’s Master’s degree and graduate diplomas are Canada’s first and only programs of their kind, created in alignment with the pillars of Public Safety Canada

With a flexible online format, working professionals can advance in their current role or redefine their career in public safety. The online Master of Public Safety program can be completed in as little as 30 months of part-time study, while the graduate diplomas can be completed in as few as 18 months. 

If you don't qualify for the Master of Public Safety (MPS) degree, Laurier offers six focused graduate diplomas, which you can find linked below. These diplomas also advance your career in public safety, and credits can be transferred into the MPS degree.

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Why Choose Laurier’s Online Master of Public Safety?

  • First program of its kind in Canada

  • The only public safety management training online aligned with the four pillars of public safety in the Canadian context

  • Laurier Ranked #1 for student satisfaction by Maclean’s Rankings of Canadian Universities
  • 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals
  • Customize your degree to align with your professional goals and choose from four pathways
  • Receive support from a dedicated Student Success Advisor, every step of the way
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Master of Public Safety Careers and Outcomes

public safety career outcomes

Today’s need for knowledgeable leaders is consistent as public safety challenges become increasingly complex.

The Master of Public Safety (MPS) program is ideal for public safety professionals, as well as active and retired military personnel who want to transform their career in public safety. The MPS program was created to produce the kind of professionals that the field needs: intelligent critical thinkers who are comfortable with new perspectives and new technologies, and who are willing to take on leadership roles when the situation demands it. 

Aligned with the four pillars of Public Safety Canada, students graduate prepared to tackle modern challenges with improved knowledge that is applicable to the real-world. 

An MPS enhances competencies to create upward mobility in an organization by:

  • Enhancing your role as a subject matter expert
  • Providing an understanding of and the ability to interact across the four pillars of public safety
  • Building up the hard and soft skills needed to be a practitioner in the field
  • Preparing leaders to work with multiple organizations to achieve a common objective
  • Understanding the complex economic, social and historical factors that underpin public safety policy

To learn more about the program, get your curriculum guide.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for admission to the online Master of Public Safety program, applicants must meet the following requirements and submit the outlined paperwork:

  • Have a B average (73%) in their last 5 full credits/10 half credits of a 4-year undergraduate degree

  • Submit all transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Prepare a statement of intent
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit two reference letters

For more information about the admissions process or your eligibility, speak with an enrolment advisor at 888.368.0345

If you don’t meet the minimum requirements above, then we encourage you to take a look at one of our Public Safety Graduate Diplomas. The Public Safety Graduate Diplomas have a different set of admissions requirements. In addition, successful completion of one of the graduate diplomas may be used as an entry point into the MPS and would include transfer credits. This pathway does not increase the number of courses you have to take. it simply demonstrates to the admissions committee your ability to successfully manage graduate-level work.

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Program Curriculum

Laurier’s online MPS program is designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of contemporary issues, social aspects, and technologies that affect public safety practice. The program is taught by faculty who have worked in and are highly respected in the public safety field.

Below is a sample list of courses you will be required to complete for the online Master of Public Safety program.

  • SAFE601: Issues in Contemporary Public Safety (0.5 credit)
  • SAFE603: Intelligence and Analytics in Public Safety (0.5 credit)
  • SAFE605: Research Methods and Statistical Analysis in Public Safety (0.5 credit)
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