Program Overview

Wilfrid Laurier University’s 100% online Master of Public Safety (MPS) program creates graduates who can lead, assess, improve and shape the future of public safety in Canada and around the world. The first program of its kind in Canada, and the only program to align with the initiatives of Public Safety Canada, the online MPS program is specifically designed for active professionals who want to advance in their current role or redefine their career in public safety.    

Fast Facts
  • First program of its kind in Canada
  • The only program aligned with initiatives of Public Safety Canada
  • Ranked No. 1 in student satisfaction by Maclean’s
  • 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals
  • Customize your degree to align with your professional goals and choose from four pathways

Learn more by downloading a program brochure.

Careers and Outcomes

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. Equipped with a rich understanding of contemporary public safety practices, social justice issues and the know-how to implement best practices, MPS program graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in a variety fields.
Example skillsets and knowledge sought by employers include:

  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Strong Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Integrity

Example jobs for those in the public safety profession include:

  • Firefighter
  • Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Border Service Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Intelligence Analyst

Public Safety Canada alone employs 52,000. To learn more about the program, download the program brochure.

To learn more about the program, download the program brochure.

Admissions Requirements

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

  • Have a B average in their last 5 full credits/10 half credits of an 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 or download the program brochure.


Coursework in the master of public safety graduate degree focuses on one 13-week course at a time. Each class is 0.5 credits and costs $3,375, plus incidental fees of approximately $255.

Program Curriculum

Laurier’s online MPS program is designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of the contemporary issues, social aspects and technologies that affect public safety practice. The program is taught by faculty who have worked 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 credits)
  • SAFE603: Intelligence and Analytics in Public Safety (0.5 credits)
  • SAFE605: Research Methods and Statistical Analysis in Public Safety (0.5 credits)

To view a complete course list, please download a program brochure.