Continuing your path in public safety

The Master of Science in public safety management program prepares students to effectively manage and lead public safety agencies in a supervisory position.

Available in traditional and fully online formats, the degree poses a myriad of benefits for students. Today public safety is paramount when it comes to cities and communities throughout America. After the World Trade Center bombing, public safety changed like never before. Now, public safety management is essential when it comes to the jobs of Law Enforcement, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services, Crime Scene Technology or Public Administration.

This program not only maintains a low student-professor ratio but also our graduate courses are offered by practitioner-scholars in traditional, hybrid and online environments — a unique feature that makes our graduate program as accessible as possible to both full-time professionals and young adults who have recently finished their undergraduate degrees.

All active and retired First Responders/Public Safety personnel (Certified/Sworn Local, State and Federal Officers) enrolling in a traditional or online degree program at Charleston Southern University are eligible for a 20% First Responders/Public Safety Tuition Discount.

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Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.

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Application Requirements

  • Graduate Application 
  • Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended
  • Resume 
  • Official GRE or MAT scores (an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 may be substituted)

In the Public Safety Management program, you’ll take courses like…

  • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • Ethics
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Human Trafficking
  • Forensic Science

Program Director

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Gary Metts

Assistant Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of the Criminal Justice Graduate Program
Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership


Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership includes classrooms and conference space, including the Drew Conference Center, which accommodates 200.