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June 29, 2017
For Immediate Release

Brantford – New programs in Public Safety offered by Wilfrid Laurier University — including a master’s degree program and five new graduate diploma programs — help make further education more accessible for those working in the field of public safety and security. With a wholly online delivery format, these programs provide the flexibility working professionals need to continue their studies and progress in their careers.

Presented by the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at Laurier’s Brantford Campus, Ontario’s only fully online Master of Public Safety (MPS) program* is designed for individuals employed or seeking employment in fields such as border security, intelligence and crime analysis, military, emergency services, law enforcement or criminal justice. The program will use an innovative approach to teaching, student service and the use of technology. Students choose one of four concentrations that match Public Safety Canada’s pillars: national security, border strategies, countering crime and emergency management.

Intended as a part-time, two and a half-year professional program, students must complete a total of eight courses to earn their master’s degree in public safety. Students can also select the option of a graduate diploma, which requires completion of four courses. Diplomas will be offered in National Security, Border Strategies, Countering Crime, Emergency Management, and GIS and Data Analytics. Those who earn a graduate diploma and later choose to pursue the master’s degree will have their credits count toward their MPS degree.

“Delivering all courses online will allow students to access education easily despite barriers related to rotating shifts, demanding schedules and competing priorities,” said Lauren Eisler, acting dean, Faculty of Human and Social Science.

The programs will specialize in public safety leadership and management, producing leaders who can improve and critically assess public safety organization performance while assuming policymaking and research responsibilities. The programs will also provide students with critical thinking skills to analyze complex public safety questions.

The Master of Public Safety strives to teach students the skills and knowledge required to make ethical decisions, be conscious of mental health issues, increase awareness of intercultural concerns, and be strong and accountable leaders, thereby equipping public safety agencies to better serve their communities.

“These new graduate programs provide an excellent complement to our current crime and justice programming, which includes undergraduate programs in Criminology, Law and Society and Policing, as well as a Master of Arts in Criminology,” said Eisler.

Development of this online master’s program was made possible thanks to over $800,000 in funding from the Ontario government.

“This significant investment from e-Campus Ontario represents the largest amount of funding given to a single institution, and it acknowledges the innovation of Laurier’s online design team, the forward-looking nature of the program itself, and the excellence of our online offerings within the province as a whole,” said Kathryn Carter, associate vice-president: Teaching and Learning.

Applications for admission to the master’s and graduate diploma programs in Public Safety are now open. To learn more, email mps@online.wlu.ca.

*Pending final approval from the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.

About Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research and scholarship, combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community. Laurier’s innovative educational model purposefully integrates the academic learning experience with an experiential learning component. The university has more than 19,000 students throughout its campuses in Waterloo and Brantford and locations in Kitchener and Toronto. The university celebrated its centennial in 2011. www.wlu.ca

About eCampusOntario

eCampusOntario is a not-for-profit organization whose membership is composed of all publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario. Its mandate is to promote access, collaboration and innovation in online and technology-enabled learning to enhance the student experience, support faculty development and extend Ontario’s global reputation as a leader in teaching and learning through technology. To learn more about eCampusOntario, visit ecampusontario.ca.  

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Media Contacts:

Bruce Arai

Dean, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

E: barai@wlu.ca
T: 519.573.9743

Beth Gurney

Associate Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Laurier Brantford

E: bgurney@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5753

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