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Public Safety (MPS)


The Master of Public Safety is a fully online, part-time professional program for those employed in or seeking employment in the field of public safety. It has purposefully been developed so that it aligns with the institutional mandates and structure of Public Safety Canada, including concentrations that match the four pillars of public safety: national security, border strategies, countering crime and emergency management. Specializing in public safety leadership and management, this program is designed to produce individuals who are able to:

  • effectively improve and critically assess the performance of their organizations;
  • assume policymaking and research responsibilities;
  • be motivated to set and reach strategic organizational goals;
  • be inspirational, ethical and innovative leaders.

The program offers a rigorous, challenging and comprehensive curriculum that will provide learning experiences necessary to prepare you to succeed as professional practitioners in your chosen endeavour. The Master of Public Safety is dedicated to graduating students who understand the complexities of public safety issues in relationship to social justice issues faced in our modern society.

This program will begin in January 2018.

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Contact us:

Elyse Kirby, Academic Program Assistant

T: 519.884.0710 x5576
Office Location: RCE138

Program Highlights

Ladder one of our graduate diplomas into the Master of Public Safety or upon graduation take them as further professional development with only two additional courses required:

  • Graduate Diploma in National Security.
  • Graduate Diploma in Border Strategies.
  • Graduate Diploma in Countering Crime.
  • Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management.

Start your program off on the right foot with our GEAR UP for Graduate Studies program – a 12-hour preparatory program designed to get you ready for graduate-level work.

Learning Online

We recognize the challenges of fitting learning opportunities into your busy lives. All courses in the Master of Public Safety are offered fully online so that you can upgrade your educational qualifications while still managing your work and life schedules. Based on availability of courses and depending on whether you take one or two courses each semester, the program may be completed in 24 to 32 months.

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Admission Requirements

Prerequisite requirements include:

  • Minimum B average in the last five full credits (or equivalent).
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, statement of interest, a writing sample and letters of reference.
  • Alternate admissions for students who apply, but do not have the appropriate academic background, may be considered. Email with your academic background to enquire.


Our students come from a wide range of career paths within the public safety field. Examples of areas in which you may work or aspire to work include:

  • Policy analysis and development and program management within public safety
  • Program officer positions such as with the Government Operations Centre
  • Cyber security analyst positions such as with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre
  • Municipal and provincial community safety officers
  • Parks Canada (e.g. conservation officer)
  • Private sector security and investigation

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