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Campus Public Safety Administration

Master of Science in Campus Public Safety Administration

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The goal of a Campus Public Safety Administration MS is to prepare skilled campus public safety administrators who can address issues of today, and tomorrow. Learn more on vimeo!

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The need for highly trained campus public safety leaders at our nation’s 7,200+ colleges and universities has never been greater. The increased threat of international and domestic terrorism, regulatory compliance requirements, and important concerns such as substance abuse and sexual/relationship violence demands that campus public safety professionals demonstrate a high degree of expertise, insight, and leadership.

New England College’s MS in Campus Public Safety Administration (MS-CPSA) is the only program of its kind in the United States:

  • More focused and comprehensive than a certificate program or concentration, the MS-CPSA prepares exceptional campus safety practitioners to be leaders in the field
  • The 37-credit program includes the option of a “prior learning assessment” component for those who have undergone specific training related to the field of study, and can be completed in as little as 12 months
  • It’s an innovative program that features the accessibility of online with hands-on learning for individuals seeking to advance in this dynamic, critical field
  • The program integrates a variety of proven learning methods, including case studies as well as problem-based, project-based, and collaborative learning

Whether just beginning your career, transitioning from traditional law enforcement, or advancing your campus safety career, the MS-CPSA is designed for individuals eager to acquire forward-thinking knowledge, leadership, and management skills.

Campus Public Safety Administration: What You’ll Learn

The MS-CPSA helps you develop a comprehensive understanding of the administration of campus public safety at both public and private colleges and universities. In collaboration with D. Stafford & Associates, a leading authority in campus public safety, New England College has created an incomparable course of study led by faculty who are highly experienced, practice-based professionals.

You will explore critical issues affecting professional practice, including:

  • Law and legal topics
  • Compliance
  • Crisis management
  • Leadership
  • Administration and management
  • Collaboration with college and university stakeholders
  • Data-driven decision making and problem solving

More specifically, you will be prepared as a campus public safety professional to:

  • Employ effective strategies for ensuring safety and security on campus
  • Successfully plan for and manage crises and emergencies on college and university campuses
  • Advocate for campus compliance with federal laws and regulations such as the Clery Act and Title IX
  • Develop and hone personal and organizational leadership skills
  • Apply administrative, leadership, and management methods to campus safety practice
  • Make data-informed decisions and recommendations related to professional practice
  • Develop skills and knowledge required to work with diverse individuals and organizations and foster inclusive communities
  • Identify and describe laws, regulations, and legal issues pertinent to campus safety administration

The D. Stafford & Associates and New England College Collaboration

D. Stafford & Associates

D. Stafford & Associates is an industry leader in the field of Campus Public Safety. They offer a series of nationwide training classes that have been leveraged by industry professionals for many years. In recognition of their comprehensive approach, New England College will offer an assessment of prior learning that will enable those who have completed the following DSA training classes to earn up to 9 credits toward the MS-CPSA:

  • ​Clery Act Training
  • Title IX Class
  • Investigation of Sex Crimes Class AND Investigation of DVDVS

For information about these classes, visit the DSA website at: or for responses to specific questions, contact Mike DeBowes at D. Stafford & Associates. 

Career Opportunities in Campus and Public Safety Administration

Students earning New England College’s MS-CPSA will possess the knowledge necessary to effectively lead a campus public safety agency.

  • Experienced Directors and Chiefs will enhance existing expertise and use this knowledge to build greater capacity for maintaining safety and compliance on their campus
  • Supervisory and command level staff will develop an understanding of critical competencies that will help them advance their career in campus public safety

A college or university campus environment is unique. It brings together diverse groups of students, along with faculty and staff, into a community centered on the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge. Colleges and universities require campus safety professionals with the advanced knowledge and skill to address current as well as emerging issues strategically, effectively, and appropriate to the campus culture.

For campus public safety professionals, the challenges of such an environment are many, but the rewards are tremendous. You will truly make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Master’s in Campus Public Safety Administration Course Map

Courses to be taken through D. Stafford and Associates Training held at various times during the year and various locations in the United States. Visit:

HEA 5560 Investigations of Sex Crimes and VAWA Crimes (3 credits)
HEA 5370 Title IX Administration (3 credits)
HEA 5220 Advanced Clery Act Training (3 credits)

Fall I 2017

HEA 5110 – Higher Education Organization and Administration (4 credits)
HEA 5230 – Stakeholder Relations (2 credits)

Fall II 2017

HEA 5920 – Campus Public Safety Considerations (2 credits)
HEA 6930 – Legal Issues in Campus Public Safety (4 credits)

Spring I 2018

HEA 6240 – Assessment in Higher Education (4 credits)
HEA 6160 – Leadership & Ethics (2 credits)

Spring II 2017

HEA 5190 – Multicultural Competence (4 credits)
HEA 6820 – Emergency Management (2 credits)

Summer I 2017

HEA 6970 Capstone (4 credits)

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

HEA 5220 Advanced Clery Act Training (3 credits)

Campus Safety professionals typically lead their institution’s Clery Act compliance program and if not, they play a substantial role. Both functions require significant expertise. This intensive course covers all elements of the Clery Act, including the latest statutes and regulations as well as changes reflected in the U.S. Department of Education’s revised Clery Act Handbook and Help Desk guidance. This course will provide practitioners with the knowledge necessary to build and administer a robust Clery Act compliance program at their institutions.

HEA 5370 Title IX Administration (3 credits)

Complying with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) requires understanding how to implement a patchwork of laws, regulations, and sub-regulatory guidance to effectively prevent and respond to sex-based discrimination on college and university campuses. This intensive course is designed for campus administrators and investigators who have responsibility for conducting and overseeing Title IX compliance and sexual misconduct investigations on their campuses. Students will learn how to manage and fully investigate a complaint of sexual misconduct in higher education from start to finish with special emphasis on complying with the Clery Act and Title IX sub-regulatory guidance from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

HEA 5560 Investigations of Sex Crimes and VAWA Crimes (3 credits)

Individuals involved in investigating sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are required to receive specialized training, and federal laws impose various requirements on institutions when responding to reports of these crimes. This intensive course is comprised of two separately components (Investigation of Sex Crimes and Investigation of Domestic Violence/Dating Violence and Stalking) that will provide campus safety and civil rights investigators with comprehensive knowledge to equip them to conduct and oversee investigations of incidents involving sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking at their institutions.

HEA 6240 Assessment in Higher Education (4 credits)

Leaders in higher education must demonstrate the outcomes for their work as well as identify opportunities for improvement. This course provides an overview of selected strategies of inquiry used in investigating problems of practice in higher education. Students will develop skills and knowledge to create outcomes, identify and apply appropriate assessment methods, interpret data, and design an assessment plan.

HEA 6160 Leadership & Ethics (2 credits)

Campus public safety administrators are frequently called upon to make strategic and tactical decisions that can impact the stability and well-being of their departments and the communities they serve.  A well-formed philosophy of leadership and an unwavering ethical foundation are essential to making sound decisions.  This course will review pertinent models of decision-making as well as leadership theories and behaviors that can be applied to the campus public safety realm.

HEA 5190 Multicultural Competence (4 credits)

The college student population in the United States is diversifying at a tremendous rate. Higher education administrators must develop the skills and knowledge to understand and address the implications for higher education resulting from this diversity. This course will provide an introduction to student develop theory and practice of multicultural competence allowing students to apply this skill and knowledge through course assignments.

HEA 6820 Emergency Management (2 credits)

Crisis and emergency management are essential competencies for leaders in contemporary campus public safety agencies.  This course will help to equip practitioners with knowledge regarding reducing vulnerabilities to hazards and mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters affecting college and university campuses.

HEA 5110 Higher Education Organization and Administration (4 credits)

An understanding of complex systems of organization and governance in higher education is critical to successful administration and leadership. This course is an introduction to administration and organizational dynamics. Although the roles of multiple internal and external constituencies will be considered, the class focuses on institution and system-wide perspectives but will provide an overview of specific departments or functions. Theories of organizational leadership, culture, change and administrative management will be applied to case studies and individual and group projects.

HEA 5230 Stakeholder Relations (2 credits)

The higher education environment presents numerous challenges and opportunities for effectively communicating with an institution’s diverse stakeholders.  This course will help to prepare campus public safety administrators with the knowledge needed to effectively manage internal and external relations with various stakeholder groups, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, governing boards, parents, community members, elected officials, outside law enforcement agencies and others.

HE 5920 Campus Public Safety Considerations (2 credits)

This course will provide a review of special topics in campus public safety administration.  Foundations of behavioral threat assessment and management will be explored as well as issues regarding physical security, weapons on campus and alcohol and other drugs.  Emphasis will be placed on campus public safety administrator’s roles in effectively managing these issues.

HEA 6930 Legal Issues in Campus Public Safety (4 credits)

Campus public safety administrators face an array of complex issues which requires an understanding of legal principles and case law applicable to managing public safety functions in the college and university environment.  This course will provide an overview of legal issues germane to these functions with an emphasis on employment law, constitutional law and other statutes and regulations that shape the day-to-day operations of contemporary campus public safety agencies.

HEA 6970 Capstone (4 credits)

The capstone experience requires a synthesis of theories, conceptual frameworks, and experiential learning throughout the program. Students must develop a research or professional development project that demonstrates evidence-based decision-making, an understanding of specific higher education/professional contexts, and strategic analysis. Students with no fulltime work experience in higher education are advised to integrate experiential learning into their projects. The instructor must approve capstone proposals before students start their projects. At the end of the program, students present their projects to the academic community. This course is pass/fail.