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What is the MS in Organizational Leadership Program ?

The MS in Organizational Leadership program focuses on developing and enhancing the ability of leaders to deal successfully with the many complexities facing public safety. Our program goes beyond the curriculum offered by traditional management programs. Emphasis is placed on teamwork, integrity, communication, crisis management, technology, and managing change. There are high expectations for interagency cooperation, problem solving, case analysis, critical thinking, and academic excellence. The program cultivates personal and professional growth, focuses on styles of leadership, and helps leaders succeed in a dynamic, ever-changing culture. The cohort group – remaining with the same group of students through all courses – promotes close interaction with peers. Many students develop life-long friendships. 

How does the program compare to a degree in criminal justice?

The MS in Organizational Leadership focuses on developing and enhancing leadership skills. Programs are built on a business/leadership model, not a criminal justice curriculum. There are no criminal justice courses in the program. The programs draw from the fields of management, leadership, philosophy, technology, and liberal arts to offer a unique curriculum. Current issues facing public safety are discussed during classes such as ethics and integrity, managing human resources, managing differences, managing information systems, and organizational behavior.

Can any public safety professional get into the program?

An applicant must be currently serving in a federal, state, or local public safety agency, intelligence agency, or military branch or has received an exception from PSL’s Director.

How and when do I apply?

New cohorts are now forming. We accept applications on a rolling admissions basis, but students should allow time for receipt of transcripts and supporting documentation, application review and processing. This means you may apply anytime by going to our online application.

What is the makeup and format of the class?

The average class ranges from 16 to 24 students. The students form a cohort, in which they move through the program as a group, taking the same classes in the same sequence. The cohort format builds lasting relationships among students and faculty, and allows in depth and ongoing discussion on classroom topics and projects. The cohort approach is at the heart of our strategy to create collaborative relationships among the public safety organizations.

Who serves on the faculty?

Faculty in the Johns Hopkins University, Division of Public Safety Leadership consists of subject matter experts, practitioners, and researchers from business, government, military, law, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Members of the faculty of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership are leaders in their field.

A cadre of world-renown lecturers enhances the learning program. This group of senior executives and experts bring added dimensions to the classroom. Students in the JHU program regularly hear from and interact with the actual decision makers in the profession.


To speak with a program adviser or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 410-516-9900.


Cohort Start Dates

Online MS Organizational Leadership
January 22, 2018

MS Organizational Leadership
January 19, 2018