Frank Zerunyan, J.D., Professor of the Practice of Governance and Director of Executive Education

The Public Safety Leadership Certificate Program provides students with a solutions-centered approach to public safety by adopting a multidisciplinary and “whole-of-community” methodology. Public safety in the 21st century requires a holistic approach. Effective leadership and collaboration between public safety disciplines is essential to meet the complex challenges facing society today.

The PSLP is 80 hours, taught two days per month for five months. The course is divided into four modules:

  • Leadership – Collaborative leadership, negotiation, ethics, organizational branding, values driven leadership, consensus building, conflict resolution, decision making and metrics.
  • Global Threats – Terrorism, homegrown violent extremism, cyber-crime, gangs, human trafficking, drug cartels.
  • Technology – Geospatial analysis, cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, resilience, information analysis, social media.
  • Community Engagement – Faith organizations, mental health, juveniles, civil liberties, special populations, and outreach strategies

Fall 2019 Schedule

Student Orientation: August 13, 2019
Class times: 8 AM – 5 PM

  • August 22-23
  • September 26-27
  • October 17-18
  • November 14-15
  • December 11-12

Certificate Ceremony: December 13, 2019
Course schedule subject to change.


Admission Requirements

SCI invites applications from students from various public safety backgrounds, including law enforcement, fire, EMS, health, social work and education, as well as from local, state and federal agencies. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Applying to this program requires completion of an online application. The program fee is $5,000 per student, which covers tuition, materials and some meals.

The deadline to apply is August 3, 2019. (Please note: the Fall 2019 program will be offered on-campus only.)

Apply Now Questions? email sci@price.usc.edu call (213) 740-2928

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