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

The Public Safety Leadership Certificate Program provides mid-level managers with a 21st-century approach to public safety by adopting a multidisciplinary and “whole-of-community” methodology. At the core of the program is an emphasis on leadership, ethics, and values.

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

Spring 2018 Schedule

Student Orientation: January 4, 2018

  • January 23-24
  • February 15-16
  • March 22-23
  • April 12-13
  • May 2-3

Certificate Luncheon: May 4, 2018
Course schedule subject to change. Classes are held on the USC University Park Campus.


Admission Requirements

SCI invites applications from professionals with backgrounds in law enforcement, fire, EMS, health, social work, education or other public safety professions, as well as those working in local, state and federal agencies. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. The program cost is $5,000 per student, which covers tuition, materials and some meals.

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