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

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 Public Safety Leadership Certificate Program provides students with a solutions-centered approach to public safety by adopting a multidisciplinary and “whole-of-community” methodology.

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, conflict resolution,decision making, metrics, working with Millennials, implicit bias and crisis communication.
  • Global Threats – Terrorism, homegrown violent extremism, gangs, human trafficking, drug cartels, intelligence and hate crimes.
  • Technology – Cybersecurity and open-source intelligence, social media, cyber-crime, drones.
  • Community Engagement – Faith-based communities, mental health, homelessness, civil rights/liberties, special populations and outreach strategies.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Student Orientation: August 4, 2020, 8:30 AM – 12 PM
Class times: 8 AM – 5 PM

  • August 13-14
  • September 24-25
  • October 15-16
  • November 12-13
  • December 9-10

Certificate Ceremony: December 11, 2020
Course schedule subject to change.


Admission Requirements

SCI invites applications from students with 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 breakfast.

The deadline to apply is July 17, 2020. (Please note: the Fall 2020 program will be offered on-campus only.)

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

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