Doctor of Science in Public Safety (DSPS)

 At Middle Georgia State University, we aim to bridge the gap between public safety practice and academic research, providing a holistic approach to in-service training for working professionals in the public safety sector.

The Doctor of Science in Public Safety (DSPS) prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state, and federal government and focuses on the systematic study of executive organization and management.

The 54-hour DSPS program offers all courses online and is designed for individuals currently holding administrative positions or aspiring to do so within their agencies.  


Required Documents

  1. Application
  2. Official College Transcripts*
  3. 2 Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with the student's academic and technical abilities.
  4. Professional Résumé
  5. A Statement of Goals
  6. Documentation of Lawful Presence, for Residents of Georgia
  7. English Proficiency, for International Students

 *If you have a college transcript from MGA, you do not have to pay for or send your transcript to Admissions.


Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree from an institutionally accredited university in a related field
  • 3.0 GPA on all graduate coursework


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Application Deadline

The Doctorate of Science in Public Safety is a competitive program that accepts 25 applicants once a year for the Fall semester. All applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.


Application Deadline


July 15


Program Coordinator

Dr. John Hall

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