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Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership degree program are as follows:

  • File a formal application for admission to graduate studies with a $35.00 application fee.
  • Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have earned a minimum overall undergraduate quality point average of 2.75 on all work attempted.
  • Present a minimum score of 397 on the Miller Analogies Test or 800 on the GRE if taken prior to August 1, 2011. If taken after August 1, 2011, students
    must present a target score of 151 on the Verbal section and 143 on the Quantitative section (excluding the analytical section).
  • Submit a written autobiography including career goals.
  • Submit two official transcripts of all college work attempted.
  • Obtain a certificate of immunization.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from people who are qualified to assess your academic potential in graduate school.
  • Provide official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not the applicant's native language.
  • Attend an interview by the departmental admissions committee as the final step for admission.

Students are considered and admitted to the Public Safety Leadership program prior to the beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) per year after applications and all supporting materials are received.

A rewarding career in Public Safety Leadership is waiting for you. Take the first step now. Complete the online application.

For more information, contact 

  • Stephen Jenkins at or (678) 547-6436 to request your admission packet.
  • Dr. Stephen Ruegger at or (678) 547-6484 for questions or additional information about the program.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service approved by Mercer University. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for undergraduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your self-managed application packet.

B. Official Translations: Documents submitted in a language other than English, must be accompanied by official translations.

C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission. Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.

D. Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US $25,000.

E. Visa Status: International Applicants who are currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)