Wednesday, July 8, 2020

New Online Degree Program: Public Safety Leadership and Administration

You may know that the Department of Sociology, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and UMB's Carey School of Law have joined forces to create a new online degree program in Public Safety Leadership and Administration (PLA) ( Given the national attention paid to racism in the criminal justice system, it's hard to imagine a better time for a program like ours. In this announcement I want to 1) share a little information about the offerings and opportunities of the program; and 2) announce two upcoming virtual events hosted by the program. 

1. The PLA program actually offers three different degrees: a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration (4 classes/12 credits), a Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Diverse Organizations (4 classes/12 credits), and a Professional Master's degree in Public Safety Leadership and Administration (10 classes/30 credits). Four classes will be offered this fall: Public Image Management and Policy Solutions, Making Sense of Criminal Justice Methods and Statistics, Ethics in Criminal Justice, and Constitutional Law and Public Safety. Note too that graduate certificates are "stackable," meaning they can be combined to count toward the master's degree, should you choose to go that route. Students do not need to be admitted to the program to take these classes, and graduate students should feel free to register for any course that suits their needs.

2. As I noted, the PLA program will be hosting two free online events. The first is a virtual Q and A Information Session to take place this Friday, July 10 from 12p to 1pRegister here for a Zoom link and/or phone number to connect. Please join us over your lunch break for this opportunity to talk directly with the people who helped develop the program.

Dr. Lester Andrist
Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland
Director of the Master of Professional Studies in Public Safety Leadership and Administration at the University of Maryland

Dr. Laura Dugan
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland
Associate Chair of the Department of Criminiology and Criminal Justice  
Professor Michael Greenberger
Professor at law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law,
Director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security

Dr. Rashawn Ray
David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution, Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland
Executive Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR)

The second free online event is titled Techno-Justice? The Perils of Relying on Technology to Overcome Racism in the Criminal Justice System and will take place on Friday, July 17 from 12p to 1pRegister here for a Zoom link and/or phone number to connect. Please join us to hear from Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, who is a senior fellow in Governance Studies, the director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institute.

I hope to see you at these events! In the meantime, stay safe. 

Kind regards,

Lester Andrist, Ph.D 
Program Director
Master of Professional Studies 
in Public Safety Leadership and Administration

Monday, July 6, 2020

APSIA Online Graduate School Fair

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)invites you to an International Affairs and Public Policy Graduate School Fair
  • application requirements,
  • curricula and joint degrees,
  • financial aid, and
  • career opportunities.
Representatives of APSIA members will be available to connect with prospective students. You can learn about masters and PhD programs around the world.
July 23, 2020
10:00am - 12:30pm ET 
Register today at and answer your questions about:

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Policy Internships with Cornerstone Government Affairs

Applications can also be submitted through our website:


Visit here for a PDF version of this flyer. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Virtual MCERT Session

On July 30th, the College of Education will be hosting a virtual information session for students interest in the Master's Certification Program (MCERT) that leads to elementary, middle school, secondary, or preK-12 teacher certification and a Master of Education degree. 

Registration is now open. You can RSVP here: 

PLCY100 is a Great Course to Fill a Schedule

Students in PLCY100 will be introduced to many key public policy problems and how we “the people” can effect change to help address (or choose not to address) those problems. They will investigate education policy, health policy, economic and budgetary policy, criminal justice policy, environmental policy, and national and homeland security policy.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Internship Opportunity for UMD Students

The Audrey Denney Congressional Campaign is currently looking for remote organizing interns. This internship is part of a political campaign in a competitive race in Northern California. Specifically, we are learning how to be successful digital and remote political organizers. Right now, we’re focused on just trying to help connect constituents in this district to resources they need to make it through this challenging time.