Public Safety Management

Bachelor of Applied Science

Public Safety Management

National incident management, emergency planning and law enforcement administration

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Public Safety Management degree will educate, train and develop students to manage and lead in public safety agencies. The program represents a balance between theory and practice to prepare students for employment and promotional opportunities. The curriculum emphasizes the development of administrative, management, communication and critical thinking skills with an applied focus in criminal justice, homeland security, emergency management, fire science and other public and private sector fields.

Emphasis will be placed on:

  • Public Safety Management-Examine administrative and leadership aspects of public safety organizations.
  • Criminal Justice-Learn the purpose and processes of law enforcement and about the agencies involved.
  • Constitutional Law-Explore laws dealing with arrest, search and seizure and other topics related to law enforcement.
  • Fire Department Administration-Gain knowledge of the organization and administration processes required in fire protection services.
  • Emergency Planning and Response-Look at the responsibilities and planning needed when preparing for a catastrophic event.

Program Code: S400

120 Credits

 Online Program

 Accelerated Program.
18-24 months to complete.

School of Business, Professional Studies and Public Safety

Admissions to this program occur continually throughout the term. If you plan to use financial aid, applications must be received by the priority deadlines listed below to allow sufficient time for processing.

Fall Term - June 1
Spring Term - October 1
Summer Term - February 1

Email has become the College’s preferred method of communication. Information regarding admissions decisions has transitioned from mail to email, and it will be delivered only to your FSCJ student email account.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.


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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Program/Course Requirements

Students pursuing the degree must complete 120 total credit hours. The program has 39 upper-division credits in various courses for Public Administration, Disaster Management and Criminal Justice. Students must satisfy the bachelor’s degree general admissions requirements. 

Students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor when selecting courses. For students applying for Fall Term 2016 or later, a degree plan of study is available that details course requirements and course scheduling. Program worksheets are also available for students to use to track their progression through the degree program.

*Students admitted prior to Fall 2015, please contact the Student Success Center at your nearest campus for the degree plan of study or program worksheet for your catalog year.

Career Opportunities

Program graduates are prepared to manage and lead in public safety agencies, working behind the scenes to keep the public and their employees safe. The broad program of study gives students comprehensive knowledge of the profession, preparing them for a variety of positions in large corporations, public safety agencies or within police or fire departments.

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