BS, Public Safety Administration

Study Format Online

This accelerated bachelor's degree is offered 100% online.

Program Length 128 credits, 67 transfer

This degree requires 128 credit hours, which may include up to 67 transfer credits.

 

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Step up. Be a hero.

Public safety involves the prevention and reaction to any emergency that may threaten individual citizens. Occupations in this field include police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and management positions in medical and health services and emergency response. The field of public safety encompasses implementation of tactics that serve as life safety, property preservation, and incident stabilization. Public safety professionals must have an understanding of the current laws, climate of the community and understanding the objectives that need to be carried out to best serve organizational goals.

Find your place in a high-growth career field

Employment of public safety personnel is projected to grow 5% from 2014-2024, about as fast as the average for all first responders. The continued need for public safety is expected to lead to new openings. As natural disasters, car crashes and other acts of violence continue to grow, there will be a need for more first responders. The increase in active shooter incidents and possible terrorist activity has led to an increase in calls for assistance, which has added to the need for more police officers to answer those calls. The recent surge in natural disasters will only increase the need for hiring more first responders. It is anticipated that there will be over 100,000 new hires in public safety. Governmental agencies haven’t taken into account retirees in public safety, which will open up more employment opportunities.

Looking for a challenging career with variety?

Explore the wide variety of challenging employment opportunities that relate to Public Safety Administration: 

  • Correctional Officer
  • EMT or Paramedic
  • Firefighter
  • Police Officer or Detective
  • Private Detective or Investigator
  • Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Marshal’s Service
  • Secret Service
  • Customs and Border Inspection
  • Postal Inspection Service
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

Why get a degree?

An undergraduate program in Public Safety Administration provides students with a fundamental understanding of emergency management, law enforcement, or health services management. At an undergraduate level, students will be equipped to play a pivotal role in setting the tone of an organization. Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration is a prudent career move for  professionals seeking to develop their decision-making, leadership, verbal communication, and management skills to help advance overall organizational objectives. Adult professionals will expand career strategies in preparation for managerial opportunities in the public safety job market and will realize a solid return on their tuition investment.

What will I learn to do? 

The foundational courses in the program will educate students in all areas of public safety and prepare them to enter the workplace as a strategic thinking first responder. Students will gain knowledge in aspects of public safety to include community relations, government laws, and responding to emergencies while considering the needs of the community. The degree requirements will allow students to understand organizational needs, enforce government laws, to interact effectively with citizens, and establish a professional work atmosphere.

Benefits of the BS in Public Safety Administration

  • Obtaining a bachelor degree in Public Safety Administration allows the first responder to one day work in an administrative, management or leadership position.
  • A bachelor’s degree is a must if one wants to progress into a management position within public safety.
  • Students will experience all areas in the field to become strategic thinkers while implementing the values of the organization.
  • Today’s public safety professionals must continue to learn and develop professionally, by keeping up to date with the changing landscape of public safety and enhancing their skill set, leading to the need to complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • A Bachelor’s degree can be a stepping stone to graduate school unlocking more promising job opportunities in public safety.

A faculty with hands-on, field-tested experience

Concordia-Chicago’s Public Safety Administration core faculty has extensive experience in the field of public safety along with the requisite certifications/credentials. Faculty come from all subspecialties of public safety including but not limited to incident command certifications, State of Illinois law enforcement certification, City of Chicago certification, and federal/state certifications. In addition to educational qualifications, our faculty members also have current, relevant professional experience in the field as first responders.

Advantages of Concordia-Chicago’s online accelerated degree program

Our advisors create a specialized program plan to accommodate the needs of each individual student, allowing you to earn your degree in as little as 16 months, depending on the number of transfer credits accepted at the time of your admission:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Accelerated courses
  • Major courses are 5 weeks long
  • 100% online (no set time to be online)
  • Access to learning from anywhere in the world

Our delivery modes are designed to fit the needs of busy individuals and foster valuable relationships and support networks that can add value throughout your career.

Education made affordable

Concordia University Chicago is one of the most affordable private universities in the Midwest. Our Office of Financial Aid will work with you to seek financial aid and schedule manageable tuition payments.

Our tuition guarantee

Concordia-Chicago’s tuition guarantee program helps keep tuition affordable by allowing you to predict what the total cost of your education will be. As long as there are no interruptions in your course of study, we guarantee your tuition will remain the same and never increase while earning this degree.

 

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