BS, Public Safety Administration


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Step up. Be a hero.

Employment in today’s fast-growing public safety field requires specialized training, demonstrated skills, and strong personal leadership qualities. Individuals in public safety leadership positions have a strong foundation in communication, planning and leadership, critical thinking, financial management and operations. In addition, public safety professionals understand current laws, community climate, and how to set specific objectives that serve larger organizational goals.

Public safety officers deploy their training and expertise to effectively manage and coordinate action before, during, and after crisis situations. Industry specialists develop and implement tactics that support life safety, property preservation, and incident stabilization. They serve in diverse roles including disaster preparedness experts, police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel, as well as holding management positions in medical and health services and emergency response.

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.

A top-ranked program for adult students with busy lives

Ranked among the top 100 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, Concordia University Chicago’s Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) delivers educational opportunities designed for adult learners who understand the importance of earning a college degree. A leader in developing and delivering online undergraduate education with 20 years’ experience in the field, Concordia-Chicago’s ADP provides goal-oriented students with a specialized, individually tailored 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:

  • Student may transfer up to 67 hours of 100-200 level credits previously completed at a junior/community college. Additional transfer credits may be applied if a student has completed 300-400 level courses.
  • 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.
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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.

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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