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Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

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    Admission requirements

    To be admitted to the bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration program, you need:

    • 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution, including:
      • 15 credits of transferrable general education courses 
      • ENC1101 Composition I or equivalent
      • A college math course: MAT 1033, MAT 1100, STA 2023, STA 2023H or any MAC, MGF, MTG, MAS math prefix
      • At least 9 credits of public safety support courses with the following prefixes:
    • Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in all postsecondary course work
  • What you will learn

    Our online bachelor's degree courses in Public Safety Administration teach you to think critically and solve problems. You will also learn to:

    • Fine tune strategic and operational plans
    • Develop and evaluate programs
    • Enhance human resources and productivity
    • Address organizational issues
    • Manage budgets
  • BAS iconEarn your Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Administration

    If you're a current public safety professional, our online bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration will prepare you to be a leader in today's public safety organizations. Our bachelor's degree is perfect if you already have a related associate degree or certificate.

    Features that fit you

    We know it can be challenging to fit school into a work schedule. That's why:

    • We offer eight-week courses completely online
    • We give you academic credit for your previous experience or training

    Quality education

    At SPC:

    • Our faculty members are experienced public safety professionals
    • Our courses cover theory and practical application
    • We are a regionally accredited program
    • Our board of advisors fine-tines courses to meet industry needs

    Choose your specialty

    Already have a public safety certification? Our online bachelor's degree lets you take the classes related to your experience, training or previous education. Within the public safety administration degree, you can choose from the following sub-plans:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Emergency Management and Homeland Security
    • Fire Science
    • Cross Discipline (Combination of subplans)
  • A boost for your public safety career

    Your public safety certifications and our bachelor's degree can prepare you for career promotions in the private and public sector in:

    • Law enforcement
    • Fire services
    • Corrections
    • Emergency medical services
    • Emergency administration management
    • Industrial security enterprises
  • Public Safety Administration
    Bachelor of Applied Science


    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Program Leadership Information

    publicsafetyadvising@spcollege.edu -

    Brian Frank
    Dean, AC
    (727) 341-4503

    Crowther Charles
    Program Chair

    Program Summary

    This program develops competencies that help students solve management problems, understand finance and budgets, fine tune strategic plans, develop and evaluate programs, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity and address internal organizational issues.

    The PSA-BAS degree, along with the appropriate certifications, prepares graduates for entry-level positions in law enforcement, fire services, corrections, emergency medical services, emergency administration management, and industrial security enterprises in government and private sector agencies.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Florida CIP Code


    Federal CIP Code

    43.9999: Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other.

    Admission Rules

    Admission requires completion of sixty (60) college-level credits in a related discipline, including 15 credits of transferable general education courses and a minimum of 9 credits in lower division public safety related classes. These include courses with pre-fixes of CCJ, CJB, CJD, CJE, CJT, DSC, EMS, and FFP

    Graduation Rules

    Students who have not completed an AS degree in a Public Safety Related field are required to complete 24 credits total of lower division public safety courses in addition to the bachelor level classes. These courses include the pre-fixes of CCJ, CJB, CJD, CJE, CJT, DSC, EMS, and FFP.

    If you have not completed two years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the BAS Program.

    Additional General Education Courses

    Enhanced World View Requirements
    A. Communications9
    B. Humanities/Fine Arts6
    C. Mathematics6
    D. Natural & Physical Sciences6-7
    E. Social & Behavioral Sciences6
    F. Ethics3
    G. Computer/Information Literacy Competency (see catalog for details)

    60 credits in a related discipline with at least 15 General Education credits

    Core Requirements (Complete 27 credits)

    MAN 3301Public Personnel Management3
    PAD 3311Program Planning & Evaluation3
    PAD 3820Foundations of Public Safety Administration3
    PAD 3874Community Relations Theory and Practice3
    PAD 4046Managing Conflict in Public Organizations3
    PAD 4204Public Finance3
    PAD 4232Grant Administration & Resource Development3
    PAD 4603Administrative Law3
    PAD 4878Public Safety Administration Capstone3

    Elective Courses (Select 6 credits)

    COM 3120Organizational Communication3
    ISM 3011Management Information Systems3
    MAN 3240Applied Organizational Behavior3
    MAN 3303Management & Leadership Practices3
    MAN 4863Facilities and Property Management3
    PAD 3034Survey of Public Policy3
    PAD 4332Strategic and Operational Planning3
    PAD 4393Critical Incident Management3

    Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 9 credits):

    SUBPLAN: Criminal Justice (CJ)

    CJC 3163Management of Community Corrections3
    CJC 3311Contemporary Issues & Trends in Corrections3
    CJC 3601Corrections Practice & Policy3
    CJE 3263International Organized Crime3
    CJE 3341Patrol Issues in Law Enforcement Administration3
    CJE 3361Management of Specialized Law Enforcement Units3
    CJE 3611Criminal Investigations Theory and Practice3
    PAD 4014Political & Socio-Economic Impact of Gangs3

    SUBPLAN: Fire Science (FSE)

    FES 3003Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection3
    FES 3015Advanced Fire Administration3
    FES 3533Community Fire & Risk Reduction3
    FES 3780Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection3
    FES 4585Fire Prevention Organization and Management3
    FFP 3785Chief Officer3

    SUBPLAN: Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS)

    FES 3823Planning Methodology for Hazard Mitigation3
    FES 3833Emerging Issues in Environmental Disaster Management3
    FES 4014Evolution of Emergency Management3
    PAD 4393Critical Incident Management3

    SUBPLAN: Cross Discipline (CD)

    Choose 9 credits from the Subplans above9
    Total Credits120