Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Supervise and lead the organizations that manage emergencies and defend against threats to corporate or homeland security with a bachelor's degree in public safety administration.

A degree in public safety administration from University of Maryland University College can help prepare you to join the first-responder organizations involved in corporate security, emergency management, fire service administration, and homeland security.

This major builds a strong foundation of knowledge about emergency management systems at federal, state, and local levels to foster the cross-agency collaboration. This program is ideal for those who have already worked in the public safety field in some capacity and want to further develop their critical thinking and leadership skills to solve current and future public safety issues in both public and private sectors.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Developed by government employees who work in public safety, the courses in the public safety administration degree program can provide you with a global outlook, interpersonal skills, leadership abilities, an awareness of current issues, and management competencies, including strategic planning, risk management, public policy program development and implementation, ethics, decision making, and supervision. You'll use actual public safety information, taken straight from governmental sources, in your assignments.

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Facilitate and support leadership in public safety administration to manage successful programs, including intergovernmental, interagency, and interdisciplinary outreach
  • Use informed decision making, goal orientation, teamwork, ethical behavior, enhanced technology, and communications to ensure effective leadership in public safety administration
  • Use clear and effective communication strategies and strong interpersonal, technological, and social media skills to help build collaborative partnerships
  • Identify risks and design responses, plans, training, and exercises that coordinate public and private resources to effectively meet public safety goals
  • Develop concise policy, plans, and procedures to support public safety administration

Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Classes in the Major

General Education Requirements

Writing and Communication Classes | 12 Credits

No more than 3 credits in writing can be earned by exam.

Introductory Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options

This requirement must be completed within the first 18 credits. A placement test is not required for Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101). The requirement cannot be met through course challenge exams.

Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options

Communication, Writing, or Speech Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Media and Society (3 Credits, COMM 202)

All Available Options

Advanced Writing Class (Upper Level) | 3 Credits

Recommended for Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Advanced Business Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 394)

All Available Options

Arts and Humanities Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Historical Perspective Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Technological Transformations (3 Credits, HIST 125)

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH or HIST

Arts and Humanities Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Introduction to Humanities (3 Credits, HUMN 100)

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH, ARTT, ASTD, ENGL, GRCO, HIST, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, THET, dance, literature, or foreign language

Biological and Physical Sciences Classes | 7 Credits

Laboratory Science Class | 4 Credits

Recommended for Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Introduction to Biology (4 Credits, BIOL 103)

All Available Options

  • A 3-credit science lecture class with a related 1-credit lab
  • A 4-credit science class combining lecture and lab chosen from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Science Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Introduction to Physical Science (3 Credits, NSCI 100)

All Available Options

Math Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Finite Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 106)

All Available Options

Computing Classes | 6 Credits

Computing Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 201)

prerequisite to a later class

All Available Options

Computing Class Appropriate to Your Major | 3 Credits

Recommended for Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

Information Systems in Organizations (3 Credits, IFSM 300)

related requirement for the major

All Available Options

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions counselor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. Contact an admissions counselor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Recommended Minors

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2015-16 Public Safety Administration Degree Planning Worksheet

If you began your degree program prior to fall 2015, please refer to the catalog for the year you began your studies to determine degree requirements.

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