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The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration is an undergraduate degree program for professionals and pre-professionals interested in police, fire, and disaster management practice and administration. The overall purpose is to provide:

  1. A professional/preprofessional degree program for students entering the fields of law enforcement, homeland security and disaster management;
  2. A foundation for continuing in a professionally focused graduate program for interested students; and
  3. An interdisciplinary degree that allows students to combine key areas from several disciplines to graduate with a pre-professional degree.

Students graduating from the program will have improved opportunities in the police, homeland security (airports, seaports, etc.) and disaster management fields throughout South Florida and the United States.

The School of Public Administration offers a Bachelor of Public Safety Administration (BPSA), with two concentrations::

  • Law Enforcement/Corrections and
  • Disaster Management.

If you have the desire for a career to truly make a difference in the lives of your fellow citizens and the safety of your country, then the BPSA degree program is for you.

In addition to equipping students with the technical skills relevant to work in public, private, and non-profit  organizations, the BPSA encourages study in related areas such as architecture, business, criminal justice, political science, psychology, social work, and urban and regional planning so that students have an opportunity to adapt their programs of study to fit their own academic and career interests.

Online Curriculum

To earn the degree, students must complete all of the degree requirements of the University described in the Degree Requirements section of the University Catalog. Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete all of the lower division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or state college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution.

The BPSA program requires 60 credits, including 18 credits in core requirements, 12 credits in one of two concentrations and 30 credits in electives as follows:

Core Courses:  18 credits
All of the following required core courses are available online:

Course # Course Name Credits
PAD 3820 Introduction to Public Safety Administration 3
PAD 3104 Organizational Behavior & Administration Communication 3
PAD 3893 Public Safety Systems 3
PAD 4604 Administrative Process and Ethics 3
PAD 4398 Diversity and Social Vulnerability in Public Safety Administration 3
PAD 4892 Capstone in Public Safety Administration 3

Law Enforcement/Corrections Specialization:  12 credits
Choose 4 of the following courses; courses marked * are available online:

Course # Course Name Credits
*CJC 4310 Corrections  3
CCJ 3660 Crime in the School 3
CCJ 4642 Organized Crime and the Business of Drugs 3
*CCJ 4644 White Collar Crime 3
*CJE 4352 Policing in America 3
*CJE 4663 Crime Analysis 3
*CCJ 4450 Criminal Justice Management 3
CJE 4610 Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation 3
*CJJ 4010 Juvenile Justice Administration 3
CCJ 4940 Criminal Justice Field Experience 1 3
*DSC 4012 Terrorism 3
*CJE 4444 Crime Prevention 3
*CCJ 4623 Studying Violence 3

Disaster Management Specialization:  12 credits
Choose 4 of the following courses; courses marked * are available online:

Course # Course Name Credits
*URP 4430 Planning for Disasters/Hazards 3
*ARC 4384 Designing Safer Communities with CPTED 3
*PAD 4393 Disaster and Emergency Management 3
*FES 3803 Multiagency Incident Command 3
URP 4254 Introduction to Visual Planning Technology 3
PAD 4941 Government Internship 3

Free Electives: 30 credits
The remaining 30 required credits (or 10 courses) are free electives available for students to customize their educational experience. Students are strongly encouraged to select electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Of the 30 elective credits, at least 15 credits must be upper-division courses (3000 or higher). The choice of free electives is a personal decision. However, the College for Design and Social Inquiry encourages consultation with the student’s academic advisor to ensure the process runs smoothly. Credits from this area may be used to satisfy deficiencies in general education requirements within limits imposed by College or University policies.

Sample Careers:

  • Public Safety Director
  • Emergency Management Expert
  • Law Enforcement Officer (local, state and federal)
  • Homeland Security Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Intelligence Agencies

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Degree Details
College CDSI
Degree type B.P.S.A.
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $201.29
- Out of State (FL) $719.84
Credits needed to graduate 120
* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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