The bachelor's degree in public safety administration at University of Maryland Global Campus is designed to provide you with a foundation of knowledge and expand your understanding of the unique aspects of administration in the field of public safety. In this program, you'll study public safety's professional legal frameworks as well as administrators' responsibilities related to risk management, mitigation, and liability. You'll also examine ethical decision-making processes and distinguish the attributes of exceptional public safety leaders.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Analyze the unique aspects and best professional practices associated with the field of public safety administration within the United States
  • Analyze the legal framework within the United States that outlines the obligations and limitations of public safety entities with respect to their employees, constituents, and the public at large
  • Evaluate the challenges associated with the professional obligation to address concurrent public safety emergencies and the challenges associated with the development of effective corresponding mitigation plans
  • Evaluate traditional ethical frameworks and contemporary ethical ideas to determine the applicability of those frameworks and ideas to the decision-making process required of public safety professionals
  • Assess the leadership attributes most commonly associated with exceptional professionals within the field of public safety administration

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Identify a public safety issue, analyze how the issue should be addressed, and present possible solutions, including implementation steps and recommendations

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.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • PSAD 302
  • PSAD 304
  • PSAD 306
  • PSAD 408
  • PSAD 410
  • PSAD 414
  • PSAD 416
  • FINC 331
  • BMGT 317
  • PSAD 495

Related Required Course

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • IFSM 300


This program requires 49 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

This program requires 41 credits of general education coursework.

Research and Computing Literacy

  • PACE 111P or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150, CAPL 398A, or other general education elective
  • IFSM 300
    (related requirement for the major)


  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 394 or other advanced upper-level writing course


  • MATH 105 or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to join first responder organizations involved in corporate security, emergency management, fire service administration, and homeland security. This program is ideal for those who have already worked in the public safety field in some capacity and want to further their skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Public Safety Student Association encourages discussions on careers, current events, and topics within the public safety field. Previous activities have included webinars on related topics and careers.