A Bachelor of Science in public safety administration from University of Maryland Global Campus builds a strong foundation of knowledge about emergency management systems at federal, state, and local levels to foster 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 the public and private sectors.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. Read this year's program catalog to see our recommended course sequence for this program. 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
- 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
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: 30
- Minor and Elective Courses: 49
- General Education Courses: 41
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.
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.
Public safety degrees work very well for people who have been working in the field and need that academic credential.
Susan Blankenship, DM
Program Chair, Investigative Forensics, Public Safety Administration, and Homeland Security, and Collegiate Professor
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.