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 Bachelor of Science in public safety administration from University of Maryland University College can help you build a strong foundation of knowledge in emergency management systems at the federal, state, and local levels to foster cross-agency collaboration. This program can help you further develop critical thinking and leadership skills to solve current and future public safety issues in both public and private sectors.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

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.

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

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • 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

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

Electives

The bachelor's degree in public safety administration requires 49 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • 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 Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

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

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

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

Computing Courses

  • IFSM 201
    (prerequisite to later course)
  • IFSM 300
    (related requirement for the major)

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

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 advisor 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. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor 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

Criminal Justice Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about crime, law enforcement, courts, corrections, security, and investigative forensics.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in criminal justice requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All CCJS courses apply.

It is recommended that you take CCJS 100 or CCJS 105 as the first course in the major (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Cybersecurity Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about cyber security principles, current issues, and technologies.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in cybersecurity requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All CSIA and CMIT courses apply.

Emergency Management Minor

Courses in the Minor

A minor in emergency management requires the completion of the following courses:

  • EMGT 302
  • EMGT 304
  • EMGT 312
  • EMGT 308
  • EMGT 314

Fire Service Administration Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about disaster planning and the administration of fire-protection services, including the organization, planning, operating procedures, management, and allocation of limited resources.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in fire service administration requires the completion of the following courses:

  • FSCN 302
  • FSCN 304
  • FSCN 305
  • FSCN 413
  • FSCN 416

Forensics Minor

Recommended First Class(es)

We recommend you take these class(es) first if you have not already applied the class or classes toward other degree requirements.

CCJS 101 and CCJS 234

Homeland Security Minor

Courses in the Minor

A minor in homeland security requires the completion of the following courses:

  • HMLS 302
  • HMLS 406
  • HMLS 408
  • HMLS 414
  • HMLS 416

Terrorism and Critical Infrastructure Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the principal components involved in protecting public and private critical infrastructure from acts of terrorism.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in terrorism and critical infrastructure requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework chosen from the following courses: 

  • CCJS 341
  • CCJS 390
  • GVPT 406
  • GVPT 407
  • GVPT 408
  • GVPT 409
  • HIST 392
  • HMLS 302
  • HMLS 406
  • HMLS 408

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to join the first responder organizations involved in corporate security, emergency management, fire service administration, and homeland security.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

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: Academic club
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    About the Club: This club encourages discussions on current events and topics within the criminal justice and investigative forensics fields. The group posts career information, including job openings. In addition, this club provides students with the opportunity to talk with faculty in the program and enables students to share resources and network with one another.

    Type: Student organization
    Professional Affiliation:

    International Association of Emergency Managers


    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    This chapter provides various opportunities to students interested in the emergency management and homeland security fields, including professional development through workshops, job postings, professional networks, certifications, and more.

    Type: Academic club
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Public Safety Administration Forum promotes the sharing of information about UMUC courses and activities related to emergency management and homeland security. It also offers a repository for career information, including job opportunities. Members have access to a current listing of conference and seminar opportunities. Finally, the forum provides its members with information on the International Association of Emergency Managers USA Student Region, UMUC Chapter.