Bachelor of Public Safety Administration (BPSA)

Homeland Security Investigation

Why Major in Public Safety Administration?

Students, not only from the United States, but from many other countries as well, have become keenly aware of the multitude of threats that constantly face the citizens of our homeland. While these threats have been around for decades, the tragic events of September 11, 2001 brought the realization of our vulnerability to terrorism to a new level of consciousness. The more recent Boston Marathon Bombing was a sad reminder that the dangers from radical groups and individuals are ever present. Police departments and fire-rescue agencies have received funding and training to prepare for the possibility of being first responders to any attack. The FBI has received a new mission designed to protect the nation from future attacks. And in 2003, the establishment of a new Department of Homeland Security completely reorganized federal law enforcement.

While the issues of the threat from terrorism are frequently in the forefront of the media, our citizens require the aid and protection from many other public safety professionals. Natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and more recently, “Super Storm” Sandy, required the men and women working in emergency management to assist the thousands of victims of these natural tragedies. Tornados, floods, earthquakes and wildfires keep emergency management professionals busy the year around.

Not a day goes by when American companies and government agencies do not fall victim to cyber attacks. Hackers as well as foreign governments pose an economic threat as well as a military and intelligence threat to the United States as “Information Warfare” becomes the major concern of the 21st century. The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration degree program is in the process of adding a specialization/track in Cyber Security. This will give students the background needed for jobs to deal with this increasingly growing problem.

The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration (BPSA), offered in the School of Public Administration, offers students the opportunity to specialize in three (soon to be four) different areas of public safety. The degree also offers students the choice of a fully on-line program, or a combination of on-line and in-class instruction. 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. The faculty and staff of the School of Public Administration are waiting to welcome you!


Program Overview

The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration is an undergraduate degree program for South Florida professionals and pre-professionals interested in police, fire, and disaster response practice and administration. The program has 18 credit hours in the core, with 60 total credit hours for the major. The overall purpose is to provide: (1) a professional/ pre-professional degree program for students entering the fields of law enforcement, homeland security, and disaster response; (2) interested students a foundation for continuing in a professionally focused graduate program; and (3) an “umbrella degree” that allows students to combine key areas from several disciplines to graduate with a pre-professional degree. Graduating students 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.

Admission Requirements

For admission to this program, students must meet the general admission requirements of the University as described in the "Admissions" section of the catalog.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration requires 60 credit hours, including 18 credits in core requirements, 12 credits in one of two specializations, and 30 credits in electives as follows:

Required core courses (available online or on campus): Students must complete 18 credits (or 6 courses) with a “C” or better from the list below:

  1. PAD 3104 - Organizational Behavior & Administration Communication
  2. PAD 3820 - Introduction to Public Safety Administration
  3. PAD 3893 - Public Safety Systems
  4. PAD 4894 - Diversity and Social Vulnerability in Public Safety Administration
  5. PAD 4604 - Administrative Process and Ethics
  6. PAD 4892 - Capstone in Public Safety Administration

Specializations: Students select one of the two specializations from the list below:

  1. Law Enforcement/Corrections Specialization (available online or on campus): Students select 12 credit hours (or 4 courses) with a C or better from list below:
    • CJC 4310 - Corrections
    • CCJ 3660 - Crime in the Schools
    • CCJ 4642 - Organized Crime and the Business of Drugs
    • CCJ 4644 - White Collar Crime
    • CJE 4352 - Policing in America
    • CJE 4663 - Crime Analysis
    • CCJ 4450 - Criminal Justice Management
    • CJE 4610 - Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation
    • CJJ 4010 - Juvenile Justice Administration
    • CCJ 4940 - Field Experience (Internship)
    • DSC 4012 - Terrorism
    • CJE 4444 - Crime Prevention
    • CCJ 4623 - Studying Violence
    • PAD 4814 - Stand Your Ground
  2. Disaster Management Specialization (available on campus): Students select 12 credit hours (or 4 courses) with a C or better from list below:
    • URP 4403 - Sustainable Cities
    • ARC 4384 - Designing Safer Communities with CPTED
    • PAD 4393 - Disaster and Emergency Management (Online Fall)
    • URP 4254 - Introduction to Visual Planning Technology
    • PAD 4941 - Government Internship
    • FES 3803 - Multiagency Incident Command

Free Electives: 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.

  • PAD 2258 - Changing Environment Soc, Business and Government
  • PAD 3438 - Communication Skills for Public Managers
  • PAD 4144 - Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
  • PAD 4202 - Funding for Nonprofit Organization
  • PAD 4704 - Research Methods for Public Management
  • PAD 4853 - Public Sector Contract Plan/Analysis
  • CCCJ 3024 - Criminal Justice System
  • PAD 4203 - Finance Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • PAD 4223 - Public Budget and Finance
  • PAD 4702 - Quantitative Inquiry for Public Managers
  • PAD 4852 - Introduction to Public Sector Procurement
  • PAD 4880 - Administration Proc/Ethic Public Pcmt
  • PAD 4931 - Introduction to Volunteer Management
  • PAD 4332 - Management Excellence Public/Nonprofit Sectors
  • PAD 4481 - Public Sector Project Management Techniques
  • CCJ 3014 - Criminology
  • CCJ 3686 - Victimology
  • CJE 3692 - Criminal Justice Technology
  • CJE 4174 - International Criminal Justice Systems
  • CJE 4444 - Crime Prevention
  • FES 3780 - Analytical Approaches to Fire Administration
  • FES 3803 - Multiagency Incident Communication

Job Opportunities

For More Information

About the BPSA, including program admission, scheduling, and other general questions, contact:

Professor Richard J. Mangan, Program Coordinator
(561) 297-2878

About general college admission requirements and program advisement, including a program to bridge from an AS in Criminal Justice from Broward College to the BPSA, contact:

Mark-Anthony Smith, Advising Center, College for Design and Social Inquiry
For appointments: - (561) 297-2316.

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