Degree Requirements



The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration requires 60 credit hours, including 18 credits in core requirements, 12 credits in one of two concentrations, 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:


Course Number Course Name
PAD 3104 Organizational Behavior & Administration Communication
PAD 3820 Introduction to Public Safety Administration
PAD 3893 Public Safety Systems
PAD 4894 Diversity and Social Vulnerability in Public Safety Administration
PAD 4604 Administrative Process and Ethics
PAD 4892 Capstone in Public Safety Administration


Concentrations: Students select one of the two concentrations from the list below. Both concentrations may also be completed depending on the free elective space available to students:

Law Enforcement/Corrections Concentration (available online or on campus): Students select 12 credit hours (or 4 courses) with a C or better from list below:


Course Number Course Name
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


Disaster Management Concentration (available online and in-person): Students select 12 credit hours (or 4 courses) with a C or better from list below:


Course Number Course Name
URP 4430 Planning for Disasters/Hazards
PAD 4148 Introduction to Volunteer Management
PAD 4393 Disaster and Emergency Management
URP 4254 Introduction to Visual Planning Technology (in person)
PAD 4941 Government Internship (in person)
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, students are encouraged to consult  with an academic advisor to ensure a smooth process. Credits from this area may be used to satisfy deficiencies in general education requirements within limits imposed by College or University policies.


Course Number Course Name
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
CCJ 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 4148 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 Command

For any questions regarding the Bachelor of Public Safety Administration degree program, please contact  Dr.  Cliff McCue  (BPSA Program Coordinator) at (561) 297-4152 or or

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-3800. To make an appointment with your advisor, please log on to the Success Network/Starfish.