Bachelor of Public Safety Administration (BPSA)

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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, fire safety, 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, fire, 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 three 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 3820 - Introduction to Public Safety Administration
  2. PAD 3104 - Organizational Behavior & Administration Communication
  3. PAD 3892 - Public Safety Systems and/or CCJ 3024 Criminal Justice Systems
  4. PAD 4604 - Administrative Process and Ethics
  5. PAD 4398 - Diversity and Social Vulnerability in Public Safety Administration (awaiting approval). or SOW 4620 Evidence Based Diverse Practices in Social Work
  6. PAD 4821 - Capstone in Public Safety Administration (awaiting approval) or PAD 4332, Managing for Excellence

Specializations: Students select one of the three 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 (Online Fall)
    • CJE 4352 - Policing in America (Online Fall)
    • CJE 4663 - Crime Analysis (Online Fall)
    • CCJ 4450 - Criminal Justice Management
    • CJE 4610 - Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation
    • CJJ 4010 - Juvenile Justice Administration
    • CCJ 4940 - Field Experience (Internship)
    • DSC 4012 - Terrorism (Online Fall)
    • CJE 4444 - Crime Prevention (Online Spring)
    • CCJ 4623 - Studying Violence
  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
  3. Fire Safety (Some courses available online others on campus): Students select 12 credit hours (or 4 courses) with a C or better from list below:
    • FES 3015 - Advanced Fire Administration (Required) (Online Fall)
    • FES 3003 - Fire and Emergency Services Public Policy
    • FES 3045 - Personnel and Labor Relations in Fire Administrator (Online Fall & Summer)
    • FES 3780 - Analytical Approaches in Fire Administration (Online Spring)
    • FES 3803 - Multiagency Incident Command (Online Spring)
    • PAD 4941 - Government Internship

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

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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 to the BPM, contact Advising Center, College for Design and Social inquiry

Fabio L. Rojas ( For appointments- 561-297-2316.

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