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

  1. 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 NumberCourse Name
    CJC 4310Corrections
    CCJ 3660Crime in the Schools
    CCJ 4642Organized Crime and the Business of Drugs
    CCJ 4644White Collar Crime
    CJE 4352Policing in America
    CJE 4663Crime Analysis
    CCJ 4450Criminal Justice Management
    CJE 4610Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation
    CJJ 4010Juvenile Justice Administration
    CCJ 4940Field Experience (Internship)
    DSC 4012Terrorism
    CJE 4444Crime Prevention
    CCJ 4623Studying Violence
    PAD 4814Stand Your Ground
  2. 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 NumberCourse Name
    URP 4430Planning for Disasters/Hazards
    ARC 4384Designing Safer Communities with CPTED
    PAD 4393Disaster and Emergency Management
    URP 4254Introduction to Visual Planning Technology (in person)
    PAD 4941Government Internship (in person)
    FES 3803Multiagency 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.

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

Next Steps to Becoming a BPSA Major

Please let us know how we can best assist you:

  • For any questions regarding the Bachelor of Public Safety Administration degree program, please contact Alka Sapat (BPSA Program Coordinator) at (561) 297-0443 or or
  • To speak with an Academic Advisor, please call (561) 297-2316. Already have an assigned advisor? Please log on to the Success Network/Starfish to make an appointment.
  • Ready to apply? Take a moment to review the FAU Admission Requirements, and then start your application today!