Bachelor of Public Safety Administration


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!


Career Opportunities in Public Safety Administration

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.

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For any questions regarding the Bachelor of Public Safety Administration degree program, please contact Alka Sapat (Faculty Advisor) at 561-297-0443.

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316. To make an appointment with your advisor, please log on to the Success Network/Starfish.

Special Announcement

The School of Public Administration is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Alka Sapat as the coordinator of the Bachelor of Public Safety Administration program and Dr. Leslie Leip as the coordinator of the Master of Nonprofit Management program. Dr. Leip is continuing to serve as coordinator of the Master of Public Administration program. Congratulations and thanks to Drs. Sapat and Leip. We also thank Richard Mangan and Dr. Ron Nyhan for their years of service in those roles.

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