Public Safety Management
Secure Your Career: LEARN AND LEAD
The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management (PSM) prepares students who take pride in protecting and serving to advance into supervisory and leadership positions. Throughout the program, you will be exposed to the essential elements of public safety and expand your capability to meet the constant changes you will encounter in the workplace.
The 14-course program is structured in an accelerated format and is designed to create and educate progressive leaders to successfully and effectively manage cultural diversity in the workplace. Graduates will use their knowledge, skills and abilities to promote positive transformation in public safety as well as the broader community.
The program curriculum is competency-based and structured in an accelerated format.
- Public safety environment and organization
- Public safety laws and methods
- Leadership and crisis management
- Investigative and crime scene management
- Identity and financial crime management
- Criminal procedure and constitutional law
- Terrorism as a concept and tactic
We emphasize theory and practice while teaching critical thinking from a local through a global perspective.
We’re pleased to offer credit for prior learning and training to the law enforcement community within these areas:
- Earn up to 18 credit hours for Basic Academy completion
- Earn up to 66 credit hours for additional in-service training
- 5 of 7 general education requirements will be met; the remaining requirements are offered online
Grants and scholarships are available! For VA benefits, please contact Marlena Avalos at (219) 473-4212.
Conveniently Designed With You in Mind
Our accelerated programs and unique mirrored format empower you to complete your degree while attending to your demanding schedule.
We’re committed to supporting you and meeting your needs so you can successfully apply, enroll, graduate and thrive.
- A fully online format
- One night per week
- Daytime classes: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Evening classes: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Receive credit for prior learning including basic academy, training and college coursework
Career Options with this major include, but are not limited to work as:
- a Chief of Police
- a Fire Chief
- a Chief Security Officer
- a corporate security manager
- an anti-terrorism task force coordinator
Objectives and requirements
The PSM program is designed to prepare the student to:
- Identify the roles and recognize the interactions of various public safety providers within the context of the communities they serve;
- Examine the historical and contemporary implications of terrorism from an urban perspective, recognizing its multidimensional nature and global reach;
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories in public safety management and the ability to apply such theories in a public safety setting;
- Analyze and categorize the historical, economic, psychological, legal, social, and political forces that influence human behavior and their effects on society;
- Design a personal and professional philosophy that reflects an ethical obligation to social justice and contributes to self-growth, respect for others, and professional commitment;
- Formulate solutions utilizing an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, principles, and laws that affect public safety and homeland security;
- Assess the impact of critical thinking skills, written and oral communication skills, and technological competencies on the public safety realm in conjunction with the student’s career and personal philosophy.
Requirements expected of applicants
- Minimum of 52 transfer hours
- Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Professional work experience
All application files are evaluated on an individual basis. Certain exceptions may be made to the above requirements depending on circumstances as determined by the Degree Completion Program Admissions Committee.
The Public Safety Management program has the following features:
- The program utilizes a cohort model formed of learning groups of approximately 15 students
- Meets once a week for four hours
- Consists of 14 classes; each class lasts six weeks*
- Can be completed in 24 months
- Is taught by instructors who are professionals in their field
- Leads to a bachelor of science degree
- Offers a set tuition throughout
Classes meet once a week via Zoom. Zoom is an online meeting platform that gives you a face to face experience, while maintaining the luxury of attending class from anywhere you are. Classes are delivered live via Zoom from 9AM-1PM. If you are unable to watch the live session, courses are recorded and saved so that you can watch them and complete your work within a week’s time.
- PSM 325 Introduction to Research of Public Safety Issues
- PSM 309 Dimensions of Wellness
- PSM 310 Multiculural and Diverse Populations
- PSM 311 Terrorism: The Public Safety Perspective
- PSM 307 Public Safety Environment and Organizations
- PSM 323 Public Safety Management
- PSM 333 Leadership and Crisis Management
- PSM 425 Ethics in Public Safety
- PSM 353 Identity and Financial Crimes
- PSM 407 Resource Allocation
- PSM 305 Public Safety and Technology
- PSM 430 Legal Issues in Public Safety Management
- PSM 435 Contemporary Issues in Public Safety
- PSM 455 Professional Development: Strategy and Policy in Public Safety Management