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Public Safety Administration, BS

The Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration will offer a combination of public administration and management courses that focus on public policy issues ranging from budget development to grant writing and property management, administrative law, social policy and event response.  The program will provide a comprehensive curriculum that will allow students with existing associate degrees in approved related fields to complete their baccalaureate degree and pursue career advancement.  Graduates will be prepared to meet the demand for well-educated administrators in fire departments, emergency medical service agencies, police and sheriff’s departments and other governmental bureaus nationally.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its goals:

  • Develop an understanding of public administration management within the context of public safety departments.
  • Acquire skills in personnel management, grant writing, administrative law, property management and public relations in order to effectively supervise departments and work with the community.
  • Develop an understanding of intergovernmental relations, how government all levels–local, state, and national–must work together to provide public safety and social services effectively.
  • Develop emergency plans for catastrophic events to ensure public safety and the effective operation of their departments.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • A minimum 24 semester credit hours of general education courses must be earned by students transferring credits from another associate degree program.
  • Graduation from an accredited associate degree program in an approved field:
    • Fire Science
    • Paramedical Science
    • Crime Scene Technology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Homeland Security
    • Paralegal Studies
  • The following lower division courses must be successfully completed before beginning upper division major courses ( Course equivalency is established by the dean of academic affairs from official transcripts received from regionally accredited institutions ):
    • English Composition II
    • Statistics
    • College Algebra OR College Mathematics OR Applications of Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in PublicSafety Administration, students must earn 60.0 upper division semester credit hours consisting of 48.0 credits in upper division major courses and 12.0 credits in upper division general education courses with prerequisites as listed below.  A total of 120.0 semester credit hours are required for the degree.  Program requirements are as follows:

Public Safety Administration Upper Division Courses ( 48.0 credit hours )
Public Policy 4.0 credit hours
Foundations of Public Safety 4.0 credit hours
Public Finance 3.0 credit hours
Administrative Law 4.0 credit hours
Hazard Mitigation 4.0 credit hours
Public Sector Labor Relations 4.0 credit hours
Grant and Contract Management 4.0 credit hours
Public Relations 4.0 credit hours
Information Resources Management in the Public Sector 3.0 credit hours
Conflict Resolution 3.0 credit hours
Concepts and Techniques in Organizational Behavior 3.0 credit hours
Facilities and Property Management 3.0 credit hours
Issues in Disater Response 3.0 credit hours
Business Ethics 3.0 credit hours
Catastrophic Event Response Planning 3.0 credit hours
Critical Infrastructure Protection 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses ( 12.0 credit hours )
Professional Writing 3.0 credit hours
Intergovernmental Relations 3.0 credit hours
Urban Government Social Policy 3.0 credit hours
Workforce Diversity 3.0 credit hours

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Jessica Kircher

Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.

Belinda Haney

The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.

Justin Pugh

Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

Ryan Bushey

If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.

Anthony Sassano

The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

Laurie Williams

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

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