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Public Safety Management

Application Deadline

July 1, 2014

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Management at St. Edward’s prepares you to be the first line of response and prevention for the community. Learn from outstanding practitioners and leaders in public safety.

You’ll explore contemporary topics affecting public safety, such as leadership, management, personnel administration, public budgeting, and terrorism and disaster preparedness. And you’ll further your leadership skills.

Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Management


As a BA in Public Safety Management major, you’ll learn how to help organizations through a crisis — and develop first-response techniques that are essential for safety and survival. Communication, analytical and conflict-resolution skills are vital to this field. Students may earn credit for a public safety-related internship with the local police, fire, emergency medical, emergency management or related agency.

Students prepare for careers charged with saving lives, protecting property and guarding national security, such as EMS specialists, fire safety experts and emergency management professionals. On the business side, you might develop and manage a law enforcement organization’s crisis communication strategy or work as a consultant helping companies comply with risk management and security plans.

Course Preview:

BA in Public Safety Management majors take courses from these groups:

Students who major in public safety management complete required courses, including Introduction to Emergency Management, Community Relations and Public Safety, Budgeting for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, Global Perspectives on Terrorism, Team Building, and Conflict Resolution.

All New College programs require general education and mission courses designed to refresh and expand your knowledge and skills in research methods, critical thinking and writing, and oral presentation, among others.

Students complete elective courses, such as Criminology, American Law Enforcement, and Leadership Theory and Group Performance, or an internship.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Management.

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