College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Administration (Online)

The online Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration degree  provides skills and competencies for public safety that no other degree offers as an entire package. We integrate business skills that are crucial for today's Public Safety Administrator. Our courses focus on content that is contemporary, relevant, and immediately usable. All materials and assignments are specifically designed to equip public safety officials to better serve in their chosen field.

When an employer reviews a candidate for employment or promotion and looks at the degree from Northwest University, they know their candidate has the skills necessary to do the job well.

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Highest Accreditation

Not all online programs are accredited—something you never have to worry about at NU.

 

Exceptional Education

80+ years of experience and knowledge went into creating our online courses.

 

Faith Integration

Every course includes a component that helps you relate the subject to your faith.

 

Faculty Who Care

Our instructors are experts who love students and bring out their very best.

Program Mission Statement

We provide all students with exceptional knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance career capabilities and opportunities by applying contemporary best practices in modern management—all while advancing the public safety profession.

Rob McKenna
Washington State Attorney General
2005–2013

"Today's public safety departments demand highly trained officers and staff who come equipped with the kinds of management, analytical, and leadership skills that Northwest University imparts to its Public Safety Administration students."

Why Choose An Online Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration at Northwest University?

Highest Accreditation Possible

We represent the gold standard in accreditation. You'll strengthen your professional credibility, and graduate knowing that your degree is widely recognized and deeply respected.

Graduate More Quickly

We offer up to 70 credits for prior college, military, and police academy training. As a result, you can graduate faster than with other online programs. At NU, it's possible to start an exciting new career or be promoted more quickly than you think. Our counselors will work with you every step of the way.

Save Money

Faster graduation means less tuition. But there are other ways we can help you save money. For instance, your tuition includes all of the curriculum. At NU, there are no hidden or extra expenses. It's why U.S. News & World Report lists us as a Top Value.

Unique Public Safety Curriculum

Our curriculum is specifically designed to provide a true problem-identification approach for the development of strategies for long-term solutions. You'll develop the critical thinking skills to provide thought-provoking answers that work.

What Students Are Saying

Read testimonials from current students and graduates of our program.

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Learn from Leaders. Become a Leader.

"My goal as the director of this program is to train exceptional leaders in the Public Safety field. We will help you to succeed with a high degree of excellence. In my 40 years in the field, I've never seen a better Public Safety Administration program."

— Bill Cooper, Director of Public Safety Administration Program

Common Career Paths with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Administration

Possible career paths include law enforcement, corrections, fire, and security organizations. There is an ever-increasing demand for higher education in these fields, and this degree provides robust training and education in the skills necessary to successfully work in, manage, or lead a public safety organization. We’re in the business of promoting continuous improvement in your community, political, and financial relationships.

Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs

FBI National Academy

WA NAFTO

Courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration

We have over 80 years of experience in creating and teaching curriculum, and we've invested that experience into every class we offer. Each bachelor's degree is made up of core curriculum courses and major specific courses that amount to 120 credits upon completion.

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Major Requirements

CodeCourse TitleCredits
PSAD 3043Public Safety in the 21st Century

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course provides an overview of the nature of criminal justice and fire agencies and the current benefits and issues confronting them. Students will examine the processes involved in administering public safety organizations.

(3)
PSAD 3113Public Safety and Local Government

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course examines how strong leadership in public safety organizations partners with the community to enhance the quality of life. An understanding of how the political, financial, and cultural aspects of public safety influence the organization is examined and illustrated.

(3)
PSAD 3143Ethics in Public Safety Administration

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course identifies and discusses ethics and values in public safety organizations, as well as remediation strategies when ethical dilemmas arise.

(3)
PSAD 3183Statistics in PSAD

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course provides students with a focus on the use of statistics for public safety. The course demonstrates the difference between inferential and descriptive statistics, emphasizing data analysis, probability, and root causation.

(3)
PSAD 3223Leadership in Public Safety Organization

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course focuses on the leader?s specific roles, responsibilities, behaviors, and skills that are needed to operate effectively in an organization. Students will learn culture, organizational structure, change management, succession planning, and quality.

(3)
PSAD 3373Public Safety Administration

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course examines the elements necessary to successfully manage a public safety organization. Topics include the political, financial, and cultural/environmental aspects involved in administration.

(3)
PSAD 3483Criminal Procedure

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement.] This course is an overview of Constitutional requirements pertaining to the investigation, detention, prosecution, and adjudication of criminal suspects.

(3)
PSAD 3533Crisis Intervention

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course will familiarize students with the different aspects of crisis intervention, including an examination of various crisis situations; crisis assessment; intervention strategies, models, and techniques; and a critical analysis of developmental, situational, and existential crises.

(3)
PSAD 3623Business Skills for Public Safety Admin

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course introduces students to the application of proven business principles and skills to successfully manage a public safety organization. Lean Six Sigma, Business Intelligence as a Decision Support System, and Community Involvement ? creating real partnerships to address public safety issues.

(3)
PSAD 4023Budget Development and Management

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course provides students with an overview of the process and politics of public safety budget development and management. The course explains revenue sources and distribution, followed by building, managing, and evaluating it. The use of the budget as a forecasting tool is demonstrated.

(3)
PSAD 4073Terrorism and Counterterrorism

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course examines terrorism philosophies, strategies, and tactics, as well as the intended objectives of terrorist groups. Students will identify and analyze counterterrorism strategies and discuss where terrorism fits as a foreign policy issue.

(3)
PSAD 4133Ogranizational Developmenty for Public Safety

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course discusses the preparation of individuals to assume positions in leadership and as organizational development practitioners through organizational transformation in response to changing demands and the organization's adaptability and performance.

(3)
PSAD 4173Investigations: Cyber and Forensic

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] Students will identify the relevant components of successful investigations, emphasizing more contemporary investigative priorities, and the use of applied science to cases. The various types of cases, evidence associated with each, and proper reporting will be summarized.

(3)
PSAD 4313Personnel Management

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] Students in this course will be introduced to the legal issues associated with personnel management, including hiring, retention, training, discipline, development, and labor relations.

(3)
PSAD 4323Crisis Management

[Meets the Core Curriculum Writing Practice Requirement] This course identifies and develops managerial skills in crisis identification, preparedness, recovery, and management. Students will learn how to respond to various man-made and natural crises.

(3)
General Electives
Any college-level courses.(15)

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