program overview

public safety administration

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* this program is financial aid eligible.
* this program can be completed online.
the public safety administration associate in applied science (aas) degree curriculum is designed to provide students, as well as practitioners, with knowledge and skills in the technical, managerial, and administrative areas necessary for entrance or advancement within various public safety and government organizations.

course work in diverse subject areas includes public safety administration and education, interagency operations, crisis leadership, government and agency financial management, professional standards, incident management, administrative law, and supervision, while providing a streamlined pathway that recognizes the value of previously earned skillsets and credentials within the public safety sector.

employment opportunities exist with fire or police departments, emergency management organizations, governmental agencies, industrial firms, correctional facilities, private industries, insurance organizations, educational organizations, security and protective organizations, and through self-employment opportunities.

areas of employment

  • public and non-profit: fema, nc emergency management, american red cross, ambulance services, fire/rescue agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire marshal offices
  • homeland security: u.s. department of homeland security, national guard, u.s. border patrol, u.s. immigration and customs enforcement
  • business: risk manager, business continuity manager, consulting, facilities management, 
  • environmental sciences: emergency management specialist
  • engineering: u.s. army corps of engineers, emergency management specialist,  national architects and engineers emergency response task force program
  • social sciences: disaster research
  • information technology: hazus software, cameo (computer-aided management of emergency operations), webeoc (crisis management), hurrevac (national hurricane program), emergency communications, gis software
  • public health: doctors without borders, center for disease control (cdc), national disaster medical system (ndms)
spring application deadline is jan 05

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)



minimum credit hours


program stats

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average salary

outline of person

average class size


estimated completion time

18-19 months

current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
eng-112 writing and research in the disciplines 3
ept-124 EM Services Law & Ethics 3
pol-120 american government 3
psy-150 general psychology 3