Public Safety Management
A public safety bachelor's degree is within your reach!
OSU-OKC's bachelor of technology in public safety management is a comprehensive and practical degree program for all public safety professionals. The degree track offers:
- 100 percent online program
- Eligibility for financial aid
- Credit for prior learning
- Theories and practices you can use at work the same day
The Public Safety Management Bachelor of Technology program delivers a comprehensive educational degree program for public safety professionals. Students will obtain the required knowledge and skill to effectively lead, manage, and serve in a dynamic environment. This environment includes critical incidents requiring multi-agency collaboration and coordination activities, as well as strategic planning, budgeting, and supervising processes and teams. The Public Safety Management curriculum provides a foundation for the public safety professional to advance into leadership positions
What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in public safety management?
Public safety management degree holders qualify for employment in police positions, fire safety roles and emergency management. After completing an online public safety administration bachelor’s degree, graduates may find employment in the public and private sectors. Jobs as police officers and detectives generally don't require a bachelor's degree, but public safety administration graduates may benefit when they seek leadership roles.
- Deputy chief, police department: Deputy chiefs oversee police department operations, supervising subordinate officers and ensuring procedural adherence. Departments usually expect deputy chief candidates to hold a bachelor's degree.
- Deputy fire chief: These professionals oversee daily fire department operations. They analyze reports, manage budgets and hire employees. Fire departments may require candidates to possess a relevant bachelor's degree.
- Emergency management specialist: These specialists coordinate disaster prevention, management and response efforts alongside professionals including engineers, police and paramedics. They usually need a degree related to the field.
- Fire inspector: These professionals evaluate facilities for fire safety regulation compliance. They help companies remedy noncompliance issues and may provide preventive safety education or emergency support. Employers may require a bachelor's degree.
- Fire marshal: These professionals enforce fire codes, investigate fire incidents, provide fire department training and manage emergency preparedness programs. They may work for local governments, universities or corporations. Employers often prefer to hire bachelor’s degree holders.
- Security director: Security directors assist companies in complying with the law and help protect their assets through policy development and implementation. They typically possess a bachelor's degree.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the emergency management director and police detective fields are expected to grow by 3 percent between 2021 and 2031 with an annual median salary of $76,730 for emergency management directors (Emergency Management Directors : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov). and $66,020 for police detectives (Police and Detectives : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)). Growth in the fire inspectors field is expected to grow 6 percent with an annual medial salary of $63,080 (Fire Inspectors : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)).