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Public Safety Management Degree Program

Online Safety Degrees - Public Safety Management Degree Program Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Enter the ranks of leadership and manage safety risks

If you're working in the public safety field, a bachelor's degree can help you earn a promotion. And if you choose Franklin University's Public Safety Management degree completion program, you may be closer to earning your degree than you think!

Transfer 24 technical credits toward Franklin's Public Safety Management degree-completion major

At Franklin University, we value your previous public safety experience. That's why we allow you to transfer 24 hours of technical credit from an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Fire Safety, Emergency Medical Services, Corrections, or other Public Safety-related field – giving you college credit for work you've already done.

You'll study advanced topics in emergency management, risk management, security planning, and threat assessment in our relevant and applicable public safety curriculum. No matter your area of expertise, you will benefit your agency and gain career mobility with a bachelor's degree in Public Safety Management from Franklin.

Don't have 24 hours of technical credits? Check out Franklin's Emergency Management & Homeland Security major.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Safety Planning
    • Produce annual and long-range plans and conduct regular assessment activities
    • Develop a balanced vision, mission, and strategy through thoughtful assessment of community conditions and influences, institutional goals and objectives, and fiscal solvency
    • Plan and execute policies, procedures, and public safety programs, including crime prevention, crime awareness, and community-based education and outreach
    • Assess data and reports related to current crime trends and recommend new initiatives and procedural changes to ensure public safety
    • Build emergency response alliances with transportation, law enforcement, and other partners in the critical infrastructure and professional security community
  • Crisis Prevention & Disaster Preparedness
    • Collaborate with governmental and community organizations to ensure effective preparedness, readiness, and response outcomes during disaster lifecycle
    • Work with facilities and risk management personnel to ensure a safe, productive environment for the public
    • Take preventative measures to identify and correct safety and security deficiencies or problems
    • Investigate incidents to identify root causes and determine how similar events might be prevented in the future
    • Promote initiatives to create a culture of safety in an organization or community
    • Write technically detailed reports that provide a clear assessment of risk and articulate risk-reduction recommendations
    • Develop emergency evacuation and shelter plans in collaboration with other agencies
    • Oversee emergency response awareness and training events, including drills, exercises, and instruction in order to raise emergency response awareness and performance
  • Emergency Response & Homeland Security
    • Coordinate emergency management response to natural or manmade disasters, terrorist incidents, and weapons of mass-destruction
    • Support risk-related emergency situations, such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and health and safety issues
    • Facilitate positive and productive working relationships with law enforcement and emergency services personnel
    • Investigate a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods
    • Oversee emergency response coordination, ensuring that first responders receive National Incident Management System (NIMS) training
    • Manage the documentation of emergency response measures and the resources needed to achieve them
    • Support recovery operations for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and restoration of disaster-damaged publicly owned facilities
    • Conduct preliminary damage assessments, estimating costs to repair, replace, or restore a facility to pre-disaster condition
    • Identify community needs during emergencies and recruit agencies or volunteers to provide needed assistance
    • Analyze intelligence information in support of counter-terrorist and counter-insurgent operations
    • Conduct pre-disaster vulnerability assessments, and coordinate post-disaster damage assessments
    • Prepare counterterrorism intelligence reports and provide focused analytical support to investigations and operations
    • Uncover critical intelligence gaps and recommends corrective action
  • Legal & Policy Compliance
    • Implement safety policies and procedures in compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations
    • Develop, execute, and monitor preventive security programs, policies and procedures to ensure the safety and security of buildings, grounds, property, and people
    • Direct and participate in investigatory procedures, providing testimony in state and federal courts as required

Career Opportunities

  • Corrections Officers

    Corrections Officers oversee the custody, security, and treatment of inmates in prisons and juvenile detention centers.

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  • Emergency Managers

    Emergency Managers prepare, test, and execute evacuation and disaster relief plans, ensuring emergency preparedness and response.

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  • Emergency Medical Services Operations Manager

    Emergency Medical Services Operations Managers develop short- and long-term emergency response models, training staff to meet defined goals and reduce response time.

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  • Safety Director

    Safety Directors develop and administer training programs to ensure occupational, industrial, and environmental safety.

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  • Corporate and Private Security Managers

    Corporate and Private Security Managers oversee security operations, from risk management to staff training to policy development in order to ensure workplace safety.

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  • Surveillance Director

    Surveillance Directors oversee the electronic and physical monitoring of an environment in an effort to prevent theft, vandalism, and forgery.

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  • Homeland Security Specialist

    Homeland Security Specialists develop and implement anti-terrorism and emergency preparation and response programs.

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  • FBI Agent

    FBI Agents conduct surveillance, investigate criminal activity and terrorist threats, and solve cases.

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Employment Outlook

In 2012 there were 20,174 job openings related to Public Safety Management. That same year, 2,458 students completed programs in Public Safety Management.

Occupations Job Openings (2012) Expected Growth
First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other 1,985 13.8%
Transit and Railroad Police 263 .5%
Animal Control Workers 325 7.6%
Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators 220 9.3%
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers 10,065 12.1%
Protective Service Workers, All Other 6,059 10.8%

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - October 2014

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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and meet program faculty.

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