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  • Protecting Society Is More Than a Career; It’s a Calling

    Public safety professionals provide services that are essential to the survival and well-being of our country—and our world. Kaplan University recognizes and supports the efforts of these dedicated men and women. We have helped thousands earn their degrees, giving them the tools they need to pursue a wide range of rewarding careers.* 

    As part of our College of Public Service, the School of Public Safety supports Kaplan University’s commitment to offer students a wider selection of degrees that serve socially conscious career pathways, including the fields of criminal justice and fire science. We also offer specializations designed to build your career in growth areas such as emergency management and homeland security. 

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    Criminal Justice Programs

     
     
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     Offering bachelor's and associate's degrees in:

    • Fire Science
    • Fire and Emergency Management
    • Programs closely follow the FESHE model
     
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     Offering degrees in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    • and more, including certificates 
     

    Though we can’t guarantee employment or career advancement, we can teach you the skills to help make you more competitive. Many of our programs can even be customized to support your own personal goals.

    Our Instructors are Public Safety Professionals

    Kaplan University’s faculty members have years of experience in the fields of criminal justice and firefighting. Many are working professionals who truly understand your career requirements and the challenges you face, and offer you real-world perspectives you can respect. 

    Your Experience Could Translate Into College Credit

    Prior Learning - EL203

    Like many students, you may already have valuable knowledge from your job or college courses. At Kaplan University, you have the opportunity to earn college credit for prior coursework, including from police and fire academies, which could reduce the number of credits you need to graduate, saving you time and money. If you enroll in an undergraduate program, you may also receive credit for eligible career or life experience. While no university can guarantee the transferability of credit from these sources, we encourage students to apply for a credit evaluation.

    View the Credit for Prior Learning Page for More Information

    Scholarships That Recognize Your Commitment to Service

    College For Public Service Scholarships

    Kaplan University understands that earning your degree is a significant investment, both financially and personally. To help you succeed, we offer special scholarships for experienced government and nonprofit professionals. These are straightforward awards that go directly toward reducing your tuition, with no repayment required. 
     

    College of Public Service Scholarships
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        Brigadier General Nick Halley, U.S. Army (Retired), is an internationally recognized expert on leadership and terrorism. 

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        Shane is an Academic Chair in the Criminal Justice department and has taught in online and on-ground settings for over 5 years.

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  • * Additional police academy training may be required for law enforcement jobs.

    Source: O*Net Online, Summary Report for Emergency Management Directors (11-9161.00), Risk Management Specialists (13-2099.02), Security Management Specialists (13-1199.02), Security Managers (11-9199.07), and Transportation Security Screeners (33-9093.00), on the Internet at www.onetonline.org. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. 

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