Associate of Applied Science Degree in Public Safety and Security

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of protective service occupations are expected grow through 2024.* Kaplan University’s online public safety degree can help you pursue a career in the public safety and security fields—rewarding professions that offer individuals the opportunity to make an immediate impact securing the safety of individuals and establishments in their community.

The online Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security from Kaplan University focuses on:

  • Foundational knowledge of public safety and security, including practical and technical skills and competencies required by many public safety and private security firms
  • Skills to properly prepare, plan, and execute decisive and appropriate public safety and security plans of action
  • Critical-thinking, decision-making, and communications skills and knowledge relevant to supporting public safety initiatives

Professors in this degree program are public safety and security professionals who bring real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.

Career paths that graduates can pursue include:

  • Private security
  • Corporate security
  • Risk and security management

At this time, residents of Minnesota may not enroll in the online Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security program.

Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security Program Highlights

Kaplan University’s public safety and security degree program was developed with the help of public safety and security industry leaders active in national and private security companies and emergency response organizations. Our community of industry experts helps ensure our online public safety degree curriculum meets a high academic standard—one that provides graduates with relevant skills and knowledge that can be applied in their chosen career.

This program covers an introduction to criminal justice and public safety, as well as the technology required to prevent and minimize criminal risk. This comprehensive degree plan is also designed to help you develop a fundamental knowledge of public safety and security. Sample courses include:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
  • Emergency Management and Response
  • Public Security
  • Private Security

Practitioner Concentration
If you have prior experience in the public safety and security field, you may be eligible to enroll in the practitioner concentration, a flexible option that recognizes your past experience and learning.

Note: to enroll in this option, you must be a certified law enforcement officer, have qualified through an articulation or partnership, or receive permission from the Dean.

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*Students in Maine can receive a 22% savings off the full tuition. Enrollees in programs eligible for Tuition Cap pricing will pay the same tuition cost per quarter credit hour and fees as for other undergraduate programs/enrollees plus $200 per-term administrative fee and other fees. The total cost of the program, though, will be capped, other than applicable background check and/or lab fees. Savings based on the difference between capped and noncapped programs for 180 or 90 credits for bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, respectively. Students who receive transfer credit typically study for significantly fewer terms and do not receive maximum savings. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

Earning your Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security at Kaplan University includes study in areas such as security technology, associated criminal activity, and emergency response, for both public- and private security jobs.  This knowledge can help prepare you for diverse career opportunities such as:

  • Field- or private investigator
  • Loss prevention investigator
  • Enforcement officer
  • Disaster relief worker
  • Safety officer
  • Corporate security

Kaplan University is one of the largest providers of public safety programs,  which offers you an excellent opportunity to build and enhance your career network with fellow students and employers. You can also develop relevant insight, knowledge, and skills in your chosen field through:

  • The Criminal Justice Club—An opportunity to network with experts and other students interested in criminal justice.
  • Employer Spotlight Fairs—Includes Q&A sessions with employers where employers speak to students via webcast about employment within their companies. Past participants have included Allied Barton and G4S Security.
  • Professors who are criminal justice and public safety professionals who offer real-world expertise in several disciplines including law, law enforcement, corrections, forensics, and leadership.
  • News and Resources—Access articles that connect and inform those interested in the public service professions. You’ll find:
    • Faculty articles offering career guidance based on real-life experiences.
    • Information such as spotlights on employers and updates on alumni success stories.
    • Recognition of criminal justice faculty, graduates, and students already serving in the profession.

Earning your online Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security can help build a path towards earning your bachelor's degree in criminal justice, which can help position you for career advancement.  Kaplan University also offers options that enable you to apply transfer credits which can significantly reduce the time and money required to earn your bachelor's degree.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 15

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 50

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • CJ 100: PREPARING FOR A CAREER IN PUBLIC SAFETY Change

      This course introduces students to careers in criminal justice and describes the Kaplan University public safety degree programs. The field of study, skill sets, and the criminal justice agencies and diverse populations encountered in the field will be discussed. Students will research the public safety degree program and class offerings in conjunction with their professional and personal goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals. This course is designed to ensure criminal justice students have a successful social and academic transition into academic excellence within the Kaplan University community, and provide a foundation for success within the profession. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM Change

      This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal justice system, the current state of the criminal justice agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing them.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CJ 103: INTRODUCTION TO CORPORATE SECURITY Change

      This course provides an overview of loss prevention problems and the security and management strategies designed to protect the private sector from crime, fire, accident, employee dishonesty, and natural disaster.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

    • CJ 180: PRIVATE SECURITY Change

      This course introduces you to the private security profession in the United States. Topics covered include current trends, and the role of private security compared to that of police officers. You will explore specialized security fields and career opportunities in various industries. The course also explains computer security, the organizational role for security, risk analysis, litigation, and technological advancements.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

    • CJ 210: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION Change

      This course explains the importance and legal significance of evidence. It demonstrates how the investigative process works, from crime scene preservation to case preparation and courtroom presentation. It also examines various techniques used during criminal investigations, such as photography, interviewing, evidence handling, and scene reconstruction, and how each applies to specific types of crimes.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

    • CJ 212: CRIME PREVENTION Change

      This course provides an overview of the diverse field of crime prevention with a heavy emphasis on primary prevention and a minor focus on secondary and tertiary prevention. You will explore such elements of crime prevention as physical environmental design, the role of the community and the mass media, deterrence, community policing, school programs, drug abuse issues, and rehabilitation.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

    • CJ 216: COMPUTERS, TECHNOLOGY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEMS Change

      This course is an introduction to information systems used within the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal levels. Included is an overview of existing systems, the impact of technology upon criminal justice agencies, and a summary of future needs.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any College Composition I course

    • FS 120: INTRODUCTION TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Change

      This course covers the five mission areas of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, communications, response, and recovery. Topics include organizing for emergency management, coordinating for community resources, and the roles of government agencies at all levels. Upon completion, you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of comprehensive and all-hazards emergency management.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CM 107

    • FS 225: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RESPONSE Change

      This course provides an overview of the response phase of emergency management including government policies related to disaster response. The content will include the purpose of the National Response Plan. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      FS 120

    • CJ 289: ASSOCIATE'S CAPSTONE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY Change

      This course is designed as the culminating experience of the criminal justice and criminology degree. This course consists of a series of assignments that integrate concepts from the criminal justice curricula. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting contemporary practice.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Final term or Dean approval

  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 25

    Total Program Credits: 90

Curriculum: Concentration

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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Occupational employment projections to 2024" on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2013/article/occupational-employment-projections-to-2022.htm. (Accessed December, 2015) National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education beyond the associate's level. Some positions require a 4-year bachelor's degree and/or additional state-approved higher education beyond Kaplan University's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Kaplan University criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.

§Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit and Prior Learning Assessment policies.