Associate of Applied Science Degree in Public Safety and Security

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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Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Kaplan University, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Kaplan University Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Kaplan University, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Kaplan University, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap program.

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

*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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Student Life Opportunities for Criminal Justice Students

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.

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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?

This degree program 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

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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October 18, 2017



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November 08, 2017



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What Courses Will I Take?

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. Courses include:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Introduction to Emergency Management
  • Introduction to Corporate Security
  • Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems

Your program will culminate with a capstone course that builds upon all the courses taken in the program.

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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits15
  • Major Credits50
  • Elective Credits25
  • Total Credits90

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
Enrollment Location:
Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin
  • Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin
  • Maine
  • Hagerstown
  • Iowa, Nebraska
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  • Active-Duty Military
  • Military Veteran
  • Military Spouse
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Tuition Cap

Fixed Tuition for New Enrollees

$22,500 maximum cost of attendance
90 number of credits

View Tuition Cap FAQs. The Kaplan University Tuition Cap may not be used in conjunction with any Kaplan University tuition reductions, including military spouse reductions. Military servicemembers and veterans are not eligible for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap.

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

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*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.