Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security

Turn Your Calling Into a Career With a Degree in Public Safety and Security

Your military training could translate into credit toward an associate's degree in public safety and security at Kaplan University, reducing the credits needed to earn a degree by a maximum of 50.*

Kaplan University’s associate’s degree in public safety and security can help you develop the relevant skills and knowledge required to pursue a number of different career choices. The curriculum provides a strong public safety foundation, so you have the flexibility to pursue a career in law enforcement, private security, public safety, or other areas within the private and public sector.

Military - AAS in Public Safety

  • Transfer Credit Detail

    The tables below illustrate the amount of credit that may be awarded for specific combat arms MOSs. Note: actual transfer credit may vary.

  • Army

    Military Occupation/
    Skill Level

    Credits Transferred

    Credits Remaining

    Courses Remaining


    11B Infantryman

    11B 10+

    25

    69

    13 

    11B 50

    35

    59

    11


    11C Indirect Fire Infantryman 

    11C 10+

    25 

    69

    13

    11C 50

    35

    59

    11


    14S Air and Missile Defense

    14S 10

    13

    76

    15

    14S 20+

    25

    69

    13

    14S 50

    35

    59

    11


    19D Calvary Scout

    19D 10+

    25 

    69 

    13

    19D 50

    35

    59

    11

     
    19K M1 Armor Crewman

    19K 10+

    25

    69 

    13

    19K 50

    35

    59

    11


    31B Military Police

    31 B 10

    40

    50

    10

    31 B 20+

    55

    36

    7

    31B 50

    65

    26

    5


    Minimum for any MOS

    10+

    9

    81

    15

  • Air Force

    3P031 Security Forces

    Skill Level

    Credits Transferred

    Credits Remaining

    Courses Remaining

    3P031 3

    29

    61

    12

    3P031 5

    29

    61

    12

    3P031 7

    29

    61

    12

  • Marines

    5811 Military Police

    Skill Level

    Credits Transferred

    Credits Remaining

    Courses Remaining

    PVT-SGT

    34

    56

    12

    SSGT

    45

    48

    10

    GYSGT

    45

    48

    10

    MSGT

    45

    48

    10

    MSYSGT

    45

    48

    10

  • Navy

    19 Master at Arms

    Skill Level

    Credits Transferred

    Credits Remaining

    Courses Remaining

    MA

    38

    52

    10

    MA3

    45

    48

    9

    MA2/MA1

    45

    48

    9

    MAC+

    45

    48

    9

Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security

An associate’s degree in public safety and security can help you pursue a career in the public safety and security fields—rewarding professions that offer individuals an opportunity to make an immediate impact securing the safety of individuals and establishments in their community.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, America will need more than 56,000 new private detectives, investigators, and security professionals between 2014 and 2024.‡ The online associate’s degree 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 the following states may not enroll in the online Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security program: Delaware, Kentucky, and Minnesota.

Program Highlights

Individuals with an advanced education can enhance their career options and opportunities within this increasingly competitive industry. 

Kaplan University’s public safety and security degree program was developed with the help of public safety and security industry thought leaders who are active in national and private security companies and emergency response organizations. Our community of industry experts help ensure our 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. In addition, this comprehensive degree plan is 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 

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*Based on a member of the military who transfers in the maximum amount of quarter credit hours: 65 for medical MOS, 60 for military police and information technology MOS, 50 for combat arms MOS, 55 for paralegal specialist MOS, 45 for recruiter MOS. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation duties. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s). State-specific requirements, as listed in catalog.kaplanuniversity.edu, may apply. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible to transfer.

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. 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.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Private Detectives and Investigators, www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/private-detectives-and-investigators.htm, and Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers, www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/security-guards.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.