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Purdue University Global | AAS in Public Safety and Security

Students looking to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security at Purdue University Global have the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on training in the area of criminal justice. Read on to find out more about this AAS in Public Safety and Security program.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Individuals with a desire to safeguard civilians and protect community as well as private assets may be interested in Purdue University Global's AAS in Public Safety and Security program.

Applicants to a Purdue University Global associate degree program should have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Those who have experience in the safety and security field already may be able to pursue a practitioner concentration within the program.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's AAS in Public Safety and Security is designed to help students learn about a number of specialized areas within criminal justice. Students can study the differences between corporate and private security, develop skills for conducting an investigation, learn to use emergency management procedures in public settings, and explore the legal side of the criminal justice system. Courses are often taught by professionals in the field to keep information up-to-date and highly practical. Internships are also available to gain hands-on experience.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

90 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact the financial aid office at Purdue University Global for more information.

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Required Courses for the AAS in Public Safety and Security:

The Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security program requires students to complete 15 credits in core courses, 50 credits in major courses, and 25 credits worth of elective courses. Of those 50 credits in major courses, 30 credits are standard to all students in the program. The remaining 20 credits credits will depend on concentration; students with no concentration will take specific courses to fulfill the credits while those with a practitioner concentration will select additional major electives.

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Public Safety and Security Core Requirements (15 credits)

  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • One of the following mathematics courses:
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra

Public Safety and Security Major Requirements (50 credits)

30 of the major requirement courses are standard, regardless of whether a concentration is chosen or not. The remaining 20 will depend on concentration selection.

  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Introduction to Corporate Security
  • Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
  • Introduction to Emergency Management
  • Associate's Capstone in Public Safety and Security
  • For those who do not select a concentration, the following courses, worth 20 credits, are required.
    • Private Security
    • Crime Prevention
    • Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
    • Emergency Management Response
  • For those are pursuing a Practitioner concentration, the following courses, worth 20 credits, are required:
    • 20 credits in major electives

Public Safety and Security Open Electives (25 credits)

  • Electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Students who are interested in pursuing further education after completing their AAS in Public Safety and Security may be interested in bachelor's degrees related to law enforcement, criminal justice, or public administration.

Examples of relevant bachelor's degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (available at Purdue University Global)
  • Bachelor of Science in Corrections (available at Purdue University Global)
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management (available at Purdue University Global)

Career Paths

Graduates of an Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security could gain physical as well as psychological training needed to work in today's society. Strategies related to law enforcement, communication, and security operations could benefit those working in the field.

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Enforcement or safety officer
  • Private investigator
  • Corporate security officer
  • Loss prevention investigator
  • Disaster relief worker

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