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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 Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security is designed to help students learn about a number of specialized areas within criminal justice to help them advance careers in such fields as corporate security, public or private security, or loss prevention. 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 crime prevention techniques. Credit can be earned for prior college, work, or military experience.† In the practitioner concentration, credit toward this degree can be applied if a student has past experience in security or public safety. Credits earned for this associate's degree can be transferred to cover half of the requirements for a Purdue Global bachelor's degree in criminal justice or corrections.‡

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 Purdue University Global's financial aid office 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 available at Purdue University Global include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Corrections
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management

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:

  • Police detective
  • Transit and railroad police
  • Public safety officer
  • Private investigator
  • Bailiff

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

Program is not available in all states. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details. Purdue Global 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 the Purdue Global degree. This program was not designed to meet any specific state's requirements, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2018-2019 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Criminology; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Services; Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Purdue Global compared to other Title IV institutions.

†Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

‡The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

§ Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Financial aid awards vary depending on individual student eligibility and need.

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