Program Description

Public Safety Administration (PAD) is designed to provide students, as well as practitioners, with knowledge and skills in the technical, managerial, and administrative areas necessary for entrance or advancement within various public service sectors, including Corrections, Emergency Management, EMS, Firefighter, Law Enforcement and Telecommunication.

Our Public Safety Administration degree is unique as it allows those currently working in a public safety profession to apply at least 19 hours of training in their field toward their degree (training hours must be from an approved certifying authority and are subject to evaluation). This program provides students with courses in the areas of leadership, public policy, budgeting and finance, grant writing, and governmental ethics.

This degree may be taken completely online. All of the PAD courses are offered in an eight-week format, and many of our general education courses are offered in an eight-week format as well, allowing working students to take the bulk of their classes in a 2/2 schedule over the semester, meaning two in the first eight weeks and two classes in the second eight weeks. Courses in this degree are taught by expert faculty with relevant higher education credentials and public safety administration experience.

With this degree, students are eligible for promotion within their department.

South Piedmont has transfer agreements in place with NC State University for graduates of this degree program who seek to further advance their education.



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