B.S. In Public Safety Management
Cardinal Stritch University
In a world where natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other such situations are occurring more frequently, the importance of trained professionals to help with crisis and emergencies management is becoming increasingly important. Prospective students who wish to protect society and make the work a better place, or improve their standings in the fields of law enforcement, fire-safety, corrections, and emergency services, the Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management is a great opportunity. This flexible online-based degree program places an emphasis on the knowledge and skills needed to manage resources in both public and private organizations; courses are catered to meet the needs of law enforcement and emergency service personnel who are already in the field, working irregular hours. Potential career options for graduates include Public Safety director, Fire Service Manager, Homeland Security director, and Risk Analyst, to name a few.
Most professors in this program have in-field experience, therefore first-hand knowledge gained at Cardinal Stritch helps students understand the context and importance of the instruction provided. Coursework focuses on a few main areas, including leadership, ethics, human resource management, organizational behavior, statistics, and communication, instilling a wide scope of problems and their solutions for those enrolled. This program consists of 44 overall credits and a Capstone course is required for completion. Students form study groups who meet outside of class to work on individual and group assignments; discussion and feedback are encouraged. In the cumulative Capstone project, students will focus on leadership strategies needed in public safety organizations, building on all previous coursework. This project can only be taken once all other major requirements are fulfilled. Students must finish the program with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA and at least a C- in core coursework in order to graduate with their Bachelor’s.
In order to qualify for this degree program, students must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and have at least 50 hours of acceptable credit from an accredited college or university, and a minimum 2.0 overall GPA. Students with a GPA below 2.0 are considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are also required to have two years of work experience with some involvement in areas of management, including planning and staffing.
Degree Level: Bachelor
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
The University is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for initial and continuing licensure. The College of Education and Leadership is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the most rigorous standard of quality awarded to teacher education programs. Cardinal Stritch University has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) to offer the Master of Education (M.E. Online) graduate program.
Students must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and have at least 50 hours of acceptable credit from an accredited college or university, and a minimum 2.0 GPA, as well as 2 years of post-high school work experience with some involvement in areas of management, including planning and staffing.
Initially an all-girls school, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi founded St. Clair College in 1937, quickly establishing The Literacy Centers, a reading clinic for struggling children. As the century progressed, so too, did the school. The college was renamed Cardinal Stritch University, and achieved regional accreditation, along with developing graduate programs by the mid-1950s. Then in 1970, the University became co-educational. Stritch University continued to expand, introducing associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing followed by a business degree program to meet the needs of adult students, and a distance education program for graduate studies. In 2006, the University offered degree programs fully implemented online.
Cardinal Stritch University houses four colleges, awarding associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in more than 60 fields of study. Furthermore, undergraduate online programs and coursework offers necessary flexibility for professionals and students with busy lifestyles.
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