Program Overview

Mercer University offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Leadership which is designed to allow students who have completed 60 or more hours of undergraduate coursework to earn a bachelor's degree in as little as two years. Students should possess an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management Services, Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services, or Paralegal Studies.

All courses are available online. Students will take 42 hours of general education courses and one sociology and one psychology prerequisite courses. Students will also take required courses in Ethics & Public Safety, Field Experience, Senior Seminar, Foundations of Leadership, Communication for Effective Leadership, Intercultural Communication, and Applied Research Methods. Students will then chose from three tracks. The first track, Criminal Justice, equires courses such as Introduction to Criminal Justice, Community Policing, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Forensic Behavior, Theoretical Forensic Criminalistics, The Judicial Process, Criminology, The Correctional Process, Computer Privacy, Ethics, Crime & Society, and Special Topics.

The second track, Homeland Security, requires courses in Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Forensic Behavior, Theoretical Forensic Criminalistics, The Judicial Process, Computer Privacy, Ethics, Crime & Society, Budgeting for Nonfinancial Leaders, Terrorism, The Effects of Disaster on Society, and Intelligence Gathering & Dissemination.

The third and final track is in Emergency Services. This track is specifically designed for Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians. Required courses include: Introduction to Training and Development, Survey of Health Informatics, Introduction to Technical Writing, Budgeting for Nonfinancial Leaders, Government in America, Government in the State and Local Levels, and many more.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Requirements

    Students should possess an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management Services, Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services, or Paralegal Studies. from the Technical College System of Georgia or the University System of Georgia. Through special agreements, up to 64 hours of credit may be transferred to the Mercer University program.

    School Overview

    Mercer University is a four-year private school located in Macon, Georgia. Mercer was founded in 1833 by Billington McCarthy Sanders as a boys’ preparatory school. MU was originally affiliated with Baptism but is no longer formally affiliated with the Baptist denomination. Mercer has three campuses: the main campus in Macon, a graduate and professional education campus in Atlanta, and a four-year campus of the School of Medicine in Savannah. 

    Mercer University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees. Colleges and schools within Mercer University include:

    • College of Liberal Arts
    • Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
    • School of Engineering
    • Tift College of Education
    • Townsend School of Music
    • Penfield College
    • Walter F. George School of Law
    • James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
    • School of Medicine
    • College of Pharmacy
    • Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
    • College of Health Professions

    Mercer also offers online and flexible-format degrees through its Working Adult Programs. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend, as well as online. Online programs are taught by the same faculty as traditional classroom programs, and students can earn degrees and certifications at all academic levels.

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