Grand Canyon University offers the Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Emergency Management in the online format. It is a professional program that provides learning in the basics of emergency management, public safety and homeland security. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of emergency management while the study of skills and practices of emergency planning and management is incorporated into the program.
With a total program length of one hundred twenty (120) credits, the curriculum includes General Education Courses, Public Safety and Emergency Management Major Courses and Elective Courses. Public Safety and Emergency Management Major Courses include Servant Leadership, Organizational Behavior and Management, History and Development of Emergency Management, Emergency Operations and Techniques, Mitigation Planning, Disaster Response and Recovery, Terrorism’s Impact in Emergency Management, Project Management, and the Action Research project. The project is expected to synthesize the major elements of the program.
Graduates have a choice of entering several career fields including law enforcement, fire protection, emergency management, and emergency medical response, among others. Possible positions which can be pursued include disaster relief coordinator, public events security coordinator, anti-terrorism task force manager, or corporate security manager. A more specialized career can be achieved by earning a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Public Administration in Emergency and Disaster Management, Professional Studies in Security and Safety Leadership, and Professional Studies in Homeland Security.
Emergency management essentially covers planning and coordinating resources to facilitate public safety. Career success therefore is largely determined in a professional’s ability to prevent rather than the ability to cure. Applicants must be US citizens, at least twenty-one (21) years old and have some college credits. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.