Public Safety Leadership


The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Leadership is designed with a strong foundation of knowledge that covers a wide variety of topics, providing students a broad-based learning opportunity. The program format is a blend of classroom and online coursework, allowing students to work while they study. You will also have the opportunity to take advantage of service-based learning as you earn your bachelor’s degree. 

Public safety involves much more than law enforcement and more is required of today’s public safety professionals. Whether you are already working in public safety and looking to advance your career, or you are interested in entering this growing field, a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Leadership can provide you with the leadership skills and knowledge to help you meet your goals. Mercer University guides you to rise above the challenge.

The College also offers two minors in the area of public safety which are Public Safety Leadership and Digital Forensics.


The program will provide students a strong foundation of knowledge regarding the various public safety entities including: law enforcement, corrections, the courts, fire science, homeland security and emergency response. As students advance through the program, they develop critical thinking skills and expand their abilities to collaborate effectively in high-risk situations. The Public Safety department is made up of faculty who specialize in public safety, homeland security, fire science, corrections, sociology, public administration, psychology, law, and social science. Our program offers personal attention to every student through small class sizes and individualized advisement.

Graduates from an online public safety administration bachelor’s degree program can find leadership positions in the fire protection, law enforcement, corrections and emergency medical services industries.

Some find employment in emergency management, a growing field due to what many consider the heightened threat of terrorism and natural disasters. Employment for emergency management directors is expected to grow 13% by 2020, about as fast as the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Locations where the program is offered include:

Delivery Format

The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Leadership is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students including working adults. This allows adult learners to pursue a respected degree while working at the same time. Classes meet once a week either in the evening or on Saturdays during each 8-week session. There are two 8-week sessions per semester, as well as one 8-week and one 4-week summer session. 50% of the courses required for the major are also offered completely online.

Students with an associate’s degree in criminal justice, emergency management services, paralegal studies, fire science, paramedicine or other related areas of study, may transfer up to 64 semester hours of credit towards the Public Safety Leadership program. Additionally, students who serve in public servant roles in the state of Georgia with at least two years of experience in the field are eligible to earn up to 12 hours of credit by examination. 

Online +2 Public Safety Leadership Degree Completion Program

The Public Safety Leadership plus 2 degree completion program is fully online and designed to allow students who have completed 60 or more hours of undergraduate coursework to earn a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Leadership from Mercer University in as little as two years. This program is designed for students who have an associate degree in criminal justice, emergency management services, paralegal studies, fire science, paramedicine or related field. Through special agreements, up to 64 hours of credit may be transferred to the Mercer University program.