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. This program allows students to maintain their personal and professional obligations while earning a degree at their own pace. Students 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: 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 a 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.

*The B.S. in Public Safety Leadership program will no longer be offered after July 1, 2016. Consider these similar program options: