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Public Safety Management

Do you

  • Want to keep communities safe at the local, regional and national level?
  • Want to prepare people for natural disasters?
  • Want to help people during and after emergencies?
  • Worry about terrorism?
  • Want to protect private businesses?
  • Want to make driving and public transportation safer?
  • Want to protect the earth?
  • Want to save lives?

Majoring in Public Safety Management may be right for you.

You’ll learn about the administration of emergency services, the principles of public safety and the art of decision-making, in classes that focus on public safety, criminal justice, financial management, terrorism and public policy, public management, emergency services administration, solid and hazardous waste management, research methods and GIS techniques.

Complete list of requirements for the Public Safety Management major: degree planning sheet and 4 year graduation plan.

Public Safety Management sample careers

  • Public safety director
  • Emergency management expert
  • Fire service manager
  • Homeland security director
  • Traffic safety manager
  • Public health researcher
  • Risk analyst
  • First responder

Credit for Fire Training

Full-time firefighters who are trained and employed by the following departments are eligible for nine undergraduate credit hours from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. You can apply these credits towards any of SPEA's undergraduate degree programs. The course credit is for Principles of Public Safety SPEA-J 376, Emergency Services Administration SPEA-V 375 and Internship in Public Affairs SPEA-V 380.

To be awarded credits for fire training, you must be admitted to IUPUI and you must have completed at least 12 IUPUI credits with a 2.0 GPA prior to being awarded the fire training credits. Fire training credits will not be awarded until SPEA verifies that you have successfully completed12 credits of coursework at IUPUI.

Participating fire departments:

  • Indianapolis
  • Decatur Township
  • Franklin Township
  • Lawrence Township
  • Perry Township
  • Pike Township
  • Warren Township
  • Washington Township
  • Wayne Township
  • Avon
  • Beech Grove
  • Brownsburg
  • Carmel
  • Fishers
  • City of Franklin
  • City of Lawrence
  • Noblesville
  • Speedway

For more information, contact the SPEA Recorder at 317-274-4656. Download an application for credit.