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Public Safety (BA)

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Public Safety (BA)

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Learn the critical thinking skills you need to advance your career. This online undergraduate program helps public safety practitioners turn their diploma into a degree in just two years.

You’ll analyze a diverse range of issues facing public safety professionals. You’ll apply classroom knowledge to your work through an interdisciplinary approach to serving your community.


Program Highlights

  • This program is the first its kind in Canada.
  • Because this program requires a college academic background, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts with only 20 courses.
  • This program is designed to align with the four pillars of public safety used by Public Safety Canada: countering crime, emergency management, border strategies and national security.
  • We teach the value of an inter-agency, collaborative approach to public safety. Your cross-disciplinary knowledge will make you an asset in public safety organizations.
  • After completing the program, you will be well positioned to continue your education if you wish. Laurier also offers a Master of Public Safety program.

Flexible Learning

  • With an online, part-time program, you do not have to take time off work and can continue to develop professional experience while studying.
  • You can apply course content directly to your work in society. You’ll also relate your experience and knowledge of public safety to your courses.
  • You have the opportunity to develop university-level knowledge and skills across several interconnected disciplinary areas, including Criminology, Psychology, Policing, Leadership, Health Studies, Human Rights and Human Diversity.

Admission Requirements

  • This program is designed as a degree-completion program, exclusively for students who have already completed a two-year college diploma in a discipline related to public safety. Review our list of related college diploma programs.
  • A minimum overall college average of 75% is required for admission.
  • English at 60%.


Note: Some careers may require additional education.

  • firefighter
  • law enforcement personnel
  • border or customs service officer
  • parole officer
  • paramedic
  • intelligence analyst
  • emergency management officer or consultant
  • emergency response team responder
  • security supervisor
  • manager of safety, security and emergency management
  • police officer
  • social worker
  • lawyer
  • cybersecurity analyst
  • advocate
  • urban planner
  • public safety program officer
  • policy analyst

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