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Bachelor of Public Safety (Honours)

Algonquin College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

Program description

Bachelor of Public Safety

The four-year Bachelor of Public Safety (Honours) degree program imparts the theory and hands-on instruction allowing you to develop a systematic approach to public safety to counter, coordinate and investigate man-made and natural threats to individuals, information systems security, critical infrastructure, organizations, companies, and governments.

You learn the proven and sound principles of public safety within the context of Canadian legislation. Theoretical and experiential courses, combined with applied research and two co-op work terms, provide you with work-integrated learning opportunities, as well as the opportunity to develop and build investigative and analytical problem-solving skills. You develop inter-professional capabilities using a collaborative approach to addressing public safety situations.

This program prepares you for positions in the field of public safety encompassing security, countering crime, and emergency management. Graduates may find public safety employment opportunities in policing and the military, as well as various public and private sector organizations, government and non-profit organizations.

Admission requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Six Grade 12 university (U) or university/college (M) courses with a minimum 65% average including:
    • One Grade 12 U English, with a minimum of 60%.
    • One Grade 12 U or M Math, with a minimum of 60%.
  • Please note that mature students must meet the following subject-specific Program Eligibility requirements, either directly or through equivalencies:
    • One Grade 12 U English, with a minimum of 60%.
    • One Grade 12 U or M Math, with a minimum of 60%.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 90, with the minimum in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 24.

This program is well suited for students who:

  • Respond positively to challenges.
  • React to stressful situations by using thoughtful and analytical measures.
  • Like to work in a team environment.
  • Can work independently and contribute to problem-solving teams.
  • Want to work with a wide variety of people and ideas throughout their career.
  • Have an interest in geo-political trends and the dynamics of our democratic society.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Communications and Academic Writing
  • Principles of Public Safety Protection
  • Principles and Practice of Emergency Management
  • Crime Prevention
  • Legislative Applications and Policies in Security and Emergency Management

Level: 02

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Investigations and Interviewing Techniques
  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Management of Crises
  • Introduction to Sociology

Level: 03

  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Extraordinary Threats to Public Order
  • Public Safety Policy
  • Awareness and Training
  • Hazard Risk Management

Level: 04

  • Cooperative Education Readiness
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Principles and Practice of Natural Hazard Mitigation
  • Business Crisis and Continuity Management
  • Career Preparation in Public Safety

Level: 05

  • Facility Management
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Information Technology Security Concepts
  • Incident Management Systems

Level: 06

  • Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Information Technology Security Design
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Counter Economic Espionage

Level: 07

  • Strategic Leadership and Decision-Making
  • Emerging Issues in Emergency Management - Special Projects
  • Public Safety and Emergency Management Operations
  • Security Systems Management and Planning

Level: 08

  • Applied Research
  • Threat Risk Assessment Practicum
  • Emergency Planning and Exercise Management
  • Security Systems Management and Design

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Bachelor; Co-op; Honours

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Design, apply and validate security, emergency and business continuity measures conforming to current industry practices.
  2. Investigate, document and report security related incidents in accordance with accepted investigative practices.
  3. Comply with established national, provincial and local laws, legislation, policies, and professional and ethical standards pertaining to public safety.
  4. Analyze and interpret security related case scenarios using quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  5. Develop and communicate plans and recommendations that integrate the results of research, assessment and investigations.
  6. Adopt and use information technologies in accordance with current industry standards.
  7. Use strategic leadership and critical thinking in professional roles and in decision-making contexts.
  8. Develop operational threat mitigation strategies consistent with a fact-based assessment of geo-political trends.
  9. Respond to emerging situations using the principles of crisis management.
  10. Develop public safety strategies that synthesize current scholarly thinking and emerging trends in the field.
  11. Lead personnel and manage facilities while applying standard business practices.
  12. Design, implement, manage and evaluate security awareness education initiatives.
  13. Adapt to changes in employment requirements through the development, implementation and updating of professional and personal development plans.
  14. Work with diverse stakeholders and populations.
  15. Work with other professionals by applying the principles of inter-professional practice.
  16. Research and analyze criminal behaviour within the broader context of social trends in today`s society consistent with current scholarly thinking.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for positions as coordinators and specialists in public safety including areas of national security, emergency management and countering crime. Students develop skills, knowledge and expertise in areas such as; threat-risk assessment, information systems security, emergency management and crime prevention. Through experiential learning such as case studies and simulations, students develop a holistic approach to leadership to counter and manage man-made and natural threats to individuals, information, systems, critical infrastructure, organizations, companies, governments and nations. Students utilize theoretical and applied knowledge and skills with community partners in the government and private sector through two co-op work terms.

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1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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