Public Safety (BA)

Learn the critical thinking skills you need to advance your career. Canada's first online undergraduate program in public safety helps public safety practitioners turn their diplomas 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 serve your community. 

This program is designed for students who have already completed a two-year college diploma in a discipline related to public safety.


Apply Your Learning

There are many interactive learning opportunities within the BAPS program, including virtual labs. You'll engage with other students through online discussion boards, sharing experiences and debating current issues.

Some examples of experiential learning opportunities include:

  • Constructing crime maps, disaster maps and municipal emergency incident maps using online GIS mapping software.
  • Developing public safety story maps, scenarios, pre-incident plans, intelligence and analytics reports, crash analysis maps and opioid response dashboards using ArcGIS Pro Law Enforcement and National Security Software.
  • Analyzing social media data via analytics and data mining platforms.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Laurier Experience Record, an innovative database of your notable curricular and co-curricular experience that you can share with employers.


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Format: part time      Duration: two years     Start: September (fall term), January (winter term) or May (spring term)     OUAC code: UAD

The honours Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety (BAPS) is uniquely designed for college graduates from a public safety-related program. To be considered for admission to the BAPS program, you must have a minimum admission average of 75% from an approved diploma program and a minimum of 60% in 4U English or the college equivalent. Admitted students will be granted 10.0 transfer credits towards the BAPS program.

If you have additional questions about your transition to Laurier, financial aid for transfer students or transfer credit evaluation, visit our transfer students website. If you are interested in transferring into this program with an academic history different than what is outlined above, apply using the undergraduate application form and your transfer credits will be assessed on an individual basis and reported to you, along with your offer letter, upon admission to Laurier.

Note: Not all program requirements are reflected in this pathway description. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all academic program and course requirements have been met. Refer to regulations in the academic calendar and connect with an academic advisor once you have accepted your offer.

Program Details

Fostering Leadership

In order to meet the challenges facing the public safety sector, education is now a key hiring factor in disciplines such as fire services, emergency management and border security and policing. To be considered for leadership positions, candidates must be critical thinkers comfortable with new perspectives and technologies.
The BAPS program is focused on the application of coursework to workplace situations, preparing you for future leadership opportunities in public safety careers.
You will learn the critical thinking and awareness skills required for responding effectively to a wide variety of trauma victims while working collaboratively with other emergency organizations.

Interdisciplinary Approach

An overarching goal of the BAPS program is for students to recognize the value in an interagency, collaborative approach to public safety. Complex issues such as racial profiling, immigration, mental illness and cybercrime demand compassionate, evidence-based strategies for serving our communities. Our courses focused on diverse specialties will help you break down disciplinary silos in your work environments.

Flexible Schedule

The BAPS program is designed as a part-time, online learning experience to fit the lives of busy professionals. Completion of coursework can be from the comfort of your home.

Learning Outcomes

Among many valuable learning outcomes, graduates of the BAPS program will be able to successfully:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical, social, and political contexts in the development of modern public safety strategies in Canada.
  • Incorporate the use of technology and computer-based analytics in a variety of applications that are necessary for public safety practitioners.
  • Analyze ethical considerations and other consequences of action or inaction in public safety situations.
  • Craft and deliver arguments using sound reasoning and argumentation.
  • Respond to criticism and feedback respectfully and non-defensively.
  • Demonstrate intercultural competence and sensitivity, and apply these skills in working with marginalized populations and evaluating public safety systems.

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Required Courses

  • Communication Skills for Leadership
  • Introduction to Human Rights
  • Public Safety Administration and Government Relations
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Contemporary Security Issues
  • Critical Infrastructures
  • Cultural Competencies and Trauma
  • Drugs, Guns and Trucks: Commerce and Contraband Across North America
  • GIS and Data Analysis in Public Safety
  • Immigration and Conflict Zones
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Political Structures
  • Information Security in the 21st Century
  • Introduction to Social Science Research Methods I
  • Issues in Mental Health
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Policing a Complex and Diverse Community
  • Principles of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Public Safety Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods II (Qualitative Methods and Legal Research)
  • Theories of Correctional Justice

Note: This is a new program that will continue to develop and adapt on a term-by-term basis. Courses are subject to change based on program development. The detailed descriptions provided are only for a sampling of available courses.

Tuition and Scholarships

Adding a degree to your diploma is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing funding opportunities, such as in-course scholarships, to help you to achieve your goals of obtaining a university degree. You will be automatically considered for in-course scholarships based on your Laurier GPA (grade point average). In-course scholarships are valued between $500 and $1,500 annually. They begin at a GPA of 10.0 (approximately 80%) and above.


Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • border or customs service officer
  • cybersecurity analyst
  • emergency response team responder
  • firefighter
  • intelligence analyst
  • law enforcement personnel
  • paramedic
  • police officer
  • policy analyst
  • urban planner

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Online Learning

  • Online learning is interactive and stimulating! We use MyLearningSpace by Desire2Learn, which includes various educational technologies such as blogs, digital storytelling, audio/video lectures, podcasts, interactive presentations, screencasts, virtual whiteboards, web conferencing, wikis, flashcards, concept maps, digital timelines and gamification.
  • You will have an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge using multiple modes of assessment that encourage skill development and practice throughout the term.
  • Courses are designed to engage students in multiple formats such as student-instructor, student-content and student-student interaction, so you have significant opportunities to interact with other students in the class.
  • A team of academic advisors, public safety advisors, instructional designers, faculty members and expert online learning staff have designed and evaluated our curriculum.
  • Residents of Ontario can check out Ontario’s online learning centres to see if there is one near you.