Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security

Turn Your Calling Into a Career With a Degree in Public Safety and Security

Your military training could translate into credit toward an associate's degree in public safety and security at Purdue Global, reducing the credits needed to earn a degree by a maximum of 50.*

Our associate’s degree in public safety and security can help you develop the relevant skills and knowledge required to pursue a number of different career choices. The curriculum provides a strong public safety foundation, so you have the flexibility to pursue a career in law enforcement, private security, public safety, or other areas within the private and public sector.

Military - AAS in Public Safety

Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security

Transfer Credit Detail

The tables below illustrate the amount of credit that may be awarded for specific combat arms MOSs. Note: actual transfer credit may vary.

  • 11B Infantryman

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    23

    90

    13

    26%

    20

    23

    90

    13

    26%

    30

    23

    90

    13

    26%

    40

    23

    90

    13

    26%

    11C, 19D, 19K

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    20

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    30

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    40

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    14S Air and Missile Defense

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    14

    90

    15

    16%

    20

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    30

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    40

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    50

    35

    90

    11

    39%

    31B Military Police

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    40

    90

    10

    44%

    20

    55

    90

    7

    61%

    30

    55

    90

    7

    61%

    40

    55

    90

    7

    61%

    50

    65

    90

    5

    72%

  • 3P031 Security Forces

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    3P031

    29

    90

    12

    32%

  • 5811 Military Police

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    PVT-SGT

    34

    90

    12

    38%

    SSGT

    45

    90

    10

    50%

    GYSGT

    45

    90

    10

    50%

    MSGT

    45

    90

    10

    50%

    MSYSGT

    45

    90

    10

    50%

  • 19 Master at Arms

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    MA

    38

    90

    10

    42%

    MA3

    45

    90

    12

    50%

    MA2/MA1

    45

    90

    12

    50%

    MAC+

    45

    90

    12

    50%

Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security - Practitioner

Transfer Credit Detail

The tables below illustrate the amount of credit that may be awarded for specific combat arms MOSs. Note: actual transfer credit may vary.

  • 11B Infantryman

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    22

    90

    13

    24%

    20

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    11C Indirect Fire Infantryman

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    30

    90

    12

    33%

    20

    25

    90

    9

    49%

    30

    25

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    25

    90

    9

    49%

    11Z, 12A, 12C, 12M, 12Q, 12V, 12W, 12X, 12Z

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    9

    90

    15

    10%

    20

    27

    90

    12

    30%

    30

    32

    90

    11

    36%

    40

    37

    90

    10

    41%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    12B, 12G, 12K

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    14

    90

    14

    16%

    20

    32

    90

    11

    36%

    30

    37

    90

    11

    41%

    40

    42

    90

    10

    47%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    12D Driver

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    32

    90

    11

    36%

    20

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    12H Construction Engineering Supervisor

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    9

    90

    15

    10%

    20

    27

    90

    12

    30%

    30

    40

    90

    10

    44%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    12N Horizontal Construction Engineer

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    19

    90

    13

    21%

    20

    37

    90

    10

    41%

    30

    42

    90

    10

    47%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    12P Prime Power Production Specialist

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    9

    90

    15

    10%

    20

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    12R, 88M

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    17

    90

    12

    19%

    20

    35

    90

    11

    39%

    30

    40

    90

    10

    44%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    12T Technical Engineer Specialist

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    32

    90

    11

    36%

    20

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    12Y, 14G, 14H, 14J

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    9

    90

    15

    10%

    20

    27

    90

    12

    49%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    13B Cannon Crewmember

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    18

    90

    15

    20%

    20

    36

    90

    10

    40%

    30

    49

    90

    8

    54%

    40

    49

    90

    8

    54%

    50

    59

    90

    7

    66%

    13C, 13E, 13J

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    9

    90

    15

    10%

    20

    27

    90

    12

    30%

    30

    32

    90

    11

    36%

    40

    37

    90

    10

    41%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    13D Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist 

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    13

    90

    13

    14%

    20

    10

    90

    10

    11%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    13F Fire Support Specialist

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    27

    90

    12

    30%

    20

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    13M Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    26

    90

    15

    29%

    20

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    13P Multiple Launch Rocket System Fire Direction Specialist

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    16

    90

    14

    18%

    20

    34

    90

    10

    38%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    13R Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    13

    90

    14

    14%

    20

    31

    90

    11

    34%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    13S Field Artillery Surveyor

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    9

    90

    15

    10%

    20

    27

    90

    12

    30%

    30

    32

    90

    11

    36%

    40

    40

    90

    10

    44%

    13T Field Artillery Surveyor / Meteorological Crewmember

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    28

    90

    12

    31%

    20

    48

    90

    9

    53%

    30

    49

    90

    9

    54%

    40

    49

    90

    9

    54%

    50

    59

    90

    6

    66%

    13W Field Artillery Meterological Crewmember

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    15

    90

    14

    17%

    20

    35

    90

    11

    39%

    30

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    13Z Field Artillery Senior Sergeant

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    60

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    14E AD Artillery Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer

    Service Level

    Cerdits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    23

    90

    13

    26%

    20

    41

    90

    10

    46%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    14M Man Portable Air Defense System Crewmember

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    9

    90

    15

    10%

    20

    27

    90

    12

    30%

    30

    37

    90

    11

    41%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    14P, 14R

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    9

    90

    15

    10%

    20

    27

    90

    12

    30%

    30

    32

    90

    11

    36%

    40

    37

    90

    10

    41%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    14S Air vand Missile Defense

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    14

    90

    15

    16%

    20

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    30

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    40

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    50

    35

    90

    11

    39%

    14T Patriot Launching Station Operator/Maintainer

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    15

    90

    14

    17%

    20

    33

    90

    11

    37%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    14Z Air Defense Artillery Senior Sergeant

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    60

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    31B Military Police

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    40

    90

    10

    44%

    20

    55

    90

    7

    61%

    30

    55

    90

    7

    61%

    40

    55

    90

    7

    61%

    50

    65

    90

    5

    72%

    31D Criminal Investigations Division Special Agent

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    20

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    30

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    31E, 31K

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    18

    90

    13

    20%

    20

    26

    90

    12

    29%

    30

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    56M. 92M, 92R

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    24

    90

    13

    27%

    20

    42

    90

    10

    47%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    88H Cargo Specialist

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    20

    90

    13

    22%

    20

    38

    90

    10

    42%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    88N Transport Management Coordinator

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    19

    90

    13

    21%

    20

    37

    10

    41%

    42%

    30

    47

    90

    8

    52%

    40

    52

    90

    8

    58%

    50

    63

    90

    5

    70%

    92S Shower and Laundry Specialist

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    14

    90

    14

    16%

    20

    32

    90

    11

    36%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    92W Water Treatment Specialist

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    23

    90

    13

    26%

    20

    41

    90

    10

    46%

    30

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    40

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    50

    54

    90

    7

    60%

  • 3P031 Security Forces

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    3P031 3

    29

    90

    11

    32%

    3P031 5

    29

    90

    11

    32%

    3P031 7

    29

    90

    11

    32%

  • 5811 Military Police

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    PVT-SGT

    34

    90

    11

    38%

    SSGT

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    GYSGT

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    MSGT

    54

    90

    7

    60%

    MSYSGT

    54

    90

    7

    60%

  • 19 Master at Arms

    Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    MA

    29

    90

    12

    MA3

    47

    90

    9

    MA2/MA1

    54

    90

    7

    MAC+

    54

    90

    7

  • AET, AMT, DC, EM, ET, FS, GM, HS, IS

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    3

    34

    90

    11

    38%

    2

    34

    90

    11

    38%

    1

    34

    90

    11

    38%

    C

    34

    90

    11

    38%

    CS

    34

    90

    11

    38%

    CM

    34

    90

    11

    38%

    AST Aviation Survival Technician

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    AST3

    37

    90

    12

    41%

    AST2

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    AST1

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    ASTC

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    ASTCS

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    ASTCM

    44

    90

    10

    49%

    BM Boatswain's Mate

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    BM3

    41

    90

    10

    46%

    BM2

    41

    90

    10

    46%

    BM1

    41

    90

    10

    46%

    BMC

    41

    90

    10

    46%

    BMCS

    41

    90

    10

    46%

    BMCM

    41

    90

    10

    46%

    IT Information Systems Technician

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    IT3

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    IT2

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    IT1

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    ITC

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    ITCS

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    ITCSM

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    IV Investigator

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    IV3

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    IV2

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    IV1

    25

    90

    13

    28%

    IVC

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    IVCS

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    IVCM

    44

    90

    9

    49%

    ME Maritime Enforcement Specialist

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    ME3

    39

    90

    10

    43%

    ME2

    48

    90

    9

    53%

    ME1

    53

    90

    8

    59%

    MEC

    54

    90

    8

    60%

    MECS

    55

    90

    7

    61%

    MECM

    55

    90

    7

    61%

    MK, MST

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    3

    40

    90

    9

    44%

    2

    40

    90

    9

    44%

    1

    40

    90

    9

    44%

    C

    40

    90

    9

    44%

    CS

    40

    90

    9

    44%

    CM

    40

    90

    9

    44%

    OS Operations Specialist

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    OS3

    34

    90

    11

    38%

    OS2

    39

    90

    10

    43%

    OS1

    39

    90

    10

    43%

    OSC

    39

    90

    10

    43%

    OSCS

    39

    90

    10

    43%

    OSCM

    39

    90

    10

    43%

    PA Public Affairs Specialist

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    PA3

    35

    90

    11

    39%

    PA2

    35

    90

    10

    39%

    PA1

    35

    90

    10

    39%

    PAC

    35

    90

    10

    39%

    PACS

    35

    90

    10

    39%

    PACM

    35

    90

    10

    39%

    SK Storekeeper

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    SK3

    23

    90

    13

    26%

    SK2

    35

    90

    11

    39%

    SK1

    35

    90

    11

    39%

    SKC

    35

    90

    11

    39%

    SKCS

    40

    90

    10

    44%

    SKCM

    40

    90

    10

    44%

    YN Yeoman

    Skill Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    YN3

    23

    90

    14

    26%

    YN2

    21

    90

    13

    23%

    YN1

    28

    90

    12

    31%

    YNC

    34

    90

    11

    38%

    YNCS

    34

    90

    11

    38%

    YNCM

    35

    90

    11

    39%

Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security

An associate’s degree in public safety and security can help you pursue a career in the public safety and security fields—rewarding professions that offer individuals an opportunity to make an immediate impact securing the safety of individuals and establishments in their community.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, America will need more than 56,000 new private detectives, investigators, and security professionals between 2014 and 2024.‡ The online associate’s degree in public safety and security from Purdue Global focuses on:

  • Foundational knowledge of public safety and security, including practical and technical skills and competencies required by many public safety and private security firms. 
  • Skills to properly prepare, plan, and execute decisive and appropriate public safety and security plans of action 
  • Critical-thinking, decision-making, and communications skills and knowledge relevant to supporting public safety initiatives 
  • Professors in this degree program are public safety and security professionals who bring real-world knowledge to the courses they teach. 

Career paths that graduates can pursue include

  • Private security  
  • Corporate security 
  • Risk and security management 

At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the online Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security program: Delaware, Kentucky, and Minnesota.

Program Highlights

Individuals with an advanced education can enhance their career options and opportunities within this increasingly competitive industry. 

Our public safety and security degree program was developed with the help of public safety and security industry thought leaders who are active in national and private security companies and emergency response organizations. Our community of industry experts help ensure our curriculum meets a high academic standard—one that provides graduates with relevant skills and knowledge that can be applied in their chosen career.

This program covers an introduction to criminal justice and public safety as well as the technology required to prevent and minimize criminal risk. In addition, this comprehensive degree plan is designed to help you develop a fundamental knowledge of public safety and security. Sample courses include:

  • Criminal Investigation 
  • Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems 
  • Emergency Management and Response 
  • Public Security 
  • Private Security 

NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Based on a member of the military who transfers in the maximum amount of quarter credit hours: 65 for medical MOS, 60 for military police and information technology MOS, 50 for combat arms MOS, 55 for paralegal specialist MOS, 45 for recruiter MOS. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation duties. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s). State-specific requirements, as listed in the University Catalog, may apply. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible to transfer.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education beyond the associate's level. Some positions require a 4-year bachelor's degree and/or additional state-approved higher education beyond Purdue Global's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Purdue Global criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Private Detectives and Investigators, www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/private-detectives-and-investigators.htm, and Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers, www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/security-guards.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.