Frequently Asked Question's
Why should I enroll in the Bachelor of Applied Science degree?
Your interest in a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a major in Public Safety Management is consistent with a growing national trend. Choosing to pursue a degree in this field will lead to exciting and rewarding work in public service. Our BAS degree program provides you with a broad-based education designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to successfully navigate the competitive process to enter and/or advance in a criminal justice profession. Additionally, specific tracks are designed for students pursuing advanced educational degrees.
What are the admission requirements?
The Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a major in Public Safety Management is structured as a 120 credit degree program. The first stage of academic preparation may consist of an AA degree, an AS degree, or an AAS degree. AS degree students with a major in criminal justice are eligible for direct admission into the program. Minimally, students applying for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree must have 60 college-level credits from a regionally accredited institution with 45 credits applicable to the program curriculum, including ENC 1101 (or its equivalent) and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. Applicants must satisfy the CLAST requirement pursuant to Florida Department of Education administrative rule 6A-10.0314.
When must I satisfy the CLAST requirements?
Applicants must satisfy the CLAST requirement pursuant to Florida Department of Education administrative rule 6A-10.0314.
Is there a foreign language requirement?
Yes. The State of Florida Department of Education requires that all students who earn a bachelor’s degree must have two years of a sequential foreign language in high school, or two semesters of a sequential college foreign language, or pass an approved competency exam.
Where do I review the BAS-PSM Degree Audit?
You can follow this link to review the Degree Audit for the Bachelor of Applied Science program.
What tracks are offered in this degree program?
Concurrent with the designed educational curriculum, qualified students have an opportunity to choose from 10 specialized track options. Students may select an area of concentration from one of the following:
- Track 1 (code P5100) Law Enforcement Concentration
- Track 2 (code P5102) Corrections Concentration
- Track 3 (code P5103) Probation and Parole Concentration
- Track 4 (code P5104) Security/Loss Prevention Concentration
- Track 5 (code P5105) Emergency Management Concentration
- Track 6 (code P5106) Crime Scene Investigation Concentration
- Track 7 (code P5107) Field Internship Placement (Field placement)
- Track 8 (code P5108) Basic Law Enforcement Academy State of Florida certification eligibility
- Track 9 (code P5109) Basic Corrections Training Academy State of Florida certification eligibility
- Track 10 (code P5110) General Criminal Justice Concentration
Will classes be offered in the summer?
Yes. Classes will be offered every term.
Am I guaranteed admission into my selected track?
No. Some tracks require appropriate background clearances (tracks 7, 8 & 9).
I am interested in continuing my education at a law school. Can I complete my internship with the State Attorney’s Office or a private law firm?
Yes. Assignments to any outside agency require recommendation from the Program Manager and acceptance from the outside agency.
What are some internship options?
Your internship assignment centers on your career interests and your academic commitment. Internships include, but are not limited to, State Attorney’s Office, victims’ assistance agencies, juvenile justice, circuit and county courts, state and federal agencies, hotel/motel/cruise ship/airline security, state and federal correction facilities, probation and parole, law enforcement agencies, private law firms, and the public defender’s office.
I am currently a certified police officer. What are my options for internships?
There are several opportunities for current police officers, including public administration management, federal and state agency assignments, teaching criminal justice education and training, private investigations or homeland security. Your educational goals, career path or retirement plans should be considered for internship placement. You are not permitted to intern at your place of employment.
Is student advisement available?
Yes. The program employs a student advisor specifically for this degree.
Will classes be offered both day and evening?
Can I transfer this degree to another college or university?
Miami Dade College and this degree program are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Degrees or credits obtained from a regionally accredited institution will typically be accepted.
Do I need an Associate’s degree to apply for admission?
You must have completed 60 credits with 45 credits applicable to the program curriculum.
Is financial aid available for this degree program?
Yes. Miami Dade College programs are affordable and the costs are considerably lower than university costs. There are many options available through the student financial aid office for those who qualify. www.mdc.edu/financial_aid/
How can I obtain additional information about the BAS degree program?
Additional information can be obtained by contacting the School of Justice at 305 237-8161.
You can also email us here.