The Public Safety Administration AAS degree at Gaston College offers four concentrations and prepares you for employment with fire or police departments, emergency management organizations, government agencies, private companies, correctional facilities, and more.

Public Safety Administration

Serve the Community with a Career in Public Safety

The Public Safety Administration program is designed for individuals who are already working in or are interested in beginning their career in the Public Safety sector. Earning this degree can give you an edge in job interviews, increase your potential for promotions and help you build a stronger career foundation.

Flexibility to Fit Your Needs and Life

Most of our students are juggling many responsibilities at home and with a job as they begin taking courses. We have developed different class options so you can make pursuing this degree work with your other commitments.

You can enroll in this program on a full-time or part-time basis, and day and evening class options are available. You’ll earn your degree in 64 to 71 credit hours, depending on the concentration you choose.

If you are currently working in Public Safety, your prior learning may apply to the program and accelerate your degree completion. Check with your academic advisor for more information on eligibility.

More Benefits of the Public Safety Program

You’ll learn from instructors that have local experience and connections to the public safety community in this area. You’ll have access to the support and resources you need to find success and a rewarding career.

If you want to continue your education in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, or other Public Safety-related fields, the credits you earn at Gaston College may potentially transfer to a 4-year school, getting you closer to a bachelor’s degree.

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Public Safety Administration Program Guide

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Programs of Study

For more information on the requirements to earn an associate degree in any of the four offered concentrations you can click on the links below.

Associate of Applied Science



Contact Information

Josh Crisp, Director-Fire Protection Technology

Calvin Shaw, Program Chair-Criminal Justice

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