Public Safety

This professional certificate program explores a wide range of problems and potential solutions relevant to modern public safety issues. Students will study the effectiveness of inter-agency responses to crime, public safety and homeland security concerns. This certificate can be the first step on the way to a bachelor's or associate's degree, or can be a great way to transition to a new career.





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Classes start: January 24
and March 22

Credits Required

18 Credits

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In this professional certificate program, you will learn about contemporary issues in public safety and the ways organizations respond to the challenges. Courses cover public speaking skills and crime prevention, along with specific public safety concerns such as drug use and youth gangs. 

This certificate will help you to reach your ultimate goal, whether that be a degree, a career or promotion, recognition for your skills in the civilian world, or a life accomplishment. 

As you work with our faculty, each respected in their field, you'll build lasting connections that open doors to your success.

Cunanan"I’ve heard, from almost day one of teaching, that students really enjoy the fact that their instructor has actual field experience. They enjoy having someone in front of them who has been there and can give them some real-life experiences that will support things that are in the book,"

Edward Cunanan ’08 '13M, Captain, Woonsocket Police Department, Woonsocket, RI
More: UC Adjunct Professor Captain Edward Cunanan brings experience to the classroom 

Enrollment in a degree program is not required for enrollment in the certificate program. However, students interested in pursuing a degree may apply the credits earned through this certificate program to selected baccalaureate degree programs.

Sample Courses

Securing the Homeland
Securing the Homeland
Drugs, Society, and Behavior 
Crime Prevention
Crime Prevention


Six required courses = 18 credits

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A Pathway to Your Degree

The professional certificate in Public Safety can be used as a stepping stone toward the completion of an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or Policing, Public Safety, and Security. Certificates allow you to earn your degree in laps, not miles, adding credentials to your resume each step of the way. 

How You'll Get There

At UC, we support you on your individual path. Whether you are just starting out or picking up where you left off, we work with you to accomplish your goals. As you work with our faculty, each respected in their field, you'll build lasting connections that open doors to your success.

You may take advantage of our prior learning assessment, applying transfer credit, trainings and assessments, military experience, work experience, and self-taught skills toward your certificate. 

An Expert Advisor

All matriculating students are assigned a on-on-one advisor, who is both an adjunct professor and an expert in their field. 

Flexible Options to Suit Your Schedule 

You may complete this entire program online, from anywhere, on your own schedule. Depending on the needs and interests of our students, we also offer in-person courses to bring your learning to life through face-to-face discussion. Our hybrid on-line and in-person courses give you the best of both worlds. Your advisor will help you determine which path is best for you.

Individualized Support, More Affordable

At University College, you get the individualized attention of a private university at a more affordable cost. There are multiple options for financial aid, scholarships, and accelerated paths to get you to the degree you need. Some programs run by Roger Williams are awarded by simply applying for admission, while others are awarded to students through a more formal aid application process.

To ensure full consideration for all aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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