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What is public safety?

Public safety is all about ensuring the safety and well-being of your community. Various careers in this field involve enforcing laws, responding to emergencies, and taking care of the overall welfare of those you serve.

Why public safety at OSU?

This program is based in Tulsa and is designed for students who already have some college credit. Designed with input from law enforcement agencies, our public safety degree emphasizes the crucial human interaction skills essential in this field. Qualified students can include police academy training as part of their degree program.

Career paths

With a focus on cultural awareness, conflict resolution, and effective communication, our graduates are well-prepared to serve and protect diverse communities, fostering trust and cooperation between public safety professionals and the public they serve. In addition to careers with police and sheriff’s departments, public safety majors can make a difference in their communities through work in government agencies and private industry.


The bachelor's degree in public safety is flexible and can be customized to fit your career and training goals. Our students have backgrounds in the military, as first responders and as EMTs, with goals of serving in law enforcement, fire departments and civil service.  For example, one public safety student recently graduated from the Broken Arrow Police Department academy.


Partnership with Tulsa Police Department

OSU-Tulsa has partnered with the Tulsa Police Department to include the Tulsa Police Academy as part of the Bachelor of Professional Studies. Students who complete all prior degree requirements and are accepted into the Tulsa Police Academy will earn the final 15 credit hours of their bachelor’s degree by completing the approximately 28-week academy.


Students interested in attending the Tulsa Police Academy must pass a background check, maintain physical fitness standards, meet regularly with a TPD recruiter/mentor and maintain your eligibility to work on the police force. Visit for more information.

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