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Bachelor of Public Safety, Honours

Main organization(s): Algonquin College


Bachelor of Public Safety (Honours) (Co-op)


The four-year Bachelor of Public Safety (Honours) degree program imparts the theory and hands-on instruction allowing students to develop a systematic approach to public safety to counter, coordinate and investigate man-made and natural threats to individuals, information systems security, critical infrastructure, organizations, companies, and governments.

Participants learn the proven and sound principles of public safety within the context of Canadian legislation. Theoretical and experiential courses, combined with applied research and two co-op work terms, provide students with work-integrated learning opportunities, as well as the opportunity to develop and build investigative and analytical problem-solving skills. Students develop inter-professional capabilities using a collaborative approach to addressing public safety situations.

This program prepares participants for positions in the field of public safety encompassing security, countering crime, and emergency management. Graduates may find public safety employment opportunities in policing and the military, as well as various public and private sector organizations, government and non-profit organizations.

Success Factors

This program is well suited for students who:

  • Respond positively to challenges.

  • React to stressful situations by using thoughtful and analytical measures.

  • Like to work in a team environment.

  • Can work independently and contribute to problem-solving teams.

  • Want to work with a wide variety of people and ideas throughout their career.

  • Have an interest geo-political trends and the dynamics of our democratic society.

Graduates are prepared for positions as coordinators and specialists in public safety including areas of national security, emergency management and countering crime. Students develop skills, knowledge and expertise in areas such as; threat-risk assessment, information systems security, emergency management and crime prevention. Through experiential learning such as case studies and simulations, students develop a holistic approach to leadership to counter and manage man-made and natural threats to individuals, information, systems, critical infrastructure, organizations, companies, governments and nations. Students utilize theoretical and applied knowledge and skills with community partners in the government and private sector through two co-op work terms.

Admission Requirement

2020/2021 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent.

  • Mature students are applicants who have not achieved the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or its equivalent and who are at least 19 years of age on or before the commencement of the program in which they intend to enrol. Mature students have demonstrated academic abilities equivalent to those of Ontario high school graduates, verified by successful completion of courses at the postsecondary level.

Program Eligibility

  • A minimum of six Grade 12 university (U) or university/college (M) courses with a minimum 65% overall average.

  • The six Grade 12 courses to include: English and Math (U) or (M), with a minimum 60% grade.

  • International applicants must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: (IELTS / TOEFL) IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 90, with the minimum in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 24.

  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.

Additional Requirements:

  • Prior to co-ops, all students will be required to obtain a clear and current Police Records Check for the Vulnerable Sector. Failure to complete this requirement will prevent students from participating in the work term components of the program.

  • Current Police Records Check.



Geographical coverage



4 Years.

Application procedure

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through: 
60 Corporate Court 
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3 

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application here. 

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants please visit this link for application process information.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office 
Algonquin College 
1385 Woodroffe Ave 
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8 
Telephone: 613-727-0002 
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723 
TTY: 613-727-7766 
Fax: 613-727-7632 

Or email this address.  


Tuition & cost

Tuition and related ancillary fees for this program can be viewed by using the Tuition and Fees Estimator tool here.

Further information on fees can be found by visiting the Registrar`s Office site.

Fees are subject to change.

Additional program related expenses include:

Books and supplies cost approximately $2,500 over the course of the program.

Last updated

08 Jan 2020

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Bachelor
  • Location(s) Canada (Ottawa)
  • Language English

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