Public Safety Administration (PSAD) Professional Licensure

Bachelor of Public Safety Administration (PSAD)

The Public Safety Administration (PSAD) program offers a 120-unit Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in criminal justice that prepares students for a wide variety of career paths, such as law enforcement, correctional counselor, CSI careers, legal/court positions, and more.

The PSAD program meets all educational requirements preparing graduates for pursuing state-mandated law enforcement certification in California, as well as all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  California requires Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification for police officers, deputy sheriffs, school district police officers, district attorney investigators, and a few other classifications of peace officers.

Students who wish to pursue law enforcement careers in locations other than California may or may not have additional non-educational requirements to complete prior to, or in association with, seeking employment in law enforcement.

Woodbury University encourages prospective and current students to explore certification processes in the states where they anticipate working and will assist individuals in exploring certification requirements in other states and U.S. jurisdictions. For assistance, please contact Admissions at [email protected] or 818-252-5221.

State legislature-mandated law enforcement certification requirements currently exist for 37 states and the District of Columbia. These laws set specific requirements for law enforcement certification through a POST board or other state certifying agency.  For more information on state legislature-mandated law enforcement requirements see: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

States/Territories for which Woodbury’s PSAD program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification
  • Alabama (AL)
  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • Arkansas (AR)
  • California (CA)
  • Colorado (CO)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • Delaware (DE)
  • Florida (FL)
  • Georgia (GA)
  • Hawaii (HI)
  • Idaho (ID)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Indiana (IN)
  • Iowa (IA)
  • Kansas (KS)
  • Kentucky (KY)
  • Louisiana (LA)
  • Maine (ME)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Minnesota (MN)
  • Mississippi (MS)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • Montana (MT)
  • Nebraska (NE)
  • Nevada (NV)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New Mexico (NM)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Carolina (NC)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Ohio (OH)
  • Oklahoma (OK)
  • Oregon (OR)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Rhode Island (RI)
  • South Carolina (SC)
  • South Dakota (SD)
  • Tennessee (TN)
  • Texas (TX)
  • Utah (UT)
  • Vermont (VT)
  • Virginia (VA)
  • Washington (WA)
  • West Virginia (WV)
  • Wisconsin (WI)
  • Wyoming (WY)
  • District of Columbia (D.C.)

States/Territories for which Woodbury’s PSAD program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification


States/Territories for which Woodbury HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the PSAD program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification
  • American Samoa (AS)
  • Guam (GU)
  • Northern Mariana Islands (MP)
  • Puerto Rico (PR)
  • U.S Virgin Islands (VI)
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