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Develop Your Career as You Protect the Public

Public safety professionals need a wide range of skills to manage the significant and complex issues facing our communities today. Step up to meet these evolving challenges with an education that is professionally aligned and designed to fit your busy life.

Capella’s accredited, online public safety degree programs offer an interdisciplinary approach to foster the collaboration skills necessary for success in the field. Featuring competency-based curriculum that focuses on meaningful knowledge and tangible skills, Capella public safety programs can help you build a professionally and personally rewarding career dedicated to keeping the public safe.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Address issues surrounding criminal behavior, prevention, intervention, and the penal system

PhD | Master’s | Certificate | Bachelor’s

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Oversee complex emergency situations to ensure public safety

PhD | Master’s

HOMELAND SECURITY

Focus on crucial national, cyber, and infrastructure security concepts to grow your skills as a public safety leader

Certificate

Respected in the Field

We have over 500 partnerships with highly recognized institutions from around the United States including leading criminal justice organizations, such as the FBI National Academy, International Association of Emergency Managers, United States Secret Service, and National Sheriffs' Association. Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and organizations can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands.

Honor Societies

Capella is proud to claim membership in two specialized honor societies, Epsilon Pi Phi and Alpha Phi Sigma. Epsilon Pi Phi is for students in emergency management, homeland security, disaster research, criminal justice, and continuity management disciplines. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice.

 

 

Virtual Lab Environments; Real World Results

Take on real-world challenges in our one-of-a-kind simulation tool. You’ll practice what you’re learning in course discussions and assignments to enhance relevant skills in areas such as emergency management and the public health response, emergency operations center activation, and threat assessment.

The Most Direct Path to Your Goals

Take the most direct and affordable path to your goals with a degree or certificate program in public safety that works with your busy life. Whether you’re focused on criminal justice, emergency management, or homeland security, you’ll find the right program at Capella.

  • Apply previous college credit to earn your Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice in less time.
  • Earn your Master's in Criminal Justice or Emergency Management in as little as 18 months.
  • Transfer your master’s coursework into a PhD program to save time and money.
  • Add marketable, in-demand skills when you earn a public safety certificate in as little as 9 months.
  • Get a head start on a master’s program when you apply your Capella public safety certificate credits to your master’s requirements.

 

In my career, I only saw the law enforcement side, but in colloquia I met people with different backgrounds and experiences that helped shape my thinking.

Gerald “Jerry” Clark, PhD in Public Safety, Criminal Justice SpecializationAssistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Gannon University

Distinguished Faculty

Every faculty member in the Capella School of Public Service Leadership holds a doctoral degree. Our experienced instructors provide expertise to regional, national, and international criminal justice and emergency management organizations, law enforcement, the U.S. armed forces, and the U.S. government.

Start Now and Save with Scholarships

Keep your costs down with a Capella scholarship that never has to be paid back. Current opportunities include:

You can also fast track your progress with our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and earn credit when you demonstrate mastery of competencies gained through previous coursework, training programs, and certifications—such as Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) or the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).

Honoring Our Service Members

Capella supports our service members, veterans, and their spouses as they progress toward their education goals. We value your careers, are grateful for your military service, and appreciate your daily commitment.

Your service may entitle you to several education benefits—including a 10-15% tuition discount. Capella also supports the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. Our military support staff is experienced with Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits and can help you understand and take full advantage of these important financial resources.