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Professionals in the fields of criminal justice and emergency management need a range of skills to manage the complex issues facing our communities today.
Whether you seek the skills to handle crises threatening civic order or you want to learn how to address issues associated with criminal behavior and prevention, Capella University’s engaging, online programs in these fields can help you hit the ground running.
Each program offers engagement with a community of peers, professionally experienced faculty, and coaching staff to support you as you refine your career strategy. Our curriculum focuses on developing skills in court procedure, corrections, and policing. A degree or certificate in criminal justice from Capella can be a valuable step toward a professionally and personally rewarding career in this important field.
Our degree and certificate programs combine the skills, knowledge, and practical experiences of emergency management that focus on mitigation, preparation, response and recovery. You’ll experience decision-making in real time with simulated real-world scenarios, helping you apply theory and critical thinking to solve problems that will help you create resilient communities.
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.
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.
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.
Take the most direct and affordable path to your goals with a degree or certificate program that works with your busy life. Whether you’re focused on emergency management or criminal justice, you’ll find the right program at Capella.
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
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.
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).
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.