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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

This program is designed for students who want to enter or advance a career in criminal justice. You’ll examine and apply leadership strategies, resource planning, and research and criminal justices theories to address complex issues in the criminal justice system. You’ll gain skills and knowledge that will help you serve your community at supervisory and administrative levels in a variety of settings.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Law enforcement organization—state, local, federal
  • Correctional facility or prison—state, local, federal
  • Municipal court systems
  • State government agency
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Probation and Parole Courts
  • Federal government agency
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Bureau of Prisons
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Office of the Inspector General
  • U.S. Customs Service
  • U.S. Marshal Service
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of the Army
  • U.S. Department of the Navy

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Drug enforcement officer
  • Private investigator
  • Law enforcement officer, detective, investigator, or commander or chief
  • Case worker or probation and parole officer
  • Prison warden
  • Community correctional worker
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Correctional officer
  • Intelligence specialist
  • Staff personnel in juvenile justice program
  • Guard
  • Criminal investigator
  • Field probation officer
  • Research personnel within law enforcement and justice
  • Victim specialist
  • Court officer, courtroom security, or bailiff
  • Sheriff
  • Crime scene investigative unit manager
  • Inmate classification director
  • Probation, parole, correctional administrator or commissioner

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

Master of Science in Public Safety Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Public Safety degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career growth potential 45%Promotional opportunities 41%Salary and benefits 41%

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Advanced in career or profession 25%Successfully changed careers 14%Obtained a teaching position in higher education 6%Assumed a leadership role 24%Received a promotion 15%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.