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Courses

Total program credits needed for graduation: 84

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5973, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Required Courses

64 course quarter credits.

PSL5002
Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Master's Learners (4 quarter credits)
MPA5400
Public Administration Theory (4 quarter credits)
MPA5404
Public Administration Organizational Leadership and Theory (4 quarter credits)
MPA5410
Strategic Management and Planning (4 quarter credits)
MPA5412
Ethics and Personal Leadership Development (4 quarter credits)
MPA5416
Quantitative and Qualitative Research (4 quarter credits)
MPA5420
Leadership and Human Resource Management in Public Services (4 quarter credits)
MPA5424
Policy Analysis and Research (4 quarter credits)
MPA5428
Integrative Public Administration Project* (4 quarter credits)
PSF5334
Public Safety Ethnic and Cultural Awareness (4 quarter credits)
PSF5601
Personal Leadership Development (4 quarter credits)
PSF5602
Leadership and Human Resource Management (4 quarter credits)
PSF5604
Public Safety Leadership (4 quarter credits)
PSF5610
Accounting and Finance in Public Safety Organizations (4 quarter credits)
PSF5611
Managing Training and Performance Improvement (4 quarter credits)
PSF5991
Integrative Project for Public Safety Learners* (4 quarter credits)

Five Elective Courses

20 course quarter credits. Choose any graduate courses.

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits, which can help save time and money. A maximum of 20 quarter credits may be transferred and applied to your program's requirements. No more than 12 quarter credits may be transferred to each of the individual degree programs that comprise the joint degree program.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

Learn more about our online learning experience with a free one-week mini course.

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

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Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Forensics
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy Management and Collaborative Governance
  • Public Safety Leadership
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5973, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.