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Capella University's online PhD in Public Safety program advances your expertise in public safety leadership at the executive level. This program combines doctoral research and a deep exploration of leadership and organizational theories, with courses that emphasize management skills, such as needs assessment, human resources, training, diversity, and labor relations.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Public Safety Leadership from Capella, you'll learn to lead public safety organizations through the application of valid, reliable and ethical research. You'll also communicate professionally in writing, oral presentations, and effective small and large group interactions. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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People with Doctoral degrees in Public Service Leadership from Capella earn an average of $19,000 more per year than people who only hold a Master's degree.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Public Safety Leadership include adjunct, part-time or full-time faculty, chief detective, crime scene investigative unit manager, director of court service, drug enforcement officer, emergency communications/9-1-1 manager/director, fire chief, battalion chief, marshal, law enforcement officer or security specialist. Potential workplaces include: corporate security firm, correctional facility or prison, emergency dispatch center, emergency communication agency, emergency management agency, federal government agency, land-based or online college or university, law enforcement organization, municipal court system, private security firm or state government agency.

For a More In-Depth Study

With this area of study, Capella also offers a program concentration — an opportunity to delve deeper into your specific knowledge area. Your program concentration can be included in your transcript to potentially enhance career opportunities.