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Prepare for Tomorrow’s Challenges

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.

Build the Skills to Lead in Criminal Justice

Each program offers engagement with a community of peers, 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 in criminal justice from Capella can be a valuable step toward a professionally and personally rewarding career in this important field.

Learn to Protect Your Community in Emergencies

Our degree 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.


Address issues related to police work, courts, and corrections


Make society safer through preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation

Interactive, Hands-On Tools for Effective Leadership

Transcript: Capella’s Approach to Public Service Leadership

Your courses offer interactive tools that can help you apply what you’ll learn in your criminal justice or emergency management program. These activities will give you a chance to develop skills in problem solving and leadership—and you’ll encounter challenging, realistic problems designed to help you become a more effective leader.

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.

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.

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.



The Most Direct Path to Your Goals

Take the most direct and affordable path to your goals with a degree program that works with your busy life.

  • Earn your master's in criminal justice or emergency management in as little as 18 months.
  • Apply your master’s coursework to a PhD program to save time and money.
  • Pair your criminal justice or emergency management graduate degree with a concentration, which will give you a unique learning path based on your personal and career goals. Concentrations are available in:
    • Corrections—Learn the philosophy of punishment and the scope of corrections programs, such as probation, parole, incarceration, and treatment.
    • Criminology—Deepen your understanding of crime prevention, treatment programs, and criminal justice system interventions.
    • Higher Education—Prepare to teach in either traditional or online formats, and apply ethical decision-making, multicultural competence, and knowledge of diverse student populations to your personal philosophy of teaching.

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.

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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 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.