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Take Your Career to the Next Level

Leaders in the public sector are charged with the significant duty of keeping the public safe in an ever-changing environment. Whether your career path is in criminal justice or emergency management, at Capella you can boost your ability to make a bigger impact on your career and the field of public safety.

Learn to manage the needs of the public in a variety of situations—and apply what you’re learning even before you graduate. Capella has online master’s degree programs in criminal justice and emergency management designed to fit into your busy life and prepare you to meet the evolving needs of your community.

  • Develop skills employers seek through our ethics-centered, evidence-based approach
  • Enjoy greater flexibility with a program that is 100% online with 24/7 access
  • Learn from faculty members with leadership backgrounds in the field


Address issues related to police work, courts, and corrections


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

Increase Your Impact with a Master’s in Criminal Justice

The Capella University online Master’s in Criminal Justice program helps you develop a well-rounded understanding of its three professional areas: corrections, courts, and policing. This program is designed for working professionals seeking to advance their criminal justice career*. Cross-functional knowledge helps to develop interdependence for a cohesive workforce.

Prepare to lead in criminal justice by engaging with a community of peers, experienced faculty, and coaching staff to assist you in research methods, program planning and management, policy analysis, and program evaluation. You’ll develop the personal and workplace effectiveness skills that employers look for in a leader.

*Certain criminal justice fields may require prerequisites beyond the Capella MS, such as other degrees or certifications

Make Decisions to Sustain and Protect Your Community

Answer the call: your community needs professional experts to handle crisis situations. When you enroll in a Master’s in Emergency Management program, you’ll have the opportunity to combine the skills, knowledge, and practical experiences of emergency management with a focus on mitigation, preparation, response and recovery. Experience decision-making in real time with simulated real-world scenarios as you learn to apply theory and critical thinking to solve problems that will help to create resilient communities.

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 master’s program in criminal justice or emergency management. 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 and emergency management 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 of criminal justice.

Save Time and Money

Complete your master’s in criminal justice or emergency management in as little as 18 months, getting you to your career goals sooner and saving you money on your degree. Keep your costs down even more with a Capella scholarship that never has to be paid back. 

Reduce the time and cost of finishing your degree by maximizing your transfer credits. Many students can save by transferring previous academic coursework into their Capella program. Coursework completed at an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution will be considered, regardless of how long ago they were earned. With your permission, we will request your transcripts on your behalf and pay any associated fees.

Personalize Your Degree With a Concentration

You can now earn a criminal justice or emergency management graduate degree with a concentration that provides you with the opportunity to choose a more unique learning path based on your personal passion and career goals. Concentrations are designed to integrate theory with real-world application for personalized learning without adding additional coursework to your program.. 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.

Military Support

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% 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.

Career Support

From the first day to graduation day and beyond, you’ll have access to Capella’s Career Center. You can access our free resources and receive personalized support from a career counselor, build your network, create an effective resume, and more.