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Total program credits needed for graduation: 96

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

To learn more, call 866.933.5830, 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.

Core Courses

Twenty-Two Required Courses, 80 quarter credits

PSL7010
21st-Century Communication and Leadership (4 quarter credits)
PSL7020*
Professional Practice and Collaboration in a Diverse and Dynamic World (4 quarter credits)
PSL7030*
Introduction to Critical Analysis and Research (4 quarter credits)
EMG7015*
Application of Emergency Management Theory (4 quarter credits)
EMG7025*
Emergency Management Policy and the Administration of Emergencies and Disasters (4 quarter credits)
EMG7035*
Emergency Management Systems (4 quarter credits)
EMG8015*
Risk Management in Emergency Management (4 quarter credits)
EMG8025*
Emergency Management Operations and Planning (4 quarter credits)
EMG8035*
Response, Continuity, Recovery, and Resilience (4 quarter credits)
EMG8045*
Contemporary Issues in Emergency Management (4 quarter credits)
PSL7860*
Survey of Research Methods (4 quarter credits)
PSL7864*
Quantitative Design and Analysis (4 quarter credits)
PSL7868*
Qualitative Design and Analysis (4 quarter credits)
PSL-R8925*
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 (3 quarter credits)
PSL-R8926*
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 (3 quarter credits)
PSL-R8927*
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3 (3 quarter credits)

Choose one from the following courses:

PSL8110*
Advanced Qualitative Analysis in Public Service Leadership (4 quarter credits) OR
PSL8120*
Multivariate Analysis in Public Service Leadership (4 quarter credits)

Comprehensive Examination

Upon completion of all required coursework:

PSL9919*
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 quarter credits)

Dissertation Courseroom

Learners must register for PSL9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

PSL9960*
Dissertation Courseroom (3 quarter credits each)

Elective Courses

16 quarter credits

Choose any graduate course(s)

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

Concentrations

If you have elective courses yet to satisfy in your program, you may be able to add a concentration and satisfy those degree requirements at the same time, with no additional program cost or time commitment. Concentrations available for this program include:

  • Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Higher Education

What Can I Expect?

Courses are divided into 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. You can transfer up to 20 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, 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 with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 866.933.5830, 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.