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Gain the Skills to Advance Your Career

Capella's degree programs are closely aligned to external, professional standards to ensure that you gain the same skills and knowledge as the top performers in your field. We continually review and adapt our programs to deliver the competencies you can immediately use today.


More than 80% of current Capella students say their education has had a direct impact on their career.CULES, 2010

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

It is critical for public service leaders to work across disciplines and partner to meet today's challenges. We have designed multidisciplinary programs that offer a depth of knowledge in your professional area and in the broader public service sector. No matter which degree you are seeking, you will learn how to be an effective leader and a skilled collaborator.

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Capella: An Accredited University

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Our Partners

Learn to Lead in a Multidisciplinary World

Collaboration is critical within the public safety field. Capella's simulation tool, Riverbend City, provides an adaptable learning environment where you take on a leadership role. You will engage with the scenarios through missions tied to discussions and assignments to strengthen your collaboration skills vital to managing real-world challenges. No other university provides this cutting-edge learning experience.

Meet Our Distinguished Faculty

Nearly every faculty member in the Capella School of Public Service holds a doctoral degree. Our experienced instructors provide expertise to regional, national, and international public service and health care organizations including emergency response agencies, law enforcement, Fortune 500 health care organizations, the U.S. armed forces, and the U.S. government.

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4 Ways to Save

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    Start Now, Save up to $8,000

    To be eligible for the $8,000 Bachelor's Public Safety Achieve and Lead Scholarship you must enroll in a qualifying bachelor's program by September 14, 2015, pass your first course, and meet all other eligibility requirements.

  2. 2

    Credit for Real-World Experience

    You can earn credits through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process by demonstrating mastery of competencies, and may be eligible to earn credit for previous coursework, experience and learning.

  3. 3

    Employer Tuition Reimbursement

    Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to their employees — even those without a formal program. Check with your HR department or manager to see if you are eligible.

  4. 4

    Employer & Association Discounts

    Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and colleges can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands.

On average, those with a bachelor's degree in public administration receive a 35% earnings boost by obtaining their graduate degree.

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Learn Online Anywhere, Anytime

At Capella, you will enjoy the flexibility of earning your degree on a schedule that fits your life. In our online course rooms, students and faculty participate in discussions at different times throughout the week. You will not attend class at a specific date and time, but you can expect to complete weekly assignments, reading, and participation requirements.