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Master’s Degrees in Public Service

Move Ahead in Public Service

Whether your focus is criminal justice, emergency management, or public administration, in Capella’s online master’s programs, you can learn to lead, manage, and collaborate in the public sector.


MS in Criminal Justice

Deepen your understanding of human behavior, public policy, and social change in criminal justice, and grow your leadership skills through real-world simulations.


MS in Emergency Management

Gain in-depth expertise in coordinating emergency management, from preparation to mitigation to response and recovery, and learn to lead in the field.


Master of Public Administration

Grow the skills needed to work with diverse populations, manage public resources, and formulate responses to public administration, public health, and public safety issues.

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Why Choose Capella?

At Capella, you’ll learn from experienced faculty in a flexible, online master’s program to develop real-world skills you can use immediately to make an impact on your community—and your career.

Professionally Aligned Programs

Our programs are aligned with professional standards–meaning you’ll gain skills and knowledge that are career-relevant.

Affordable Education

Options like scholarships, transfer credits, Prior Learning Assessment, and employer and military discounts can help keep tuition costs down.

Real-World Simulations

Strengthen leadership and collaboration skills as you solve real-world issues using interactive media tools and labs.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

All our faculty hold doctoral degrees and bring years of experience, as well as the latest theories and practice to students.

Flexible Online Learning

Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Military Support

Capella supports service members. Your service may entitle you to education benefits—including a 10% tuition discount.

The curriculum at Capella is on track with current issues in law enforcement and criminal justice. I was able to talk to my law enforcement buddies about what I was learning and they were surprised with what I knew.

Rick Decker

MS Criminal Justice

Actual Capella learner who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella

Relevant blog posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Impact Public Policy with an MPH, MPA, or MHA

Interested in public policy? See how you can make change happen with an MPH, MPA, or MHA.

5 Ways a Criminal Justice Degree is Important in Law Enforcement

Two Capella faculty chairs share five reasons why it’s becoming more important to have a degree.

When Disaster Strikes, the World Depends on Public Service Professionals

It takes a range of public service professionals, from law enforcement to case managers, to respond to a crisis.

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