Bachelor of Science in Public Safety

Build your career in law enforcement, homeland security, criminal justice, or emergency management

Develop a foundation of knowledge in public safety research, theory and principles. Learn the processes, procedures, and techniques you need to protect and serve your community in a variety of public safety positions.

This graduate degree program has been retired. Prospective learners might be interested in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they’ve learned.

2014-2015 Demonstration of Program Outcomes BS in Public Safety

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Communicate efffectively.
Evaluate impact of multiculturalism and diversity on the public safety discipline.
Lead and manage public safety organizations.
Manage causes and threats to public safety.
Respond ethically and professionally to a variety of incidents that threaten public safety.
Think critically about public safety issues.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from Q2 2014 – Q1 2015 capstone courses



Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Safety specializations

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella faculty have extensive public safety experience in organizations such as the FBI, NYPD, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Customs, U.S. Army, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
  • Capella is a preferred provider of higher education for the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA).
  • Capella is the first and currently only university recognized by Quality Matters at the program level for our commitment to course quality assurance in support of our public safety programs.
  • All Capella Public Safety specializations were developed in a post-9/11, post-Hurricane Katrina environment.
  • The National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have designated Capella a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Expected Program Outcomes for All Specializations

  1. Manage causes and threats to public safety.
  2. Respond ethically and professionally to a variety of incidents that threaten public safety.
  3. Think critically about public safety issues.
  4. Evaluate impact of multiculturalism and diversity on the public safety discipline.
  5. Communicate effectively.
  6. Lead and manage public safety organizations.

Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Public Safety degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Job Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.


Career & Professional Accomplishments Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Public Safety degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.


Improvement in Skills and Abilities Bachelor's  Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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See Gainful Employment data for this program's specializations

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