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.

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.

2012-2013 Demonstration of Program Outcomes BS in Public Safety

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  • Distinguished

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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.
Evaluate impact of multiculturalism and diversity on the public safety discipline.
Communicate efffectively.
Lead and manage public safety organizations.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from Q32012 – Q22013 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's degree graduates

Data from graduates across all bachelors programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Capella University bachelor's degree alumni report high satisfaction with the salary, benefits and responsibilities of their jobs. The most common industries in which bachelor's alumni are employed are IT, education, government, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Satisfaction with Job Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.


Many of our bachelor's degree graduates report receiving a salary increase and gaining recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Many also said they advanced in their careers or received a promotion.

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 2012 – Q1 2013.

Bachelor's degree graduates

Data from graduates across all bachelors programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Graduates of Capella University's bachelor's programs say their Capella education is relevant to their career goals and helped them meet program outcomes. They are likely to recommend Capella to others.

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 2012 – Q1 2013.


Capella bachelor's degree graduates report gaining knowledge and skills which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills and Abilities Bachelor's  Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" 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 2012 – Q1 2013

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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 (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. 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 DOE 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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