Master of Science in Public Safety

Strengthen your leadership skills in public safety.

Explore the topics and issues of safety in a range of public settings. Develop the critical thinking skills needed to analyze and address complex issues of managing public safety and emergency services organizations in the post-9/11 environment.

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 MS in Public Safety

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  • Distinguished

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Evaluate theories of leadership and how those leadership models apply to contemporary public safety organizations.
Evaluate how research in public safety impacts policy in the evolution of public safety.
Think , write and communicate critically and effectively within one's discipline and/or professional practice.
Synthesize the dynamics for social change and community improvements as influenced by public safety.
Apply diversity and multicultural perspectives within decision-making.
Apply professional and social ethics to make sound and ethical decisions.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from Q32012 – Q22013 capstone courses



Master of Science (MS) in Public Safety specializations

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • 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.
  • Capella is one of very few online universities to offer a full progression of BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Public Safety.
  • 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.
  • 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.

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Master's degree graduates from Capella's School of Public Service leadership report satisfaction with their tasks and responsibilities. The majority (70%) of graduates are employed in healthcare, non-profit, social/community services, P-12, or government/public sector settings.

Satisfaction with Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

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 Public Service Leadership master's degree alumni report receiving a salary increase or assuming a leadership role.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's 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.

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Most graduates of the School of Public Service Leadership master's degree programs report that earning a master's degree has helped them meet program and career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to friends and family.

Satisfaction with Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

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.

School of Public Service Leadership master's degree graduates say that they gained valuable skills and abilities which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's 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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