Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Public Safety

Gain multidisciplinary knowledge across the public administration and public safety professions.

This joint degree program allows you to earn 2 complementary degrees–a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Science (MS) in Public Safety–in less time and at less cost than pursuing each degree separately. Career options for graduates of this program include leadership positions in law enforcement, fire suppression, emergency management, emergency medical response, government, and nonprofit agencies.

This graduate degree program has been retired. Prospective learners might be interested in the Master of Science in Public Safety or the Master of Science in Public Administration.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Public Safety

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Many public issues are cross-sector challenges that require multidisciplinary skills and the ability to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions. Capella's joint program prepares you to meet those challenges across the public administration and public safety fields.
  • Capella's joint degree program allows you to earn two complementary degrees in less time and at less cost than pursuing the two degree programs separately.
  • Continue your education as you advance through your career. Capella offers both a Doctor of Public Administration and a PhD in Public Safety.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Evaluate theories of leadership and how those leadership models apply to contemporary public safety organizations.
  2. Evaluate how research in public safety impacts policy in the evolution of public safety.
  3. Think, write and communicate critically and effectively within one's discipline and/or professional practice.
  4. Synthesize the dynamics for social change and community improvements as influenced by public safety.
  5. Apply diversity and multicultural perspectives within decision-making.
  6. Apply professional and social ethics to make sound and ethical decisions.
  7. Manage public administration resources effectively.
  8. Develop solutions based on citizen involvement, informed decision-making, and leadership.
  9. Develop and implement public administration policies and administrative processes.
  10. Apply professional ethics and integrity.
  11. Implement equitable solutions for diverse populations in the global community.
  12. Communicate effectively across the public administration discipline.

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Public Administration 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 Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

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.

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 2014 – Q1 2015.

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Public Administration 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 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 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's 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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