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.

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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