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Gain the Skills to Advance Your Career

Capella's public safety degree programs are closely aligned to external, professional standards to ensure that you gain the same skills and knowledge as the top performers in your field. We continually review and adapt our programs to deliver the competencies you can immediately use today.


More than 80% of current Capella students say their education has had a direct impact on their career.CULES, 2010

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

To meet the challenges of today's public sector, it is critical that leaders in the field possess sound collaboration skills and be able to work across disciplines.

Capella's online Human Services degree program instills a multidisciplinary approach to help you learn to partner with health care, public safety, and public administration professionals to solve today's public service challenges. No matter which degree you pursue, you'll leave Capella a more effective leader whom people can turn to for counsel and collaboration.

Capella: An Accredited University

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Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Our Partners

Learn to Lead in a Multidisciplinary World

Collaboration is critical within the public safety field. Capella's simulation tool, Riverbend City, provides an adaptable learning environment where you take on a leadership role. You will engage with the scenarios through missions tied to discussions and assignments to strengthen your collaboration skills vital to managing real-world challenges. No other university provides this cutting-edge learning experience.

Our Public Service Community

Capella University has an active chapter of the Tau Upsilon Alpha honor society, which is specific to human services professionals. We also have a human services club that focuses on increasing the understanding of this field and enriching the academic, social, and service learning experiences of our students.

Meet Our Distinguished Faculty

Every public safety faculty member in the Capella School of Public Service holds a doctoral degree. Our expert faculty members have extensive public safety experience in organizations such as the FBI, FEMA, IAEM, Secret Service, the U.S. armed forces and more.

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Dr. Michael O'Connor provided excellent teaching skills with his students. Through his style he motivated me as a student to challenge myself and continue to strive to do excellent work.

Ronda Estey MS in Public Safety

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9 Ways to Save

  • 1

    Start Now, Save up to $10,000

    To be eligible for the Military Advance Doctoral Grant you must have a military affiliation, enroll in an eligible doctoral program at Capella University by December 8, 2014, and meet all other eligibility requirements.

  • 2

    Start Now, Save up to $3,000

    To be eligible for the Public Service Master's Grant you must enroll in an eligible program at Capella University by September 8, 2014, and meet all other eligibility requirements.

  • 3

    Transfer Credits

    Reduce the time and cost of finishing your degree by maximizing your transfer credits.

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    Credit for Real-World Experience

    You can earn credits through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process by demonstrating mastery of competencies, and may be eligible to earn credit for previous coursework, experience and learning.

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    10% Military Discount

    Capella is proud to provide military benefits, including a 10% tuition discount on graduate programs.

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    Start Now, Save up to $1,495

    To be eligible for the PhD Colloquium Grant you must enroll in an eligible PhD program at Capella University by September 8, 2014, and meet all other eligibility requirements.

  • 7

    Employer Tuition Reimbursement

    Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to their employees — even those without a formal program. Check with your HR department or manager to see if you are eligible.

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    Employer & Association Discounts

    Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and colleges can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands.

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    Free e-Books

    Students in certain programs have access to free online textbooks.

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One year after completing their degree, 90% of graduates would recommend Capella.

AOS, 2013

Learn Online Anywhere, Anytime

At Capella, you will enjoy the flexibility of earning your degree on a schedule that fits your life. In our online course rooms, students and faculty participate in discussions at different times throughout the week. You will not attend class at a specific date and time, but you can expect to complete weekly assignments, reading, and participation requirements.

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