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Study leadership strategies, resource planning, and the latest research and criminal justice theories for strategic and operative decision-making and policy. Prepare for a leadership career in fields, such as security, law enforcement, corrections, federal, state and local government as well as in private sector service.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

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

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 Criminal Justice.
  • 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.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Evaluate criminal justice theories and their application to criminal justice policy.
  2. Apply criminal justice theories to criminal justice issues and decision-making.
  3. Apply democratic principles to the criminal justice system.
  4. Apply principles of strategic thinking in management of the operations of the criminal justice system.
  5. Analyze legal, ethical, and diversity accountability in a criminal justice context.
  6. Integrate valid, reliable, and ethical research to inform policy and decision-making in the field of criminal justice.
  7. Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with the expectations for members of the criminal justice profession.

Master's Public Safety-Related Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across public-safety related master's programs 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.

      Career Preparation

   All Public Safety-Related Master's Graduates

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Career Preparation
All Public Safety-Related Master's Graduates

 The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 50%

 My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 67%

 Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 83%

 

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 Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments

All Public Safety-Related Master's Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments
All Public Safety-Related Master's Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 32%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 21%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 26%

Received a salary increase: 32%

Received a promotion: 37%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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 Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Master's Public Safety-Related Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across public-safety related master's programs 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

All Public Safety-Related Master's Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella
All Public Safety-Related Master's Graduates

 I have or intend to recommend Capella: 100%

 I am satisfied with my Capella education: 100%

 Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 100%

 

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities

All Public Safety-Related Master's Graduates

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Skills & Abilities
All Public Safety-Related Master's Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 80%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 100%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 100%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 100%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 100%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 100%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 100%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 100%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 100%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 100%

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 Q3 2017 – Q2 2018.

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. 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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Cynthia Ashman, MS

2008 Graduate

School of Public Service Leadership

Specialization in
Criminal Justice