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Capella University

Public Safety

Program: Public Safety
Degree or Certificate: Master of Science (MS) in Public Safety
Department: School of Public Service Leadership
Program website:
Program specializations:

Criminal Justice
Emergency Management
Public Safety Leadership

Program mission statement:

The Master of Science in Public Safety degree program provides focused explorations of topics and issues within the fields of public safety leadership, emergency management, or criminal justice in a range of public safety settings. The curriculum prepares learners to think critically when assessing and addressing the complex issues of managing and leading public safety and emergency services organizations in the post-9/11 environment.

Professional accreditation: Not ApplicableMore Information
Program learning outcomes:
What Will I Learn?

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.

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?:

The effectiveness of Capella University’s Masters in Public Safety program is measured directly during a program-specific capstone course using criterion-referenced assessments of the intended program learning outcomes.

From Q3 2008 through Q2 2009, over 85% of the learners’ outcome demonstrations were judged to be at the proficient level of performance or higher across all program outcomes. Faculty have reviewed these data in detail to gain insights into their program’s effectiveness, to ask new research questions, and to create action items to improve the program. The outcome data are an aggregation of the program outcome assessment data from across this capstone course and are intended to serve as an indicator of the program’s effectiveness.

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Results of External Exams/Assessments: What third-party assessments will measure what I have learned?:

Not Applicable