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Students enrolled in Capella University's Master of Science in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice program have an opportunity to study psychopathy and criminal profiling, criminal justice policy analysis, and other relevant courses.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Capella University's Master of Science in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice program should have a cumulative GPA of 2.30 or higher from a Bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice program at Capella University is comprised of a core course sequence and specialization courses. The degree program also requires that students complete three elective courses. Some of the specialization courses include history of the juvenile criminal justice system, law enforcement: intelligence-led policing, psychopathy and criminal profiling, and practices of probation, parole, and community corrections. The core courses include public safety ethnic and cultural awareness, survey of public safety issues, theories, and concepts, and research methodology in public safety. Concentrations are offered in fire service administration, forensics, health policy and management, public administration, public health, public policy and management, and nonprofit management and leadership.

Learning Format:

Online

Total Credits Required:

48 quarter credits (A maximum of 12 quarter credits may transfer into this program.)

Financial Aid:

Capella participates in several federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide information on other non-federal loan programs.

Capella-funded scholarships, such as the Robert C. Ford Human Services Scholarship and the Helene Krivosha Scholarship for education students, are also available in select disciplines. There are also external scholarships offered specifically to Capella students, such as the Go the Distance Scholarship

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Public Safety with a Specialization in Criminal Justice:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

  • PSL 5002: Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Master's Learners (4 credits)
  • PSF 5007: Introduction to Research Methodology (4 credits)
  • PSF 5334: Public Safety Ethnic and Cultural Awareness (4 credits)

Specialization Courses

  • PSF 5371: Practices of Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections (4 credits)
  • PSF 5372: History of the Juvenile Criminal Justice System (4 credits)
  • PSF 5377: Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and Social Change (4 credits)
  • PSF 5380: Law Enforcement: Intelligence-Led Policing (4 credits)
  • PSF 5385: Psychopathy and Criminal Profiling (4 credits)
  • PSF 5991: Integrative Project for Public Safety Learners

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Students who have completed Capella University's Master of Science in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice program have an opportunity to pursue leadership careers in the public safety field. Some potential employers may include social services, the U.S. court system, and law enforcement organizations.

Some possible careers may include:

  • Juvenile specialist
  • Probation officer
  • Parole officer
  • Law enforcement agent

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