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PhD - Public Safety Leadership

Hone your expertise and advance your career in the growing field of public safety leadership. This PhD in Public Safety combines doctoral research and a deep exploration of leadership and organizational theories, with courses that emphasize management skills, such as needs assessment, human resources, training, diversity, and labor relations. This doctoral specialization takes public safety leadership to the executive level for those who plan to lead, teach, or consult in the field of public safety, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency management, criminal justice, corrections and other public and private security and protective professions.

With your PhD in Public Safety Leadership from Capella, you'll learn to lead public safety organizations through the application of valid, reliable and ethical research. You'll also communicate professionally in writing, oral presentations, and effective small and large group interactions.

Common jobs with an online PhD in Public Safety Leadership include adjunct, part-time or full-time faculty, chief detective, crime scene investigative unit manager, director of court service, drug enforcement officer, emergency communications/9-1-1 manager/director, fire chief, battalion chief, marshal, law enforcement officer or security specialist. Potential workplaces include: corporate security firm, correctional facility or prison, emergency dispatch center, emergency communication agency, emergency management agency, federal government agency, land-based or online college or university, law enforcement organization, municipal court system, private security firm or state government agency.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information.

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AccreditationCapella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
RequirementsDoctoral students must have a master's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.
Education LevelDoctorate
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