Capella University Announces New Homeland Security and Security Management Specializations

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Online university offers specializations through its BS in Public Safety online degree program.

Capella University (, an accredited*, fully online university based in Minneapolis, announced today that it is offering two new specializations within its Bachelor of Science in Public Safety online degree program -- Homeland Security and Security Management. The specializations are designed to help meet employment needs within these growing fields. The Homeland Security specialization focuses on managing public security in relation to federal resources, while the Security Management specialization focuses on preparing individuals for leadership within the private security field.

"Since the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2001, it has grown into one of the largest federal agencies, and there are also many homeland security employment opportunities within other federal agencies and state and local governments. Our new Homeland Security specialization is designed to help prepare students to succeed in these important positions," said John Sullivan, Jr., PhD, Public Safety faculty chair in Capella's School of Undergraduate Studies. The National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security have designated Capella University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Capella is also one of few schools to have an educational alliance with the FBI.

"Our other new specialization, Security Management, focuses on the needs of private industry, where security has also increased in importance," said Dr. Sullivan. "Much of the nation's infrastructure is privately owned and there's a growing recognition that this needs to be protected, for both business and national security reasons."

Dr. Sullivan exemplifies Capella's philosophy of recruiting highly experienced scholar-practitioners for faculty and program leadership positions. Prior to beginning his academic career, which included service as academic dean and founding director of graduate studies in criminal justice for Lynn University, Sullivan had an extensive career with the U.S. Customs Service. He was a U.S. Treasury agent specializing in criminal investigations of fraud, internal security, money laundering, and child sexual exploitation before becoming an agent-in-charge of two large field offices.

He also served as U.S. Customs headquarters section chief for general smuggling, during which time he authored some of the earliest threat assessments on terrorism in the 1980s. He has been a guest instructor at both the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the FBI Academy, has testified before Congress on crimes against children, and has served on the executive protection details of U.S. presidents and their families, presidential candidates, and heads of state. His professional certifications include Certified Homeland Security Practitioner (CHS-V), Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Business Manager, among others.

Capella is now accepting enrollment applications for its BS in Public Safety, Homeland Security and Security Management specializations. For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), option 3, or e-mail Review of these specializations is pending in AZ, FL, KY, SC, and WA. Contact an enrollment counselor for additional information.

About Capella University:
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited*, fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, public health, human services, public safety, and psychology, and bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, health, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella offers 104 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs, as of October 23, 2007. The online university currently serves more than 19,000 students from all 50 states and 56 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),

Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

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