Earn Your Criminal Justice Master's Degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership - 100% Online

Learn leadership and management skills to accelerate your criminal justice career.

Manage and Lead with Critical Law Enforcement Skills

The 100% Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership provides you with an education that goes beyond a typical criminal justice degree. Unlike other programs, USD’s master degree focuses on a multi-faceted law enforcement education that examines leadership, management, organizational theory, critical issues, community assessment, budget and finance, public safety law, and conflict resolution in addition to criminal justice topics.

All courses provide real-world, skills-based learning and practical application in a 100% online environment that accommodates busy schedules. Financial support plus $50/unit in tuition reduction is available for law enforcement and public safety association/union members, military personnel and their spouses, and veterans.

Ryan FlickI like that the class is mostly composed of high ranking law enforcement officials. Their feedback in the course is just exceptional.

 –Ryan Flick
Watch Commander, Department of Defense

Alan MillsMost of the professors are working in the field. This is a real contemporary degree program. What I really like is that with the online format I get to sit back and read peoples experiences from all across the country.

 –Alan Mills
US Border Patrol Supervisor

John McKeanWe have law enforcement professionals from all over the country in this program. So it’s not just the professors we are learning from but each other. You get the best of both worlds – real world law enforcement and academia, from all over the country, every week, right on your computer.

 –John McKean
Marine Veteran and Patrol Officer, Oceanside Police

Why University of San Diego (USD)?

  1. Top 100 nationally ranked university (U.S. News and World Report)
  2. Curriculum designed with collaboration from police and sheriff associations and other law enforcement and public safety organizations
  3. Develop and practice skills central to your current job through applied skills-based learning
  4. 100% Online Degree provides flexibility for busy professionals
  5. Top tier USD education supports rapid career advancement in law enforcement and public safety
  6. Accomplished practitioner faculty and professors with extensive law enforcement and public safety experience
  7. Strong networking opportunities through online collaboration and learning teams
  8. Complete the degree in just 20 months
Program Snapshot

Application Deadline: August 2

Program Length 20 months
Total Credits 31
Fall term starts Sept. 7



Curriculum Designed for Law Enforcement Leadership

Leadership in contemporary law enforcement is complex and requires a strikingly diverse skill set. Organizational leadership, analytical skills, critical thinking strategies, legal awareness, financial and budgetary acumen, and superb communication abilities are among them. With an ethical foundation as the cornerstone, this degree builds core leadership and management competencies in addition to a thorough study of critical issues in law enforcement and public safety. From street gangs to transnational drug trafficking organizations, body cameras to public relations, you’ll analyze major issues facing today’s criminal justice institutions.

Fill out the above form for more information or to speak with one of our Enrollment Advisors, call (877) 925-5360.