Apply Now to Get Started on Your Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership

Application Deadline for Fall term: August 3rd

The following elements are the standard admissions requirements for the Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Professional experience in law enforcement, active-duty military, public safety or a related field
  • Bachelor’s GPA minimum of 2.75 or higher.  An extended graduate-level essay may be required of applicants whose undergraduate GPA is under 2.75. (This is waived for graduates of FBINA, FBI-LEEDA Trilogy and Command College)
  • TOEFL scores of 90 or above (if applicable)
  • A short statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Letter of support from your employer, or two letters of reference

Please contact your advisor at (888) 832-0239 or use the chat feature on this page if you are interested but do not meet all published admissions requirements. Our application review process always includes a holistic look at your law enforcement and/or military experience and other professional training opportunities you’ve had, as we understand that a low undergraduate GPA is not a reliable indicator of your potential success as a graduate student.

Application Process

Applying to a graduate program can be complicated – which is why we are here to help answer your questions and even pay for your transcripts! If you have questions regarding the application, contact one of our enrollment advisors who will be able to answer your questions and assess your situation. Our enrollment advisors will also assist you with ordering and tracking your transcripts.

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. You can apply and start in any semester (spring, summer, or fall.  Ready to apply? Start your application online.

Special Note: please anticipate that some colleges and universities can take 2 – 3 weeks to prepare and send official transcripts. Your application package is not complete until all official transcripts are received.

Application Provisions Due to COVID-19

The following provisions are approved for all Fall 2020 applicants.

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted in lieu of official transcripts for purposes of application submission and review.

The Office of Graduate Admissions will temporarily accept unofficial transcripts from those applicants who cannot get an official transcript from their degree-awarding institution.

If accepted to the University, students whose application package includes only their unofficial transcript will be required to submit their official transcript showing appropriate degree(s) conferred in order to register for their second semester. In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students whose application package includes only their unofficial transcript will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official transcript and their application package is complete. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second-semester registration.

Reminder about Academic Integrity

The University of San Diego assumes that applicants who utilize these provisions will be able to meet the regular admissions requirement(s) within a reasonable time once official services are re-established. Should it be discovered that a student has falsified their credentials during the admissions process, the University reserves the right to take action in accordance with its policy on academic integrity. This policy can be found on pg. 32 of the Graduate Catalog.