Master the Skills Shared by the Most Effective Leaders in Law Enforcement

Earn the Highly Respected MS in Law Enforcement Leadership

Enroll in a Nationally-ranked program that supports the NTOA & is highly rated by students


Designed for current criminal justice professionals who want to grow and lead, the University of San Diego’s 100% online master’s degree program supports rapid career advancement by exploring today’s biggest law enforcement challenges and providing practical skills that prepare you to be a more effective leader.

In just 20 months, you’ll explore and address some of today’s most challenging issues in criminal justice while learning:

  • Organizational leadership frameworks, and how to influence others for the common good
  • Constitutional law and how it shapes law enforcement policy today
  • Budget, finance, resource allocation, and collective bargaining – all from the perspective of a public safety organization
  • Communication techniques, including interpersonal dialogue, written/electronic communications, report and grant writing, media relations and communicating to large audiences
  • Dispute and conflict resolution techniques that emphasize ethics and integrity
  • Techniques for successful community engagement
  • Analytical procedures for evaluating crime trends and conducting community and organizational assessments

$2,500 scholarship available to ntoa members!

Deadline to Apply is December 1. Learn More and Get Started Now.

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At a Glance

20 Months
31 Units
$679 with discount
May 7, 2024
April 8, 2024

Why The University of San Diego?

  • Top 100 university
    Earn a degree from a top university that you’ll be proud to hang on your wall
  • 100% online program that you’ll finish in 20 months Flexible schedule designed specifically for working professionals
  • Credit for Your Training
    Graduates of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy, FBI National Academy, PERF’s SLI, Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and others can receive transfer credit toward the completion of their master’s degree
  • Unrivaled faculty of experienced law enforcement and military leaders
    The LEPSL courses are designed and taught by law enforcement professionals, not academics.
  • Strong networking opportunities
    Collaborate with LEOs from different agencies across the country
  • Special Benefits for NTOA Members
    NTOA members save $50/unit in addition to qualifying for a $2,500 scholarship for new students starting the Spring 2024 term

$2,500 NTOA Member scholarship

Apply for the Spring term by December 1 to qualify for a $2,500 NTOA member scholarship!

New LEPSL students starting the program this Spring (January 2024) will qualify for a $2,500 scholarship that will be applied to their first term’s tuition.

  • Eligibility requires an active NTOA membership, which will be verified by the NTOA staff.
  • NTOA membership will also qualify you to receive a discounted tuition rate of $679/unit ($50 per unit less than the published rate of $729).
  • Standard program admission requirements apply, and your online application for admission must be completed and submitted, including all support documentation, by December 1.

Additional Details

  • Applicants who were admitted to the program for a prior start term (whether or not they enrolled) are not eligible for this scholarship
  • Recipients of scholarship funds must register for the Spring term by December 15, start classes on January 9, and remain enrolled past the final drop deadline. Applicants who defer enrollment or drop their classes will not be eligible to receive the scholarship funds.

Program Endorsement

After attending an informational meeting the decision to apply to USD was quite simple. The innovative concepts, the relevant topics discussed, and the network of peers to be able to debate with became the overwhelming reason behind my decision to enroll at USD. I’m glad I selected a school where I will be proud to announce my alma mater.

Program Structure

USD’s online MS in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership is a 31-unit program designed to be completed in 5 semesters (20 months). Coursework is taken year-round, with three 14-week semesters each year. Each 14-week semester consists of two courses running for seven weeks each back to back, allowing you to focus on one course at a time.

All courses are presented in a flexible online format that allows you to schedule classes around your schedule. As an online graduate student, you will have access to your classroom at any time and can view your assignments, syllabus and course resources from any computer with internet capability.

Endorsed and Trusted by Law Enforcement

California State Sheriffs Assn