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Command College Graduates:

Take the next step in your leadership development by earning your master’s degree in Law Enforcement Leadership – 100% online

Designed for current law enforcement professionals who want to grow and lead, this 100% online, leadership-focused master’s degree program builds upon the excellent training you received at Command College, with a practical curriculum designed specifically for law enforcement professionals who want to be more effective leaders and enhance their promotional opportunities.

If you graduated from California’s Command College in the past five years, you can complete your Master of Science in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership (MS-LEPSL) in just 12 months (19 units). Through a unique partnership between University of San Diego and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Command College graduates can request to have their coursework evaluated, given an academic grade, and validated for 12 graduate-level extension units (separate fee applies for this service). The units will then transfer directly into the MS-LEPSL program, enabling students to complete their Master’s coursework in just 3 terms (one year). 


At a Glance

20 Months
31 Units
$679 with discount
September 3
August 2

Build on Your Command College Leadership Training While Exploring Current Issues in Law Enforcement

As a student in USD’s online MS in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership program, you will delve into some of America’s most pressing public safety issues while learning practical management and leadership skills specific to law enforcement, including:

  • Organizational leadership frameworks, and how to influence others for the common good
  • Constitutional law and how it shapes law enforcement policy
  • Budget, finance and resource allocation
  • Collective bargaining and contract negotiation
  • Communication techniques, including interpersonal dialogue, written/electronic communications, report and grant writing, media relations and communicating to large audiences
  • Techniques for successful community engagement
  • Dispute and conflict resolution skills that emphasize ethics, personal and professional integrity
  • Research methods for conducting community and organizational assessments
  • Analytical procedures for evaluating crime trends

Program Structure

In its entirety, 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.

When you enter the MS-LEPSL program as a Command College graduate, you will complete only 6 courses over three terms, plus a Capstone project during your third and final term. You must attend all three terms sequentially, and you must graduate from Command College prior to beginning the LEPSL program.

Benefits to Command College Graduates

I chose the LEPSL program because of the immediate and future application of the curriculum towards my profession of police leadership and the tremendous networking opportunities. The online format is perfect for me to be able to balance school, work, and life. I am able to commit the required time to the program when it best suits me and my family and my schedule fluctuates week to week. I researched programs for a few years prior to starting. LEPSL was the best choice for me after factoring in tuition costs, time management requirements, the professionalism of faculty and the prestige of the University of San Diego. I feel like I am a more effective leader within my organization and am better prepared for a second career after retirement.

When I completed POST Command College, I was motivated to further my education. After researching a variety of master’s programs, I learned that the University of San Diego offers graduate level credit for Command College coursework that was transferable to the MS-LEPSL program. I definitely recommend this program to those who are desirous to promote. Managing a contemporary police agency is a complex, demanding profession that requires a motivated and educated individual. The MS-LEPSL program prepares you for these challenges and responsibilities.

The LEPSL program at USD is both challenging and rewarding. I started the program at the end of my law enforcement career and couldn’t be happier about the decision. I love the interaction with fellow students throughout the country and enjoy the feedback provided to me. I find the coursework challenging, contemporary, and interesting. I highly recommend the program.