MS in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership

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FBINA Graduates:

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

University of San Diego’s 100% online, leadership-focused master’s degree builds upon the excellent training you received at the FBI National Academy, with a practical curriculum designed specifically for law enforcement command staff.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and enrolled in mostly graduate-level coursework while attending the FBI National Academy, you could complete your MS in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership (MS-LEPSL) with as few as 19 credits. University of San Diego will accept up to 12 units of graduate level coursework from your FBINA training (see chart below), allowing you to save both time and money while earning a Master’s degree that is endorsed by law enforcement and highly rated by students. Please note that any courses submitted for transfer credit must have been completed with a grade of B or better in the past five years.

At a Glance

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

Build on Your FBINA Leadership Experience 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 have received transfer credit for a specific course, you will simply take a break during that 7-week period, and rejoin your cohort for the next course.

Benefits to FBINAA Members

FBINA/MS-LEPSL Course Equivalencies

If you’ve already attended the FBINA, use this table to determine how your coursework would transfer into the MS-LEPSL program. If you are currently selecting your FBINA courses, this table can help you maximize your eligible transfer credit.

5020-Behavioral Analysis as Decision SupportData Fluency and Analysis for Law Enforcement Leaders
5030-Executive LeadershipOrganizational Leadership for Law Enforcement
5070-Managing Organizational Change & DevelopmentOrganizational Leadership for Law Enforcement
5140-National Security & Intelligence for LENo transfer equivalency
5190-Conflict & Crisis Management for LeadersLaw Enforcement Management and Conflict Resolution
5200-Psychology of LeadershipOrganizational Leadership for Law Enforcement
5210-Critical Analysis of Present Day Policing (formerly: Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement)Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Public Safety
5220-Seminar in Organizational Communication for Law Enforcement ExecutivesCommunication Skills for Law Enforcement Leaders
5240-Interviewing Strategies through Statement AnalysisNo transfer equivalency
5250-Seminar in Executive WritingNo transfer equivalency
5270-Advanced Psychology of CommunicationCommunication Skills for Law Enforcement Leaders
5280-Promoting the Law Enforcement ImageBest Practices in Community Engagement
5290-Emotional Intelligence: Context and CommunicationLaw Enforcement Management and Conflict Resolution
5300-Navigating Leadership CrisesContemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Public Safety
5450-Enlightened LeadershipOrganizational Leadership for Law Enforcement or Law Enforcement Management and Conflict Resolution
5460-Leadership Context & CultureOrganizational Leadership for Law Enforcement
5610-Constitutional Law and PolicingPublic Safety Law in a Dynamic World
5620-Crime Analysis: Advanced Theory & ApplicationData Fluency and Analysis for Law Enforcement Leaders
5650-Intelligence Theory and Application for Law Enforcement ManagersData Fluency and Analysis for Law Enforcement Leaders
5660-Advanced Spirituality, Wellness, and Vitality Issues in Law Enforcement PracticesNo transfer equivalency
5680-The Cyber Threat Landscape for Law Enforcement ExecutivesNo transfer equivalency
5695-Advanced Human Engagement Strategies for Law Enforcement ExecutivesCommunication Skills for Law Enforcement Leaders
5710-Conflict Resolution for Law Enforcement ExecutivesLaw Enforcement Management and Conflict Resolution
5720-Seminar in Media and Managing the Law Enforcement ImageCommunication Skills for Law Enforcement Leaders
5740-Emerging Technology & Strategic Influence on Public SafetyPublic Safety Law in a Dynamic World
5770-Advanced Investigative Interviewing SeminarNo transfer equivalency
5810-Solving Ethical Dilemmas in Law EnforcementLaw Enforcement Management and Conflict Resolution
5820-Leadership in Advanced Investigative Strategies for Violent CrimeNo transfer equivalency
5890-Essentials for Law Enforcement ExecutivesOrganizational Leadership for Law Enforcement or Organizational Theory & Change
5930-Leading At-Risk Employees for ExecutiveNo transfer equivalency

The following FBINA courses are considered “undergraduate coursework” and have no transfer equivalency in the MS-LEPSL program:

Are we missing a course? Please contact us with the course name, description and, if possible, the syllabus, so it can be evaluated for transfer credit.

“A Truly Unique Educational Experience”

I have to say in my 24-year law enforcement career, this experience ranks up there with the FBI National Academy as one of the most rewarding and insightful ones of my career and life. The program learning outcomes of LEPSL have equipped me with the tools needed to advance, not only in my career but also in my personal life. The program critically addresses the challenges arguably facing law enforcement in modern times, it covers the inward examination of the organizations, and conflict resolution to name a few. It is highly recommended for ALL law enforcement leaders, both present and aspiring ones, who care about the profession and are committed to the improvements needed as we face today’s challenges, and diligently focus on rebuilding relationships and trust with the public we swore to protect!

For those who say they don’t have the time or ability to continue their education, I wholeheartedly disagree with them. The LEPSL degree is not only manageable, but its applicability to real-world career dynamics has also already paid me dividends! The interaction with top-notch professors and students alike adds to the value this program delivers. I am so glad I took the leap to pursue my master’s degree and believe the same is true for anyone that puts forth the effort!

I am convinced that the skills amassed throughout the program were largely responsible for my appointment to Chief of Police. From all-inclusive budgeting practices to reformist community engagement ideologies, I have successfully applied those principles toward the transformation of an agency starved for change.

The Law Enforcement Public Safety Leadership degree at the University of San Diego was designed in a true collaboration between academics and law enforcement professionals. LEPSL offers you the opportunity to understand the theory and origins of topics central to our profession while simultaneously demonstrating how your new, and deeper, understanding can be put to work immediately. The opportunity to learn from other professionals across the United States is invaluable. Combining all this with unequaled support from professors and university staff makes this a truly unique educational experience!