FBINA Graduates:

Take The Next Step in Your Leadership Development by Earning Your Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement Leadership – 100% Online

Best Online Programs Criminal Justice 2020University 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 M.S. 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.

Build on Your FBINA Leadership Experience While Exploring Current Issues in Law Enforcement

As a student in USD’s online M.S. 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 M.S. 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

  • Application fee waived
  • $50 per unit discount on tuition
  • Free transcript ordering service (ask your enrollment advisor)
  • Receive transfer credit for up to 12 units of eligible graduate-level FBINA courses

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.

FBINA Course
MS-LEPSL Course Equivalent
5020-Behavioral Analysis as Decision Support Community Assessment: Crime and Criminal Justice
5030-Executive Leadership Organizational Leadership
5070-Managing Organizational Change & Development Organizational Leadership
5140-National Security & Intelligence for LE No transfer equivalency
5190-Conflict & Crisis Management for Leaders Conflict Resolution and Decision Making
5200-Psychology of Leadership Organizational Leadership
5210-Critical Analysis of Present Day Policing (formerly: Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement) Critical Issues in Law Enforcement and Public Safety
5220-Seminar in Organizational Communication for Law Enforcement Executives Communication for Law Enforcement Leaders
5240-Interviewing Strategies through Statement Analysis No transfer equivalency
5250-Seminar in Executive Writing No transfer equivalency
5270-Advanced Psychology of Communication Communication for Law Enforcement Leaders
5280-Promoting the Law Enforcement Image Community Engagement
5290-Emotional Intelligence: Context and Communication Conflict Resolution & Decision Making
5300-Navigating Leadership Crises Critical Issues in Law Enforcement and Public Safety
5450-Enlightened Leadership Organizational Leadership or Conflict Resolution and Decision Making
5460-Leadership Context & Culture Organizational Leadership
5610-Constitutional Law and Policing Public Safety Law
5620-Crime Analysis: Advanced Theory & Application Community Assessment: Crime and Criminal Justice
5650-Intelligence Theory and Application for Law Enforcement Managers Community Assessment: Crime and Criminal Justice
5660-Advanced Spirituality, Wellness, and Vitality Issues in Law Enforcement Practices No transfer equivalency
5680-The Cyber Threat Landscape for Law Enforcement Executives No transfer equivalency
5710-Conflict Resolution for Law Enforcement Executives Conflict Resolution and Decision Making
5720-Seminar in Media and Managing the Law Enforcement Image Communication for Law Enforcement Leaders
5770-Advanced Investigative Interviewing Seminar No transfer equivalency
5810-Solving Ethical Dilemmas in Law Enforcement Conflict Resolution & Decision Making
5820-Leadership in Advanced Investigative Strategies for Violent Crime No transfer equivalency
5880-Emerging Technologies for Leaders No transfer equivalency
5890-Essentials for Law Enforcement Executives Organizational Leadership or Organizational Theory & Change
5930-Leading At-Risk Employees for Executive No transfer equivalency

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

  • 4820-Leadership in Investigative Strategies for Violent Crime
  • 4730-Overview of Forensic Science for Police Administrators and Managers
  • 4670-Law Enforcement Approaches to Counterterrorism
  • 4490-Critical Incident Leadership: Crisis Negotiations
  • 3930-Leading At-Risk Employees
  • 3890-Essentials for Law Enforcement Leaders
  • 3720-Contemporary Issues in Police and Media Relations
  • 3690-Public Speaking
  • 3680-The Cyber Threat Landscape for Law Enforcement Leaders
  • 3670-Effective Writing
  • 3660 Leadership: Spirituality, Wellness and Vitality
  • 3610-Behavioral Science for Law Enforcement Leadership
  • 3490-Legal Issues Impacting Law Enforcement Operations
  • 3400-Fitness in Law Enforcement
  • 3370-Employment Law Issues for Law Enforcement Executives
  • 3290-Emotional Intelligence
  • 3210-Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement Seminar
  • 3120-Drugs, Society, and Contemporary Drug Enforcement Strategies

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”

“Now more than ever, continuing education is a critical component of your ability to lead your organization and serve your communities. 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. This program 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!”

James R. Davis
FBINA Class 183