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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 the San Diego County Regional Leadership Institute, with a practical curriculum designed specifically for law enforcement professionals who want to be more effective leaders and enhance their promotional opportunities.
Through a unique partnership between the University of San Diego and the San Diego County Regional Leadership Institute, your SDCRLI coursework can be evaluated, given an academic grade, and validated for 6 graduate-level extension units if you completed the program within the last five years. This process must be started before the start of your first term in the MS-LEPSL program. Then, as a student in the MS-LEPSL program, these units will be applied to the following two courses:
- Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Public Safety – LEPS 500
- Organizational Leadership for Law Enforcement – LEPS 540
There is a $79 per unit fee for the credit validation service, but you will save the tuition cost for those courses, and receive a 7-week break in your course load for each class. If you are planning to use financial aid to fund your degree, you will not be eligible to receive funding for any term in which you are taking less than 6 units. Please plan to self-fund your tuition for the terms in which you’ll be using transfer credit.
At a Glance
Build on Your SDCRLI Training 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
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 a course for which you have transfer credit is scheduled, you will enjoy a 7-week break.
Who enrolls in the program?, M.S. in Law Enforcement Leadership
Benefits to SDCRLI Graduates
- Application fee waived
- No GRE is required for admission
- $50 per unit discount on tuition with proof of law enforcement union/association membership
- Free transcript ordering service (ask your enrollment advisor)
- Finish your Master’s degree with just 8 classes plus a capstone
Matt O’Deane describes the MS-LEPSL difference
Matthew O’Deane is the Senior Law Enforcement Consultant for the Training, Delivery and Compliance Bureau with California POST, a former commander for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and an instructor in University of San Diego’s 100% online Master of Science in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership program. In this video, he talks about the high-level criminal justice professionals who enroll in the program.
Matthew O’Deane, Ph.D, Instructor, M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership
MCapt. Mike Loarie (ret.) talks about practical curriculum
Mike Loarie is a retired Captain with the Escondido Police Department, and an instructor with the University of San Diego’s 100% online Master of Science in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership program. In this video, he talks about the practical application of the program curriculum.
Michael Loarie, Instructor, M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership