Sherman Block SLI 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 the Sherman Block Supervisory 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 California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), your SLI coursework can be evaluated, given an academic grade, and validated for 6 graduate-level extension units. Then, as a student in the MS-LEPSL program, these units will be applied to the following two courses:

  • Organizational Leadership for Law Enforcement – LEPS 540
  • Law Enforcement Management and Conflict Resolution – LEPS 580

There is a $75 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.
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Build on Your SLI 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 goodBest Online Programs Criminal Justice 2020
  • 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 a course for which you have transfer credit is scheduled, you will enjoy a 7-week break.

Benefits to SLI 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 – completely online

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