Master's in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

Gain the leadership and management skills you need to command your unit and advance your career.

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Manage and Lead with Critical Law Enforcement Skills

The 100% Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership provides you with an education that goes beyond a typical criminal justice degree. Unlike other programs, USD’s degree focuses on a multi-faceted law enforcement education that examines leadership, management, organizational theory, critical issues, community assessment, budget and finance, public safety law, and conflict resolution in addition to criminal justice topics. All courses provide real-world, skills-based learning and practical application in a 100% online environment that accommodates busy schedules.

Curriculum Designed for Law Enforcement Leadership

Leadership in contemporary law enforcement is complex and requires a strikingly diverse skill set. Organizational leadership, analytical skills, critical thinking strategies, legal awareness, financial and budgetary acumen, and superb communication abilities are among them. With an ethical foundation as the cornerstone, this degree builds core leadership and management competencies in addition to a thorough study of critical issues in law enforcement and public safety. From street gangs to transnational drug trafficking organizations, body cameras to public relations, you’ll analyze major issues facing today’s criminal justice institutions.

Who’s this degree for?

  • Members of police, sheriff, corrections
  • Fire Safety
  • Public safety
  • Border and customs patrol
  • FBI
  • TSA
  • Marshals
  • Military organizations
  • Crime prevention, crime analytics, and community outreach

Why University of San Diego?

  • Top 100 nationally ranked university (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Curriculum designed with collaboration from police and sheriff association leadership and other law enforcement and public safety organizations
  • Develop and practice skills central to your current job through applied skills-based learning
  • 100% online degree provides flexibility for busy professionals
  • Complete the degree in just 20 months
  • Accomplished practitioner faculty and professors with extensive law enforcement and public safety experience
  • Strong networking opportunities through online collaboration and learning teams
  • Top tier USD education supports rapid career advancement in law enforcement and public safety

*Tuition amounts shown here, or in other university publications or web pages, represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, University of San Diego reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at USD at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors.

**Law enforcement and public safety association/union members, military personnel, veterans, and military spouses receive reduced tuition.