Admission Requirements

Start your Master’s Degree in the New Year! Applications are due April 14th for our Summer term.

The following elements are the standard admissions expectations for the Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Professional experience in law enforcement, active-duty military, public safety or a related field
  • Bachelor’s GPA minimum of 2.75 or higher.  An extended graduate-level essay may be required of applicants whose undergraduate GPA is under 2.75.
  • TOEFL scores of 90 or above (if applicable)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Letter of support from employer, or two letters of reference

Additional supporting materials may be requested by your enrollment advisor. Please contact your advisor at (888) 832-0239 if you are interested, but do not meet all published admissions requirements.

Application Process

Applying to a graduate program can be complicated – which is why we are here to help answer your questions and even pay for your transcripts!* If you have questions regarding the application, contact one of our enrollment advisors who will be able to answer your questions and assess your situation. Our enrollment advisors will also assist you with ordering and tracking your transcripts.**

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. You can apply and start in any semester (spring, summer, or fall.  Ready to apply? Start your application online.

* Special Note: please anticipate that some colleges and universities can take 2 – 3 weeks to prepare and send official  transcripts. The application packet is not complete until all official transcripts are received.

**Unavailable for international transcripts/degree evaluations and some schools don’t allow transcripts ordered by third parties.


Student Testimonial
I absolutely love this program. The USD professors are all law enforcement professionals and understand the very sensitive and often turbulent nature of our profession. The structure of the coursework is excellent as well. And the topics are so contemporary that we not only learn the theory but their application in the demanding challenges we face as LE professionals. It is by far the best program I have seen compared to all the others my colleagues attend online.
Jennifer Montoya, CI-RDA Special Agent, U.S. Air Force