Admission Requirements

Start your Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership

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.


Application Provisions Due to COVID-19

The following provisions are approved for all Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants.

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted in lieu of official transcripts for purposes of application submission and review.

The Office of Graduate Admissions will temporarily accept unofficial transcripts from those applicants who cannot get an official transcript from their degree-awarding institution.

If accepted to the University, students whose application package includes only their unofficial transcript will be required to submit their official transcript showing appropriate degree(s) conferred in order to register for their second semester. In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students whose application package includes only their unofficial transcript will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official transcript and their application package is complete. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second semester registration.

Reminder about Academic Integrity

The University of San Diego assumes that applicants who utilize these provisions will be able to meet the regular admissions requirement(s) within a reasonable time once official services are re-established. Should it be discovered that a student has falsified their credentials during the admissions process, the University reserves the right to take action in accord with its policy on academic integrity. This policy can be found on pg. 32 of the Graduate Catalog.

Student Testimonial
I choose this program because it was geared specifically towards leadership in law enforcement. This is one of the major issues I see with the future of policing. We need to have better leaders, so I particularly liked the degree curriculum. The other major factor was the reputation of USD. It's a great school and I want to be proud of where I get my education from.
Scott Eberle, Sergeant, San Rafael Police Department