Endorsements and Testimonials

USD's M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership is supported by law enforcement and praised by students

Association Endorsements and Partnerships

USD’s Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety leadership program was designed in collaboration with law enforcement, and we value our relationships with unions, associations and other groups representing and advocating for law enforcement professionals.

  • National Fraternal Order of Police
  • California State Law Enforcement Association
  • California Police Chiefs Association
  • San Diego Police Officers Association
  • San Diego Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Riverside Sheriffs Association
  • Santa Barbara Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Phoenix Law Enforcement Association

“Police officers today need skills in leadership, management, and communication for advancement. The University of San Diego collaborated with the San Diego Police Officers Association on the creation of the Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership, and the degree focuses on these skills. USD’s program should be attractive to officers interested in advancement and is likely to help them stand out as they seek promotions.”  – Brian Marvel, San Diego Police Officers Association

Student Testimonials

“I really like that all the content is current. For example, we are diving into the hot issues, like body cameras and drones. There is a huge focus on relevant and timely issues that are affecting law enforcement today, and that really differentiates this program from many other criminal justice programs. I also like that the class is mostly composed of high-ranking law enforcement officials. Their feedback in the course is just exceptional. The stuff that you can get from their experience is tremendous – you don’t get that in normal classes.” [Read more]

 – Ryan Flick, Lt. Watch Commander

“The USD faculty is awesome. They are extremely responsive, well-educated and very experienced. In my recent assessment for the position of commander with my agency, I spoke quite a bit about the USD program and all of the themes we are discussing, and I know it made all the difference. I came out number one of five candidates.” [Read more]

– Tom Bailey, Police Commander

“This program at USD is geared toward developing leaders. Curriculum wise, it’s not just theoretical. The instructors inspire you to think about the new and upcoming issues that law enforcement is going to face and how, as a leader, you are going to deal with those issues. If you want to change policy and have a greater impact in your department and community, this degree is perfect for you.” [Read more]

– Jillian Robard, Jail Deputy

“In terms of curriculum, USD takes a very non-traditional approach. It’s so far ahead of any other criminal justice program I have seen. The instructors in the program are talking about things as they are happening — it’s light years ahead of other programs. I can’t imagine not being in this program – it has changed the whole trajectory of my career.” [Read more]

– Kenneth Ehrman, Investigator

“My goal is to advance my law enforcement career by being promoted through the ranks, and having a master’s degree — especially one from a top ranked university like USD — is going to help me assume more leadership responsibility. If you want to advance your law enforcement career and move into a leadership role as a sergeant, captain, or commander this program is right for you.” [Read more]

– John McKean, Police Officer

“USD is a Catholic institution and that was very important to me. The pricing was great, and the magnitude of USD’s name in the university world was a major plus. USD is a traditional university reaching out to the working group, and that made a difference to me. I was originally applying for scholarships from two other schools. But I realized I would rather hold a degree from USD.” [Read more]

– Eddie Brock, Lieutenant Sheriff

“I obtained my undergrad from Ashford in 2012. Then Ashford began to have accreditation concerns and I was embarrassed to tell others where I had earned my degree. I began to look at returning to school where I would be proud to announce my alma mater. I decided upon the University of Colorado’s public administration program. Then I saw a billboard about this program. Then I saw an advertisement in my department’s POA magazine. Then I read an article in the Union Tribune. I compared tuition and the fact this program was tailored towards leading in a law enforcement agency. After attending an informational meeting the decision to apply to USD was quite simple. The innovative concepts, the relevant topics discussed, and the network of peers to be able to debate with became the overwhelming reason behind my decision to enroll at USD.”

– Geoffrey DeCesari, Police Detective

“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, Police Sergeant

“I absolutely love this program. Having the online platform was the best thing that could have happened to me educationally. It’s very flexible for working professionals. 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, Criminal Investigator

“Creating change within my field is what inspires me to study, even when I have had a long shift. I believe that having more knowledge will not just give you a career advantage; it will make you a better person. What I like about this degree program is that it is very contemporary, teaching students current issues that face today’s law enforcement leaders. The leadership skills we’re developing from this program can be used in any career field.” [Read more]

– Alan Mills, U.S. Border Patrol

“I chose USD for the simple fact that no other school provided the type of degree program I was looking for. I’ve had a lot of negative leadership throughout my law enforcement career. Based on my personal experience, I wanted to make that change. I knew I needed a program that was based in leadership, but focused on law enforcement. Other universities had ‘Global Leadership’ type programs, but these did not suit what I needed as a LE Professional.”

– Aaron Stronczek, Corrections Officer

“I enrolled in this program because of the reputation USD holds. I was previously enrolled with a different university and was greatly disappointed. I felt as though the staff and faculty were not of the quality of education I was looking for in a Master’s program. In my previous experience, I also found a lack of practicality or connection between my profession and the education I was receiving. I am extremely happy that this has not been the case at USD. Rather this program has prepared me not only academically, but professionally set me on a platform above the others.”

– Erika Rochel, Sheriff Detentions

“When looking at schools, I valued the history and reputation of USD. I identified with the small campus feel, and first name interactions I had with everyone through the enrollment process. The advisors, coordinators and professors made me feel like a person – not another student number!”

– Cristobal Dominguez, Police Sergeant