SDCRLI 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 San Diego County Regional 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 San Diego County Regional Leadership Institute, your SDCRLI 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:

  • Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Public Safety – LEPS 500
  • Organizational Leadership for Law Enforcement – LEPS 540

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.
Learn How to Apply for SDCRLI Credit Validation

Build on Your SDCRLI 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 good
  • 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 SDCRLI 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

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Matt O'Deane describes the MS-LEPSL difference
Matthew O'Deane is the Senior Law Enforcement Consultant for the Training, Delivery and Compliance Bureau with California POST, a former commander for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office and an instructor in University of San Diego's 100% online Master of Science in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership program. In this video, he talks about the high-level criminal justice professionals who enroll in the program.
Matthew O'Deane, Ph.D, Instructor, M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership
Capt. Mike Loarie (ret.) talks about practical curriculum
Mike Loarie is a retired Captain with the Escondido Police Department, and an instructor with the University of San Diego's 100% online Master of Science in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership program. In this video, he talks about the practical application of the program curriculum.
Michael Loarie, Instructor, M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership
Prof. Fritsvold describes the LEPSL student
Who Enrolls in the Program?, M.S. in Law Enforcement Leadership