University of San Diego Online Law Enforcement Master’s Degree Program Ranked One of the Nation’s Best


USD graduate program gets high marks from U.S. News & World Report, Intelligent, CollegeChoice and others

Numerous organizations that independently evaluate and rank the nation’s top master’s degree programs have recognized the University of San Diego’s online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership as one of the nation’s very best in their annual reviews of top online master’s degree programs in the field of law enforcement administration. Most recently, the U.S. News & World report has recognized the program in two categories: Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Program and Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans.

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U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings are considered by many to be the gold standard in evaluating academic program quality, with its rigorous annual program review that considers student engagement, completion and retention rates, faculty credentials and training, curriculum, services available to students, and overall student excellence. In 2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked USD’s M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership as #18 overall in the “Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs” and #14 in the subcategory of “Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans.”

USD’s M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership — taught by a faculty of experienced law enforcement, criminal justice and military leaders — engages each student on a broad spectrum of relevant and practical topics that include organizational leadership, data analysis, critical thinking, conflict resolution, constitutional law, budgeting/staffing, communication and more. The curriculum and format is particularly appealing to those currently working in command staff positions who are looking for a practical master’s degree that will help them further develop their leadership and management skills but have found the traditional criminal justice curriculum to be too theoretical or out of date.

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The highly interactive online format is ideal for working law enforcement professionals because it offers flexibility to balance each student’s academic schedule around the demands of their law enforcement duties and family life. Students focus on just one class at a time and can complete the degree in 20 months. Transfer credit opportunities from the FBI National Academy, FBI-LEEDA, and others allows students to build upon the leadership training they have completed shorten their path to graduation.

About the Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement Leadership

Developed in collaboration with law enforcement associations, USD’s Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership online degree program goes far beyond a traditional criminal justice education by focusing on current issues facing law enforcement professionals and refining the skills needed to effectively lead a department or agency. Each year more than 100 law enforcement professionals from across the country graduate from the program. To speak to an enrollment advisor call (888) 832-0239.

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