University of San Diego

San Diego, CA 92110


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5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
(888) 832-0239

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Accelerate Your Criminal Justice Career by Earning Your Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership Online Master’s Degree

Designed for current law enforcement professionals who want to grow and lead, this 100% online, leadership-focused master’s degree program supports rapid career advancement by providing immediately practical skills and developing your management acumen.

In just 5 semesters, you’ll learn organizational leadership, analytical skills, critical thinking strategies, legal awareness, financial and budgetary acumen, and superb communication abilities – all in a flexible online format.

Created by law enforcement, for law enforcement

Developed in collaboration with law enforcement associations, USD’s M.S. in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership online degree program goes far beyond a traditional criminal justice education by focusing on contemporary issues and refining the skills needed to address today’s law enforcement challenges. A defining characteristic of our program is our faculty, comprised of experienced criminal justice professionals with experience ranging from police chief to district attorney to a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marines.

If you’re ready to distinguish yourself as a leader in law enforcement, contact us to see if you qualify for this unique graduate learning experience.

Who’s this degree for?

  • Members of police, sheriff, corrections
  • Public safety
  • Campus law enforcement
  • Border and customs patrol
  • FBI
  • TSA
  • Marshals
  • Graduates of the FBI National Academy and California Command College
  • Military organizations
  • Crime prevention, crime analytics, and community outreach

Take a look at our current students and the agencies they represent

Why Choose the University of San Diego?

  • You’ll earn a degree you’ll be proud of, from a top 100 university (U.S. News and World Report)
  • You will develop and practice skills central to your current job through applied skills-based learning. The entire curriculum is based on issues and challenges that are currently facing law enforcement.
  • 100% online degree allows you to fit the program around your work and family commitments
  • Accomplished practitioner faculty and professors with extensive criminal justice and leadership experience
  • Strong networking opportunities with other law enforcement leaders from across the country
  • Will give you transfer credit for FBINAFBI-LEEDA’s Trilogy training, California Command College and San Diego Regional Leadership Institute

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University of San Diego and Police Executive Research Forum Partner to Provide Graduate Level Academic Credit for Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) Graduates

March 20, 2023
The M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership program at the University of San Diego has developed a new transfer credit opportunity for graduates of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) program.

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Officer Labs: University of San Diego Law Enforcement Leadership Master’s Program

The Officer Media Group editorial team reviewed the University of San Diego Master's Program and found it a perfect example of contemporary thought leadership.

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Moving Up the Ranks

Jan. 14, 2021
How a Master’s Degree Can Help You Take Your Career to the Next Level

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