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Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership (Online), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 20 months
University rank #801 (QS) Online
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.


Created by law enforcement, for law enforcementDeveloped 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Community Assessment: Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Integrative Capstone

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 20 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    31 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • 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

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    699 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 699 USD per credit and a duration of 20 months.
  • National

    699 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 699 USD per credit and a duration of 20 months.
  • In-State

    699 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 699 USD per credit and a duration of 20 months.
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