Get Graduate-Level Credit for Your San Diego Regional Leadership Institute Training

The University of San Diego has partnered with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to give San Diego County Regional Leadership Institute graduates the opportunity to have their coursework evaluated, given an academic grade, and validated for 6 graduate-level extension units. 

If you have successfully completed the San Diego Regional Leadership Institute and have already earned a bachelor’s degree, you are eligible to apply for credit validation.  After validation, you can directly transfer the 6 graduate-level extension units into USD’s Master of Science in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership (MS-LEPSL) online degree program. Your SDRLI transfer 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

The cost for credit validation is $75 per unit and includes a complimentary transcript from the University of San Diego showing that you’ve earned 6 units of graduate extension credit. 

Learn More about the M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership 

Eligibility

Law enforcement professionals with a bachelor’s degree who have successfully completed the San Diego Regional Leadership Institute can apply for credit validation. Additional admission requirements apply if you plan to enroll in the M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership program.

SDRLI Credit Validation Process

The process you take for credit validation will depend on which cohort you belonged to. If your cohort completed the Personal Leadership Philosophy & Leadership Portfolio, the process is streamlined. As part of your application process, you will be prompted to upload a copy of your portfolio as well as proof of SDRLI completion (for example, a picture or scan of your certificate of completion).

If your cohort did not complete the Personal Leadership Philosophy & Leadership Portfolio, you will need to write an essay on "Three Critical Issues" as part of your credit validation application. Please refer to the details below for guidance on this essay.

  1. Essay substance: The three tracks of SDRLI delve into an array of critical issues facing law enforcement, public safety and society. Of all the issues presented in SDRLI, choose the three most impactful issues that are shaping modern law enforcement.  Write a polished and professional analysis of these three issues in the context of your organization. What is the national, regional and local empirical picture of this issue? How does it impact your organization? What prudent policy steps, at any level, might help address this problem? 
  2. Essay Guidelines:
  • Your essay should be 7-9 pages in length, double-spaced with standard margins.
  • Quality essays will evidence the following writing skills:
    1. Polished and crisp sentence structures
    2. Declarative and direct topic sentences
    3. Body section sentences that explain with precision and meaning
    4. Paragraphs with a logical flow and deliberate transitions
    5. An introductory paragraph that clearly presents a main point and preview of the forthcoming body sections 
    6. Concluding paragraph that reiterates the main claims of the paper
    7. Crisp word choice and professional tone throughout
  • Quality essays will evidence the following argumentation skills:
    1. Ability to craft logical and well-reasoned arguments
    2. Ability to use carefully gathered and relevant empirical evidence
    3. The research sources and empirical evidence should be from undeniably reliable sources and cited using APA guidelines
    4. Ability to think critically and communicate that critical thinking clearly and powerfully.  

Once you have your portfolio or essay available, along with your proof of program completion, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Apply button at the top right of this page. You will be asked to create a student account
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Email a ZIP file containing one of the following to pce-cv@sandiego.edu
    1. Personal Leadership Philosophy & Leadership Portfolio plus proof of program completion - or - 
    2. Three Critical Issues essay plus proof of program completion
  4. Your application and documentation will be evaluated and given an academic grade
  5. You will receive an email notifying you that your application has been approved and providing you direction for completing the validation process At that point, you will login as directed and submit your payment ($450 for 6 units of credit validation).

Your transcript will be sent to you within a week and, if you are applying to the MS-LEPSL program, a copy of your transcript will be forwarded to the registrar

You will receive an email notifying you that your application has been approved and providing you direction for completing the validation process At that point, you will login as directed and submit your payment ($450 for 6 units of credit validation).

Your transcript will be sent to you within a week and, if you are applying to the MS-LEPSL program, a copy of your transcript will be forwarded to the registrar

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