Get Graduate-Level Credit for Your Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute Training

The University of San Diego has partnered with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to give graduates of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI) the opportunity to have their coursework evaluated, given an academic grade, and validated for 6 graduate-level extension units.

If you have successfully completed California’s Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI) and have previously earned your 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 SLI transfer units will be applied to the following two courses:

  • Organizational Leadership for Law Enforcement – LEPS 540
  • Law Enforcement Management and Conflict Resolution – LEPS 580

The cost for credit validation is $79 per unit and includes a complimentary transcript from the University of San Diego showing that you’ve earned 6 units of graduate extension credit.

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Law enforcement professionals with a bachelor’s degree who have successfully completed the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute within the last five years 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.


SLI Credit Validation Process

  1. You will be asked to create a student account
  2. Complete the application
  3. Email the following documentation to 
    1. Your completed Adaptive Leadership Cumulative Project
    2. Your Final Paper (generally this is a reflective paper, 4-7 pages in length, on your SLI experience)
    3. Proof of SLI completion (a picture of your certificate will suffice)
  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
  6. You will login as directed and submit your payment ($474 for six units of credit validation)
  7. Your transcript will be sent to you 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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