University of San Diego Online Graduate Criminal Justice and Supply Chain Programs Highly Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University of San Diego's Master's in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership ranks 19th in the country for best online graduate criminal justice programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

It's the first time the program, started in 2015, has been included by U.S. News. USD's Master's in Supply Chain Management also was highly ranked in the list of online graduate programs.

Since 2015, 500 students have been admitted to the criminal justice program which has garnered a 95 percent graduation rate. USD, through its Division of Professional and Continuing Education, is one of the few universities in the country to offer a master's with a focus on law enforcement leadership. Students in the program represent agencies and departments across the country at the local, state, and national level including police, sheriff and the FBI. Students in the online program delve into some of America's most challenging crime problems while learning practical management and leadership skills, including techniques for successful community engagement, as well as dispute and conflict resolution skills, including techniques for successful community engagement, as well as dispute and conflict resolution skills that emphasize ethics, personal and professional integrity.

"This ranking is a testament to the quality of our students, the insight provided by our academic-practitioner faculty, and our dynamic, leadership-focused curriculum," said Associate Professor of Sociology Erik Fritsvold, the program's academic coordinator. 

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USD's Master's in Supply Chain Management also continues to be one of the top programs of its kind, ranking 25th on U.S. News' list of online graduate business programs. Offering the latest in world-class practices in logistics, sourcing, sustainability and other topics to efficiently manufacture and deliver goods and services, the program is also the third-highest ranked program in California.

"This recognition is a tribute to the success of our graduates, the high caliber of our faculty and staff and their commitment to creating a world-class program to prepare business executives that can meet the global supply chain challenges of the 21st century," said USD School of Business Dean Jaime Gómez. 

Through a flexible, online format, professionals looking to advance in their supply chain careers can learn at their own pace and continue to work regular business hours. The program can be completed in 22 months and requires only five visits to the USD campus.

Students have access to USD's Supply Chain Management Institute, where they can further their professional development by attending workshops in areas such as transportation strategies, strategic sourcing and risk management.

"Students in the program also have the opportunity to apply their supply chain skills to complete an innovative project to save their organizations a minimum of $50,000 and up to several million dollars," said Managing Director of the USD Supply Chain Management Institute Joel Sutherland. "Skills utilized include negotiations, project management, cost and risk management, financial analysis, logistics and more."

The master's program is approved by The Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM) and was the first U.S. degree accredited by the Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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