USC Price School of Public Policy

SCI Executive Leadership Program

sci-fall-grad-15-ceremony_DSC9629Public safety in the 21st century requires a holistic approach and public trust. The distinctive approach of the USC Price ELP curriculum works to strengthen senior leaders cross-functional skills through immersion in key issues and best practices.

ELP integrates classroom and experiential learning opportunities. With visits to sites that augment the curriculum, senior leaders study and observe real-world examples of topics and concepts.

One of the unique features of the ELP program is a leadership through equestrian course. Senior leaders will have hands on experience leading a horse by incorporating many of the skills presented in the leadership lectures such as building trust, communication, consistency, corrections and positive reinforcement strategies.

The course topics covered in the ELP are divided into four modules:


  • Collaborative Governance
  • Values Driven Leadership
  • Organizational Branding
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Decision making and Metrics
  • Understanding the Millennial Generation
  • Partnering with Elected Officials
  • Crisis Management
  • Negotiation Strategies

Emerging Threats

  • Homegrown Violent Extremism (HVE)
  • Cyber Warfare


  • Open-source Intelligence and Analysis
  • Virtual Reality and Geospatial Analysis
  • Drones Technology

Community Engagement

  • Violence Reduction Strategies
  • Corrections and Recidivism
  • Mental Health Best Practices
  • Civil Liberties
  • Faith-based Communities

Admission Requirements:

The ELP invites applicants with senior, executive or command-level responsibilities from public safety backgrounds including law enforcement, fire, health, social work, government and education. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility.

Program Dates:
June 5-16, 2017

University Park Campus, Los Angeles

Program Cost:

The cost per student is $8,000. This fee includes tuition, books, case materials, accommodations
and most meals.

The fee for commuting students is $6,000.

Applying to this program requires completion of an online application at this link:


For more information contact:

Telephone number: (213) 740-2928