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2022 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region

86 Colleges in the Southeast Region
3,330 Master's Degrees
If you plan on getting your master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #14 in the country in terms of popularity. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual reviewed 86 schools in the Southeast Region to determine which ones were the best for master's degree seekers in the field of homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 3,330 master's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting School for Your Master's Degree

Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 66% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 856 to 313 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their master's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their master's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students want to attend this school to pursue a master's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students go into to obtain their master's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their master's degree.

More Ways to Rank Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list to help you make the college decision.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the Southeast Region

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

12 Top Southeast Region Schools for a Master's in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

#1

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VA
95 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting has to look into George Mason University. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #135 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means GMU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 95 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated with this degree at GMU in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from George Mason University

#2

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In FL
91 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat Florida State University if you want to pursue a master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Florida State is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Tallahassee. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #222 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Florida State is a great university overall.

Florida State University is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the Southeast Region with approximately 91 graduations in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Florida State University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In FL
146 Annual Graduates

University of South Florida - Main Campus is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #393 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means USF Tampa is a great university overall.

There were approximately 146 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated with this degree at USF Tampa in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of South Florida - Main Campus

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In GA
58 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting needs to look into Columbus State University. Located in the city of Columbus, CSU is a public university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 16th out of 35 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 58 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated with this degree at CSU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WV
367 Annual Graduates

American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the town of Charles Town. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #409 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means American Military University is a great university overall.

There were about 367 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from American Public University System

#6

Columbia College

Columbia, SC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SC
26 Annual Graduates

Columbia College South Carolina is a small private not-for-profit college located in the medium-sized city of Columbia. This college ranks 14th out of 24 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of South Carolina.

There were approximately 26 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated with this degree at Columbia College South Carolina in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In FL
93 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Orlando, UCF is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #326 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UCF is a great university overall.

University of Central Florida is a fairly popular university to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the Southeast Region with approximately 93 graduations in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Central Florida

#8

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MS
17 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Clinton, MC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 13 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Mississippi.

Mississippi College is one of the most popular colleges to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the Southeast Region with approximately 17 graduates in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In GA
6 Annual Graduates

Georgia College is a moderately-sized public university located in the distant town of Milledgeville. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #299 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Georgia College is a great university overall.

Georgia College & State University is a fairly popular university to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the Southeast Region with about 6 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#10

Lynn University

Boca Raton, FL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
20th Most Popular In FL
9 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Boca Raton, Lynn University Fighting Knights is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 32nd out of 43 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Florida.

A favorite major for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students, there were approximately 9 students who completed this degree at Lynn University Fighting Knights in the most recent data year.

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#11

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In KY
27 Annual Graduates

UofL is a very large public university located in the large city of Louisville. This university ranks 4th out of 22 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Kentucky.

With 27 students who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, University of Louisville is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the Southeast Region .

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In SC
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Columbia, UofSC is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #277 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UofSC is a great university overall.

A popular major for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students, there were approximately 5 learners who completed this degree at UofSC in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of South Carolina - Columbia

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students in the Southeast Region that almost earned our Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
13 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
14 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
15 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
16 Florida International University Miami, FL
17 Anderson University South Carolina Anderson, SC
18 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
19 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
20 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
21 Methodist University Fayetteville, NC

Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges by State

Explore the best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools for a specific state in the Southeast Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Florida 34 799
Mississippi 33 34
Georgia 32 150
Tennessee 32 107
Kentucky 31 258
Virginia 31 462
North Carolina 30 112
Alabama 30 404
Louisiana 30 293
South Carolina 30 83
Arkansas 30 39
West Virginia 27 472

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Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 2,139
Homeland Security 746
Security Science and Technology 280
Other Homeland Security 163
Fire Protection 2

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 8,585
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 2,885
Legal Professions 1,565
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 368

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Barry Bahler. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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