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2021 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Approximately 106,165 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking analyzed 503 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students.

Choosing a Great Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting School

Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting 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. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different 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 50% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 713 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degree from colleges on this list typically translates into above average salaries following graduation. A homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting bachelors degree from a school in the United States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $33,822 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students.

Best Schools to Study Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 25 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges

Union Institute & University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting degree. Union is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cincinnati. This college ranks 1442nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are about 239 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates enrolled in this program at Union.

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University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

It is hard to beat University of New Haven if you want to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. U of New Haven is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of West Haven. This school ranks 578th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

U of New Haven offers homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's.

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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

It is hard to beat George Mason University if you want to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax. A Best Colleges rank of 271 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means GMU is a great school overall.

There are approximately 540 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads studying this degree at GMU.

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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice is one of the best schools in the United States for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. John Jay is a fairly large public school located in the large city of New York. This school ranks 1027th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are approximately 2012 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads studying this degree at John Jay.

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Located in the large city New Orleans, Tulane is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 108 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Tulane is a great college overall.

With 95 undergrads, Tulane University of Louisiana is one of most popular schools to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in United States.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Located in the midsize city Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 160 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Florida State is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Florida State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Located in the midsize city Richmond, VCU is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 322nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, VCU offers a Master's Degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

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Penn State Hazleton is a fairly small public school located in the small suburb of Hazleton. This college ranks 797th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A preferred choice for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads, there are roughly 18 individuals enrolled in this program at Penn State Hazleton.

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Located in the city Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 81 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great college overall.

A favorite major for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads, there are about 74 individuals enrolled in this degree at Northeastern.

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Rutgers Newark is a large public school located in the city of Newark. A Best Colleges rank of 318 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Rutgers Newark is a great school overall.

A preferred choice for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates, there are approximately 221 learners enrolled in this program at Rutgers Newark.

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UMass Lowell is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Lowell. This school ranks 357th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are approximately 284 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates enrolled in this program at UMass Lowell.

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George Washington University

Washington, DC

GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of 115 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means GWU is a great school overall.

There are approximately 202 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads enrolled in this program at GWU.

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Cincinnati is a very large public school located in the city of Cincinnati. This college ranks 341st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are about 371 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates enrolled in this program at Cincinnati.

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American University

Washington, DC

The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of 164 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means The American University is a great school overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, The American University offers a Master's Degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

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Located in the suburb Bristol, RWU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 300 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means RWU is a great college overall.

RWU offers homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Master's.

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#16

Hilbert College

Hamburg, NY

Hilbert College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hamburg. This college ranks 1158th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

A favorite choice for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates, there are roughly 86 students enrolled in this program at Hilbert College.

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Located in the fringe town Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population. This college ranks 1262nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of West Virginia.

American Military University offers homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Master's.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Michigan State is a great college overall.

There are about 208 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates studying this program at Michigan State.

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

Located in the medium-sized suburb Buzzards Bay, Maritime is a public school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 291 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Maritime is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Maritime also offers a Master's Degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

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Trine is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Fort Wayne. This college ranks 655th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses is one of the most popular school to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in United States with more than 32 graduates last year.

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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Located in the large city Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 111 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means TCU is a great school overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, TCU offers a Master's Degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

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Located in the large city Phoenix, ASU - Downtown Phoenix is a public school with a large student population. This school ranks 365th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix is a fairly popular college to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in United States exceeding 293 graduates last year.

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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Glassboro. This school ranks 450th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There are roughly 244 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads studying this program at Rowan.

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UNOMAHA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Omaha. This school ranks 764th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There are approximately 272 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads enrolled in this degree at UNOMAHA.

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Located in the medium-sized city Charleston, The Citadel is a public college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 279 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means The Citadel is a great school overall.

A popular major for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates, there are approximately 64 individuals enrolled in this degree at The Citadel.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

#26

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN
#27

Neumann University

Aston, PA
#28

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX
#29

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#30

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#34

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
#37

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
#38

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
#42

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#45

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI
#46

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY
#50

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 503 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
52 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
53 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
54 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
55 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
56 Norwich University Northfield, VT
57 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
58 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
59 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
60 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
61 Simpson College Indianola, IA
62 Utica College Utica, NY
63 University of Antelope Valley Lancaster, CA
64 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
65 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
66 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
67 Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL
68 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
69 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
70 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
71 University of Georgia Athens, GA
72 Florida International University Miami, FL
73 Illinois State University Normal, IL
74 Madonna University Livonia, MI
75 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting award.

Rank College Location
76 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
77 University of North Texas Denton, TX
78 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
79 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
80 Salem State University Salem, MA
81 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
82 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
83 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
84 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
85 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
86 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
87 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
88 Remington College - Heathrow Campus Lake Mary, FL
89 Curry College Milton, MA
90 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
91 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
92 Mercer University Macon, GA
93 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
94 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
95 New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ
96 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
97 Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Altoona, PA
98 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
99 University of Mississippi University, MS
100 San Jose State University San Jose, CA

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting by Region

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Southwest
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Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 122,741
Fire Protection 13,656
Homeland Security 6,367
Other Homeland Security 1,995

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Majors Similar to Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 98,535
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 71,951
Legal Professions 61,011
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 3,568

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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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