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2020 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Approximately 150,819 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting ranking analyzed 410 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 25 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 account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The vast majority of the colleges on this list are in at least the top 37% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 572 to 65 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degree from schools on this list typically results in higher than average income after graduation. A homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting bachelors degree from a college 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 colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students.

Best Schools to Study Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in 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. Of the 410 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges

#1

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

It is hard to beat University of New Haven if you wish to pursue homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting as a major. U of New Haven is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of West Haven. This school ranks 493rd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There are about 774 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads enrolled in this program at U of New Haven.

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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice is one of the finest schools in the country 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 960th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are approximately 1995 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates enrolled in this program at John Jay.

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#3

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

It's hard to beat George Mason University if you wish to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. A Best Colleges rank of 230 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means GMU is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, GMU also offers 3 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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It is hard to beat University of Cincinnati - Main Campus if you want to pursue homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting as a major. Cincinnati is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Cincinnati. This college ranks 379th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

Cincinnati offers homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting degrees as low as a One to Two Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's.

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Located in the town Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population. This college ranks 1049th out of 1,727 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 First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Master's.

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Rutgers Newark is a large public school located in the large city of Newark. A Best Colleges rank of 252 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Rutgers Newark is a great college overall.

Rutgers University - Newark is one of the most popular school to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in United States with over 209 graduates last year.

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GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of 105 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means GWU is a great school overall.

There are approximately 169 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates studying this program at GWU.

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#8

University at Albany

Albany, NY

Located in the city Albany, UAlbany is a public college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 310 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UAlbany is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UAlbany also offers 3 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 large city New York, Pace University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 500th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

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

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#10

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Located in the large city Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 77 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great school overall.

With 76 undergrads, Northeastern University is one of most popular colleges to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in United States.

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#11

American University

Washington, DC

The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of 161 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means The American University is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, The American University 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 city Charleston, The Citadel is a public school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 234 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means The Citadel is a great school overall.

There are approximately 87 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads enrolled in this degree at The Citadel.

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Located in the midsize city Richmond, VCU is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 402nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There are roughly 420 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates studying this program at VCU.

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#14

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Located in the medium-sized city Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 220 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Florida State is a great college 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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UMass Lowell is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Lowell. This school ranks 319th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are approximately 495 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads enrolled in this program at UMass Lowell.

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#16

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Located in the distant town Huntsville, SHSU is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 781st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There are about 919 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads enrolled in this program at SHSU.

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Located in the remote town Macomb, WIU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 755th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, WIU 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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UIC is a very large public school located in the city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of 265 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UIC is a great school overall.

With 176 students enrolled, University of Illinois at Chicago is one of most popular schools to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in United States.

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#19

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Located in the large suburb West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 469th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

With 84 undergrads, Monmouth University is one of most popular colleges to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in United States.

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#20

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Located in the large suburb Rockville Centre, Molloy is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 242 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Molloy is a great college overall.

With 50 undergraduates, Molloy College is one of most popular colleges to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in United States.

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#21

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. A Best Colleges rank of 120 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Michigan State is a great college overall.

There are about 216 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates studying this program at Michigan State.

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Located in the suburb West Chester, WCUPA is a public college with a large student population. This school ranks 373rd out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

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

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Wazzu is a very large public school located in the town of Pullman. A Best Colleges rank of 290 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Wazzu is a great school overall.

There are about 187 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergraduates enrolled in this program at Wazzu.

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Located in the large city Queens, STJ is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This school ranks 398th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

A popular major for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting undergrads, there are approximately 230 individuals enrolled in this program at STJ.

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#25

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Located in the suburb Fairfield, Sacred Heart is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 366th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

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

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

#26

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
#27

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#29

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#30

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI
#32

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#35

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
#36

Norwich University

Northfield, VT
#37

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL
#38

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, NJ
#40

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#41

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#42

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
#44

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#45

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#48

Iona College

New Rochelle, NY

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder 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 410 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
52 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
53 National University La Jolla, CA
54 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
55 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
56 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
57 Illinois State University Normal, IL
58 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
59 Madonna University Livonia, MI
60 Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL
61 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ

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
62 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
63 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
64 LIU Post Brookville, NY
65 University of Mississippi University, MS
66 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
67 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
68 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
69 Simpson College Indianola, IA
70 University of North Texas Denton, TX
71 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
72 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
73 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
74 Mercer University Macon, GA
75 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
76 Salem State University Salem, MA
77 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
78 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
79 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
80 Utica College Utica, NY
81 Western New England University Springfield, MA
82 San Jose State University San Jose, CA

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 123,447
Fire Protection 19,510
Homeland Security 5,733
Other Homeland Security 2,129

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Majors Similar to Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 97,063
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 72,116
Legal Professions 61,800
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 3,229

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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.

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