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2022 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor's Degree Schools

712 Colleges in the United States
59,773 Bachelor's Degrees
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #11 most popular bachelor's degree program in the country. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

College Factual reviewed 712 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for bachelor's degree seekers in the field of homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Combined, these schools handed out 59,773 bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting to qualified students.

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

Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 31% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 452 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of bachelor's graduates during the early years of their career. That is, everyone wants their bachelor's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

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 and firefighting students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting related body.

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

One Size Does Not Fit All

The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor's Degree Schools.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students seeking a a bachelor's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

1st Most Popular In OH
197 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Union Institute & University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Union is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #146 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Union is a great university overall.

There were about 197 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated with this degree at Union in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In MA
59 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Northeastern University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #48 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great university overall.

Northeastern University is a fairly popular university to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States with roughly 59 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

George Mason University

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

George Mason University is a great decision for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. GMU is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Fairfax. This university ranks 8th out of 48 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 488 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated with this degree at GMU in the most recent data year.

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#4

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
30th Most Popular In TX
59 Annual Graduates

Texas Christian University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #116 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means TCU is a great university overall.

A popular major for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students, there were approximately 59 individuals who graduated from this program at TCU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
24th Most Popular In PA
29 Annual Graduates

University of Scranton is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Scranton. This university ranks 21st out of 100 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

University of Scranton is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States with approximately 29 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
428 Annual Graduates

UMGC is a very large public university located in the suburb of Adelphi. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #202 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UMGC is a great university overall.

There were about 428 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated with this degree at UMGC in the most recent data year.

More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Maryland Global Campus

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WV
1,164 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #203 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means American Military University is a great university overall.

There were about 1164 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent year we have data available.

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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MA
209 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 24th out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 209 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated with this degree at UMass Lowell in the most recent year we have data available.

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15th Most Popular In WI
3 Annual Graduates

Herzing University - Brookfield is a fairly small private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Brookfield.

Herzing University - Brookfield is a fairly popular university to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States with roughly 3 graduations in the most recent data year.

More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Herzing University - Brookfield

#10

Winona State University

Winona, MN
7th Most Popular In MN
68 Annual Graduates

Winona State is a moderately-sized public university located in the distant town of Winona. This university ranks 11th out of 34 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Minnesota.

With 68 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Winona State University is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States.

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#11

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
209 Annual Graduates

Westfield is a medium-sized public university located in the suburb of Westfield. This university ranks 28th out of 56 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 209 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated with this degree at Westfield in the most recent data year.

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#12

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In MA
32 Annual Graduates

Endicott is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Beverly. This college ranks 22nd out of 56 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

A popular choice for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students, there were about 32 students who completed this degree at Endicott in the most recent data year.

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#13

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In FL
576 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #158 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Florida State is a great university overall.

There were about 576 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated with this degree at Florida State in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MI
139 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #135 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Michigan State is a great university overall.

There were about 139 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent year we have data available.

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2nd Most Popular In NJ
178 Annual Graduates

Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public university located in the small city of New Brunswick. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #136 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Rutgers New Brunswick is a great university overall.

There were roughly 178 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated with this degree at Rutgers New Brunswick in the most recent data year.

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#16

George Washington University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DC
54 Annual Graduates

GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #84 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means GWU is a great university overall.

There were about 54 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent data year.

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22nd Most Popular In AL
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Birmingham, Herzing University - Birmingham is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly small student population. This university ranks 9th out of 27 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Alabama.

With 2 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Herzing University - Birmingham is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IL
160 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #194 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Illinois State is a great university overall.

Illinois State University is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States with approximately 160 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#19

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA
5th Most Popular In MA
113 Annual Graduates

Worcester State is a moderately-sized public university located in the midsize city of Worcester. This university ranks 32nd out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Worcester State University is a fairly popular university to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States with roughly 113 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#20

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
5th Most Popular In GA
64 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #108 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UGA is a great university overall.

University of Georgia is one of the most popular universities to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States with approximately 64 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
483 Annual Graduates

UAGC is a very large private for-profit university located in the city of San Diego. This university ranks 49th out of 113 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 483 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated with this degree at UAGC in the most recent data year.

More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from The University of Arizona Global Campus

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In MI
62 Annual Graduates

Siena Heights University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Adrian. This university ranks 23rd out of 40 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Michigan.

Siena Heights University is a fairly popular university to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States with roughly 62 graduates in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
1,779 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, John Jay is a public college with a large student population. This college ranks 37th out of 124 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 1779 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who graduated with this degree at John Jay in the most recent data year.

More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
184 Annual Graduates

UW - Platteville is a moderately-sized public university located in the town of Platteville. This university ranks 5th out of 36 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were about 184 homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting individuals who graduated with this degree at UW - Platteville in the most recent year we have data available.

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#25

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In NY
94 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #103 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Excelsior College is a great college overall.

Excelsior College is a fairly popular college to study homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting in the United States with roughly 94 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#26

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#28

Norwich University

Northfield, VT
#30

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI
#31

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

#34

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#35

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
#36

American University

Washington, DC
#38

Boston University

Boston, MA
#40

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

#44

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY
#45

Neumann University

Aston, PA
#46

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 712 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
51 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
52 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
53 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
54 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
55 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
56 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
57 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
58 Washington State University Pullman, WA
59 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
60 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
61 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
62 Florida International University Miami, FL
63 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
64 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
65 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
66 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
67 Simpson College Indianola, IA
68 Oakland City University Oakland City, IN
69 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
70 Loras College Dubuque, IA
71 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
72 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
73 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
74 Reinhardt University Waleska, GA
75 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
76 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
77 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
78 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
79 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
80 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
81 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
82 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
83 National University La Jolla, CA
84 Marymount University Arlington, VA
85 Lynn University Boca Raton, FL
86 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
87 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
88 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
89 Herzing University - Akron Akron, OH
90 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
91 Harding University Searcy, AR
92 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
93 Columbia College Columbia, SC
94 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
95 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
96 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
97 Barry University Miami, FL
98 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
99 Bradley University Peoria, IL
100 Fisher College Boston, MA
101 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
102 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
103 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
104 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
105 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
106 University of Mary Bismarck, ND

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
107 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
108 Aurora University Aurora, IL
109 University of Jamestown Jamestown, ND
110 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
111 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
112 Minot State University Minot, ND
113 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
114 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
115 Thomas University Thomasville, GA
116 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
117 University of North Texas Denton, TX
118 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
119 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
120 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
121 Herzing University - Madison Madison, WI
122 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
123 Salem State University Salem, MA
124 Ashland University Ashland, OH
125 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
126 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
127 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
128 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
129 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
130 Purdue University Global Indianapolis, IN
131 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
132 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
133 Radford University Radford, VA
134 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
135 Texas A & M University - Central Texas Killeen, TX
136 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA
137 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
138 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
139 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
140 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
141 Ball State University Muncie, IN
142 Mississippi College Clinton, MS

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting by Region

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Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 51,953
Security Science and Technology 2,927
Homeland Security 2,530
Fire Protection 1,552
Other Homeland Security 811

Related Major Annual Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 54,605
Public Administration & Social Service 35,792
Legal Professions 4,637
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 1,180

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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