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2023 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master's Degree Schools

258 Colleges in the United States
11,614 Master's Degrees
a master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #14 out of 37 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 258 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 11,614 master's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

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

Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master's Degree Schools 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

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 include a school's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree 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.

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their master's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your master's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

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 schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their master's degree.

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

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 Master's Degree Schools.

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

Below you'll see a list of 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.

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

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
105 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting needs to take a look at George Washington University. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from George Washington University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
23 Annual Graduates

University of Chicago is a good decision for individuals pursuing a master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Chicago

#3

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
103 Annual Graduates

Boston University is a good option for individuals pursuing a master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Boston University

#4

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
191 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting has to check out University of San Diego. Located in the large city of San Diego, USD is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of San Diego

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
185 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Phoenix - Arizona

#6

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
47 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Moon Township, RMU is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Robert Morris University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
98 Annual Graduates

UMass Lowell is a large public university located in the large suburb of Lowell.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Massachusetts - Lowell

#8

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
13 Annual Graduates

UF is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Florida

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
34 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Northeastern University

#10

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
17 Annual Graduates

TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Fort Worth.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Texas Christian University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
371 Annual Graduates

American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the fringe town of Charles Town.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from American Public University System

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
111 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Cincinnati, UC is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Cincinnati - Main Campus

#13

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
92 Annual Graduates

Florida State is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Tallahassee.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Florida State University

#14

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
39 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Seattle, Seattle U is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Seattle University

#15

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
129 Annual Graduates

Excelsior College is a fairly large private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Albany.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Excelsior College

#16

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
259 Annual Graduates

University of New Haven is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of West Haven.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of New Haven

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
309 Annual Graduates

John Jay is a fairly large public college located in the city of New York.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
60 Annual Graduates

Salve Regina is a small private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Newport.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Salve Regina University

#19

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
494 Annual Graduates

Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Lynchburg.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Liberty University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
102 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from George Mason University

#21

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis, IN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
159 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Indianapolis, Purdue University Global is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Purdue University Global

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
10 Annual Graduates

UST MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Saint Paul.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of St Thomas Minnesota

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
19 Annual Graduates

SIUC is a fairly large public university located in the city of Carbondale.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Southern Illinois University Carbondale

#25

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
69 Annual Graduates

Georgetown is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington.More information about a master’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Georgetown University

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

#25

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#28

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
#29

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#30

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH
#31

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

#32

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

#36

Utica College

Utica, NY
#37

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
39 Simpson College Indianola, IA
40 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
41 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
42 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
43 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
44 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
45 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
46 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
47 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA
48 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
49 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
50 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
51 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 7,135
Homeland Security 2,357
Security Science and Technology 1,553
Other Homeland Security 416
Fire Protection 153

Majors Similar to Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 49,660
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 9,894
Legal Professions 7,113
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 1,035

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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