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2023 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate Degree Schools

417 Colleges in the United States
35,304 Associate Degrees
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #4 most popular associate degree program in the country. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

College Factual looked at 417 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 35,304 associate 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 Associate Degree

Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate Degree Schools Your choice of homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting for getting your associate degree school matters. Important measures of a quality homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program can vary widely even among the top schools. 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 associate degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. 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.

Average Early-Career Salaries

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their associate degree from the school. After all, your associate 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

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 associate 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 associate 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 associate degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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 Associate Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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Best Schools for Associate 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 an associate 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 an Associate in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

#1

Purdue University Global

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

It's difficult to beat Purdue University Global if you want to pursue an associate degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Purdue University Global is a very large public university located in the city of Indianapolis.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Purdue University Global

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
502 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in an associate degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting needs to look into University of Phoenix - Arizona. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the city of Tempe.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Phoenix - Arizona

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
202 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in an associate degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting needs to look into American Public University System. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from American Public University System

#4

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
117 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in an associate degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting needs to take a look at Golden West College. Located in the suburb of Huntington Beach, Golden West College is a public college with a large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Golden West College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
59 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize suburb of Kenosha, Gateway Technical College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Gateway Technical College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
595 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Steubenville, Eastern Gateway Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Eastern Gateway Community College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
132 Annual Graduates

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Fort Lauderdale.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
206 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Annandale, Northern Virginia Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Northern Virginia Community College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
119 Annual Graduates

HCC is a fairly large public college located in the large city of Tampa.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Hillsborough Community College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
246 Annual Graduates

CSN is a fairly large public college located in the city of Las Vegas.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from College of Southern Nevada

#11

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
96 Annual Graduates

SRJC is a large public college located in the city of Santa Rosa.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Santa Rosa Junior College

#12

Liberty University

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

Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Liberty University

#13

Moreno Valley College

Moreno Valley, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
95 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Moreno Valley, Moreno Valley College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Moreno Valley College

#14

Waldorf University

Forest City, IA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
66 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Forest City, Waldorf is a private for-profit university with a small student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Waldorf University

#15

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
153 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Orlando, Valencia College is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Valencia College

#16

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
91 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of White Bear Lake, Century College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Century College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
95 Annual Graduates

Delaware Tech is a fairly large public college located in the city of Dover.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Delaware Technical Community College - Terry

#18

Southwestern College

Chula Vista, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
207 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Chula Vista, SWC Chula Vista is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Southwestern College

#19

Excelsior College

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

Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Excelsior College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
295 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Southern New Hampshire University

#21

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
318 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Ivy Tech Community College

#22

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 Annual Graduates

Ferris is a large public university located in the distant town of Big Rapids.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Ferris State University

#23

El Centro College

Dallas, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
177 Annual Graduates

El Centro College is a fairly large public college located in the city of Dallas.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from El Centro College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
47 Annual Graduates

Located in the rural area of Americus, South Georgia Technical College is a public college with a small student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from South Georgia Technical College

#25

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
409 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Monterey Park, East Los Angeles College is a public college with a very large student population.More information about a associate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from East Los Angeles College

Rest of the Top Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate Degree Schools

#25

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, CA
#30

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI

#33

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
#36

Blinn College

Brenham, TX
#38

Monroe College

Bronx, NY

#43

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI
#46

Rio Salado College

Tempe, AZ
#47

Park University

Parkville, MO

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 417 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
51 Erie Community College Buffalo, NY
52 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
53 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
54 Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg, NJ
55 South Texas College McAllen, TX
56 Rasmussen University - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
57 Weber State University Ogden, UT
58 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
59 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
60 Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids, WI
61 Reinhardt University Waleska, GA
62 College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID

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 Associate Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
63 Post University Waterbury, CT
64 Columbia College Columbia, MO
65 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
66 Camden County College Blackwood, NJ
67 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
68 Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Cloquet, MN
69 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
70 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
71 Lackawanna College Scranton, PA
72 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
73 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
74 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
75 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
76 Berkeley College - Woodland Park Woodland Park, NJ
77 Rasmussen University - Florida Ocala, FL
78 Ball State University Muncie, IN
79 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
80 Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY
81 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
82 Orange County Community College Middletown, NY
83 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY

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 29,944
Fire Protection 3,986
Security Science and Technology 728
Homeland Security 499
Other Homeland Security 147

Majors Similar to Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 6,780
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 5,979
Legal Professions 5,809
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 1,106

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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