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

595 Colleges in the United States
60,668 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.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 595 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students pursuing a bachelor's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 60,668 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.

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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges 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.

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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

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
80 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting needs to check out George Washington University. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from George Washington University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
483 Annual Graduates

George Mason University is a good choice for students interested in 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.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from George Mason University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
805 Annual Graduates

University of Phoenix - Arizona is a great decision for students interested in a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the large city of Tempe.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Phoenix - Arizona

#5

Florida State University

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

Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Florida State University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,270 Annual Graduates

Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from American Public University System

#7

Purdue University Global

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

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

#8

American University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
108 Annual Graduates

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

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,804 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, John Jay is a public college with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
58 Annual Graduates

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

#11

Texas Christian University

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

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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
902 Annual Graduates

Located in the distant town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Sam Houston State University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
572 Annual Graduates

UCF is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Orlando.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Central Florida

#14

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
325 Annual Graduates

St. Leo University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Saint Leo.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Saint Leo University

#15

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
158 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Michigan State University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
208 Annual Graduates

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

#17

Robert Morris University

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

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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
111 Annual Graduates

IU Bloomington is a very large public university located in the city of Bloomington.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Indiana University - Bloomington

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
216 Annual Graduates

UofSC is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of South Carolina - Columbia

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
104 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Minnesota State University - Mankato

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
262 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Arizona State University - Skysong

#22

Liberty University

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

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

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
486 Annual Graduates

UMGC is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Adelphi.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of Maryland Global Campus

#24

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
345 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Texas State University

56 Annual Graduates

Siena Heights University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Adrian.More information about a bachelor’s in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Siena Heights University

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

#29

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#30

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

#34

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#39

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

#43

Southwestern College

Winfield, KS
#47

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
#48

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools 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 595 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Union Institute & University Cincinnati, OH
51 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
52 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
53 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
54 Illinois State University Normal, IL
55 Excelsior College Albany, NY
56 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
57 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
58 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
59 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
60 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
61 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
62 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
63 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
64 Norwich University Northfield, VT
65 Simpson College Indianola, IA
66 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
67 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
68 National University La Jolla, CA
69 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
70 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
71 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
72 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
73 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA
74 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
75 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
76 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
77 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
78 University of North Texas Denton, TX
79 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
80 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
81 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
82 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
83 Park University Parkville, MO
84 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
85 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
86 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
87 Herzing University - Madison Madison, WI
88 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
89 University of Dayton Dayton, OH

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
90 Ball State University Muncie, IN
91 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
92 Saint Ambrose University Davenport, IA
93 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
94 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
95 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
96 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
97 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
97 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
99 University at Albany Albany, NY
100 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
101 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
102 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
103 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
104 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
105 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
106 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
107 Loras College Dubuque, IA
108 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
109 Waynesburg University Waynesburg, PA
110 Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI
111 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
112 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
113 Boise State University Boise, ID
114 Portland State University Portland, OR
115 Radford University Radford, VA
116 Monroe College Bronx, NY
117 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
118 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
119 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting by Region

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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 52,492
Security Science and Technology 3,068
Homeland Security 2,833
Fire Protection 1,461
Other Homeland Security 814

Related Major Annual Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 55,115
Public Administration & Social Service 36,233
Legal Professions 4,961
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 1,560

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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