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Associate’s Degrees in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

35,648 Yearly Graduations
$25,800 Median Salary
$19,303 Median Debt
There are 1,183 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 51 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.6% of homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors

In 2018-2019, 35,648 associate's degrees were awarded to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors. This makes it the 4th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 60,085
Associate’s Degree 35,648
Basic Certificate 28,930
Master’s Degree 10,588
Undergraduate Certificate 8,022
Graduate Certificate 1,224
Doctor’s Degree 262

Earnings of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting is $25,800. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $23,300 and the high is $30,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting is $19,303. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $24,318 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $11,640.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $200.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. About 55.6% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 19,831
Women 15,817
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

The racial-ethnic distribution of homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 913
Black or African American 4,721
Hispanic or Latino 11,303
White 15,873
International Students 202
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,636
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate's Degree Students

There are 1,183 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
889 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia Southern University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 21,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,520 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,780 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 889 people received their associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Columbia Southern University. About 11% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

577 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Borough of Manhattan Community College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 26,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 577 people received their associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from BMCC. About 59% of this group were women, and 89% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

495 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors who are seeking their associate's degree is University of Phoenix - Arizona. Each year, around 95,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 495 associate's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at UOPX - Arizona. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#4

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
415 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Texas College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 31,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at South Texas College awarded 415 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 45% were women and 94% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
386 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 72,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 386 associate's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at Ivy Tech Community College. About 52% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
322 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 35,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 322 people received their associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from East Los Angeles College. Around 89% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#7

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York
294 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors who are seeking their associate's degree is LaGuardia Community College. Each year, around 19,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 294 people received their associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from LaGuardia. Of these students, 55% were women and 91% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
294 Yearly Graduations
16% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Each year, around 1,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,791 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 294 associate's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 16% were women.

#9

Monroe College

Bronx, New York
254 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Monroe College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 6,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,624 per year.

The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at Monroe College awarded 254 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 61% were women and 94% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Kingsborough Community College

Brooklyn, New York
253 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kingsborough Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 15,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 253 people received their associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from KCC. Around 77% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#11

Suffolk County Community College

Selden, New York
250 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Suffolk County Community College. Roughly 26,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 250 associate's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at Suffolk County Community College. About 30% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Queensborough Community College

Bayside, New York
248 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Queensborough Community College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 15,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 248 people received their associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from QCC. Of these students, 48% were women and 89% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
248 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
93% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Paso Community College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 28,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 248 people received their associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from El Paso Community College. About 42% of this group were women, and 93% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
227 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of Southern Nevada is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 34,100 attend the school each year. The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at College of Southern Nevada awarded 227 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 44% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Imperial Valley College

Imperial, California
222 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Imperial Valley College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 8,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 222 people received their associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from IVC. Of these students, 42% were women and 95% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Eastern Gateway Community College

Steubenville, Ohio
221 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern Gateway Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 13,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 221 people received their associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Eastern Gateway Community College. About 32% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California
205 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bakersfield College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 24,500 attend the school each year. The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at Bakersfield College awarded 205 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 45% were women and 82% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
191 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 104,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 191 associate's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at SNHU. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#19

Rio Hondo College

Whittier, California
188 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rio Hondo College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 19,900 attend the school each year. The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at Rio Hondo College awarded 188 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Nassau Community College

Garden City, New York
184 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Nassau Community College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 17,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at Nassau Community College awarded 184 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 53% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 36% were women.

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Criminal Justice & Corrections 30,792
Fire Protection 4,306
Homeland Security 402
Other Homeland Security 148

Below are some popular majors that are similar to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Public & Social Service 6,833
Legal Professions 5,682
Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness 5,673
Military Technologies & Sciences 1,202

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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