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

60,085 Yearly Graduations
$32,600 Median Salary
$26,000 Median Debt
There are 1,015 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 47% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.4% of homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors

In 2018-2019, 60,085 bachelor's degrees were awarded to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors. This earns it the #11 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

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 Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting is $32,600. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $29,650 and the high is $35,700.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting is $26,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $34,375 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $22,250.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $270.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. About 50.1% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 30,096
Women 29,989
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,531
Black or African American 10,492
Hispanic or Latino 13,903
White 28,228
International Students 823
Other Races/Ethnicities 5,108
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,015 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

1,735 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

John Jay College of Criminal Justice tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Each year, around 15,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice awarded 1,735 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 50% of this group were women, and 81% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
1,192 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 46,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,804 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,615 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,192 people received their bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from American Military University. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 19% were women.

969 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 95,700 attend the school each year. 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, 969 bachelor's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at UOPX - Arizona. About 53% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
884 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sam Houston State University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 21,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,856 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,765 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 884 people received their bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from SHSU. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#5

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
772 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia Southern University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 21,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 772 people received their bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Columbia Southern University. About 15% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
564 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Florida State University. Each year, around 41,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 564 people received their bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Florida State. Of these students, 57% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
549 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 79,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 549 bachelor's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at Liberty University. About 46% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
540 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 68,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 540 bachelor's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at UCF. Around 54% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#9

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut
526 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of New Haven. Each year, around 6,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,920 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 526 people received their bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from University of New Haven. About 58% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, California
518 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Sacramento is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 31,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 518 bachelor's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at Sac State. Around 65% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#11

Ashford University

San Diego, California
502 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ashford University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 34,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at Ashford University awarded 502 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 42% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

495 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 57,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 495 bachelor's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at FIU. About 61% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
481 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 104,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 481 bachelor's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at SNHU. Of these students, 53% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

468 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 26,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,896 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,710 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 468 people received their bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs. Of these students, 56% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

463 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
93% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Roughly 28,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,664 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,959 per year.

The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley awarded 463 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 50% of this group were women, and 93% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
437 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 37,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at George Mason University awarded 437 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 51% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
427 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saint Leo University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,296 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 427 bachelor's degrees were handed out to homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at St. Leo University. Of these students, 41% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
426 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Roughly 1,400 attend the school each year. 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, 426 bachelor'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 42% were women.

415 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland Global Campus is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Each year, around 60,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

The homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting program at University of Maryland Global Campus awarded 415 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 48% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
394 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Commonwealth University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting. Roughly 30,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,701 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 394 people received their bachelor's degree in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting from VCU. Of these students, 58% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Criminal Justice & Corrections 55,297
Homeland Security 2,452
Fire Protection 1,423
Other Homeland Security 913

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness 54,385
Public & Social Service 36,639
Legal Professions 4,554
Military Technologies & Sciences 791

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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