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2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools

623 Colleges
$33,494 Avg Salary
$25,120 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting School for You

In 2018-2019, 144,759 people earned a degree or certificate in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting, making the major the #11 most popular in the United States.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 623 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Our analysis found Union Institute & University to be the best school for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Union is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cincinnati.

The average amount in student loans that homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at Union take out is $15,175. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $158.

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#2

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

Out of the 623 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Anna Maria College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the rural area of Paxton, Anna Maria is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting majors at Anna Maria take out an average of $20,786 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $216.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend George Washington University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools list. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

While working on their degree, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at GWU accumulate an average of around $33,250 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $372.

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#4

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Excelsior College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools list. Located in the city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at Excelsior College take out is $12,500. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $130, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Webster University is a great place for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting graduates from Webster take out $47,083 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $549.

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#6

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #7, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. University of Oklahoma is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Norman.

The average amount in student loans that homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at University of Oklahoma take out is $25,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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With a ranking of #8, Central Christian College of Kansas did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Located in the remote town of McPherson, Central Christian College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting majors at Central Christian College take out an average of $17,886 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $186.

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With a ranking of #9, Herzing University - Brookfield did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Located in the large suburb of Brookfield, Herzing University - Brookfield is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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#10

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

With a ranking of #10, Westfield State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Located in the large suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their degree, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting graduates from Westfield carry an average student debtload of $22,750. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $236.

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Herzing University - Kenosha landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs. Herzing University - Kenosha is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Kenosha.

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#12

Norwich University

Northfield, VT

Norwich University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. It came in at #12 on the list. Norwich is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Northfield.

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Siena Heights University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs. Siena Heights University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Adrian.

While working on their degree, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at Siena Heights University accumulate an average of around $18,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $187.

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#14

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of Burlington, Champlain is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#15

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. It came in at #15 on the list. SLU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Louis.

While working on their degree, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at SLU accumulate an average of around $25,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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With a ranking of #16, Roger Williams University did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Located in the suburb of Bristol, RWU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting graduates from RWU take out $22,375 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $232.

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Herzing University - Akron did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Akron, Herzing Akron is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting majors at Herzing Akron take out an average of $20,546 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $213.

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American Public University System landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

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With a ranking of #19, Herzing University - Kenner did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Located in the suburb of Kenner, Herzing University - Kenner is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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With a ranking of #20, Herzing University - Madison did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Herzing University - Madison is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Madison.

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#21

Neumann University

Aston, PA

Neumann University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs. Neumann is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Aston.

On average, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting graduates from Neumann take out $24,119 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $250, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #22, University of Massachusetts - Lowell did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Located in the suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public school with a large student population.

While working on their degree, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at UMass Lowell accumulate an average of around $20,934 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $235, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

Waldorf University

Forest City, IA

Waldorf University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools list. Located in the town of Forest City, Waldorf is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting majors at Waldorf take out an average of $17,128 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $178.

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#24

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

With a ranking of #24, Lewis University did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students. Lewis is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Romeoville.

While working on their degree, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors at Lewis accumulate an average of around $30,118 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $339, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI

Marian University landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs. Located in the city of Fond Du Lac, Marian is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools

#29

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
#30

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN
#32

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#34

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#35

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#36

Simpson College

Indianola, IA
#38

Utica College

Utica, NY
#39

Ashland University

Ashland, OH
#40

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#48

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#49

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 623 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 St. Joseph’s College-Long Island Patchogue, NY
52 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
53 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
54 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
55 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
56 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
57 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
58 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
59 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
60 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
61 American University Washington, DC
62 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
63 Boston University Boston, MA
64 Washburn University Topeka, KS
65 Curry College Milton, MA
66 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
67 Alvernia University Reading, PA
68 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
69 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
70 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
71 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
72 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
73 University of Dubuque Dubuque, IA
74 Aurora University Aurora, IL
75 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
76 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
77 Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, SD
78 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
79 National University La Jolla, CA
80 University of Georgia Athens, GA
81 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
82 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
83 Tiffin University Tiffin, OH
84 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
85 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
86 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
87 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
88 Carlow University Pittsburgh, PA
89 Ashford University San Diego, CA
90 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
91 Olivet College Olivet, MI
92 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA
93 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY

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 Schools award.

Rank College Location
94 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
95 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
96 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
97 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
98 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
99 Waynesburg University Waynesburg, PA
100 Lake Region State College Devils Lake, ND
101 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
102 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
103 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
104 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
105 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
106 Kean University Union, NJ
107 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
108 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
109 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
110 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
111 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
112 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
113 Concordia University - Wisconsin Mequon, WI
114 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
115 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
116 Park University Parkville, MO
117 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
118 Florida International University Miami, FL
119 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
120 Seattle University Seattle, WA
121 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
122 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
123 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
124 Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Altoona, PA

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

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 122,741
Fire Protection 13,656
Homeland Security 6,367
Other Homeland Security 1,995

Majors Similar to Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 98,535
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 71,951
Legal Professions 61,011
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 3,568

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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.

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