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2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor's Degree Schools

621 Colleges
$33,822 Avg Salary
$27,789 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor's Degree 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 621 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

Our 2021 rankings named Union Institute & University the best school in the United States for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Union is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cincinnati.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at George Washington University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools in the United States. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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#3

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Anna Maria College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of Paxton, Anna Maria is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means American Public University System is a great place for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their bachelor’s degree. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

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#5

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Out of the 621 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Excelsior College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Herzing University - Minneapolis landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs. Herzing University - Minneapolis is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Minneapolis.

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With a ranking of #7, Citadel Military College of South Carolina did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their bachelor’s degree. The Citadel is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Charleston.

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Central Christian College of Kansas ranked #8 on this year’s Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of McPherson, Central Christian College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#9

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

With a ranking of #9, Westfield State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#10

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Burlington, Champlain is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. University of Oklahoma is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Norman.

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. SLU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Louis.

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Herzing University - Brookfield came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Brookfield, Herzing University - Brookfield is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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Roger Williams University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Bristol, RWU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #15, Herzing University - Kenosha did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Herzing University - Kenosha is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Kenosha.

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#16

Norwich University

Northfield, VT

Norwich University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Norwich is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Northfield.

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Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of McKenzie, Bethel is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Siena Heights University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Siena Heights University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Adrian.

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Herzing University - Atlanta came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Herzing University - Atlanta is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Atlanta.

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With a ranking of #21, Herzing University - Akron did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Akron, Herzing Akron is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Herzing University - Kenner did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the suburb of Kenner, Herzing University - Kenner is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #24, Herzing University - Madison did quite well on this year’s best schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Herzing University - Madison is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Madison.

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#25

Neumann University

Aston, PA

Neumann University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Neumann is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Aston.

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

#26

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
#27

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN
#28

Waldorf University

Forest City, IA
#31

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#32

Oakland City University

Oakland City, IN
#33

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#34

Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI
#35

Simpson College

Indianola, IA
#36

National University

La Jolla, CA
#37

Utica College

Utica, NY
#43

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#47

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#48

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#49

Ashland University

Ashland, OH

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges 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 621 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
52 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
53 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
54 Washington State University Pullman, WA
55 Grand View University Des Moines, IA
56 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
57 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
58 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
59 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
60 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
61 Ball State University Muncie, IN
62 St. Joseph’s College-Long Island Patchogue, NY
63 American University Washington, DC
64 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
65 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
66 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
67 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
68 Washburn University Topeka, KS
69 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
70 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
71 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
72 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
73 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
74 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
75 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
76 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
77 Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, SD
78 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
79 Peru State College Peru, NE
80 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
81 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
82 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
83 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
84 Grantham University Lenexa, KS
85 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
86 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
87 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
88 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
89 Alvernia University Reading, PA
90 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
91 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
92 Tiffin University Tiffin, OH
93 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA

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
94 Aurora University Aurora, IL
95 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
96 Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton Hazleton, PA
97 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
98 Ashford University San Diego, CA
99 University of Dubuque Dubuque, IA
100 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
101 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
102 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
103 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
104 Waynesburg University Waynesburg, PA
105 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
106 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
107 University of Georgia Athens, GA
108 Lees - McRae College Banner Elk, NC
109 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
110 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
111 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
112 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
113 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
114 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
115 Pennsylvania State University - Shenango Sharon, PA
116 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
117 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
118 Olivet College Olivet, MI
119 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
120 Pennsylvania State University - New Kensington New Kensington, PA
121 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA
122 Florida International University Miami, FL
123 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
124 Truman State University Kirksville, MO

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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