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

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

272 Colleges
$7,840 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$46,496 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master'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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 272 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best value experiences for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

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

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting

#1

Nichols College

Dudley, MA

Our 2021 rankings named Nichols College the best value school in the United States for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their master’s degree. Nichols is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dudley.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Nichols are $1,538 per year.

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#2

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

The excellent master’s degree programs at Columbia Southern University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools in the United States. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Columbia Southern University are $3,915 a year.

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#3

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Fitchburg State University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools in the United States. Fitchburg State is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Fitchburg State are $5,742 a year.

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#4

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Westfield State University is a great value for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Westfield are $6,498 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Westfield is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools list.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at American Public University System helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools in the United States. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at American Military University are $7,005 a year.

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With a ranking of #6, Concordia University, Saint Paul did quite well on this year’s best value schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their master’s degree. Concordia University, Saint Paul is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

Concordia University, Saint Paul graduate students pay an average of $8,550 in tuition and fees each year.

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#7

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Ferris is a large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Ferris are $7,608 per year.

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#8

Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

Stevenson University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Stevenson, Stevenson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Stevenson are $8,040 per year.

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#9

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

Anna Maria College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of Paxton, Anna Maria is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Anna Maria are $10,530 a year.

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#10

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

Simpson College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs. Simpson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Indianola.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Simpson College are $8,633 a year.

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#11

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

Salve Regina University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Salve Regina is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Newport.

Salve Regina graduate students pay an average of $11,010 in tuition and fees each year.

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#12

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX

MSU Texas landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting programs. Located in the midsize city of Wichita Falls, MSU Texas is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

MSU Texas graduate students pay an average of $7,779 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #13, Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well on this year’s best value schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at ASU - Skysong are $6,592 a year.

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#14

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Webster are $13,500 per year.

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#15

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

Saint Leo University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the suburb of Saint Leo, St. Leo University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at St. Leo University are $7,296 per year.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools list. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Fargo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at North Dakota State University are $11,123 per year.

North Dakota State University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#17

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, PR

Universidad del Turabo did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Universidad del Turabo is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Gurabo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Universidad del Turabo are $3,552 per year.

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Charleston Southern University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools ranking. CSU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Charleston.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at CSU are $7,500 a year.

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With a ranking of #19, Missouri Southern State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their master’s degree. Missouri Southern is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Joplin.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Missouri Southern are $6,300 per year.

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With a ranking of #20, Colorado State University - Global Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Greenwood Village, Colorado State University - Global Campus is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Colorado State University - Global Campus are $9,000 per year.

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Salem State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Salem State is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Salem.

Salem State graduate students pay an average of $10,175 in tuition and fees each year.

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#22

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Saint Cloud, St. Cloud State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at St. Cloud State University are $12,446 a year.

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#23

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

Holy Family University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Holy Family is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Holy Family are $9,290 per year.

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#23

Universidad del Este

Carolina, PR

Universidad del Este did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. UNE is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Carolina.

UNE graduate students pay an average of $3,552 in tuition and fees each year.

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#25

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list. Wilmington University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of New Castle.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Wilmington University are $8,834 a year.

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

#27

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA
#29

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#30

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
#31

Columbus State University

Columbus, GA
#33

Curry College

Milton, MA
#36

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL
#40

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
41 Guilford College Greensboro, NC
42 Illinois State University Normal, IL
43 Bethel University McKenzie, TN
44 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
45 Excelsior College Albany, NY
46 Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
47 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
48 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
49 Columbia College Columbia, MO
50 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
51 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA
52 Ashford University San Diego, CA
53 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
54 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN

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.

  • 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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