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Online Homeland Security Degrees and Careers


The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, engendered a paradigm shift that affected every aspect of life in the United States. Among other things, the event underscored the importance of having a professional class of security experts well-versed in the art and science of protecting against terrorist activity. Today, thousands of dedicated men and women have found new careers focusing on various aspects of homeland security.

If you think a career in homeland security might be the right professional path for you, but you're not quite sure how to get started, a degree in homeland security can help you learn more about this emerging field and determine whether this career is a good fit for your skills, talents, and interests. A growing number of online and traditional colleges and universities offer degree programs in homeland security.

Education & Career Opportunities in Homeland Security

According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, homeland security jobs rank among the fastest-growing occupations in many federal and state agencies, including the recently established federal Department of Homeland Security. Related jobs include opportunities in state border patrol agencies, state and federal emergency management agencies, immigration and customs enforcement, state and national guard agencies, and various branches of the military. In addition, private-sector opportunities in the homeland security field are also growing at a rapid clip. Although some entry-level jobs in the field do not require a degree, top-level positions are likely to be reserved for candidates with a combination of education and experience in the field.



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Associate of Arts in Homeland Security
  • Has students attend one four-week class at a time and take their final exam before moving on to their next class.
  • Offers 24/7 online tech support, with a typical response time of 4 hours or less.
  • Has online help centers that offer assistance with writing, statistics, medical assisting, and more.
  • Provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
  • Researches trends for growing fields to tailor a more effective curriculum.
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Doctor of Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
  • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
  • As a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, technology management, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy.
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MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Building on Purdue's mission to provide greater access to affordable, world-class education, Purdue University Globaldelivers a fully personalized online experience that's tailored to working adults. By opening the doors to adults who need flexibility to fit learning into their busy lives, we make it possible to achieve a high-quality education from a prestigious university system—completely online.

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BS in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security

Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution located in upstate central New York.  The College offers regionally accredited online certificates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in healthcare, cybersecurity, financial crime, nursing, physical therapy, business, criminal justice, and data science.  All courses are taught by credentialed, highly experienced faculty with significant and ongoing accomplishments in their respective fields.

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Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security

Anna Maria College is a private, not-for-profit, Catholic liberal arts institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, AMC's programs integrate liberal education and professional preparation that reflect the respect for liberal arts and sciences education grounded in the traditions of the Sisters of Saint Anne—educational innovation, service to others, and access to a quality education for all.

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MS in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Track

Saint Joseph’s University is a comprehensive, regionally accredited university. Our national rankings and AACSB accreditation in the Haub School indicate the high quality of our undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs both online and on campus.

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Homeland Security Management
  • Based on their 2014 graduate survey, 85.7% of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.
  • Offers academic assistance services for students, including tutors, personal advisors and SMARTHINKING, their 24/7 online learning assistance center.
  • 84% of surveyed graduates said they would recommend Central Penn College to a friend.
  • On-campus housing is provided through  apartments and townhouses, not dorms.
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on HIgher Education (MSCHE).
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Bachelor's (BSCJ) - Homeland Security and Crisis Management
  • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
  • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
  • Provides IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
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Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
  • Its Fast Track program enables qualified students to save up to 30% on tuition and graduate up to 30% faster.
  • Several CTU degree programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report for Best Online Programs in 2017. 
  • Lets students watch, view, read, or hear content through its program, My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.).
  • Has additional campus locations near military bases in Colorado Springs and Denver.
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B.S. in Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
  • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
  • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
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