A degree in homeland security readies graduates to rise to the challenges of today's complex security landscape. Homeland security professionals may choose to apply their training toward work in law enforcement, government agencies, cyber security positions or disaster preparedness positions. A quality academic program, whether on-campus or distance-based, will focus on developing the investigative, critical thinking and leadership skills necessary for success in any of these settings. Due to the ever-evolving nature of the field, and to its relatively recent increase in profile and priority, online homeland security degrees are not yet as numerous as the degrees available for many of the more traditional areas of study. This should change as the projected demand for homeland security experts continues to grow. In the meantime, Homeland-Security-Degree.org, a website dedicated to providing up-to-date information on educational and career trends in the field, aims to simplify the search with a newly released ranking of the top 10 best online homeland security degree programs. The list highlights schools with particularly strong or innovative homeland security programs, all of which can be completed through online study.
To compile the list, factors such as curricular strengths and specializations, breadth and depth of coursework and faculty credentials were all considered. The availability of flexible scheduling options was a top priority, as was a learning format tailored to today's working student. Several of the schools presented offer accelerated study options, enabling motivated students to complete their degrees and begin their chosen careers more quickly than would be possible through a conventional program.
In perusing Homeland-Security-Degree.org's ranking list, prospective students will find degree tracks for a range of security-related concentrations, including cybercrime and security management. The list also includes more generalized homeland security and criminal justice degrees. Some of the schools listed are online-only institutions, others are traditional universities that have extended their offerings to online students, but all have a demonstrated history of successfully providing degrees through distance-based studies. Each of the schools mentioned is fully accredited, so applicants can feel confident when enrolling in any one of them.
1. Bellevue University – Cost: $370.00 per credit
Degree Name: Bachelor of Science in Security Management
2. Keiser University – Cost: $440.00 per credit
Degree Name: Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security
3. Walden University – Cost: $435.00 per credit
Degree Name: Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security Policy
4. Grantham University – Cost: $265.00 per credit
Degree Name: Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security
5. Herzing University – Cost: $480.00 per credit
Degree Name: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security
6. South University – Cost: $402.00 per credit
Degree Name: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Cyber Crime
7. Saint Joseph’s University – Cost: $752.00 per credit
Degree Name: Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security
8. Everest University – Cost: $367.00 per credit
• Associate in Science in Homeland Security
• Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security
9. Utica College – Cost: $425.00 per credit
Degree Name: Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity – Information Assurance
10. Pennsylvania State University – Cost: $736.00 to $825.00 per credit
Degree Name: Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security