List of Top Homeland Security Schools in the U.S.

Find out what makes the top schools with programs in homeland security stand out. Learn about school rankings, special program offerings and program requirements at these schools so that you can make an informed decision.

School Overviews

The two best schools with homeland security programs are located in the large metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and New Orleans. At the University of Southern California - Los Angeles, students can earn a bachelor's or master's degree in homeland security that includes courses offered through a federally-funded homeland security program. At Tulane University, students can earn a bachelor's degree in homeland security with a focus on transportation security.

1. University of Southern California in Los Angeles

School Highlight: CREATE was the nation's first homeland security center.

The University of Southern California (USC) was ranked tied for 25th on the 2015 list of top national universities published by U.S. News & World Report. USC hosts the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), a research institution funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Through partnerships with other research centers across the nation, CREATE develops risk and economics modeling as a guidance tool for counter-terrorism responses and policies.

USC's offers a Master of Public Policy program with a homeland security emphasis. Of the program's 48 course units, 20 are devoted to specializations, such as homeland security. Courses in the homeland security specialization, offered by CREATE, include risk analysis, human behavior, international conflicts and decision modeling.

2. Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana

School Highlight: Tulane's Homeland Security Studies program is a member of the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) and University and Agency Partner Initiative (UAPI),

Tulane University was tied for 54th on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 ranking of the best national universities. Tulane offers bachelor's degree and minor programs in homeland security studies, in addition to a master's degree and a post-baccalaureate certificate program in the field. Students in the homeland security studies major are educated in the theory and assessment of the two primary areas of national threats - disasters and terrorism. Since New Orleans is an international port and a national rail juncture, the program is focused on the security of maritime and transportation networks. The Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security program is offered by the School of Continuing Studies. Some of the required courses, including English composition and economics, are available online. Course topics include history of the Middle East, cyber security, emergency management and constitutional law.

Top Homeland Security Programs

School Name Distinction Location
George Washington University The Master of Professional Studies in Security and Safety Leadership program is available on campus and online Washington, D.C.
Missouri State University The interdisciplinary M.S. in Administrative Studies program, offered through the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, has a homeland security and defense track Springfield, MO
Pennsylvania State University - World Campus The online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security offers four areas of concentration: agricultural biosecurity, geospatial intelligence, information security and forensics, and public health preparedness University Park, PA
San Diego State University The M.S. in Homeland Security program has a study abroad requirement, which can be tailored for full- and part-time students, including those who may be balancing employment, too San Diego, CA
Towson University The M.S. in Integrated Homeland Security Management program requires a final project for a related company or agency Towson, MD
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The school's Illinois Fire Service Institute conducts homeland security-related research and offers National Incident Management System (NIMS) courses as part of its mission Champaign, IL
University of Maryland - University College Offers a homeland security management track through its online M.S. in Management program Adelphi, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University Offers B.A., M.A. and graduate certificate programs in homeland security and emergency preparedness Richmond, VA
West Virginia University The school offers Federal Emergency Management Agency-approved training courses to first responders, in partnership with the Joint Interagency Training Education Center, along with the West Virginia National Guard and the Transportation Security Administration Morgantown, WV
Western Kentucky University Students in the graduate homeland security sciences program have access to specialized research centers, including the Cyber Defense Laboratory, the Advanced Materials Institute and the Biotechnology Center Bowling Green, KY

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