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Is a Homeland Security Degree the Right Path for You?

You can earn a degree in homeland security from Herzing University and be the next in a long line of men and women who have put service before themselves.

There’s plenty of uncertainty in the world today and for some careers, uncertainty leads to opportunity. Homeland security and public safety is a dynamic and diverse career field that continues to evolve to meet new needs. As a professional in these fields, you can help reduce and eliminate critical vulnerabilities in our nation’s infrastructure while assisting in instances where damage is caused by catastrophic events.

With more than 240,000 workers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is full of security jobs within government agencies, but there are also lucrative openings with private companies and nonprofit organizations. You can earn a degree in homeland security from Herzing University and be the next in a long line of men and women who have put service before themselves.

Here’s some of what you will need to know:

What areas of focus are part of a degree in homeland security?

From the pandemic to response to everything from natural disasters to terrorism, you can learn the skills to anticipate, prevent, and react to situations where lives could be on the line and your fast thinking could be what saves the day. Specific areas of interest for students earning a homeland security degree include:

  • Revealing potential security threats
  • Analyzing intelligence and recognizing potential problems
  • Responding to and managing critical incidents including fires
  • Assessing and addressing an organization’s safety and terrorism risks
  • Investigating incidents and collecting evidence

Graduates of this program will be trained for careers in Homeland Security, Public Safety, and Criminal Justice fields. Career opportunities exist at the federal, state and local levels, as well as in private sector organizations.

What kind of job opportunities are available with this degree and what is the career outlook?

Whether at the local and state, or federal level, or as part of the private sector, there are plenty of career paths for you to take.

Local and state needs include emergency response, detention facilities, public buildings and utilities, or regional emergency management agencies. Federal professionals could work in a variety of government agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Labor, Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Finally, the private sector is always seeking individuals with the skills to combat some of today’s gravest threats to businesses, data security and online infrastructure. You can work for facility security, safety patrol, industrial security, or as part of the growing teams of cybersecurity experts employed by some of the world’s top brands.

*Some states, including but not limited to Minnesota, require additional federal, state, local or private certification, licensing, and/or training academy completion to be eligible for employment in a homeland security, public safety, or law enforcement position.

How do you know if this is a career that is good for you?

Homeland security and public safety professionals must be dedicated individuals that have been well-trained and conduct themselves with integrity and impartiality.

A career in homeland security and public safety could be right for you if you:

  • Are comfortable working in an organized hierarchy
  • Believe in showing great respect for authority and superiors
  • Can work well alone or in a group
  • Have strong observation and reporting skills
  • Respond well under stress
  • Can work with details
  • Are willing to be a positive role model for the community
  • Are interested in homeland security training

Does this sound like you? Are you ready to enroll?

Enroll in Herzing’s Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Homeland Security

Students interested in earning a homeland security degree from Herzing University don’t have to wait forever to move from campus to career — we put you on the fast track to a well-paying career with plenty of opportunities.

  • Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • Program length: 32 months
  • Transfer up to 90 approved credits; 120 credits are required for graduation
  • 100% online classes you can take right at home
  • Small class sizes with strong academic support
  • Prepare for many career options in security, emergency and law enforcement fields
  • Core courses in homeland security, public safety and criminal justice

Get started today on your path to service. Contact the Herzing University Admissions Department to learn more.

Learn More About Our Homeland Security Degree


* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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