Degree Programs for Homeland Security Training
Homeland Security Degree ProgramsYou can earn an associate degree in homeland security within two years, and begin your career as a junior police officer or detective right away. If you want a more solid educational foundation, bachelor's degrees offer more in-depth training in homeland security and can help you advance further in your career. For top-level training, master's degree programs in the field include homeland security, intelligence, national security studies, homeland security management, and biosecurity/biodefense. Coursework will vary depending on degree, but might include the following:
- Homeland security law
- Hazardous materials
- Criminal justice
At all levels, you can find accredited degree programs online and on-campus. Earning a degree in homeland security can often increase your salary and advancement opportunities as a criminal justice professional. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for police officers was $47,460 in 2004. For police and detective supervisors, it was $69,310.