How competitive are college homeland security programs?
The security of our nation is extremely important to me, and I am interested in studying homeland security in college. I get good grades, so I likely wont have too much trouble being accepted into a school. But I have heard that some degree programs are more competitive than others for admissions. #homeland-security #competition #programs #security #government #law-enforcement
Honestly, they are as competitive as you want them to be. Other people might say one program is better than another but at the end of the day, the best thing to do is to find a program that speaks to you and enables you to work on the passions you're interested in.
Pragmatically speaking, the best way to figure out if a program is worthwhile is to talk to program graduates and the businesses that hired people from those programs. Who those companies are depends on what you want to do. For instance, if you're interested in cyber-security companies that are working on protecting US cyber infrastructure then you'll be looking at programs that resulted in people going to work at Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, or BAE.
Cyber is a new and growing field and colleges are marketing to attract prospective students or dare I say make a buck. I would recommend looking closely at the courses and possibly speaking with current or recent grads and select a program that sounds like the best fit and offers a good internship program with employers you would like to work for in the future. The internship is your opportunity to join them after graduation. Truth is when I am interviewing prospective employees I tend to not care as much where the degree comes from and focus on the candidate's skills and experience. I might also advise consider a 2-year program in Cyber security as an option. In a few years after college you will find those salaries are pretty similar and based on your value as an employee and the skills you have on the job.