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What are the best schools for studying homeland security?

I know that some schools have a better reputation than others in general, but what about homeland security programs specifically? I want to make sure that I get the best education available to me within my field. #college #reputation #homeland-security

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Kofi’s Answer

"Best school" is relative to the needs of the individual. Whatever school you decide upon, it would be best to know the schools geographical location to a military base, military satellite off-base and/or local Homeland Security offices. The federal portion of the government is the first line of defense in the security of a nation, so access to their expertise is valuable for your research.

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Matt’s Answer

It depends largely on what you're looking for, and where you're located. Depending on what aspect of the homeland security mission you're interested in (e.g., intelligence, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, etc.), you may not even need to go to college to get that experience. Joining the National Guard, Reserves, or volunteering with your local Red Cross or Civil Air Patrol are all ways to get relevant skills that can help with developing your homeland security experience. Most states also have internships with their state government office of emergency services, which serve as the state-level DHS equivalents. You may want to look into these as a way to get paid while also pursuing schooling in a related field.

If you're interested in going the academic route, I would recommend contacting the admissions offices at the Walsh School at Georgetown University, the Fletcher School at Tufts or the Price School at USC. All three of these universities offer homeland security or security studies certificate programs. Even if you don't want to attend these schools, they have access to resources and contacts in your area.

Matt recommends the following next steps:

See whether your state's office of emergency management has an internship program
Volunteer with the Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, or other relief organization
Explore academic programs that offer a certificate/degree in homeland security or security studies
Evaluate whether joining the National Guard, Reserves, or Coast Guard is a possible career option
Determine what parts of the homeland security mission interest you the most
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