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Federal Air Marshal
(found programs from 129 schools)


Welcome to the most complete directory on the Web of Federal Air Marshal programs. It contains all the nationally accredited programs, from 129 schools across the country.

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Overview of Federal Air Marshal

Though federal air marshals have long played an important role in air and transit safety, they became very important after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Becoming an air marshal requires the ability to work independently, protect yourself and others with self-defense tactics and firearms usage, and know how to respond to emergencies.

If you are interested in working for the Transportation Security Administration, contact the schools featured below to learn how you can prepare for a career keeping the skies safe.

Federal air marshals travel extensively as part of their job. As a result, you may travel on domestic flights or international flights to ensure that patients on-board are kept safe. Though air marshals are federal government employees, they do not typically identify themselves as law enforcement officials to other passengers on the plane. They must blend in with other passengers and look like they are just typical civilians.

The Transportation Security Administration, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, employs and oversees federal air marshals. Education, experience, or a combination of the two can be used to qualify for a position with the TSA. While a Bachelor's degree in any field may be enough to qualify you for a federal air marshal position, it's important to note that this is a fairly competitive field. As a result, you may need a blend of experience and higher-level education to get hired.

Requirements for Becoming a Federal Air Marshal

Federal air marshals are required to get and maintain Top Security Clearance, the highest security clearance in the country. Because of this requirement, you must have a clear criminal history and be able to pass an extensive background check. However, there are other requirements you need to meet. You may be subjected to a rigorous physical exam and in-depth medical exam.

Before applying for a federal air marshal position, it's important to ensure that you meet the TSA's minimum education requirements. If you want to go to educational route, you can get a Bachelor's degree. A Bachelor's degree in any field can help you become qualified for an air marshal job. However, a degree in criminal justice or a related field may be even more beneficial. A Master's degree may help you stand out over other applicants. If you have three years of general work experience, it may take the place of the required education if at least one year involves leadership, problem analysis, and communication skills.

If you make it through the Transportation Security Administration's hiring process, you must go through their training process. The training program for federal air marshals is completed in two phases. First, you go to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. This program lasts for seven weeks. In it, you may enhance your physical fitness, learn how to read and observe behavior in people, learn how to defend yourself, and get a strong background in constitutional law. In the second part of your training, you go to the William J. Hughes Technical Center. This program focuses extensively on marksmanship, since students need near-perfect marksmanship by the time they graduate. When you complete both parts of your training, you can get an assignment and begin your career as a federal air marshal.

Career Outlook and Salary Potential for Federal Air Marshal

Due to recent budget cuts in the federal government, the number of air marshals has decreased since 2011. Hiring is closed at three offices, and six more offices are closing. However, as current air marshals retire, there may still be a range of openings for skilled, qualified applicants. This is a very competitive career path, so if you want to get through the hiring process, ensure that you are earning job experience and degrees that can make you an appealing candidate.

The Transportation Security Administration has its own pay scale for employees. Federal air marshals are hired at Pay Band G. The beginning salary at this level is $39,752 per year. The top salary at this level is $61,592 per year. In addition to your base salary, you can earn locality pay. This part of your pay is based on what office you are assigned to and the cost of living in that area.

Working as a Federal Air Marshal

The Transportation Security Administration requires a lot of its air marshals. When you are assigned to a flight, you may work independently. This means that you may be the only air marshal on your flights. While working, you must observe others on your flight and keep an eye out for signs of terrorist activity. If there's something suspicious, you must be ready to act to defend the safety of the plane and its passengers.

Self-defense and marksmanship are two key components of your job. You need to be able to use a variety of self-defense skills and tactics to take down those who would hurt you or other passengers. You must always maintain your marksmanship skills. Airplanes have very tight quarters, so you need to be able to hit your target every time.

WFAA notes that air marshals are some of the most secretive law enforcement professionals in the country. They are required to have 85% or greater accuracy with marksmanship. Air marshals must craft cover stories that relate to why they're flying, where they're going, and who they're visiting. This allows marshals to interact with fellow passengers and look for red flags. With the risks that come with flying, the role of an air marshal has never been more important.

Learn how you can help keep the skies safe from life-threatening behavior. Contact the schools featured in our directory to learn more today!

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Alabama

Amridge University (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Degree - Homeland Security (online)
Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Phenix City, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Homeland Security, Certificate - Homeland Security
Columbia Southern University (Orange Beach, AL)
Programs Offered:

MS of Emergency Services Management (online)
Herzing University (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (Homeland Security Concentration) (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety (Criminal Justice Concentration), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety (Emergency Medical Technician Concentration) (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety, Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security, Public Safety, Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security, Public Safety, Emergency Tech
Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Emergency Management - Homeland Security
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Arizona

Chandler/Gilbert Community College (Chandler, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
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Arkansas

NorthWest Arkansas Community College (Bentonville, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security/Emergency Management
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California

Ashford University (San Diego, CA)
Programs Offered:

BA - Org. Management/Homeland Security (online), BA/Social and Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online)
Citrus College (Glendora, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Science - Emergency Management & Homeland Security
ICDC College (Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Homeland Security (online), Diploma - Homeland Security & Investigation (online)
National University (La Jolla, CA)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Homeland Security and Safety Engineering (online)
Palomar College (San Marcos, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Administration of Justice - Homeland Security
Riverside Community College (Riverside, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
Programs Offered:

Masters Degree - Homeland Security
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Colorado

Community College of Denver (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Public Security - Homeland Security
Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security / Emergency Management
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense
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Connecticut

Mitchell College (New London, CT)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Homeland Security
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Delaware

Delaware Technical Community College (Dover, DE)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Defense and Emergency Management
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Florida

ASA College (Hialeah, FL / Maimi, FL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice- Associate in Science`
Everest Institute (Hialeah, FL / Kendall, FL / North Miami, FL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Private and Homeland Security Diploma
Fortis College (Orange Park, FL)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice/Homeland Security (online)
Keiser University (Fort Lauderdale, FL / New Port Richey, FL / Orlando, FL / Sarasota, FL / Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:

AA - Homeland Security (online), Associate of Arts in Homeland Security - New Port Richey, Associate of Arts in Homeland Security - Orlando, Associate of Arts in Homeland Security - Sarasota, Associate of Arts in Homeland Security - Tampa, BA - Homeland Security (online), Bachelor of Arts - Homeland Security, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Fort Lauderdale, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - New Port Richey, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Tampa, Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security - New Port Richey, Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security - Orlando, Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security - Sarasota, Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security - Tampa, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration - Orlando, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration - Sarasota, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - New Port Richey, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Sarasota, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Tampa, Master of Arts in Homeland Security - New Port Richey, Master of Arts in Homeland Security - Orlando, Master of Arts in Homeland Security - Tampa
Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Bachelor (online)
Rasmussen College (Fort Myers, FL / Land O Lakes/East Pasco, FL / Ocala, FL)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), BS in CJ - Homeland Security (online)
Saint Leo University (Saint Leo, FL)
Programs Offered:

BA in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online)
St. Petersburg College (Clearwater, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security & Terrorism Control
State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota (Bradenton, FL)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Applied Science - Public Safety Administration / Homeland Security
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
Programs Offered:

Minor - Emergency Management and Homeland Security
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Georgia

Chattahoochee Technical College (Jasper, GA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security, Diploma - Homeland Security
Darton College (Albany, GA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
Georgia Military College (Columbus, GA / Warner Robins, GA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Homeland Security
Georgia Perimeter College (Clarkston, GA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Herzing University (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Degree - Homeland Security (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety/Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety/Emergency Medical Technology (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety
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Illinois

Adler University (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:

M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice (online)
College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
Rasmussen College (Aurora, IL / Rockford, IL)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), BS in CJ - Homeland Security (online)
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Indiana

Indiana University-Kokomo (Kokomo, IN)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
Vincennes University (Vincennes, IN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety
WGU Indiana (Indianapolis, IN)
Programs Offered:

M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (online)
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Iowa

Kaplan University (Cedar Falls, IA / Mason City, IA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security, BSCJ - Homeland Security - Mason City, IA, MPA - Emergency and Disaster Management, MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Mason City, IA, MSCJ - Global Issues in Criminal Justice
Upper Iowa University (Fayette, IA)
Programs Offered:

MPA - Justice and Homeland Security (online)
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Kansas

Kansas City Kansas Community College (Kansas City, KS)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
Rasmussen College (Overland Park, KS)
Programs Offered:

Information Technology Management Associates - Network Security
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Kentucky

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Lexington, KY)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security/Emergency Management
Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Minor - Homeland Security
Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Emergency Managment (online), Certificate - Fire & Emergency Services (online), Certificate - Homeland Security (online), MS Safety - Emergency Management (online), MS Safety - Homeland Security (online)
Gateway Community and Technical College (Covington, KY)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security/Emergency Management Specialist
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Louisiana

Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Natchitoches, LA)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Homeland Security
Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Homeland Security Studies, Post-Bachelor Certificate - Homeland Security Studies
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Maine

Kaplan University (South Portland, ME)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security, BSCJ - Homeland Security - South Portland, ME, BSCJ - Law Enforcement - South Portland, ME, MPA - Emergency and Disaster Management, MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management - South Portland, ME, MSCJ - Global Issues in Criminal Justice
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Maryland

Anne Arundel Community College (Arnold, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security Management
College of Southern Maryland (La Plata, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security
Towson University (Towson, MD)
Programs Offered:

M.S. in Integrated Homeland Security Management (online)
University of Maryland-University College (Adelphi, MD)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Degree - Homeland Security (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security, Certificate - Homeland Security Management, Certificate - Homeland Security (online), Master of Science in Information Technology - Homeland Security Management, Master of Science in Management - Homeland Security Management, Master of Science in Technology Management - Homeland Security Management, Masters Degree - Homeland Security (online)
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Massachusetts

Anna Maria College (Paxton, MA)
Programs Offered:

MPA - Homeland Security (online)
Western New England University (Springfield, MA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Terrorism and Homeland Security
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Michigan

Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
Madonna University (Livonia, MI)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Completion - Homeland Security
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Programs Offered:

Masters in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis (online)
Schoolcraft College (Livonia, MI)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security (online)
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Minnesota

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security (online)
Rasmussen College (Bloomington, MN / Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, MN / Eagan, MN / Lake Elmo, MN / Mankato, MN / St. Cloud, MN)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), BS in CJ - Homeland Security (online)
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Missouri

Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
Programs Offered:

Certificate in Homeland Security and Defense (online)
Vatterott College (Saint Joseph, MO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Saint Joseph
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New Hampshire

Rivier College (Nashua, NH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security and Emergency and Disaster Management
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New Jersey

Bergen Community College (Paramus, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Achievement - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Cumberland County College (Vineland, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Science - Homeland Security, Career Certificate - Homeland Security
Georgian Court University (Lakewood, NJ)
Programs Offered:

M.S. in Homeland Security
Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security (online), Master of Arts - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
Programs Offered:

MS - Emergency Mgmt & Business Continuity (online)
Raritan Valley Community College (North Branch, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
Rutgers Camden (Camden, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - National/Homeland Security
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Pomona, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
Thomas Edison State University (Trenton, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security, Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security (online), Master of Science in Management - Homeland Security
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New York

Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminology & Homeland Security
Excelsior College (Albany, NY)
Programs Offered:

BS - Criminal Justice (with a concentration in Administration of Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement & Public Safety, or Homeland Security) (online), MS in Criminal Justice (with a concentration Homeland Security & Emergency Management) (online)
Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Corporate and Homeland Security
SUNY-Broome Community College (Binghamton, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Homeland Security
SUNY-Erie Community College (Buffalo, NY)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
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North Carolina

ECPI University (Charlotte, NC / Raleigh, NC)
Programs Offered:

Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Charlotte, Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Raleigh
Miller-Motte College (Cary, NC)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Science (online)
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North Dakota

Rasmussen College (Bismarck, ND / Fargo, ND)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), BS in CJ - Homeland Security (online)
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Ohio

Fortis College (Centerville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Homeland Security (online), Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice / Homeland Security (online)
Lincoln College of Technology (Cincinnati/Downtown (Vine Street), OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
Notre Dame College (South Euclid, OH)
Programs Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security (online), Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies (online)
Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
Tiffin University (Tiffin, OH)
Programs Offered:

MS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online)
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Oklahoma

Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security
Redlands Community College (El Reno, OK)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Preparedness/Homeland Security
Vatterott College (Tulsa, OK)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Tulsa
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Oregon

Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security and Community Preparedness
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Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Corporate and Homeland Security, MS - Legal Studies - Homeland Security (online)
Central Pennsylvania College (Summerdale, PA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security
DeSales University (Center Valley, PA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice - Intelligence
Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

Grad Certificate - Homeland Security (online)
Keystone College (La Plume, PA)
Programs Offered:

Minor - Homeland Security
Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Applied Intelligence
Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

Homeland Security Certificate (online), MS - Homeland Security (online)
YTI Career Institute (Lancaster, PA)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice & First Response - Associate in Specialized Business Degree
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Rhode Island

Salve Regina University (Newport, RI)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Graduate Studies - Homeland Security
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Tennessee

Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online)
Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin, TN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security
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Texas

Bush School of Government - Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
Programs Offered:

Grad Cert - Critical Infrastruction Protection (online), Grad Cert - Emergency & Crisis Preparedness & Mgmt (online), Grad Cert - Homeland Security Policy & Mgmt (online), Grad Cert - National Security Policy (online)
Central Texas College (Killeen, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online), Certificate of Completion - Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online)
Cisco College (Cisco, TX)
Programs Offered:

Level I Certificate - Homeland Security
El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security, Certificate - Homeland Security
Everest College (Arlington (Mid Cities), TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Homeland Security
Lamar Institute of Technology (Beaumont, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Homeland Security/Crime Scene Technician, Associate of Science - Homeland Security
WGU Texas (Austin, TX)
Programs Offered:

M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (online)
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Virginia

ECPI University (Manassas, VA / Newport News, VA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelors in Homeland Security - Newport News, Cyber and Network Security - Bachelors - Manassas
John Tyler Community College (Chester, VA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
Strayer University (Newington, VA)
Programs Offered:

BS CJ - Homeland Sec & Emer (online), BS in CJ - Homeland Sec Tech (online), BSIS - Homeland Security (online), Certificate - Homeland Security & Info System (online), Certificate - Homeland Security (online)
Tidewater Community College (Norfolk, VA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Homeland Security, Master of Arts - Homeland Security (online)
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Washington

WGU Washington (Seattle, WA)
Programs Offered:

M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (online)
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West Virginia

American Public University System (Charles Town, WV)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Homeland Security, Certificate - Homeland Security, Graduate Certificate - Homeland Security (online), Master of Arts - Homeland Security (online)
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (Martinsburg, WV)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Homeland Security
Pierpont Community and Technical College (Fairmont, WV)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security
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Wisconsin

Marian University of Fond du Lac (Fond du Lac, WI)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security, Certificate - Homeland Security Leadership
Rasmussen College (Green Bay, WI)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), BS in CJ - Homeland Security (online)
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Wyoming

Central Wyoming College (Riverton, WY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Homeland Security
Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
Programs Offered:

Associates of Science - Homeland Security, Certificate of Completion - Homeland Security