Meet the Growing Demand for Homeland Security Professionals
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was established in 2002 with a clear mission: to reduce the vulnerabilities of the American people and minimize the impact of catastrophic events such as terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, natural disasters, and other emergencies.
Today, DHS employs approximately 240,000 people in areas ranging from human resources to border patrol to the Secret Service. Although there are a wide range of employment opportunities within DHS itself, plenty of homeland security positions can be found outside of the department. In fact, a homeland security occupation can be defined as any job that involves keeping the U.S. and its citizens safe.
Is a Career in Homeland Security Right for You?
Today’s homeland security professionals must have the skills and insights to prepare for the most likely threats as well as the unexpected. If you enjoy challenging and rewarding work in a dynamic setting, this field may be a good fit for you.
Career Areas in Homeland Security
Opportunities in homeland security are available all over the U.S. You can work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; other federal, state, or local agencies; and even private and nonprofit organizations. Job areas include, but are not limited to:
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Mission support (medical, human resources, budget, etc.)
- Law enforcement
- Immigration and travel security
- Prevention and response
- Policy and law
- Business continuity planning
- Intelligence analysis
- Infrastructure protection
- Law enforcement
- Emergency management, planning, and preparedness
- Cyber security/information security
- Physical security
- Scientific research
Homeland Security-Related Degree Programs at Walden
Featuring high quality faculty, student support services, and a convenient online learning model, Walden offers education options to support a variety of homeland security career paths. Our programs are designed to help you achieve your professional goals without putting your job—or your life—on hold.
Public Policy and Administration
With an online public administration degree from Walden, you can gain essential skills and knowledge to shape policy and legislation and serve the public good. Choose from a variety of concentrations and specializations, such as Homeland Security Policy and Coordination or Public Management and Leadership. Walden’s public administration degrees include:
- PhD in Public Policy and Administration
- Master of Public Administration (MPA)
- Master of Public Policy (MPP)
- BS in Political Science and Public Administration
Cyber Security and Information Assurance
Walden's IT programs can prepare you with the technical skills and business acumen you need to be more competitive in today’s job marketplace. Choose from a range of concentrations and specializations, including Health Informatics or Information Assurance and Cyber Security. Walden’s IT degrees include:
- Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)
- Master of Information Systems Management
- MS in Information Technology
- BS in Computer Information Systems
- BS in Information Technology
Our online MS in Emergency Management program can help you develop key competencies related to creating and implementing disaster prevention and response plans. Choose from a variety of specializations, such as Criminal Justice or Homeland Security.
Whether you want to work in homeland security or law enforcement, a Walden degree in criminal justice can prepare you with the cutting-edge skills you need to change your world—and the world of those around you. Choose from a variety of specializations, such as Homeland Security Policy and Coordination, Public Management and Leadership, or Justice Administration.
- PhD in Criminal Justice
- MS in Criminal Justice
- MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management
- BS in Criminal Justice
Business and Management
Walden’s business degrees are designed to give you the advanced skills needed to succeed in today's complex and dynamic business environment. Choose from a variety of specializations, such as Human Resource Management, Homeland Security, or International Business. Walden’s business degrees include:
Meeting the Needs of Military Students
G.I. Jobs has named Walden to its 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools, which identifies the top 20% of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
Walden wants to support you. We are offering millions of dollars in tuition assistance in 2014.
For assistance deciding which program or specialization fits your goals, call an enrollment advisor at:888.815.8075
What was your experience like with online faculty?
During my 2 years at Walden, the professors that I had were great. I did not meet one that I did not like. They were all available to me. They did not sound like I was annoying them when I called them at ten o’clock at night, when I emailed them back to back to back to back to back. They were friendly every time I talked to them through any communication that I had with them. So, I can say that within those years with Walden, it was great with the professors. I really liked the way that they were working in the field. And it was real life for them, as well.
*International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, 2013 Global Information Security Workforce Study, on the Internet at https://www.isc2cares.org/uploadedFiles/wwwisc2caresorg/Content/2013-ISC2-Global-Information-Security-Workforce-Study.pdf (viewed online April 21, 2014).