Tuition costs are a reality of post-secondary education, but it’s important not to be discouraged. If your top school is financially out of reach, your second or third choice may serve your future just as well. To help you find the program — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for homeland security degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,454 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

25% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,804 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

33% above average compared to other degrees

$ 22,012 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

32% below average compared to other degrees

What do homeland security graduates earn?

Homeland security students make an average of $65,912 per year after graduation. This is 1% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

16% of homeland security graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 65,912 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 52% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

22% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular homeland security schools in the US

There are 96 schools in the US that offer a homeland security degree. The homeland security schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are Northern Arizona University, Texas A & M University-College Station and University of Arizona. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in homeland security per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
Northern Arizona University$11,059
Texas A & M University-College Station$11,234
University of Arizona$11,877
Drexel University$52,002
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus$19,080
SUNY at Albany$9,490
Washington State University$11,391
Pace University$43,986
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus$18,067
American University$46,615

Top US schools for a homeland security degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering homeland security degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
American University29%$46,615
Concordia University-Portland49%$30,270
SUNY at Albany54%$9,490
Upper Iowa University56%$29,600
Lake Superior State University58%$11,427
Nova Southeastern University58%$29,930
Saint Leo University58%$22,220
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)60%$39,280
MacMurray College60%$26,100
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus60%$19,080

Cheapest US schools for a homeland security degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a homeland security degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Cypress College$1,140
Coastline Community College$1,148
Chaffey College$1,170
Citrus College$1,183
Long Beach City College$1,188
East Los Angeles College$1,220
Los Angeles City College$1,220
Merritt College$1,230
Contra Costa College$1,312
Palomar College$1,338


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