Maine residents who are interested in pursuing careers in homeland security should know that they have many wonderful educational opportunities in the state. Just in case anyone is considering not getting a formal education, be aware that it is virtually impossible to succeed in the field without a relevant degree.

Most people working in homeland security will have at least a bachelor’s degree, with some even possessing master’s level or doctorate degrees.

Various training, such as certification or diploma programs, often accompany one’s degrees as well, though this is not necessary for most positions.

The good news, however, is that no matter what degree or related subject you wish to pursue for your education, you can probably find the program you need in the state. Maine has so many great colleges and universities, offering degrees at all levels, which allows you to start your education right away.

For those who are truly just starting out and who are hoping to pursue basic associate’s degrees, many of Maine’s community college or trade and technical schools make excellent options.

Those seeking bachelor’s or higher level degrees can benefit from quite a few of the state’s traditional colleges and universities.

One school in the state that offers a lot of options is Husson University, located in Bangor. This school has programs at all levels. They include associate’s degree programs in criminal justice, a dual bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice and psychology, and a master’s level program in criminal justice administration.

Kaplan University, based in South Portland, is another fine choice and offers the majority of its programs either fully or partially online. Popular programs among prospective homeland security professionals include bachelor’s degree programs in corrections, criminal justice, and fire and emergency services.

Saint Joseph’s College, in Standish, also has online programs, including a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

Southern Maine Community College, in South Portland, is another excellent option in the state. It offers a reputable bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice. Thomas College, in Waterville, has this same program, in addition to bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration and forensic psychology.

Then, there’s the University of Maine at August, offering an associate’s degree in justice studies, a bachelor’s degree in the same, and a certification program in forensic science.

There’s also the University of Maine at Presque Isle, which has an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice.

The colleges and universities discussed here in no way represent all of your many educational choices in the state. Maine has many other excellent programs and schools that can help to propel you to success in your intended career.

Keep in mind, too, that, if you choose online schooling, you can obtain your degree from institutions all over the world.

Just make sure that, if you do choose an online school, you select one that is fully accredited to avoid wasting your time, money, and effort. Unaccredited schools cannot grant you an actual degree.