Montana is a beautiful state that just happens to be full of wonderful educational opportunities for those hoping to pursue schooling in the homeland security field.

No matter what job you wish to have in the field ,what your intended major is, or what level degree you are seeking, know that you can likely find a wonderful educational option to meet your needs right in your own state.

In the rare chance that you cannot, don’t worry. There are lots of online schools to choose from, many of which are associated with local colleges and universities or based in the state.

Those who are seeking simple associate’s degrees in or related to the field have a multitude of choices. This includes Dawson Community College, which is located in Glendive.

The school offers associate’s degree programs in criminal justice law enforcement with a concentration on peace officer training, criminal just law enforcement with a focus on private security, and general criminal justice.

Flathead Valley Community College, in Kalispell, also has a criminal justice associate’s degree program, as does Miles Community College of Miles City.

Associate’s degrees generally take, on average, around two years to earn. Programs are designed so that any earned credits can easily be transferred to an accredited undergraduate program in order for the student to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree.

While associate’s degrees do not have much value, on their own, in the homeland security field, they can be an excellent starting point.

Many people also appreciate the fact that, because these programs are most commonly offered at community colleges or at trade or technical schools, they are more affordable to attend than traditional colleges and universities.

For those who want to avoid transferring credits and having to find two separate schools, there are lots of good, traditional colleges and universities in the state that offer relevant bachelor’s degree programs.

One such school is the University of Montana, which has many fine programs at the bachelor’s level. They include studies in forensic anthropology, sociology with a criminology focus, sociology with a focus on inequality and social justice, and forensic chemistry.

As a side note, the school also offers a certification program in forensic studies, and master’s level programs in forensic anthropology, sociology with a focus on criminology, and sociology with a focus on inequality and social justice. There’s also the University of Great Falls which offers bachelor’s degree programs in forensic science and a master’s level program in criminal justice.

Bachelor’s degrees are, by far, the most commonly held degrees in the career field. They typically take around four years to earn, or two if you already have an associate’s degree under your belt. These days, it is becoming more and more common for them to be earned from an online college or university, which is fine as long as the institution is fully accredited and legitimate.

Understand that an unaccredited school cannot provide you with an actual degree, and thus is really just a huge waste of your time, money, and effort.

Master’s degrees, which were mentioned in passing above, can only be earned after one already has a bachelor’s degree. They usually take anywhere from one to three years to achieve and also must be earned from an accredited institution. The good news is that if you already have a bachelor’s degree, even if it is unrelated, you can still qualify for a master’s level degree in the field.

In fact, many programs are more than happy to accept students from diverse academic backgrounds, because they appreciate the unique perspective they bring to the program. Most jobs will not require master’s degrees, though many will strongly prefer them.

In any case, having a master’s degree is an excellent way to ensure a higher salary, higher chances of landing a job, and better positions within the field. Plus, it is truly an awesome choice for those coming into the homeland security industry later in life, after having already completed some schooling.

No matter where you happen to be in your educational journey, know that you can have the career of your dreams. It just takes some careful preparation and a lot of dedication on your part.