Prospective homeland security professionals living in the state of Missouri will be glad to know that their state is home to many wonderful educational options that can help propel them to success.

However, not every school and program is right for every person or every career goal, and the only way to determine which school or program is the best fit for you is to know exactly what it is that you wish to do in the field.

You can’t really do that, however, until you are as familiar with the homeland security field as possible.

Getting familiar with the field is, fortunately, not all that difficult. By searching online, reading some books, or even talking to professionals currently working in homeland security, you can learn a lot about the industry and all that it entails.

The most important thing for you to learn, though, is about the many different careers—there are hundreds—that exist within the homeland security umbrella.

When you are aware of all of your different career options, you can make an educated decision about which one is the best fit for you. And, once you have done so, then you can plan your education around your career goals.

So, to sum up the above statements, you should choose a college based on how relevant the programs offered are to your intended career.

If you do that, you really can’t go wrong. Your education will be based around getting you the job you want after graduation, so you will be all set, providing that you do well with your schooling of course.

As mentioned earlier, Missouri residents do have the advantage of having many excellent schools from which to choose.

Some common options include Avila University in Kansas City, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in criminology and justice studies; Central Methodist University in Fayette, offering a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice with an optional minor in applied law enforcement; and the College of the Ozarks, in Point Lookout, offering associate’s degree programs in corrections and law enforcement.

One particularly awesome school is Colorado Technical University. Located in North Kansas City, this school has a wide variety of different degree options.

They include associate’s degree programs in criminal justice (offered online and traditionally), and bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice with a focus on forensic investigation, criminal justice with a focus on human services, general criminal justice (offered online), and cybercrime investigation.

Likewise, Columbia College also has many different programs to choose from in and related to the homeland security field.

Available associate’s degree programs include criminal justice administration, and there are bachelor’s degree programs in the same (offered online), forensic science, and crime scene investigation.

There is even a master’s level program in criminal justice administration, and any degree can be paired with criminology minor if desired.

It is important to note that the schools mentioned here represent just a few of many fine choices in the state.